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I do know of someone who attended his classes. He described Obama as competent but little else. Obama's lectures consisted of a reciting of the facts of the case, the decision, and the dissent, little else. It was very straight forward with little to no commentary or discussion. As I described several of my undergrad classes at UIUC to my friend, it was readily obvious to both of us that my classes were similar in scope but far greater in depth. Nuance and intellectual curiosity seemed to be lacking from Obama's lessons.
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My Free Speech College Entrance Exam

Striker11 Wrote: Jun 24, 2014 1:06 PM
Tolerance allows you to look past who is saying something and listen to what they are saying. Adams' idea is designed to do that, no more, no less. You seem to be ignoring the purpose of his idea. Adams' funny little test understands that their are divisions. He heads right into the response pattern of the intolerant which is to deny the other side's ability to hold an opinion and discuss it freely. You seem unwilling to acknowledge this. Why?
Oh yeah, quick note, Common Core people are trying to change the ACT, SAT, and AP tests to line up with Common Core. This is a big red flag for me.
We have the ACT & SAT tests already designed to determine college readiness. If Common Core works, we should see an increase in scores for theses tests. Not sure why a new test needs to be developed? We have enough states that require all students take the ACT to gain some good data regarding Common Core's effectiveness, so why is Common Core unwilling to use the metrics provided by these services? Do Common Core proponents already know the results they will see when using these metrics? The New Tech high schools developed through the help of Gates Foundation funding should prove very helpful regarding data collection & ACT/SAT score improvement. Funny how you don't see these sorts of information sets provided by the Common Core people, huh?
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My Free Speech College Entrance Exam

Striker11 Wrote: Jun 24, 2014 12:27 PM
Adams is weeding out sensitive students. Males are not allowed to have opinions regarding abortion because they are male. White people cannot cry racist because they cannot be victims of racism. The point of each statement is not what rights do you have & should be permitted, but what are you permitted to say in an academic setting. Adams' word choice is designed to elicit emotional responses anathema to serious academic discussion, nothing more or less. You prove his point. Hence the first response to your comments.
This is a Constitution thing. The legislative branch can only investigate & recommend, they cannot indict or prosecute. At some point, for Congress to move forward with any meaningful impact, impeachment must be considered. That requires Harry Reid's support to move forward in the Senate. At the moment, the House Republicans are doing about all they can do Constitutionally, and, in my opinion, about all they can do politically. If they continue in the manner they are going, politics & public opinion will allow Congressional Republicans to do more. This requires persistence & patience. Very frustrating.
Holocaust denial is not an exchange of ideas, it is intellectual diarrhea. Shame on Temple University for setting no standard for intellectual integrity. Also, shame on Temple for failing to adhere to its own speech codes. When academic pursuits are both morally and intellectually void, they are worthless.
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The Forgotten Massacre

Striker11 Wrote: May 24, 2014 12:17 PM
Great article. Did not know about the Wereth 11. Glad they are remembered.
Several things. Common Core is not a curriculum, it is a set of standards for English and Math skills. It dictates no real teaching but does suggest some strategies (close reading usually gets the most complaints), requires certain products (narrative writing, a research project), and encourages collaborative work. As to curriculum, none is there (but can be inferred in English and Math). As such, Common Core relies heavily on academic skills acquisition and is very light on actual knowledge acquisition. This means you have kids who may no how to do something but might not know anything at the end of the day (I mean, who needs to know why July 4. is important anyway?). In the hands of too many people this leads to student manipulation which is why (understandably) so many people in this thread are worried and upset. As a teacher, my greatest problem is that the standards are poorly aligned, do little or nothing to help your upper level student (please don't tell me about the standards being a floor not a ceiling, you don't truly get the problem and I dislike red herring). As students progress through the system, eventually the misplaced standards become impossible for students to achieve frustrating and harming teachers and students, alike. The final problem is these standards lead to poor curriculum that is joyless, soul-sucking, and improper. We don't have the educational leadership necessary to realize how this standards are a strait jacket rather than an assist. Learning will not improve.
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The Troubles with Common Core

Striker11 Wrote: Apr 21, 2014 1:28 AM
The best thing about this article is Santorum's admonition to communicate with your school board. Most community members and parents do not take advantage of their ability to influence this group of people, much to the detriment of our overall school system. We who teach need this voice to be heard if we want our education system to improve and yet still maintain local control.
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The Troubles with Common Core

Striker11 Wrote: Apr 21, 2014 1:23 AM
Please, this fight is difficult enough without such inaccurate hyperbole. Common Core and the miseducation of German youth in Nazi Germany are not very similar. A quick read of the Common Core standards shows an emphasis on skills and little else. There is little in the way of information you should know, or content, and much of what you should do, the process in which content is acquired. Hitler and the Nazis were very content driven in a very negative way. Again, I am not a fan of Common Core, but this charge is very unfair.
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