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Posted on June 8 at 6:08 p.m.
Couple of days of phony enthusiasm for the latest fad to magically educate every student to the same level regardless of the child's ablility, interest and life situation.
University educational researchers who live in an insulated fantasy world in combination with politicians who see the schools through whatever idealogical prism they prefer will never cease pushing new buzz words as if they are cure-all elixer for all classroom problems.
Two days now for mandatory Common Core training will have about as much impact as previous workshops devoted to earlier educational buzzwords like NCLB, Authentic Wholistic Evaluation, Standards-based Student Centered Learning, Portfolio Evaluation, etc., etc. have had: No impact at all.
How can the educational and political hierarchy embrace blanket programs for every school , every instructor, every student (Common Core being the latest) while simultaneously bubbling over with ecstatic praise for the haphazard world of Charter Schools where local parents and administrators are empowered to make up whatever curriculum they choose (some terrifically effectively and other crack-pot fiascos) ?
On A Failure To Communicate
Posted on January 3 at 8:42 p.m.
I was lucky to meet Mr. Higman and to speak to him regularly over the past few years. Occasionally, when I would ask how he was doing, he would say,"Well, I'm barely clinging to life!" But the wry smile and the sparkle in his eyes would belie those joking words. Far from clinging to it, Jim Higman radiated life and surely everyone who knew him felt the warmth of that radiant energy.Mr. Higman's life was a century of adventure, intelligence, self-effacing humor, wisdom and grace. A delightful model of meaningful personal achievement, Jim's was a life very well lived.
On Obituary for James Edwin Higman
Posted on December 30 at 9:44 p.m.
What is odd is that Oblati won't acknowledge that reporters whose experience working at the News-Press for a total of more than 100 years were fired specifically because they took part in union organizational activities.Of course they could have been let go at any previous time without cause, but they were not. They were fired immediately after taking part in legally protected unionization efforts specific. THAT cause was illegal and that was the basis for the NLRB rulings. Whatever the motives of the union advocates, their behaviors were within the law and their dismissal was a retaliation for exercising their legal rights. That is the "odd" issue that JL and Oblati apparently cannot grasp.
On Wendy's Win
Posted on December 30 at 10:54 a.m.
JL turned this thread down the bogus, BS road that the appeals court adopted: The erroneous notion that the reporters were fired for trying to control the editorial content of the paper.In reality they were fired for organizing a union and advocating a boycott. Both those activities are absolutely legal, according to federal law and the NLRB. No matter what political motives you may impute to the newsroom staff the writers only had the power to write while editors and owners had the power to decide what got published. Individual writers could have been dismissed legitimately if the work product was deemed unsatisfactory but that was not at issue. The right to organize was the issue.
Posted on October 27 at 9:44 p.m.
If anyone in town had those gigantic eucalypti towering over their homes or businesses and planted only ten feet from the wall of the structure they'd be fighting like crazy to have the city remove them. Eventually (could be pretty damn soon) one of those jumbos is going to split apart or drop a branch weighing several hundred pounds through the library roof or smack on some hapless patron walking out with a bunch of borrowed books.
On Five Eucalypti Declared 'Historic'
Posted on July 18 at 8:41 p.m.
Don't waste any time or energy worrying about justice for this guy. He didn't spend the last 18 years skulking around Central America because he is innocent. He'll have his day in court and get a fair trial. But the concern here ought to be for the witnesses and victim who will have to revisit this nightmare two decades later.
On Wanted Santa Barbara Man Arrested in Guatemala
Posted on August 19 at 7 p.m.
If the team was putting in 6-7 hour days then they were violating NCAA rules. Vom Steeg has made a career of pushing the limits and encouraging players to do the same, but eventually that aggro-attitude comes back to bite you.
On UCSB Soccer Coach, Players Hit with Misconduct Penalties
Posted on June 3 at 7:29 a.m.
No one on earth knows exactly what an "intervention specialist" is supposed to do. And no one can demonstrate that an "intervention specialist" will improve academic performance. SBHS has every sort of student from very high achieving, very wealthy white kids to very low income kids with long criminal backgrounds. If it were possible to hire a superhero to make at-risk students into four-year college bound success stories then every high school would have hired an intervention specialist a long time ago.
On School Board Approves Overhaul of SBHS
Posted on May 26 at 5:26 p.m.
"Journalism" not up to Indy standards. The previous principal is on his way out, no need to take cheap shots about his "reputation" for aloofness. What's the point of printing second hand subjective attacks on a person's character in a feature story?The guy is gone, so why kick him as he's walking out the door?I don't know either the old or new principal, but I do know lousy, gossipy writing when I see it. I'm an avid Indy reader and I've even been published on these pages, but the passage about Capritto is unnworthy and disappointing.
On Extreme Makeover: High School Edition
Posted on May 3 at 7:30 a.m.
It's all a matter of personal taste. I'd rate Cajun over Esau's but not by much. It would be a question of how long the line is at each place.As for Tupelo, IMHO, it is way over-rated and similarly over-priced, and the faux-homey decor seems overly gentrified and tourist oriented to me. Cajun and Esau's are functional mostly local clientele, hash-house blue collar joints: much more to my liking.
On Cajun Kitchen on De La Vina