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Mike, was teaching sestina required? Was it in the state standards? If it wasn't then you wouldn't be expected to teach it, would you?Dec 8, 2011
Rich, It is interesting that professors are not required to have any teaching experience or accreditation in order to teach at the college level. Your wife was more prepared to teach than you were prepared to teach college, unless you already had a teaching degree. College and university students must pay to be in class which is a whole different scenario than K-12 where students must attend.
I would think that it takes a special person to be a good principal especially one who can understand the workings of the classroom through years of experience.
Maybe EVT should do a follow up story on principals and classroom experience then poll the teachers and parents to see if there is a correlation.
Dec 8, 2011
This is best column you have ever written. Optimism suits you much better than the fear-mongering which had become the constant drum-beat of your columns and honestly, made it hard to take what you said seriously. I met you many years ago when you were still anchoring on TV. You were opinionated back then but it was with a twinkle and warmth. There was never arrogance, but a charning confidence. Is it back? Maybe you have started to consider that people whose opinions are not the same as yours still have important things to say? Maybe if a stanuch conservative, like you, lends an ear then that would be the role model for both sides to show consideration? Good job, Linda. Keep up the good work. You have taken a step in a new direction. Let's see more of this.Nov 26, 2011
Jon is right. As awful as an accusation of sexual harassment is, it's the pattern that is telling. Not being a math professor I wouldn't be able to say what the odds are when two woman come forward, then three, then four and now five? I would think that would be quite a high statistical probability, and that does not bode well for Mr. Cain.
A woman's reputation is not even part of the question. Even a woman who has filed reports of sexual harassment before, or has had financial troubles, or even a woman who has a terrible reputation doesn't deserve to be sexual harassed.
Men don't deserve to be sexually harassed either, and don't think for a minute they aren't. They are loathe to report sexual harassment. Sexual harassment of men still causes snickers because it is always assumed, wrongly, that all men are dogs who take sex where ever and whenever they can it.
Lord, knows children should never be harassed. Penn State will never outlive it's ugly reputation.
The old, the young, the ugly, the mentally-challenged, the rich, the poor shouldn't be mentally challenged.
Nobody should ever be sexually harassed.
Nobody deserves to be sexually harassed.
This has nothing to do with politics, racism, men or woman, or even religious beliefs. Sexual harassment knows know boundaries.
Jon is right that Cain should have just owned up to what he did because in this day and age the truth refuses to stay hidden. If Cain has any self-respect at all he will acknowledge what he has done. Cain is an old-fashioned guy, who still seems to believe that comments or actions of a sexual nature are compliments to a woman. That shows are far out of step he is and that is a sign that he could never be president.
Nov 18, 2011
Don, it appears you did not understand Mike's article.Nov 14, 2011
Mike, I know, because I asked, that you did not bring your political views into class.
To those of you attacking Mike's teaching abilities because of his political views that is just stupid. H.S. kids are sharp and they will call teacher's out to would do that, not to mention the district. Parents would certainly complain if their kids were being brainwashed in class. Teachers know not to go there, and Mike didn't.
Good teachers, who teach thinking skills, encourage opposing sides, but to attack Mike personally is not what this forum is about. Has Tom Patterson ever been attacked for his political views because he is a doctor? One has nothing to do with the other. Linda Turley Hansen was on television for years. Did she sneak her views out onto the unsusepecting television airwaves? Did Bill Richardson bring his political beliefs on duty when he was a cop?
Attacking a retired teacher, or anyone for political views is a cheap, cheap shot.
Oct 30, 2011
Mike, you are right and I have friends whose kids had you as a teacher and had nothing but great things to say about you. They said you taught their kids to think, and to write from the heart. That's what you are doing here.
Oct 29, 2011
bobunuf points out , "With kind of arrogance is required to post these signs?
Also, and in a way it's funny that Pearce's PR people would be promoting this kind of behavior. If this were a slapstick comedy his PR people would be like Keystone Cops running around crashing into each other and giving conflicting orders. Is there an actual grown up in charge anywhere? And the Greek chorus of Pearce's sychophants are singing, "He's our hero! He's our hero!" It is pathetic.
No matter the bravado of Pearce's blindly loyal supporters show, his whole campaign reeks of calamity and mismanagement and no infussion of outside money (although the money can't be that good if they are using Pearce's sorry and bland old 2010 signs) can fix the train wreck that is Pearce's campaign.
The worse things get the more dirty tricks we'll see. (Go rent "All the President's Men.")
Sep 13, 2011
CooperG, you said it perfectly.
No matter how bombastic Pearce's supporters are they are delusional. Pearce has lost the trust of a huge number of Dist 18 voters. Nearly 18,000 signatures were turned in, Ken Bennett stopped counting after the necessary signatures were reached. Also, that is nearly the same number by which Pearce won the 2010 election. No matter how you look at it people are tired of Pearce's grand standing.
Ultimately it will come down to the vote, and those big signs on the street corners do nothing more than put the name in front of the independent voter, and the candidate hopes to win on name recognition. But there are 70,000 registered voters in Dist.18. This is an election the people are talking about, and families are putting signs in their yards. I know registered Democrats who have Lewis signs in their yards.
No matter how much money Pearce's out-the-district people pour in, they can't defeat a grass roots campaign. Pearce just doesn't have the person-to-person charisma to win this campaign. Lewis has already shown that he does. Would that make Lewis a better representative? No one knows.
Pearce's strident backers are plainly protesting just a bit too much.Sep 12, 2011
To Delite Gaddie,
"Are we really going to let the leftists take out our Arizona Senate president who has served faithfullly with courage and integrity?"
Lefties? That is so outrageous as to be unbelievable. I can absolutely you assure that my neighbors who have signs supporting Lewis are the sames ones who peppered our neighborhood with signs for the marriage act (marriage between a man and woman only) a few years ago. Not by any strecth of the imagination are they lefties. In fact, there is little that we agree on politically, but you calling them lefties can only be considered a lie.
Peacre has his own agenda and, in fact, he didn't even cook up the whole SB1070 bill. It was written by an attorney in Kansas. Pearce was the toadie for the far right lobbyists, and they, not the people of Dist. 18, are supporting him financially. Honestly, Pearce was just the delivery boy.
Pearce has been the victim of his own ego and that of his PR firm who have done him no favors. Had there been an apology for the Fiesta Bowl mess, and Pearce saying, "Yep, it was a bad idea, and I will pay it back", I can assure you most people would have forgiven him (as humans we are all prone to mistakes), but he strutted and swaggered, and lied about missing checks. That is not the behavior of a hero.
Real heros are humble. Pearce is no hero.
Sep 12, 2011