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Earthquake strongly felt across Los Angeles

Debi34 Wrote: Mar 17, 2014 10:11 AM
4.4?? Didn't even notice it!! It has to be at least a 5 before Californians pay any attention. It's all those transplants from other states making a big deal about it! The same ones who moved here, vote Democrat, and are ruining our once great state!
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The Left Versus Minorities

Debi34 Wrote: Mar 11, 2014 10:26 AM
I've been a teacher for over 25 years. Give me concerned, involved parents and, unless there is a true disability, I'll give you a successful student. Charter Schools succeed because the parents cared enough to seek out a better school for their children. We need MORE charter schools, not less. As long as they are held to the same accountability as public schools when it comes to student test scores I don't see the problem. Oh, yes, that's right, the teachers union! That's why I'm planning to leave the public schools and move to a charter school at the end of this school year. I can't wait to get out of the mess that is public school. I love my students but I can't take it anymore!!!
When I was in Girl Scouts in the 70s we learned outdoor skills, cooking, and good morals and ethics. These skills have served me well in my adult life and I have fond memories of my time with them. My daughter learned similar things in the 90s, but there was a push towards "empowerment" and as she moved to the older levels it became less about practical skills and more about feminism. She wanted to go camping but they spent more time learning what she termed "boring" stuff. She finally gave that up and joined her brother in 4-H where she had a blast learning about animals and developed a good work ethic. 4-H is a youth group still dedicated to improving our youth, not indoctrinating them!! Head, Hands, Heart, Health!
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Schoolteacher Cheating

Debi34 Wrote: Feb 06, 2014 10:28 AM
It is a shame what education has come to in this country. This absolutely ridiculous emphasis on test scores that take no account into a child's circumstances or abilities but expect all children of a certain chronological age to score exactly the same is ruining education. A child who comes to a teacher 3 years behind but makes extraordinary growth and gains 2 years in 1 will still score a year behind and the teacher will be penalized. We need to change to a system where the teachers are scored on the GROWTH the children make the year they are in the class, not how the children do based on an arbitrary bar that is the same for everyone. This would also solve the problem of those high achieving kids who are most often ignored in classrooms because the teacher knows their test scores will be fine!
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Schoolteacher Cheating

Debi34 Wrote: Feb 06, 2014 10:28 AM
It is a shame what education has come to in this country. This absolutely ridiculous emphasis on test scores that take no account into a child's circumstances or abilities but expect all children of a certain chronological age to score exactly the same is ruining education. A child who comes to a teacher 3 years behind but makes extraordinary growth and gains 2 years in 1 will still score a year behind and the teacher will be penalized. We need to change to a system where the teachers are scored on the GROWTH the children make the year they are in the class, not how the children do based on an arbitrary bar that is the same for everyone. This would also solve the problem of those high achieving kids who are most oftener ignored in classrooms because the teacher knows their test scores will be fine!
There is no such thing as "only" a father. Thank you for your kind words.
I went in for my 3 month pregnancy check up and the doctor couldn't find a heartbeat. An ultrasound showed the baby had died about a week earlier. Two weeks later the baby still hadn't miscarried so I was taken to the hospital to have it surgically removed. I imagine that procedure was much like an abortion. Over a year later I still grieve for that little baby. I can't imagine any woman willingly going through such a procedure. It was the worst experience of my life. No wonder there are so many instances of depression in women who have had abortions.
I think the problem is the way CCSS is tested. For instance, in math it is no longer necessary to simply get the right answer. In fact, a student can score HIGHER with an incorrect answer that he/she can defend with a written argument than the student who gets a correct answer but does not write an argument to defend it. These test are designed to develop a certain way of thinking, not just test students knowledge and skills like the previous tests!
Common Core is the chance to grab those school that slipped through No Child Left Behind. The school I teach at is a high performing public school in a nice suburb of San Diego. We consistently score in the top 10% of the state. We have been only slightly effected by NCLB. But, we reluctantly started implementing Common Core last year. It has not been well received!! Teachers hate it, parents hate it and, worse of all, the kids hate it. The thing I hate the most is seeing kids who used to love math being turned off to it because now they have to write about it. Just getting the right answer isn't good enough and that really frustrates my strong math students!! I have loved teaching for 26 years, but I am beginning to hate it. And, I know I'm not alone...
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Politics Versus Education

Debi34 Wrote: Jan 14, 2014 10:16 AM
Your very valid points are diminished by the use of derogatory names like "Dummy Whinerwoman" and "Nasty Piglosi." Take the high road like Mitt Romney and don't stoop to their level by using ugly names like that. It weakens your argument!
After 26 years fighting the system every day in a public school classroom, I recently had a revelation about why our school system is failing so miserably. It is because the people in power, the principals, the superintendents, the state and local policy writers, the union leaders, they all left the classroom at some point in their careers. They went from working with children to working with adults. Those of us who really care about the children? We're still in the classroom. We battle every day to do what's best for kids. I go to staff meetings, hear the latest new program we are supposed to implement, then go back to my classroom and close the door and TEACH! My students love school, they spend their days happily reading and writing and learning. I refuse to let those idiots who chose to leave the classroom to dictate what I do any longer. Common Core is just another bureaucrat's way of gaining power over those of us who are the true teachers, the ones who stayed in the classroom.
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