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Karen Blake June 12, 2014 at 06:50 am
My experience in industry is a little different. I have seen forced ranking of everyone in theRead More company. Those who ranked low are cut. This way, the best and brightest.
Walt Bishop June 12, 2014 at 07:57 am
At least the governor gave billions, from this year's state surplus, to the teacher's union pensionRead More fund. No wonder teachers support a union that will not distinguish between good and bad teaching. Besides the taxpayer sustaining the cost of the "same old same old" public education system there is the added cost of a court to make the distinction. Bummer the teacher's union is not required to reimburse the tax payer for this two year legal battle. Now, it is going to cost the tax payer more for the appeal(s).
Courtney Carreras June 12, 2014 at 08:47 am
Having an effective and objective way to "grade" teachers is a complex issue, but I doRead More believe that the current system is not working. I have seen personally how its basically impossible to fire a teacher who is grossly ineffective - having such feedback from parents and students year after year after year. Any situation that gives automatic tenure and is unable to hold employees accountable is going to be problematic.
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 07:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 01:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 01:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
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Unsuscribed. November 15, 2013 at 07:27 am
As a child in the 1950's, I still remember my father having me practice the Palmer Method, and toRead More this day I am so thankful that he did.
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Chris Corbett October 24, 2013 at 11:28 am
I learn a lot from the Lifetime channel. It teaches a lot how to raise teens! It covers this topicRead More and more...it isn't just "television for women."
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Chris Corbett October 4, 2013 at 06:20 pm
Yes, there is too much homework, absolutely. My kids do over two hours each night, and I agree, thatRead More is too much...tone it down, teachers! Teach more in class, so students can rest a little at night...
California schools' API scores were released today.
Chris Corbett October 4, 2013 at 06:30 pm
Most kids just fill in the circles, that's why. STAR testing is not an accurate indicator of how aRead More child is progressing...
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Mike July 29, 2013 at 12:40 pm
Ctber security regardless of the case needs to be inproved upon. As for institutions of higherRead More learning such as Stanford, perhaps they would be well served to focus on Cyber security. Institutions such as JR. Colleges and other public colleges and universities may also need to do so as well, but they should also focus on elimination of some of the classes that are offered. Then monet saved would help with Cyber Security. But why would they do such a dumb thing? The money is free. Also, in some cases if they didn't offer some easy classes that cover certain degree requirements some students would not get one. Of course that problem begins in the high schools. Based on my experience of interviewing young people for employment I think the 1st priority for high schools should be teaching students to be able to master speaking English. reading, writting and a reasonable amount of math prior to their graduation.
Sam Chetcuti June 4, 2013 at 03:26 pm
It is desirable for all of our students to do well in school. It probably is more of a necessity forRead More each and every non English speaker to do their utmost to learn in the language of the US. I for one am fluent in another language but I sure didn't use it as a crutch when I was a student. Changing school curriculum to accommodate those who refuse to learn English at the detrement of English speaking students is just plain wrong. Affirmative Action and programs of it's ilk are just plain reverse discrimination. I'll bet you if I went to a foreign country for study, the school I attended wouldn't shape it's curriculum around my needs.
Heather June 4, 2013 at 08:19 pm
I have been working with preschool and kindergarten students for over 10 years and it is just aRead More shame when the children arrive at school with no knowledge of the English language. I understand the desire to keep the native language at home but it does not serve the student well to send them to school and expect the teachers to teach them English as well as the current curriculum. It is not fair to the student as they are scared when they arrive at school and move slowly through classes because of the language barrier. I agree with the previous comment. My parents came to America and learned English to blend in. They NEVER would have made it in America and in the work force without knowledge of the English language. This is certainly a different time period.
Mike June 1, 2013 at 03:22 pm
I am the spouse of a teacher who works at a private inner city school. Every year (for over 20Read More years) my spouse is subject to an annual performance review. That review determines her ability to return to the classroom the following school year. Performance is evaluated by a variety of things such as administrator (management) observations, lesson plan review, parental feedback, and student test scores. I am also the father of two teachers who work in the public education. The are employed in two separate San Mateo County School Districts. I also have several friends and acquaintances who are teachers and administrators in both private and public education in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. As a result of such exposure I’ve developed a perception over the years which leads me to believe that an inconsistency exists between public and private sector education where teachers’ accountability and performance is concerned (also pay and benefits). I think the private sector is more focused on accountability, and student performance. Such expectations or certainly at least the level and frequencies of those expectations just do not seem to me to be as prevalent in public education. Where-as we have about the best politicians that money can buy I ask the following question. Can my perception regarding a lack of credible accountability and performance standards in public education be due in part to the power of the political action contributions funds of public employee unions such as the California Teachers Association?
Jacquelyn Canoose May 3, 2013 at 03:08 pm
What a great effort to bring awareness of such a well deserved project! Jacquelyn Canoose
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