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Beyond Affirmative Action

larryalobo Wrote: Feb 20, 2014 9:12 AM
I used to support affirmative action, and maybe for its time, it had some positive aspects to it - but not now, as far as I'm concerned. Many supported busing students in school and it stopped for lots of reasons. Some ideas have their day and may have been ok for the times and circumstances but are no longer any good because there are other better ways to get some of the same things, they carry too much baggage or negative effects and people just don't want it any more. Does this mean that the issue of minorities getting into and succeeding in higher education institutions has been solved? No, improved but there are still issues but the approaches we should take have changed. There is no magic bullet, one way to solve all problems so you keep trying to figure it out. Giving people points or a spread in a friendly competition is fine, but on game day, for true competitors its straight up especially in the public forums and settings. There is more competition from others from around the world so social engineering makes less sense, especially in certain ways. With the internet and many of the other resources and opportunities more of us have, how can we prepare ourselves to qualify to be considered for school, for work, for training, etc. We are competing not just with the guy down the block, but from across town, upstate, from other states, across the country, around the world. Better get yourself ready and not depend on the government or institutions to do your job for you!
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'Breaking Bad': A Christian Parable

larryalobo Wrote: Oct 03, 2013 10:58 AM
I agree - I've seen bits and pieces and the last episode - this column is one reason I love Ann Coulter - she is so much more than what people sometimes see of her on TV as a political thinker. Keep it up Ann - I've met you and love how you think deeply
Traditional school model is in trouble but we try to improve it - charter schools, great teachers (in traditional roles) flipped classrooms. This viideo shows how children can learn with their own curiosity - http://collegerama.tudelft.nl/mediasite/SilverlightPlayer/Default.aspx?peid=de0733a59a5c45f3a970164e666d927e1d Ssites as Khan Academy, with a good set up and direction, kids can learn lots on their own with what we have and can put online. Teachers should become tutors, coaches, and not as much dispensers of info but need to know the information. They should be skilled in technology and how to combine information from different disciplines, project management, give a direction to knowledge gathering. It should be learner focused
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