Archive for the 'Education' Category

THOMSPON LEADS KILL COMMON CORE CHARGE…

July 29th, 2014

Reps. Matt Huffman of Lima and Andy Thompson of Marietta said Monday that Ohio made a mistake four years ago in pursuing the standards and their legislation would seize back state control over the process. …their legislation would seize back state control… (from President Barack Hussein Obama). Where were these anti-federal-education-standards folks when President George […]

AVOIDING THE PROBLEMS WITH BOYCOTTS…

July 22nd, 2014

Boycotts are always problematic, but they can be effective. Putting our money behind our personal convictions helped to bring down South Africa’s apartheid regime. But when does joining a consumer boycott of products or services produced by a specific company or originating in a given region of the world make sense? It’s a question that […]

TAXES TO PROP UP FAILED CHARTER SCHOOL…

July 16th, 2014

[Value Learning and Teaching] Academy, a 600-student charter school in Pendleton, will remain open next year thanks to a judge’s ruling Monday. In a potentially precedent-setting decision, Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Nadine Allen is forcing the Ohio Department of Education to sponsor the school next year, thereby saving it from closure. She also […]

GEORGIA TEACHERS NOT ARMING…

June 29th, 2014

Georgia school leaders are turning down a new option to arm teachers, arguing that it doesn’t make kids any safer and creates more problems than state lawmakers intended to solve. A string of attacks at schools and colleges in California, Oregon and Washington state hasn’t swayed education officials who say bluntly that they don’t believe […]

EDUCATION: WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR…?

June 27th, 2014

If professors don’t teach a lot of job skills, don’t teach their students how to think, and don’t instill constructive work habits, why do employers so heavily reward educational success? The best answer comes straight out of the ivory tower itself. It’s called the signaling model of education – the subject of my book in […]

TODAY’S CHRISTIANISTS WOULD AGREE CHUCK..

June 24th, 2014

Down. Bromley Kent Thursday My dear Sir I must write to thank you for your last letter; I to tell you how much all your views and facts interest me. I must be allowed to put my own interpretation on what you say of “not being a good arranger of extended views” which is, that […]

DECODING AND READING ARE NOT THE SAME…

June 23rd, 2014

The Learner, who wishes to try the question fairly, whether this little book does, or does not, supply the materials for a most interesting mental recreation, is earnestly advised to adopt the following Rules: Begin at the beginning, and do not allow yourself to gratify a mere idle curiosity by dipping into the book, here […]

87 PERCENT OF OHIO THIRD GRADERS PASS…

June 21st, 2014

My first question is, why do I need to go to the jump to find out if Warren (my alma mater) or Wolf Creek school district students didn’t pass? I’ve talked with teachers across the state about this test and many are troubled by the format, methodology and implementation. For those students who do not […]

COLLEGE IS PLAYED ON A CROOKED TABLE…

June 19th, 2014

On Tuesday, my home town newspaper, The Marietta Times, asked the poll question: Would a tuition guarantee convince you to attend college? The question was really about the continued rise in college tuition costs and, as I noted in a comment: The factors driving college tuition increases are multitudinous, and no one change will fix […]

FOR MY (ALL) STUDENTS…

June 16th, 2014

TEMPTING, BUT NOT A SOLUTION…

June 8th, 2014

In the middle of a lecture a student pulls out a deck of cards and begins to play solitaire. The teacher halts the lecture and inquires as to the reason for the student’s actions. The student replies, “Oh, I forgot my laptop today.” If what we have to teach (and at the college level what […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON RESCUING THE BROWNS, AGAIN…

June 6th, 2014

Mayor Frank Jackson apparently feels that the Cleveland Browns and billionaire Jimmy Haslam aren’t getting enough sweetheart deals from the poverty plagued city. They need more city help. And Jackson’s the man to give it to them. So he and Cleveland City Council, led by President Kevin Kelley, provided the Browns with another sweetener – […]

YOUR CHANCE TO BE A THINKING LAB RAT…

June 5th, 2014

Gender is an endlessly complex subject. There are people who spend their entire lives attempting to understand and explain it. This is true even among those lucky languages speakers, I’ve been reminded, where “sex” and “gender” are separate words with intelligible histories that we can understand give them distinct meanings. [Note that here any points […]

DEBATE…? OF COURSE… DENY…? SUICIDAL…

June 5th, 2014

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END OF COURSE…? WHAT END OF COURSE…?

June 5th, 2014

Say goodbye to the Ohio Graduation Test. The tests that Ohio freshmen have needed to pass in order to earn a high school diploma is going away, phasing out over the next few years. For new freshmen starting high school this fall, seven exams will take the OGT’s place. Four of the new exams will […]

PAY NOW OR PAY LATTER…

May 28th, 2014

In the nearly year and a half since I have been investigating America’s broken mental health system – even with my 30-year background in clinical psychology – I have been shocked to learn just how much our country has failed those with severe mental illness. Take Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old whose instability was known, but […]

OUR MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS MALIGNANCY…

May 28th, 2014

To see a larger version of this graphic (or check your state), visit The Guardian page. In the last several years, national tragedies like the shootings in Newtown have put pressure on the US government to improve access to mental health treatment. This weekend’s violence in Santa Barbara has reignited the issue. But behind these […]

REALITY COMMENCES IN 3… 2…

May 22nd, 2014

I graduated from Ohio University 30 years ago. 1984, George Orwell notwithstanding, was a good year. We weren’t at war, conservatives had not yet wrecked the economy and that Internet thing was still pretty much a geeky kind of toy.

EARN THIS… EARN IT

May 20th, 2014

Above all remember, dear, that you have a great opportunity. You are in one of the world’s best schools, in one of the world’s greatest modern empires. Millions of boys and girls all over this world would give almost anything they possess to be where you are. You are there by no desert or merit […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON STOP THE BIG LIE…

May 5th, 2014

[Update at 0402 on 7 May--Well, this didn't go well. The wealthy white suburbs outvoted the working-poor black city: Issue No. 7 passed 101,717 to 78,741. JH] Roldo Bartimole writes: Will the voters fall for the Big Lie again? “Without Issue 7, the City and County could have to make deep cuts to important services, […]

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