I'm certainly impressed by the educationism establishment's ability to hatch new, euphemistic buzz-words, though: "developmental".
Teachers need the pre-tests to see each student's profile of strengths and weaknesses, areas where one is ahead and areas where he is behind, to be able to fill in and build up the foundations for continuing learning.
So, what do these students who need the remedial work look like when other correlations are run? or would that not be peeeeceeeee for those paying the bills to know?
Oh well, at least the teachers and admins weren't caught cheating as many were in Atlanta a few years back, and more recently in Philadelphia.
February 9, 2014 at 10:36 p.m.
This reminds me of the data on how much money is spent on this facet of "education" or that. Doing time is another input. Inputs don't always result in improved learning.
The output, the results, the learning should be the focus.
But this is also backwards/upside-down. Individual schools should be free to set their days and hours (and funding) as 1st, the parents, 2nd the teachers, 3rd the principals, and 4th the district supers see fit. They should then inform the county and state and federal governments what they've decided, and the county and state and federal government must accept those decisions instead of going all power-mad over it.
January 30, 2014 at 1:46 p.m.
I wouldn't advise holding your breath waiting for Holder and the BATFE go after the gangsters they gave arms, though.
January 28, 2014 at 11:52 a.m.
GE is one of America's most glorious companies that pays exactly 0 (ZERO) in income taxes and is right there in the pockets of the left wingers. They did pay $50M into federal coffers in 2009... for fraud.
They're also big leaders and active promoters of off-shoring and cross-border bodyshopping since at least 1989, though they got a little quieter about it back around 2010, when pres. Obummer (a GE stock-holder) appointed his GE buddy Jeffrey Immelt to be jobs czar (Immelt also made generous donations to not-so right-wing GWBush).
And I am sooo glad the warmist hysterics got those 40W, 60W, 75W and 100W incandescent bulbs banned. I mean, how else would we get our daily dose of mercury to make us as wild and crazy as they are, and especially on a day like this, think of all that wasted heat in the house.
GE received 18K applications for 1200 jobs near Ann Arbor, MI in 2010. In 2007, GE's 'Careers India' employment web page crowed 'New R&D Center in Bangalore is integral to corporate goal of growth by innovation'.
Maybe these people could get jobs in GE's and Siemens's medical privacy violation business that has been ramping up; they were planning to invest over $2 billion in it according to an article last June.
January 24, 2014 at 1:43 p.m.
tsk tsk, southsidedave.
You wouldn't want the poor darlings to have to stoop to employing some of the millions of bright US citizen science, tech, engineering and math (STEM) pros who are not currently employed in the field they loved so much, in which they invested so much of their intelligence and effort and money and time and creativity. How terrible would that be? No, we must waste that talent!
Besides, bodyshopping is still the great fad of the B-school set... regardless of the costs and other bad results, just as IBM was their darling a few decades back, and then MSFT. Sure there was better computer hardware. Sure there were better operating systems. Sure there are lots of off-the-shelf billing apps. But they didn't have the name among the unthinking B-school set. There are priorities!
So it has been written.
January 20, 2014 at 11:11 a.m.
I was reading about poured-on-site, foam form, re-inforced concrete buildings recently. The foam on both sides insulates and is a moisture seal; the concrete is a heat-sink, stabilizing temperature. And they can be finished with a wood, aluminum, or brick skin. You can even do re-inforced concrete roofs, or wood-frame roof.
The trickiest part seems to be making sure all of the bigger bubbles are worked out as it is poured.
They're a little more expensive up front than stick-built or even brick, but probably less than stone.
January 13, 2014 at 6:01 p.m.
Don't additional penalties already exist? I mean, there's kidnapping, smuggling someone across borders (including the Mann act covering smuggling across state borders; and I wonder whether they count up each state line crossed along the way), penalties for imprisoning people, pimping, the drugs abused to make the victims submissive, battery... It shouldn't be difficult for a half-decent prosecutor and juries and judges to stack up a few decades worth of sequential sentences for each victim of each perp.
January 13, 2014 at 8:58 a.m.
Wouldn't that be sweet, for software engineers, analysts, web-weavers, data-base designers to be able to deduct $3K-$4K for the costs of replacing hardware and software tools every couple years.
But even that would be no help at all to the millions of STEM (science, tech, engineering, math) professionals who are unemployed or involuntarily out of field (in survival jobs).
Come to think of it, this isn't going to be much help for unemployed and under-employed US farm-workers, either, and that help only indirect.
December 16, 2013 at 1:56 p.m.
I'm starting to wonder what their definitions of "proficient" are and how they've changed over time. Are more children actually illiterate, or do they just have more trouble with bigger, less common words like antidisestablishmentarianism, acetylcholinesterase or eleemosynary?
(Geo-political changes have relieved them from having to master one of my favorite 3rd grade spelling challenges: Czechoslovakia, but do they know where the Uighurs live? Or why Good Uncle Wenceslaus was feasting on St. Stephen's day, or why his brother Cruel Grandpa Boleslaw had him assassinated? Do they even have regular spelling bees in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades, anymore? It's beginning to seem like spelling bees might be a good idea through high school in some places.)
Sure, some short-hand like "proficient" is handy, but it's good to be able to refer back to the definitions of those short-hand terms well enough to make judgments, and to have a widely-held good grasp on how those definitions have shifted over time.
December 15, 2013 at 12:33 p.m.
So, the grade-schools in Ohio don't have libraries (oh, that's right; they call them "media centers", now) or semi-monthly visits by a book-mobile? Parents in Ohio don't read to/with their children anymore? Parents don't take them to the local branch library every week? They don't buy books at local book-stores?
Or is it a more fundamental problem that they don't see academic achievement as valuable because we have so many people with university degrees (who can read, write and do calculus) who are unemployed?
Obligatory: Why, when I was a wee thing in Ohio, we used to drive 5 miles nearly every week-end to get to the closest branch library. The book-mobiles' visits to the school were a great treat. Before 8th grade I was hiking those 5 miles to the branch library or book-stores. My uncle used to take his shot-gun to school nearly every day and hunt for edibles along the way (though his brothers thought he was just trying to get out of some of the other chores).
It's time for the locals to step up the game. Neighbors could pitch in to take them to the library, take turns reading books and discussing what they'd read (to this day I have trouble resisting the urge to talk about the books I'm reading when folks give signs they aren't interested in the subject). If the book-mobile can't come to the school, schedule a twice per term "field-trip" to the library. Baseball cards, Pokimon, Fu-gi-oh, and Magic cards can help learn arithmetic. In 1st and 2nd grade, write fill-in-the-blank stories on the black- or white-boards to give them practice reading, writing and critical thinking (to figure out what word goes in each blank). No 21st century tech required.
December 13, 2013 at 9:25 a.m.