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  •  A swing and a miss. (6+ / 0-)

    Bad teachers made unfire-able by two different grievance processes has been the bane of American education for years.

    You say, "bad teachers made unfire-able by two different gievance processes", I say, "a lack of funding, coupled with the 'teaching to the test' madness of NCLB".

    But we all have our stories of teachers who just stood in front of the class and read from the book.

    Are you channelling a different decade? These days, reading from the book IS THE NORM. There's no room for creativity or thinking outside the box any more, because there aren't enough hours in the day.

    Those standardized tests aren't going to prep themselves, you know.

    "Let me be clear: if a teacher is given a chance but still does not improve, there is no excuse for that person to continue teaching."

    And by whose yardstick will that improvement be measured, Mr. President?

    Regards,
    Corporate Dog

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    Still pissed about FISA, but disgusted by the RNC 9/11 video.

    by Corporate Dog on Tue Mar 10, 2009 at 10:28:11 AM PDT

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      Little, Killer of Sacred Cows

      Obama was simply passing out candy on this. Strike three, and go back to the minors, Obama!

      Instead he should have said (among other things!)

      "Teachers all across the nation will be given enough materials so that they don't need to buy it out of their own pocket. No longer, will a teacher need to buy a student a pencil! Pencils will be provided by the school district, or the federal government!"

      and

      "teachers will work in classrooms and students will learn in classrooms that are free of rodents, and cockroaches. All will be air-conditioned properly in the summer and properly heated in the winter" No longer will little Johnny from Cleveland have to sweat in the winter. No longer will little Betty Baltimore have to sweat in June to simply learn the alphabet.

      •  Hmmmmm.... (1+ / 0-)
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        Killer of Sacred Cows

        "Teachers all across the nation will be given enough materials so that they don't need to buy it out of their own pocket. No longer, will a teacher need to buy a student a pencil! Pencils will be provided by the school district, or the federal government!"

        That's CrAzY talk!

        Saaaaay... you aren't one of those damned SOCIALISTS, are you?

        Regards,
        Corporate Dog

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        Still pissed about FISA, but disgusted by the RNC 9/11 video.

        by Corporate Dog on Tue Mar 10, 2009 at 12:10:15 PM PDT

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