Josh Leonard 
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Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Living Pura Vida

Too bad we're spending all our tax dollars on the drug wars and creating cartels and military dictatorships like the one ruining Honduras now.

Nothing left over to process amnesty claims I guess: The UN reports 30M refugees seeking asylum in the world and in no year in the last decade has the US accepted over 30k.

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Posted by Josh Leonard on 08/09/2018 at 7:27 PM

Re: “Government Asks ACLU to Find Deported Parents

Trump should just tweet that he doenst give a flying "f"about the kids and that it's all the libruls fault.

Oh wait! He already did!

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Posted by Josh Leonard on 08/05/2018 at 3:59 PM

Re: “When Democrats Turned Tail, And Kept Running

Or maybe the voters know what the rest of the world figured out decades ago: Universal health care saves lives and $$.

This Koch-funded study shows Medicare-for-All saves trillions while expanding care and while also covering the remaining 50M Americans:…

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Posted by Josh Leonard on 08/02/2018 at 6:59 PM

Re: “When Democrats Turned Tail, And Kept Running

Thanks for bringing to light the Clinton/Gore "triangulation" to the right that ended up giving us Trump by saddling us with the second-worst candidate in history, Hillary. Her pro-Chevron-fracking, pro-war, pro-Wall Street policies didn't happen by accident.

Bernie like FDR before him knows what the people want. Democrats can win over and over again on the actual issues. Medicare-for-all has polled at over 60% for years now.

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Posted by Josh Leonard on 08/02/2018 at 3:51 PM

Re: “My Pick For Governor: David Garcia

From the comments here and what I have seen of the candidates in person I have to vote Farley in the primary. Garcia would be a good candidate but there's no question that Farley would know what to do as Governor of Arizona. Experience matters.

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Posted by Josh Leonard on 08/02/2018 at 3:39 PM

Re: “If the High Stakes Tests Don't Make Sense, Neither Will the Results

Widespread standardized testing makes a sham out of education. As noted above, significant money is made off of test-prep materials and courses and concentrated into a few hands, feeding into lobbyist dollars at the state and national level. This comment comes from someone who was quite successful at tutoring for an ETS test (makers of PSAT and GRE among many others) and also who wrote test items for a state-wide mathematics test in Arizona.

Over the last decade while the US has focused on "back-to-basics" and "accountability" and standardized testing and fallen or stayed near the median in international results (and far behind the top performing countries in Asia and the social democracies of Europe) , Finland has been near the top consistently including being #1 in the world in recent years.

What's the secret test regimen they're using in Finland? ZERO high stakes standardized tests K-12 in Finland (they do have an exit exam for 12th graders).

Instead Finland does what is obvious to most all master teachers I have known during my 25 years in classrooms: emphasize professionalism in education. If you want to evaluate your students the last thing you would do is ask ETS to make a "normalized" test for you. Professionalism in education means that you commission educators to design meaningful and relevant curriculum that you then give criterion reference tests to measure how well the students are learning. This is not rocket science. Feedback from this kind of relevant testing is the sort of thing that guides teachers in every normal classroom.

Finland values and empowers it's teachers: Only the top 10 percent of college graduates are allowed to pursue their masters in education to go onto become teachers. Finland also puts great effort into equality in education, for example, placing their most qualified teachers into there second language classrooms for immigrants. Readers above have noted that greater equality boosts nation-wide educational performance.

This article from the Smithsonian gives good details about the professionalism of the Finnish model:…

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Posted by Josh Leonard on 07/04/2018 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Families Torn Asunder

Forcing families seeking asylum to cross the border illegally is a policy. On a recent day a witness tells me 3 were allowed to cross in Nogales at 3 am. Hundreds need asylum but 2 or 3 a day are allowing in.

This is a pattern all across the border states. NPR and local and national news outlets report agents are denying legal border access to asylum seekers.

But no worry, they're all "illegals" so they dont matter. Private incarceration and forced psychotropic meds for the kids are as American as apple pie.……

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Posted by Josh Leonard on 06/21/2018 at 4:25 PM

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