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Re: California judge says no to homeschooling
« Reply #375 on: March 27, 2008, 02:55:55 PM »
Sirs, you might try contributing to the debate in a meaningful way as opposed to negatively attacking people who are trying to make positive contributions. I seriously doubt your last two posts are what Bt had in mind when he asked for the level of debate to be raised.

Actually, in a way his comments were meaningful. He was pointing out how I have asked for quotes from the act to support various claims, and have yet to see ONE SINGLE QUOTE from the NCLB act in hundreds of responses.
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Re: California judge says no to homeschooling
« Reply #376 on: March 27, 2008, 02:56:08 PM »
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Re: California judge says no to homeschooling
« Reply #377 on: March 27, 2008, 03:11:59 PM »
Js, if you'd bother going back in the thread, you wouldn't look so weak in this attempt to minimize my criticism.  FYI, I have contributed substantial commentary and suggestions, all rebuffed because "I'm not a teacher, I can't possibly know what I'm talking about"

*sigh*

Obviously you can post what you like. I'm not trying to attack you or your character Sirs. You're probably as fine a person as anyone who posts here.

My point is that such posts do nothing to help.

And in fairness, are you a parent? Maybe one doesn't have to be a teacher, but I do think it is difficult to understand the education of a child until one is a parent. (In fairness I never understood that until I had children and one of mine started school.)
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Re: California judge says no to homeschooling
« Reply #378 on: March 27, 2008, 03:31:15 PM »
Js, if you'd bother going back in the thread, you wouldn't look so weak in this attempt to minimize my criticism.  FYI, I have contributed substantial commentary and suggestions, all rebuffed because "I'm not a teacher, I can't possibly know what I'm talking about"

*sigh*

Obviously you can post what you like. I'm not trying to attack you or your character Sirs. You're probably as fine a person as anyone who posts here.  My point is that such posts do nothing to help.


Actually they do.  They reinforce a particulary important point that was made


And in fairness, are you a parent?

Ahhh......so, in fairness, are you in the military?  Are we going down that tract again, where unless you're in X or do X, you can not critize X??    ::)

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Re: California judge says no to homeschooling
« Reply #379 on: March 27, 2008, 04:45:52 PM »
Did I say you could not criticize, or even have an important voice?

I said, "it is difficult to understand the education of a child until one is a parent."

I'm not attacking you in every post Sirs. Take it easy.
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Re: California judge says no to homeschooling
« Reply #380 on: March 27, 2008, 05:24:19 PM »
Did I say you could not criticize, or even have an important voice?  I said, "it is difficult to understand the education of a child until one is a parent."

Well, with all due respect, understanding the education of a child, also requires understanding the current trend of education efforts, incl what's working and what's not. 

No one is argueing that parenting and educating a child is child's play.  But to bring up query's like "Have you been a teacher?", or "Do you have children?", is an apparent overt effort to not only deflect some of the criticisms being raised, but to even try to shield one from such criticism.  And for some then falling back to the standard DNC talking points of how all we need are "smaller class sizes" & "more $$$".

Ami, Prince, & Bt have done an outstanding job of demonstrating how the criticisms of NCLB are largely rhetorical, that no one criticising it can bring up any specific provisions within it to say "see, right there", and instead pull up op-ed after op-ed, many from the NEA or other Democratic driven organization, full of how terrible NCLB is, and how instead we just need to "invest" more in the Public Education system


I'm not attacking you in every post Sirs. Take it easy.

Never implied you were.  You were just trying to shield you and Miss Cynthia from some substantive criticism.  She's already tried that tact.  So, no need to get defensive
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Re: California judge says no to homeschooling
« Reply #381 on: March 27, 2008, 06:37:19 PM »
Did I say you could not criticize, or even have an important voice?  I said, "it is difficult to understand the education of a child until one is a parent."

Well, with all due respect, understanding the education of a child, also requires understanding the current trend of education efforts, incl what's working and what's not. 

No one is argueing that parenting and educating a child is child's play.  But to bring up query's like "Have you been a teacher?", or "Do you have children?", is an apparent overt effort to not only deflect some of the criticisms being raised, but to even try to shield one from such criticism.  And for some then falling back to the standard DNC talking points of how all we need are "smaller class sizes" & "more $$$".

Ami, Prince, & Bt have done an outstanding job of demonstrating how the criticisms of NCLB are largely rhetorical, that no one criticising it can bring up any specific provisions within it to say "see, right there", and instead pull up op-ed after op-ed, many from the NEA or other Democratic driven organization, full of how terrible NCLB is, and how instead we just need to "invest" more in the Public Education system.

I've heard some very substantive discussions from Governor Richardson, then Governor Dean, and others on the NCLB. I would certainly suggest looking at what the different governors who have had to implement the law have had to say.

Moreover, the actual wording of the Act and the effects of a law are not always identical. Unforeseen consequences often happen with legislation, especially new legislation that makes significant changes which is why I asked about OFSTED and independent performance measures to which I've only received a brief reply from Ami about one small segment of my post, to which I'm more than happy to say I was mistaken.
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Re: California judge says no to homeschooling
« Reply #382 on: March 27, 2008, 06:46:17 PM »
So, in the mean time, until we actually have specific provisions in NCLB pointed to, in order to validate some of the criticisms that have been largely refuted, such as no science to be taught, funds to be cut (when the bill mandates increased funding), 1 size fits all (when there are 3tiers that have been referenced), and most notably, how it's up to the states themselves to set their own reasonable standards of how to achieve their results, all we have is the status quo of op-eds, largely by teachers' unions and Democrats (who not so surprisingly get scores of $$ contributions from the teachers' unions), minus of course the prequisate specifics, but loaded to the brim with accusatory claims
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Re: California judge says no to homeschooling
« Reply #383 on: March 27, 2008, 08:24:54 PM »
This is not going to make any sense to you all, but

PLAY IS A CHILD'S WORK.

It's too bad that the focus is less on what the child needs and more on what a society needs....i.e. a president NEEDS.

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Re: California judge says no to homeschooling
« Reply #384 on: March 27, 2008, 08:38:58 PM »
Tried and true methods for teaching have been on the "books' for decades and decades....Piaget, and so many others....Professional men and women who have taken the time to devote THEIR LIVES to educating children.

Then, in one swoop. An idiot president comes along and decides that teachers know nothing!

I'll tell you another thing about all of this;

Perhaps we live in a new world ...a world when we must adjust to the televison, video games, face the music with "A book is the new dinosaur" mentality.
Perhaps this world of the child is at a critical mass we just have to do what the BOSS demands.

Be damned the intense research and massive professionalism that has gone into the soup of education..
BY DAMN, WE ARE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...
WE MUST BE THE BEST.

WE MUST OFFER VOUCHERS.

WE MUST KICK ASS and leave so many kids behind.


Ok, I'll calm down...but this is an outrage.....Bush is an IDIOT.


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Re: California judge says no to homeschooling
« Reply #385 on: March 27, 2008, 08:53:22 PM »
Then, in one swoop. An idiot president comes along and decides that teachers know nothing!

Funny, the NCLB act requires states to formulate the requirements by getting input from teachers.

What part of that means "teachers know nothing"?
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« Reply #386 on: March 27, 2008, 09:04:35 PM »
I agree with Cynthia on quite a bit (not a McCain supporter, but that's about it).

I almost feel as if someone mandated that every classroom have a shiny new yardstick, and every pupil had to grow a certain amount every week.

The yardstick is the NCLB.  The children are not going to measure exactly what you want them to measure; their growth and development vary and it's just not going to happen, mandate or no.

And if the President and Congress are so very concerned with children meeting educational standards, then why are private and home schools exempt?
Do they not also teach children?
Are some children more equal than others?
Is it presumed that private and home schools are "good" and public schools are "bad"?

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"I'm in a better place now that I'm not there," she said. "And I guess that's why I felt comfortable coming out with this and taking the next step after going to a board member twice."

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Re: California judge says no to homeschooling
« Reply #387 on: March 27, 2008, 09:34:03 PM »
I almost feel as if someone mandated that every classroom have a shiny new yardstick, and every pupil had to grow a certain amount every week.

The yardstick is the NCLB.  The children are not going to measure exactly what you want them to measure; their growth and development vary and it's just not going to happen, mandate or no.

Except that the NCLB says that states and local school districts are to determine what the growth rate is, so it's a yardstick that can get longer or shorter as needed.
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Re: California judge says no to homeschooling
« Reply #388 on: March 28, 2008, 10:26:38 AM »
And if the President and Congress are so very concerned with children meeting educational standards, then why are private and home schools exempt?
Do they not also teach children?
Are some children more equal than others?
Is it presumed that private and home schools are "good" and public schools are "bad"?

Let's correct that little problem right now!

You call your Congress Critters and I'll call mine.

I'd love it if private and home schools got some of that money!

Oh wait, I bet you just want them to meet the standards, but not get any of the money that's given to the schools to help them meet the standards, right?
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Re: California judge says no to homeschooling
« Reply #389 on: March 28, 2008, 11:24:16 AM »
D'OH
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