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  1. piobaire commented on Jim Morin 9 days ago

    Thank you for the insightful post. Well done!

  2. piobaire commented on Lisa Benson about 1 month ago

    Dover Publications has a reprint of Jefferson’s work. It is available for order on-line, and not expensive. Read the introduction and the text if you are interested.

    I may be wrong, but I don’t think Jefferson’s intent was to replace or supplant the Bible, but to make a concise account of what Jesus said and did, and what was done to him. I don’t think Jefferson falls under any curse, any more than someone quoting the Bible in a discussion would, if that person did not recite the whole Bible while doing so.

    Respectfully, piobaire.

  3. piobaire commented on Lisa Benson about 1 month ago

    Mephistolpheles said: “@piobaire – And yet we also hear from John 3:16 Who so ever believeth in me shall not die but have everlasting life.
    We can throw scriptures at each other all day but that doesn’t make it right to steal wealth from the productive to hand to the indolent”
    Where do I say it is right to steal wealth from the productive and hand it to the indolent? I don’t. I don’t like it either.
    I believe that we are all called to account for our actions. That’s all I have to say about that.
    I usually don’t throw scripture around. I have a good moral compass, all the same. I am glad to see that you and I share the belief that stealing is not right. From that standpoint: Taking work from people and not paying them fairly is stealing. I hope you will agree. I would further contend that there is a lot of pay inequity in the United States, and it is a big problem.

  4. piobaire commented on Lisa Benson about 1 month ago

    CCNJ say the sky is falling said, in regards to a discussion about “the eye of a needle” reference in the Bible, " So you don’t know it, either. Ok."
    Incorrect. I teach reading, so when I read the following, I have a good idea what it means.

    From the King James version: “And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” That’s Matthew 19:24, and attributed to Jesus, who is speaking to his disciples.

    There is little room for misinterpretation there. Good luck trying.

  5. piobaire commented on Lisa Benson about 1 month ago

    Do continue, please.

  6. piobaire commented on Lisa Benson about 1 month ago

    Hi! Sorry that I couldn’t get back to you sooner. I was at work.
    I find Thomas Jefferson’s Bible is a great concise moral guide. All versions of the Bible that I have read quote Jesus himself on the matter of “the eye of the needle”, and there doesn’t seem much room for misinterpretation. Perhaps you can enlighten me with reference to specific passages of a given version? My King James version is handy.

  7. piobaire commented on Jeff Stahler about 1 month ago

    “If he’s #MissingThe8-hourWorkDay, perhaps he should stop working after he leaves the office.”

    If he does, he could be putting his job in jeopardy. Many “job creators” and administrators would rather pay one worker to do the work of two. That is one reason why we have an unemployment problem.

  8. piobaire commented on Lisa Benson about 1 month ago

    I wonder: Does the image of a camel gliding effortlessly through the eye of a needle occur often in the dreams of the radical right?

  9. piobaire commented on Robert Ariail about 1 month ago

    “Not many liberals leave their kids in public schools if they can’t get into the gifted programs & magnet schools.”

    Can you support that contention?

  10. piobaire commented on Robert Ariail about 1 month ago

    When I was a child, we were motivated to learn for a variety of reasons.
    First, out parents expected us to learn, to succeed. They read to us when we were toddlers, counted things, talked about colors and shapes, and taught us manners and proper behavior. Parents in those days respected what teachers were doing, and backed them up.
    Second, we knew that children who did not master the required skills were going to have to repeat a grade. Today children are promoted with their age group. This results in careless, unmotivated students at three or four reading levels in fifth grade classrooms.
    You see, it isn’t politically correct to tell children that they need to work hard. It’s part of the “everybody gets a trophy” and “everybody is wonderful” mentality. It must be somebody else’s fault if you are not doing well. When I was a kid, we had to work hard to get respect. We were taught to work hard to achieve. It is not so today.
    Next, it isn’t politically correct to tell parents to prepare their children for school, or to back teachers up. Nope. There are more of them, and they vote.
    It has become, however, politically correct (in some minds and political philosophies) to bash teachers and teacher unions. It’s part of a “all unions are bad, and we can pay people less if we bust the unions” mentality. Check out the information on educational and economic effects of teacher turn-over.
    http://www.nber.org/papers/w17176 (Please read more than the first sentence in the description.)
    No business could function well with that much job dissatisfaction and such high turnover. When the economy ever really gets going again, watch teachers leave the profession for respect, more money, and better working conditions.
    Public educators that I know don’t hate charter schools. They dislike seeing public money funneled to for-profit schools with questionable success rates and that treat their employees poorly. (Public educators pay taxes, too.) Public educators dislike being compared to schools that can pick and choose their students, when they can’t. Public educators don’t like being told that they are the source of all the problems in education, and that charter schools will solve the problems.
    Every single challenge and every single problem in schools today has one solution, as far as administrators and parents are concerned: Teachers must do more. Longer hours, more training, get more done in the same amount of time. This has been going on for decades, and the burdens are becoming crushing.
    Well, my lunch is over, and I have to go pick up my class. Yes, I am a teacher, and I am proud to be one, and proud to be a member of my teacher union.