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A New Birth of Education Freedom

Francis97 Wrote: Apr 01, 2013 5:33 AM
Vouchers certainly are a step in the right direction. I think the real problem is that the education model is seriously flawed in that it teaches to the median. We need individualized instruction. A better model would be distant learning from videos of the "best" teachers with local coaching for those who need it.
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Much Hope in Pope

Francis97 Wrote: Mar 16, 2013 8:36 AM
"Catholics" like the Cuomos make this reader feel a little sick. While they have a right to their opinion, they should not call themselves "Catholic" and support a party whose platform is abortion on demand.
Public sector unions, especially the teacher's unions, have blackmailed politicians for as long as I can remember. If they were interested in educating the kids they would favor vouchers, they would favor distant learning, they would favor merit pay, they would favor eliminating tenure and they would rally for the students.
What is truly absurd is that he continues to call himself a Catholic.
The damage is done David. If the MSM earns any respect then shame on us.
The cynical among us (me) may think that support for universal preschool is simply advocating for "free" daycare.
rab·ble-rous·er [rab-uhl-rou-zer] noun a person who stirs up the passions or prejudices of the public, usually for his or her own interests; demagogue.
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Abortion: The New American Family Value

Francis97 Wrote: Feb 27, 2013 6:10 AM
Here is the rest: The Democratic Party also strongly supports access to comprehensive affordable family planning services and age-appropriate sex education which empower people to make informed choices and live healthy lives. We also recognize that such health care and education help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and thereby also reduce the need for abortions. The Democratic Party also strongly supports a woman’s decision to have a child by ensuring access to and availability of programs for pre- and post-natal health care, parenting skills, income support, and caring adoption programs.
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Abortion: The New American Family Value

Francis97 Wrote: Feb 27, 2013 6:08 AM
I'm finding it harder and harder to have a relationship with those who vote for Democrats. The following is part of the 2008 platform on Choice: The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.
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Abraham Lincoln

Francis97 Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 5:27 AM
"I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of ... making voters or jurors of Negroes nor of qualifying them to hold office nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races, which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality."
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Why Is Washington So Polarized?

Francis97 Wrote: Feb 16, 2013 7:02 AM
Current population survey unemployment numbers from Bureau of Labor Statistics. Year/Rate: 2003/6.0 2004/5.5 2005/5.1 2006/4.6 2007/4.6 2008/5.8 2009/9.3 2010/9.6 2011/8.9 2012/8.1 Today 7.9%
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