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  1. piobaire commented on Lisa Benson about 1 month ago

    When society decided teaching should be a profession, it decided that new teachers needed four year college degrees, and master’s degrees in many states.

    It was deemed important that teachers give professional-grade service to the children. However, they told the teachers, we can’t pay you like other professionals. We can’t pay you like we pay people with similar responsibilities. We can’t pay you like we pay people with similar credentials.

    So, what society offered to make up the difference in salary were good benefits and a good pension. It offered job protection, so that people who were dedicated and worked hard and long wouldn’t lose their jobs for unjust reasons and with those jobs their houses and the chance to send their children to college.

    Now, large sectors of society want to go back on their promises. They want ever more and ever better service for the kids, but they don’t want to pay for it.

    What do you think the effects will be?

  2. piobaire commented on Signe Wilkinson about 1 month ago

    Signe Wilkinson, Trusted Mechanic, Mephistopheles, and others, thank you for the supportive cartoon and comments regarding teachers and teaching. Most of us work very hard, and receive very little in return.
    None of the teachers I know want to teach with poor teachers. Besides the negative effects on the children, poor teachers make every other teacher’s job harder. Poor teachers are supported in making improvements by their colleagues. Poor teachers who don’t improve are weeded out, often by themselves. As for the concept that teachers cannot be fired: Oh, yes they can. Tenure is only a guarantee of due process.
    The intent of the Common Core is fine. Who would argue that we should be satisfied with our educational standing in the world? I don’t have a problem with some other countries being better than we are, but for us to be as far down the lists as we are in Science and Mathematics is alarming.
    There are some fine aspects to the Common Core teaching materials, but there are problems too. The materials provided in my state are full of errors, both typographical and mathematical. They are clearly the product of rushed production and poor, or non-existent, editing.
    The way the Common Core was introduced was appalling. We were told that we would be learning the new materials as we taught them, with no compensated time to study the complex documents or prepare. The metaphor used was that we would be “flying the airplane while we build it”. Is there anybody here who flies who thinks that that sounds wise? Beyond that, we are going to be evaluated on how well our students do while we are mandated to teach with these flawed, untested materials.
    I worry that the Common Core and the associated materials have become such a lightning rod that they’ll be chucked out and we’ll have to start all over again.

  3. piobaire commented on Faces of the News by Kerry Waghorn 2 months ago

    Mexico. Cuauhtemoc is the name of a heroic leader of the native peoples of the Aztec empire. He became emperor after Moctezuma (there are a variety of spellings, in the US he is most often called ‘Montezuma’) was killed. ‘Cuauhtemoc’ is one of the non-Spanish names given to some male children in Mexico

  4. piobaire commented on The Barn 2 months ago

    Hmmm. Try the theme from the Flintsones or Gilligan’s Island for people of the postwar generation. The theme from The Beverly Hillbillies works too. People the right age can sing most or all of the lyrics, once you get them going. They didn’t try to memorize them, and they may not know they know them, but they do…

  5. piobaire commented on Jen Sorensen 3 months ago

    Thanks, Mike.

    Another source, on child mortality in general:
    http://www.hrsa.gov/healthit/images/mchb_child_mortality_pub.pdf

  6. piobaire commented on Jen Sorensen 3 months ago

    That is a stunning thought about schools. I can easily see how it would be true. There were at least two such deaths amongst my forebears in my grandmothers’ time.

    That is definitely not something I’d like to see happening again.

    Do you have any links? I’ll pick up the thread tonight, when I get from my work — as an educator.
    Best wishes.

  7. piobaire commented on Signe Wilkinson 3 months ago

    I am of the considered opinion that God doesn’t care how we pray, or if we pray. I think what matters is how we treat each other and the beautiful home we have been given.

  8. piobaire commented on Pat Oliphant 3 months ago

    Chamberlain was playing for the time needed for Britain to arm and train. That is one view of the history.

    The important, current, question is, what would you reccommend the US do in the current situation? What would you do, rather than just criticize two people with the toughest jobs there are?

  9. piobaire commented on Jim Morin 4 months ago

    Thank you for the insightful post. Well done!

  10. piobaire commented on Lisa Benson 5 months 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.