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Over 3,700 teachers in Kansas have retired or left the state during the summer

Started by Neal. Last reply by Chris Aug 19. 4 Replies

Kansas has been at the forefront of conservative craziness for years. The governor has slashed taxes for businesses which created a shortfall in the state's budget which in turn has meant that the…Continue

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5 Sneaky Ways Fundamentalists Are Trying To Slip Christian Creationism Into America’s Public Schools

Started by Neal. Last reply by May the Big Bang RIP Oct 12, 2016. 9 Replies

Until teachers refuse to lie, this will continue.AlterNet / By Rob Boston Many public schools in America do all they can to avoid teaching evolution.July 3, 2013 |…Continue

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The dark side of home schooling: creating soldiers for the culture war

Started by Neal. Last reply by Davy Sep 5, 2013. 13 Replies

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The Wrong Kind of Education Reform

Started by Neal. Last reply by Davy Sep 5, 2013. 2 Replies

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Comment by Chris on August 19, 2018 at 3:20am

I was talking with a neighbor who said that since children are no longer being taught how to write (in cursive/script) that they are unable to read the Declaration of Independence or Constitution as originally written in script.

Discussions with others tell me signatures look like scribbles.

I write with my left hand.

In third grade the teacher attempting to teach me how to 'write' the 'right' way didn't have a clue what she was doing therefore my penmanship was terrible. Basically she was stifling my dominant writing hand.

A number of years ago I read a book about how to scribe as a left hander. There are some simple lessens in the book such as how to tilt the paper clockwise as opposed to counter clockwise  counter clockwise as opposed to clockwise as demanded by my teacher.

People who are left hand dominant often are right foot dominant, and right eye dominant.

I spoke with a PhD Psychiatrist about this. He said the test he performed was to toss a ball to children to see which hand they caught it in. For him that was the test.

I don't know what difference it makes, but I had to correct him.

I gave him the scope test. He failed.

The scope test is put your hands out at length with your fingers in a circle looking at an object in the distance. Close one eye then the other to see how much the object moves out of the circle of your hands.

Has script been dropped because the school system has given up on teaching ambidextrous children.

Having written that in middle school I had a great teacher who taught me calligraphy. Left handed calligraphy pens are kind of expensive. A blotter is also helpful so the ink isn't smeared.

I took a writing class about critical thinking when computers were still quite expensive. The teacher required the paper to be type written. I had to type that paper numerous times before I had it with no typing errors. That class wasn't about typing skills - it was about critical thinking.

Putting pencil/pen to paper seems to be a better way to present a paper. Not only that, but the written word shows emotion better than type written words.

Emoji's aren't a substitute.

To continue with my rant how often do you received a hand written letter? If, on occasion doesn't it seem more important and personable than something printed out on a computer?

I have an Aunt because of disability is unable to write. She sends me type written letters.

Is the post office and formal personal communication dead?

Comment by Chris on February 4, 2017 at 9:54am

Tom,

Apparently Congress can change the rules at will. If no Democrats show up the R's change the rules and say we don't need D's to vote.

What is a quarum?

The so called nuclear option apparently will be enacted to enable a 50% simple majority vote for the Supreme court nomination.

Trump urges Senate GOP to trigger 'nuclear option' on Gorsuch nomination

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/01/politics/neil-gorsuch-confirmation-he...

60 votes aren't required. The rules seem to change daily.

My understanding is congress may be reaching an all time low.

Comment by Chris on February 4, 2017 at 9:39am

Proposed Education Secratary Betsy DeVos Wants to Use America's Schools to Build "God's Kingdom"

Betsy DeVos Wants to Use America's Schools to Build "God's Kingdom"

It's Christmastime in Holland, Michigan, and the northerly winds off Lake Macatawa bring a merciless chill to the small city covered in deep snow. The sparkling lights hanging on trees in downtown storefronts illuminate seasonal delicacies from the Netherlands, as well as photos and paintings of windmills and tulips, wooden shoes, and signs that read "Welkom Vrienden" (Welcome, Friends).

More than 150 years ago, Dutch immigrants from a conservative Protestant sect chose western Michigan as the setting for this idealized replica of Holland, in part because of its isolation. They wanted to keep American influences away from their orthodox community. Until recently, Holland restaurants couldn't sell alcohol on Sundays. Residents are still not allowed to yell or whistle between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. If city officials decide that a fence or a shed signals decay, they can tear it down and mail the owner a bill. Grass clippings longer than eight inches have to be removed and composted, and snow must be shoveled soon after it lands on the streets. Most locals say rules like these help keep Holland prosperous, with low unemployment, little crime, good city services, and Republicans at almost every government post. It's also where President Donald Trump's pick for education secretary, billionaire philanthropist Betsy DeVos, grew up.

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Comment by Chris on December 28, 2016 at 3:08am

Last I read there were 54 R senators and 44 D senators with, unfort...

A lot of stuff should be done. Is it going to be another deadlocked Senate and House?

U.S. Senate party membership by state. States with two Democratic senators are in blue, states with two Republican senators are in red, and those with one of each are in purple. States with an independent senator are marked with green stripes on a blue or red background, depending on the party of the other senator.

Comment by May the Big Bang RIP on December 28, 2016 at 1:45am
Chris, where has your reading comprehension gone?

Or did you not read that the Senate Repubs don't have the sixty votes necessary to end a Demo filibuster?
Comment by Chris on December 28, 2016 at 1:25am

With a Republican congress Trump may be able to transform public institutions (such as the school system) once known as the commons into private enterprises.

Comment by May the Big Bang RIP on December 28, 2016 at 1:10am
[continuing] ...the Senate didn't have to act.
Comment by May the Big Bang RIP on December 28, 2016 at 1:08am
Neal, if deVos tries to use taxpayers' money, count on one or more church/state separationist organizations challenging her actions in court.

Trump is ballsy enough to try to do what FDR tried to do but failed, "pack" the court with additional members. They will need Senate confirmation and the Repubs don't have the sixty votes to defeat a Demo filibuster. FDR's attempt brought too much protest from too many directions and, as I recall the Senate
Comment by Chris on December 28, 2016 at 12:55am

With the election of Donald Trump it should be evident how inaccurate Polls are.

Comment by Stephen on December 27, 2016 at 7:44pm

The Casey Review lays bare the failure to integrate Muslim minorities

Dame Louise Casey offers a damning critique of mass immigration undertaken without serious efforts to integrate new arrivals, but she shies away from properly tackling faith schools, and the problems she identifies may be intractable.

The Casey Review is a profound and thorough demolition of decades of laissez-faire immigration policies, and an official culture which demonised as racist those who spoke out about the problems that exist in many Muslim communities.

Britain's cultural relativism and moral blindness reached its apogee with the appalling revelations about the Rotherham rape gangs. Casey writes that it was "a catastrophic example of authorities turning a blind eye to harm in order to avoid the need to confront a particular community." More than 1,400 children paid the price.

Progress integrating Britain's myriad Muslim communities has been slow, complicated by the arrival of new "first generation in every generation" foreign wives who often don't speak English, and a growing "sense of identification" among UK Muslims "with the plight of the 'Ummah', or global Muslim community."

Every few months we have a new poll, survey or official report warning that the blind pursuit of multi-culturalism is leading us to catastrophe and urging the Government to take action.

Read more=  read:http://www.secularism.org.uk/blog/2016/12/the-casey-review-lays-bar...

 

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