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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.11 hours 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.3 days 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? 3 weeks 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. 4 weeks 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!4 weeks 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?4 weeks ago
Several years ago I served my jury duty. It was during the long, hot summer. The trial went on for 6 weeks! Only the first one was important. Then it became a show for the lawyers to nitpick insignificant, dull, mindless details. That's one reason why a lot of people don't want to do jury duty: trials take too long. Like this dumb Jody Arias trial. 2+ months now! Ridiculous. There must be a way to speed them up and make it more palatable to people. Maybe a lawyer can explain why it seems trials today take longer than trials from 100 years ago,1 month ago
When the true scale of the Obama legacy is revealed, I hope that Mike is still around to apologize for having voted for the most divisive, reckless, incompetent, arrogant president in history. He has no regard for a budget. He doesn't care about equality of opportunity - just equality of outcomes. For being a constitutional professor, he sure doesn't understand it. So when our nation in bankrupt, our healthcare system is wrecked, when over 50% of the population votes for a living requiring the rest of us to support them, those of us who voted against this charlatan will proudly say, "We told you so". But then the democrat controlled media will never report it anyway.1 month ago
Whether conservatives like it or not, Gay Marriage will happen. Yes, we redefine the term. I don't like it. Somehow it just seems like another step down a slippery slope to ruin. It's taking a beautiful, meaningful tradition and ruining it. What we should do is the government can only issue "civil unions" to any couple - we're not going to polygamy route yet. Churches would be left to formalize it as a marriage if they want. So LDS, Catholic churches are not obligated to perform them.
But Matt: you can't complain about redefining terms. After all, you belong to a church (LDS) which has taken some pretty basic terms from the Christian church and redefined them to meet its needs. The virgin birth and the trinity are key concepts in traditional Christianity. Mormons use those terms, but they have radically different meanings. So don't complain about redefinition.2 months ago
So you can abuse alcohol and/or drugs if you are: Mormon/Non-Mormon, from a broken/intact home, if you are an honor student or not, if you are a good athlete or not. Booze is not the problem. It's a lack of personal responsibility that's epidemic in American society. Blame booze, blame TV, blame everyone except yourself. There are a lot of people (including myself) who have had to deal with difficult challenges yet never turned to drink or drugs. The alcohol makers didn't trap me or induce me to become a user. It's an individual's choice. And sadly, this young man made bad choices. Now his family must live with the results. But put the blame where it belongs.2 months ago