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Let's see...we've known for how many years the Common Core is coming? You have how many highly (over) paid superintendents, curriculum specialists? And you can come up with any kind of a common assessment? What the heck are these people paid for? How is it that in Mesa there is still idea what high school math classes are going to look like? Looks like you need to clean house.Yesterday
What the heck is wrong with Colvin, Smith and Burk? What is their problem? They eliminate the Gilbert Education Association, they won't go for a desperately needed override. Now this? We need to start a grass-roots campaign, show up to the next school board meeting in the thousands and demand change - or resignation of these three stooges.2 weeks ago
There are many on the right who will come out once again making the claim that there is no correlation between spending and learning...and once again they will be wrong. Ask any teacher what's going on in the east valley high schools: 35-45 kids per class is the norm in math, language, social studies and most other classes. Even AP classes are packed. There is no chance for a kid to get 1-on-1 help, it's almost impossible to maintain classroom discipline. Cheating on tests becomes rampant. Sadly, we don't prepare kids for college or work and it's because we aren't willing to pay for it.2 weeks ago
America's Best Economists. Now there's a laugh! Who are they? The nincompoops that got us into the mess we're in? I no longer think there are any "experts" in economics. Charlatans -- all of them.
And what's fair about the poor paying nothing? That just continues to create class envy and resentment among the taxpayers. We don't have a tax problem, we have a spending problem. And to fix that we must un-elect ALL current politicians - every dang one of them - and elect educated, responsible people who swear that job number 1 is to cut, cut, cut federal spending.3 weeks ago
Real journalism is dead in the US. Reporters are not interested in the truth. They bring their personal biases to the workplace and in the past couple of decades do nothing to challenge the liberal ideology that is ruining us. And that's because nowadays, the journalism "professors" at out universities are 95% liberal. Someone once said that the job of a journalist was to "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable" - no mention of political leaning. But today's journalists go by another mantra: comfort the Democrats and afflict the Republicans. The press has the opportunity to open up our embarrassingly inept, corrupt administration: Benghazi, IRS, AP. But they won't. They'll find a way to pin all of this blame on conservatives. Just watch.1 month ago
Yes, the schools should be teaching much more history, but as long as the current muddle-headed thinking about what real learning is, kids will never know about D-Day or many other important things. Somehow in the last 40 years teachers have been brainwashed into thinking that requiring memorization of certain facts is a form of torture. Today's kids don't (and won't) read. And god forbid some teacher flunks a kid who won't do homework or learn some basic information. Until we get leaders and administrators who really demand a solid education, and until schools de-emphasize sports and foolish classes, nothing will ever get better. But don't fool yourselves: the liberals in charge like people being stupid and uneducated: they're easier to manipulate.1 month ago
Mr. Morrill is wrong: you don't need more funding to make better schools; you need better students and better parents. It's too bad they can't make these vouchers apply only to students who are hard-working kids who don't cause problems. But if you're a trouble-maker, don't do homework, disrupt class - no scholarship for you. Too often we blame schools for problems brought to them that they have no way to address, much less correct. What happens when obnoxious students get a voucher to go elsewhere, then cause trouble at their new school and are expelled? Do they go back to their original school? Will it get the funding? 2 months ago
Way to go Higley!!!!!
Despite all the attempts at reforming education in many districts, they all fall short, ultimately failing because they won't recognize what experienced teachers know: discipline, rigor, homework all matter - a lot!
Saxon math has been proven to work so many times that it's sad that it's not THE standard in all of Arizona. Instead, the Common Core will make a mess of things. Spaulding - yes! And for soricobob, training for Saxon is negligible - just do what he prescribes and don't let your ego mess it up. 2 months ago
Wow. It's rare that I read such intelligent, compelling arguments - NOT!
Did any of you even read Flake's (and other) reasons for their vote? Are any of you naïve enough to think that more gun control will stop the insane or evil people in the world?
But that last diatribe against Republicans! Jeez, take a breath. If there's a party beholden to money, it's the Democrats. But, as a Libertarian, I think both parties are pretty much c r a p. And, if the standard for passing more laws is the majority wants it, then why won't Democrats call for repeal of Obamacare? After all, the majority doesn't want it!2 months ago
That may be the case in many Charters of questionable quality, but not Basis. The founders are doing something really great for Arizona (and Wash DC) by giving students a top-notch, rigorous education that puts Mesa, Gilbert, Tempe, Chandler, Scottsdale and the rest to shame. They have a no-nonsense curriculum that brings the best of European education to us. They require students to learn the classics, literature as well as music. They have high standards for behavior and a simple dress code. The girls don't dress like hookers which seems to be the norm in Mesa these days. The teachers actually know their subject - a math teacher has a degree in math, not in education. Basis isn't for everyone, to be sure. But the big east valley districts should learn from them.
The problem I do have with Basis is that there curriculum essentially turns off any student with special needs. How many of their students are on free/reduced lunch? How many of their students don't speak English? Or have both parents at home?2 months ago