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ChristieD April 22, 2014 at 10:17 pm
@ Max comment: you see being gay as a "problem." This is YOUR problem. My son being gayRead More is as awesome as my other sons being straight. The problem is not gay people, it is the ignorance of those who do not understand it and thus demonize it in their own hearts. This mentality is quickly going the route of interracial marriage. Because, you know, "Christians" fought against that as well because, well you know, the Bible tells us so.
ChristieD April 22, 2014 at 10:24 pm
@ John Webb: do you really truly embrace ALL that the Bible says? There are lots of things in theRead More bible that were seen as immoral in Biblical times that are not an issue today (eating bacon, playing football - aka touching the skin of a pig, wearing polyester, etc.). There are also things in the Bible that were seen as moral in Biblical times that are considered immoral today (including slavery, stoning people, polygamy, incest, misogyny, etc.) So, which parts exactly are those that are acceptable for us to ignore while pulling out those that fit your own personal biases? Because we could go on a Bible quoting frenzy here on this blog which would be quite pointless. The issue here is that this preacher picks and chooses which issues are "special" to him and preaches against them while ignoring other issues (Jesus never said anything about gay marriage but plenty about divorce). God doesn't have an issue with gay people; heck, he created them! And I am so glad he did!
andy fischer April 23, 2014 at 06:52 am
John and Max don't "think": They parrot the brainwashing they received as children.
andy fischer April 20, 2014 at 07:03 am
Parent Skill Number 1: Don't send your kids to poor performing schools (because poor performingRead More peers/students) like what are in most of the LAUSD.
Ziegler April 20, 2014 at 04:23 pm
The layout of the grammer school makes a difference in what the child is exposed to and learns.Read More That sounds inconceivable but whan they made the decision to put the children is separate bungalows with just one teacher all day it meant that they would not be exposed to specialist teachers such as literature, art, and music appreciation until they get to Jr. High School. I grew up during the great depression. Most assuredly there was no excess money for education, yet we had a gym teacher, we received instructions in drawing and painting, and we listened to classical records in our one day a week music class - because we walked to the specialist teachers classroom. Getting instruction in the humanities costs no more than sitting all day with the same teacher. It is the number of classroom hours spent per week that counts. The Superintendant does not have to hire more teachers, he hires specialists who excite and stimulate the kids in the subject that they themselves love so much. When the child gets a singlr teacheer who teaches math, English, history, etc. that teacher is bound to not be too good at some of the myriad subjects. If we could expose kids tothe very best at the hight of the depression we can do better by them than to have them sit on their behinds all day with someone who is a master of some and a bore at all.
Carl Petersen III April 20, 2014 at 07:26 pm
Ziegler April 20, 2014 at 04:06 AM "Karl has not blamed teachers and in fact he laments thatRead More Parents are ignored especially the Parents who want the besat for their kids. Over all the teachers are very much respected." ________________________________________________________ I think that the current tenure system is an insult to great teachers. The first special education classroom that I witnessed for my daughters did little more than babysit them. We were told that they were doing all they could for them and that they were meeting all of the goals of their IEP. Their next teacher was still taking classes towards her masters degree and was excited to try new things. My daughters made amazing progress. ____________________________________________________ When the LAUSD was forced to lay off teachers, do you want to guess which one lost her Special Education assignment? Instead she was assigned to a kindergarten classroom. What a waste of a special talent!
Just Tim April 19, 2014 at 11:11 am
Jeffe", the reason I pointed out that we are leading in most categories is simple. We actuallyRead More put our dirty laundry right out in the open. No other country is willing or in some cases allowed to do that. In some places, they aren't even allowed to think about doing that. I do agree with most of your laundry list, but compared to any other place, it ain't all bad. That my friend is using our brains. Which also means at times using our brawn to protect us from those who use their brain for less good.
x April 19, 2014 at 12:43 pm
Thanks Carl. Great article. Since it hasn't been mentioned here, i thought i'd muddy the waters aRead More bit by mentioning how prohibition empowers organized crime ….. cheers!
Teri Felker April 22, 2014 at 07:46 am
The Dumbing of America is nearly complete! And FYI, drug treatment programs work ONLY for those whoRead More want it! It can't be legislated!