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Re: “Double O Teacher

The Arizona Child Fatality Review has been published for 24 years. The most recent report showed 783 deaths of children of age 1 to 17. Only 29% from natural causes. Of the 783 children who died, 42 were murdered. 38 committed suicide.

Not one of those deaths in 24 years, 23,653 in total, could have been prevented by allowing teachers to carry guns in school. So, by definition, such a policy could only have increased risk of child death, not reduced it.

But, the same can not be said of the 38 suicides. From the research on suicides, we know that every one of them is preventable.

There is a science of game theory. For 200 years, but not before that, we have designed schools to be a zero-sum game for students. Zero-sum games have a crude and ugly side. To increase your status, you have to beat down the person above you and keep the person below you beat down. Read how the Columbine killers were treated by their classmates to get a full sense of this phenomena in action at its very worst.

The human brain was designed to key off and learn as a result of a non-zero sum game environment.
So, by definition, our public "education" is incapable of teaching the students who would be the losers. The human brain gains none of the signals it needs to create permanent memories and skills in this environment. We just simply weren't designed to be the lone wolves that our ancient classroom structure demands.

While I was superintendent, we had a non-zero sum game educational project under development, code-named freethrows. That project collapsed when I left. So, when I left the department, I had to start from scratch. Last week, I got to watch a classroom of Native-American fifth grade math students each do an average of 350 math problems each correctly in 11 minutes. Last week I also was able to watch two African American and a Hispanic sixth grader in the highest net-crime zip code in Maricopa county do over a 1,000 math problems each in less than 20 minutes. They were averaging over 50 problems correctly a minute for 20 straight minutes. Not one student in a thousand has the mental stamina to pull that off. These three students have been in that non-zero sum environment for a year and a quarter. But, just for mathematics.

Nothing but smiles, laughter in this environment. One student said, "this is so much fun, I am shaking."

Unlike our other demographic groups, Arizona has the lowest Native American test scores in the nation. They are the ultimate victims of district education. They have, by far, the highest suicide rate.

David, you are talking about preventing child deaths. Look down at your hands. You may not realize it but they are covered in blood.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 08/27/2018 at 6:28 AM

Re: “What If...

Where were CNN and MSNBC?

And, yes, focusing on Trump is a distraction.

Second quarter growth will likely be over 4% maybe as high as 4.8% the first such over 4% growth quarter in 4 years. Something all of the liberal "credible" economists have been screaming is impossible without raging inflation. Yet, the implicit inflation rate in five year inflation adjusted bonds is 2%. Full time jobs are increasing at a 3.7 million annual pace up from 1.56 million in 2016.

Yes indeed, let's focus on policy and results instead of the freak show which is about to get even freakier yet if that can be believed.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 07/23/2018 at 7:57 AM

Re: “"Hey Buddy, Can You Spare $200 Million?" If Your Buddy Is the Walton (Walmart) Family, Then, Yes

All of this generosity may or may not be good for the charter school movement. However, clearly many of these organizations have become dependent on the Walton Foundation for their operating expenses.

That means that every cockamamie idea that the Walton Think tank comes up with has prominence. It also means that none of these organizations can survive in a free market where you have to live on the revenues derived from student attendance- perpetual children living in the Walton basement.

The Walton Foundation has this concept of "All A's." That you can get rid of all the B through D schools and everything will be hunky dory. The state charter board has expressed this accountability concept through a convoluted equation that uses, reuses and uses again the same data to achieve a superficial sophistication.

They have also become a regulatory morass with well over forty different approvals that charter schools have to obtain in a whole variety of situations.

In difficult situations, each one of these approvals could kill a charter school. The Walton foundation has been an intellectual driving force behind "approval culture."

For example, charter schools have to seek permission from the state charter board to add students. Otherwise, they don't get paid for those students. Numerous schools have lost money because the state board couldn't get that approval on their agenda on time.

This is so bizarre it seems straight out of fiction.

The state legislature has been asleep at the switch.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 07/19/2018 at 9:07 AM

Re: “It Takes a Billion To Raise a Charter School Movement

The Walton Family Foundation is on a mission to save millions of minority children and children from poverty.

You continue to look at us with a straight face and tell us that everything is fine and will be fine with our district education system. All we need are a few more cycles of education reform dreamed up by the Gates Foundation, our Colleges of Education and our Think Tanks.

Unfortunately, the Walton Family Foundation has a think tank and, like the Gates Foundation, spews forth toxic ideas for education.

Policy makers will dance to any tune if it is a condition for getting grants.

We now have another spectacular policy failure from the Gates Foundation as you documented a few days ago- years after the failure took place and still remains in place doing its damage.

The Walton Think tank has its toxic failures too, just nobody has noticed them yet.

People who analyze the effect of culture on society have a saying: fish will be the last to discover water.

The Gates Foundation and the Walton Foundation still haven't discovered water.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 07/19/2018 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Freedom Center's Philosophy 101 Course Is On the TUSD Board Agenda

This will be sweet. The school district that honored a mass murderer by hanging his portrait up on the walll, a mass murderer who shot 14,000 Hispanics in the back of the head, will be denying students the opportunity to learn about Plato giving us the mission to pursue truth and the good.

Tucson has fewer residents than it did ten years ago.

This fall,TUSD wil have 15,000 fewer students than it did 18 years ago.

Only ten percent of its parents rate Tucson an excellent place to raise a child.


Ten years from now,all these statements will still be true.

Every one is good for something. Tucson serves Arizona well as a bad example.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 07/10/2018 at 11:00 PM

Re: “Arizona Earns an F. Merit Pay Fails. DeVos-Backed Company Caught Lying.

Any educational experiment that produces the teacher attrition and vacancy rates we have in Arizona is a failed experiment."

No one has ever presented any study which shows teacher attrition rates to be higher in Arizona than in other states. The only study, a huge sample done out of ASU, of teacher job satisfaction did not show lower teacher job satisfaction in Arizona.

The people who started this chant used to work for me and I saw first hand the "evidence." It was not evidence at all. Nationwide, the attrition rate for teachers (by attrition rate, I mean leaving the profession not leaving their school) has always been greater than 50% in the first five years. Arizona has a greater turnover rate than the national average because, in Arizona, unlike other states, teachers have choices of where to work, lots of choices. But, turnover isn't attrition.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 06/26/2018 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Arizona Earns an F. Merit Pay Fails. DeVos-Backed Company Caught Lying.

The phrase "merit pay" is meaningless in education if you don't talk about the specific design elements.

Merit pay can mean:

1) The principal decides how much to increase the pay of each teacher based on his perception of "performance." Thus, teachers are pitted against each other in a negative interdependence- the opposite of a healthy work relationship.

2) The teachers can be rewarded for the test scores of their students in a doubly brainless relationship. They are pitted against their students and subject to random feedback of test scores which are primarily a function of family SES.

3. Teachers can be rewarded for the percentage of parents rating their school district and school "excellent" creating a positive interdependent relationship between teachers and between teachers and parents. Nationwide, only 24% of parents rate their child's school excellent. Done right, this percentage can improve at 2 percentage points a year. Done perfectly, it can be improved at 7 percentile points a year.

4. Teachers can be rewarded for the academic gains of their school and school district. Done mildly and done in conjunction with a parent excellence measurement and done with strict controls of testing integrity, this can enhance the package.

5. Teachers can be subject to peer ratings, further enhancing the effectiveness of the package.

6. Student evaluations of school climate through the 7C's or Gallup's Hope Engagement and Well-being framework can be used to further enhance performance pay.

So, merit pay doesn't have to fail. It just always has- everywhere except in Arizona.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 06/26/2018 at 9:37 AM

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