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An example of the incredible nonsense in our school systems!

(30 posts)
  • Started 9 years ago by Deane Johnson
  • Latest reply from NoParty

  1. outsider

    ....I'm certainly already culturally versatile. I have Hispanics doing my yard maintenance.....

    Deane, you are definately the man!

    ....Nothing wrong with good ole' Omaha....

    Or, as those of us who lived in Central Nebraska used to call it: Omahole.

    Posted on July 13, 2011 - 01:49 PM #
  2. missing_kskd


    Keeping that gem for when I visit Omahole later this year.

    Posted on July 13, 2011 - 01:52 PM #
  3. Master of Disaster

    Looks like it's spend $130,000 now to avoid some sort of million-dollar lawsuit later.

    Yeah I read the actual wording of your paraphrase of the single line of the article:
    Stimulus rules allowed districts to spend money on teacher training, but Peterson suggested the money would be better spent on academic training.

    Yeah, and? Let's say that a teacher writes a story problem like "Joe has three apples he's selling for 25 cents apiece. Jamal has 20 cents, does he have enough to buy an apple?" Which would have a correct mathematical answer. However let's say that some kid who's not white has a brother named Jamal, takes it home to show their parents the 100% they got on the entire test, and the parents get offended because they feel it portrays their ethnicity as stereotypically poor, gets a lawyer and wants a million dollars plus court and attorney costs.

    Even though that's a hypothetical situation, I'm probably not far from the truth.

    If this doesn't seem like an issue, would anyone instead take issue with something like this:
    "Bob has 32 ounces he intends to distribute at a street corner. If he instead sells 5 ounces to his friend Greg at a discounted rate, how many ounces does he have left?"

    I bet everyone would agree the latter shouldn't be on a test. The former is actually on the same line.

    First problem is they shouldn't have gotten any stimulus money. That money is being put on the government's Visa card.

    And I bet if they sent the money back you'd be complaining that they proverbially threw free money out the window while driving down the interstate.

    And, right above the line, it tells us who Peterson is (emphasis is mine):

    Paul Peterson, director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University, and a senior fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution at Stanford University, said cultural proficiency is part of a broader agenda advocated by people “who think that we should have a teaching force that has a certain political perspective.”

    Hardly an objective source of information.

    To put all of this another way, let's say you're in the checkout at the grocery store and the clerk says to another at a shift change "it's good you're here so a non-sister can deal with a crackerjack honky that's next in line." Chances are good you'd want monetary damages for mental anguish and pain and suffering and whatever.

    Posted on July 13, 2011 - 02:00 PM #
  4. Notalent

    Bob would be pretty obvious standing on a street corner packing 32 ounces!!

    Aside from that the whole premis is a fail, to be culturally correct it should be Roberto standing on the street corner...

    Posted on July 13, 2011 - 02:05 PM #
  5. Deane Johnson

    "Keeping that gem for when I visit Omahole later this year."

    Missing, it would be my pleasure to buy lunch.

    Posted on July 13, 2011 - 02:07 PM #
  6. Deane Johnson

    "Teachers need to learn about and understand minority cultures so as to adjust their approach to teaching in such as way as to get those kids to connect to the material."

    Based on the number of drive by shootings in our minority area of town, just teaching them to duck would be a good start.

    Posted on July 13, 2011 - 02:09 PM #
  7. outsider

    Of course, people who are of the ethnic persuasion that might name their male child Roberto would find that angle racist as well.

    It will probably soon read: One ethically and culturaly diverse male child was standing on a street corner....

    Posted on July 13, 2011 - 02:20 PM #
  8. Brianl

    Doug - Deane can get your lunch in Omaha, and I'll get it at PDX.


    Posted on July 13, 2011 - 02:48 PM #
  9. missing_kskd

    @Brian, maybe I'll see you in the airport today or tomorrow.

    @Deane: Likewise. When it gets closer, I'll let you know.

    Maybe that means we have a kick ass lunch!! 2X = better?

    ...of course, I will defer to my elders. Your call, when the time comes.

    Posted on July 13, 2011 - 04:44 PM #
  10. Brianl

    I'm here until about 10 tonight and from 12-8 tomorrow I'll be at my store. (Teaching a port new employee orientation in the AM, so I won't be at the store)

    Posted on July 13, 2011 - 04:58 PM #