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I loved taking standardized tests as a kid. They asked interesting and challenging questions, far, far more interesting and challenging than the mind-numbing "another brick in the wall" humdrum of daily classroom life. Testing in my day was accompanied by "It's Okay! Just do your best! It doesn't count." Testing was intentionally presented as "not a big deal." In contrast, Florida's standardized testing the state's public school students are forced to endure, FCAT, involves months-long hype, preparation, contests, prizes, shaming, and gnashing of teeth. Worse, FCAT DOES count. Students are told they must pass to move to the next grade. FCAT is, in the words of Joe Biden one "big [expletive deleted] deal!" unlike the standardized testing of my day. As bad as the rural, back-water Southern education I received generally was, at least I looked forward to that one day each year when we could relax and enjoy no-stress and intellectually-challenging standardized tests. I'm pretty sure, too, that American education, generally, hasn't improved any over those years. "We don't need no [none of this sort] education! We don't need no mind control! Teacher! Leave the kids alone!"
Political parties always promise "We'll offer better candidates next time."
Sorry to deflate your balloon. Among the four playoff teams, only Ohio State is a "big state universit[y]." Ohio State's 57,000 students makes it number 4 among big state universities. Florida State, with 41,000 students, is barely the fourth largest state university in the state of Florida, with only a handful more students than University of South Florida in Tampa, and almost 20,000 fewer students than University of Central Florida. Florida State has several thousand more students than the University of Alabama's 36,000, while the University of Oregon has less than 25,000 students. So, no, the playoffs featured only one "big state university," Ohio State, and three very much mid-sized state universities.
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OneDogGone Wrote: Jan 27, 2015 2:58 AM
Thomas Sowell is probably the only economist who has groupies.
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OneDogGone Wrote: Jan 27, 2015 2:16 AM
Those who can be trusted with political power don't want it; we're stuck with the rest.
Only in a world on which being being a hyper-effective impediment against presidential impeachment is a resume enhancement...
The only joy in a Romney retread re-run is it'll probably circumvent Jebbie! 2016!
Betcha Jebbie! is not one of them.
I call bull on your whole story. It doesn't make any sense at all!
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