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Comments for Politics Uncuffed by Julie Erfle http://politicsuncuffed.com Tue, 23 Jun 2015 22:29:18 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Comment on The secret behind those ‘Highly Performing’ charter schools by Dave Kauffman http://politicsuncuffed.com/education/the-secret-behind-those-highly-performing-charter-schools/#comment-16810 Tue, 23 Jun 2015 22:29:18 +0000 http://politicsuncuffed.com/?p=1200#comment-16810 The writer is spot on. Using BASIS as an example of what a successful school is, is preposterous. They are essentially culling the top 1% of the top 1% and then declaring themselves the nations top school. Ability and motivation are not normally distributed, therefore using BASIS as a model school is just statistical fraud. I think it’s fine for people to send their kids to elite schools if that is what they want, but the students in those schools in no way represent a wider population. I am not knocking BASIS, the kids that go there or the parents that send their kids to the school; but like University High they are in no way representative of a typical school with a typical school population.

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Comment on The secret behind those ‘Highly Performing’ charter schools by Justine Pechuzal http://politicsuncuffed.com/education/the-secret-behind-those-highly-performing-charter-schools/#comment-16029 Fri, 12 Jun 2015 17:01:47 +0000 http://politicsuncuffed.com/?p=1200#comment-16029 Thank you for sharing your insights. I am an educator and believe that the more knowledge our public has, the better we can support ALL our students. Keep up the good work.

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Comment on Wolves in sheep’s clothing by Jim Cummings http://politicsuncuffed.com/state-budget/wolves-in-sheeps-clothing/#comment-15901 Wed, 10 Jun 2015 19:23:09 +0000 http://politicsuncuffed.com/?p=1214#comment-15901 This Irish-Catholic guy applaudes you. These folks are the least Christian among us.

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Comment on Settling for scraps by Mike Norton http://politicsuncuffed.com/education/settling-for-scraps/#comment-15671 Sun, 07 Jun 2015 05:27:20 +0000 http://politicsuncuffed.com/?p=1222#comment-15671 Ducey dusted our schools. After the promises he made to get elected, he had few choices. That doesn’t justify what happened. It’s just political life. But, I doubt he had any idea how angry the voters would be including Republicans who stood behind him.

Now he has made a nominal offer of the peace pipe.

Perhaps – – – just perhaps – – – – this is just a first step. If so, educators should remain engaged with the Governor and the dominant political party and find a way to guide the 2nd, 3rd and 4th steps to education finance reform.

If Ducey has played us for fools, we can always walk away. If this is a first offer of peace, we were the fools to refuse to respond to the gesture.

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Comment on Settling for scraps by Sheila Rubio http://politicsuncuffed.com/education/settling-for-scraps/#comment-15643 Sat, 06 Jun 2015 22:01:00 +0000 http://politicsuncuffed.com/?p=1222#comment-15643 Thank you for writing this! As a proud public school parent I am more that frustated with the state of educational funding in Arizona. I find the Governor’s plan insulting!

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Comment on Settling for scraps by Dennis Gilman http://politicsuncuffed.com/education/settling-for-scraps/#comment-15623 Sat, 06 Jun 2015 16:14:27 +0000 http://politicsuncuffed.com/?p=1222#comment-15623 Excellent article Julie. It’s also worth noting that Ducey pulled this stunt the same time that the board of regents announced forced lay offs. College students will pay more for less as tuition goes up.

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Comment on Settling for scraps by Kitty Beder http://politicsuncuffed.com/education/settling-for-scraps/#comment-15619 Sat, 06 Jun 2015 15:31:27 +0000 http://politicsuncuffed.com/?p=1222#comment-15619 I am speechless that the local news media is touting Ducey’s plan as a “good first step!” It just shifts negative opinion away from the failure of our elected officials to take care of Arizona students. Your article is a great reminder that we might need to do more than challenge him.

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Comment on Settling for scraps by Boca Veritas http://politicsuncuffed.com/education/settling-for-scraps/#comment-15593 Sat, 06 Jun 2015 02:52:51 +0000 http://politicsuncuffed.com/?p=1222#comment-15593 Well said Julie. I too fear that most voters will view this as a significant improvement in school funding when it is nothing more than a pittance. Moreover, what funds are allowed will be released through a yet undefined funding formula that I’m sure will favor charter schools over the general public schools. If Ducey was serious about helping Education, he should begin by paying the money the Court ordered instead of fighting this payment!

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Comment on The secret behind those ‘Highly Performing’ charter schools by paul morris http://politicsuncuffed.com/education/the-secret-behind-those-highly-performing-charter-schools/#comment-14031 Mon, 04 May 2015 15:29:52 +0000 http://politicsuncuffed.com/?p=1200#comment-14031 It’s fun to compare the SEALS training to contemporary education policy. If you have a training facility with an 80 percent failure to graduate rate, we should close those facilities and fire those instructors. What? You can’t fire them because they’re part of a large union-like organization (the military)? Instead, we should give the soldiers vouchers so they could go to better performing facilities. Maybe they need to test more frequently throughout the training. Those who are having trouble could simply repeat the training until they are successful. If there are other choices, these vouchers will help create competition so we can create more effective facilities. Better yet, let’s privatize these facilities so we can see more creative solutions to producing more SEAL graduates. Let’s give bonuses to those instructors who graduate higher rates of SEALS. Etc. SEALS training seems highly inefficient.

Of course, it’s a silly comparison to match SEALS training to contemporary education. SEALS are taught very specific vocational skills for a profession that only requires a small number of graduates every year. Very specialized training for a very specialized job.

The day of educating people for very specialized jobs has passed. We can no longer predict which jobs are going to be needed in the future. Some examples of jobs that no longer really exist: travel agents–we can all do our own travel arrangements; television repair people–no longer needed when it’s easier and cheaper to simply discard electronic devices that fail; WordPerfect programs–that program is no longer used. Twenty years ago if you had told me to study skills for the internet, I would have asked you to explain what an internet was.

Technology and the world is changing quickly. Better to educate people to have a wide variety of skills and learning so they can adapt to changing demands and new technologies. The increasing emphasis on vocational elements in general education is not the way to go. We need education that teaches people to be creative, to understand change and to adapt to surprise.

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Comment on About by Tanya Glover http://politicsuncuffed.com/about/#comment-13829 Fri, 01 May 2015 23:09:42 +0000 http://politicsuncuffed.com/?page_id=40#comment-13829 Hello! Thank you for being brave enough to speak out! This needs to happen with all of us. We need to let people in Arizona (and the rest of the world) know about things that are not fair or not considerate of other people. As for me, I will keep speaking out, e-mailing, and making my voice heard in support of public education. After all, these precious children are Arizona’s future!

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