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Friday’s Odds and Ends

Posted by mcm0704 on May 17, 2013 |

   A student in a Dallas suburban school didn’t like the assignment he was given, so he mouthed off to the teacher, and now the teacher is on administrative leave, while school officials cleared the student of any wrong-doing. What is wrong with that picture? Apparently the video of the rant by Jeff Bliss, an […]

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Friday’s Odds and Ends

Posted by mcm0704 on September 21, 2012 |

In reviewing a play, “I am a Teacher”, by Dallas playwright and actor, David Marquis, Dallas Morning News columnist, Steve Blow commented that we no longer just have standardized testing in education today, we have standardized education. “It’s a rigid, regulated, one-size fits all approach to teaching. But schools are not factories and kids are […]

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Monday Morning Musings

Posted by mcm0704 on January 23, 2012 |

I read an interesting column by Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times about the worth of good teachers. His column was actually about great teachers and reported on a study that showed that “the difference between a strong teacher and a weak teacher lasts a lifetime.” He quoted some statistics that indicate a student […]

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Friday’s Odds and Ends

Posted by mcm0704 on March 18, 2011 |

Since the news from Japan continues to be so depressing, I thought I would focusing on positives this week… A Methodist church in Lewisville, Texas has recently opened a drop-in teen shelter for kids who are homeless and need a place for support. At the shelter teens can get tutoring, mentoring for college applications, Internet […]

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What Part of Fraud Don’t You Understand?

Posted by mcm0704 on November 16, 2008 |

A news item on Saturday reported that the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) is being investigated bythe Social Security Administration (SSA) for assigning bogus social security numbers to employees hired from foreign countries. Apparently this started as someones bright idea for expediting the hiring system. The new hires needed something for identificaion purposes to get […]

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The Dumbing Down of a School District

Posted by mcm0704 on August 22, 2008 |

I had to check the date of the newspaper to make sure I had not somehow picked up an April 1st edition and this was a joke. But it wasn’t. The Dallas Independent School District has released new grading policies, which officials there say will help students excel, but has many parents and young people […]

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