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Re: “Register Flips, Hasn’t Ruled Out Giving Inglewood Elementary to KIPP

Ah, we get to the truth -- txc212's and keepingMyHeadLow's comments.

And as we look at the numbers (between one-fourth and one-third) of college freshmen who must take remedial courses because their high school diplomas don't indicate anything and these kids just aren't ready for college work, we see that when remedial doesn't work and few students exit to regular college courses, well, the rules are changed and college students are allowed to skip remedial altogether if they want. See Florida.

Educational standards are so lowered at this point that employers need to be ready with their own tests of proficiency, beginning with ability to read and understand English -- lest such deficiencies get people killed and the employers sued. Of course, that doesn't always cover the messes that might happen when dealing with subcontractors and other labor-supply entities. See ValuJet crash in the Florida Everglades.

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Posted by Oh, what could go wrong? on 10/29/2014 at 11:08 PM

Re: “Register Flips, Hasn’t Ruled Out Giving Inglewood Elementary to KIPP

After having observed grading for learning in action, I'd completely disagree. If you see school as some academic survival of the fittest ring of honor, I'd understand how you'd find grading for learning an anathema. If you're interested in the kids actually learning (retaining and understanding) the material covered, you appreciate it. Grading for learning not only aides in learning the material, it helps kids understand what it actually takes - in study skills and work rate - to get the grade desired.

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Posted by Mark Mays on 10/29/2014 at 10:58 PM

Re: “The Southern Baptists Build Themselves a Giant Loophole, Decline to Step Through It Yet

Stacy Campfield says "Don't say gay!"

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Posted by Cryptomys on 10/29/2014 at 10:49 PM

Re: “The Southern Baptists Build Themselves a Giant Loophole, Decline to Step Through It Yet

@Doyle: If life started at a single place, why not two or three? String theory(?) postulates that there are many more dimensions to the universe than what we can normally see, touch, or hear, So what if an event in another dimension let to a crossover to our dimension and that is how man really arrive on Earth? No one knows for certain so one conjecture is as good as another, but I don't believe we're cousins with lichens.

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Posted by yoyo moi on 10/29/2014 at 10:48 PM

Re: “Register Flips, Hasn’t Ruled Out Giving Inglewood Elementary to KIPP

-"... since when did academic magnets allow those with Basic and Below Basic skills to enroll? When mine applied for HF in the 2009 lottery, there was a minimum GPA and/or high achievement on standardized testing. How many students have been allowed in with Basic or Below Basic skills?"

Policy has changed through the years. It is now common for a student to have year after year of Basic or Below Basic, and then the one special qualifying year, he just edges up to Proficient which is now sufficient (Advanced is no longer required) to win that lucky prized seat at the school. And, of course, those Proficient/Advanced rankings are scaled; so one can manage to be "Proficient" with a less than 50% raw score. It has changed the landscape of the academic magnets in profound ways. Add on to that the dreadful Grading For Learning policy (wholly inappropriate for an "academic magnet" student), and what you have are schools being decimated, not obviously, not transparently, but quietly from the inside out.

That minimum GPA ... not hard to manage. There are lots of kids across the district who manage Proficient (even if just barely) TVAAS scores, and bring home A's and B's on their report cards.

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Posted by keepingMyHeadLow on 10/29/2014 at 8:47 PM

Re: “The Southern Baptists Build Themselves a Giant Loophole, Decline to Step Through It Yet

actually, yogastray, I do believe that. we are made of the same material as that algae. now the algae or the single cells that made it may have come from space, maybe on a meteor, and landed on earth. in fact, we've had events in the past that likely completely destroyed all life on the planet but cell "seeds" left the earth on fragments, orbited around the solar system and crashed back to earth to re-germinate simple life forms that eventually evolved into me (maybe you too). and monkeys were one step on the way.

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Posted by Doyle on 10/29/2014 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Tennessee Ranks Near the Top in Felony Disenfranchisement

44, that shows just how little you know. If you kept up with contemporary political thought you might be surprised about a lot of things.

Long, harsh sentencing was a bipartisan effort and needs to be changed.

Life for beating your wife seems a little overboard.

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Posted by john on 10/29/2014 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Tennessee Ranks Near the Top in Felony Disenfranchisement

Atimia is the greek term for certain disenfranchisements handed down by the courts. The word means "without honor."

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Posted by Diatribean!! on 10/29/2014 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Tennessee Ranks Near the Top in Felony Disenfranchisement

If it's a non violent felony...give them their voting and gun rights back.

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Posted by Devil's Advocate on 10/29/2014 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Tennessee Ranks Near the Top in Felony Disenfranchisement

Whoda thought a Republican Senator would be leading the charge on this. I bet this makes some here really angry.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/07/29/matthews_on_rand_pauls_felon_record_stance_why_didnt_democrats_think_of_that.html

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Posted by 44allin on 10/29/2014 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Here's Another Reason I Don't Really Believe Nashville Really Intends to Do Anything About Violence Against Women

This is the threat: "I usually value your opinion, please do not make me regret that."

As for Tyson's history, I have acknowledged that. I will restate what I said above: yes, he had a very, very violent history, even for a professional boxer. That culminated in his rape conviction and subsequent imprisonment. 20 years ago, he was out of prison, and for that time, are you aware of any violent acts he's engaged in?

I also stated earlier that I am not a Tyson apologist, nor am I a fan, but you do consider yourself a fair person, right? Why are you not treating this one person fairly?

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Posted by AnglRdr on 10/29/2014 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Tennessee Ranks Near the Top in Felony Disenfranchisement

"Not letting "bad" people vote has been around since the ancients began voting."

Cite, please.

Posted by AnglRdr on 10/29/2014 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Caption Contest: Shoney Bear for Mayor!

Where's the Scene's commentary on Dean's announcement that he isn't seeking funding for the Amp? That may explain the expression on his face: he's had to swallow the bitter pill that all the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't fix the Amp's design, which is a clusterf..k.

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Posted by insolent bystander on 10/29/2014 at 4:26 PM

Re: “The Southern Baptists Build Themselves a Giant Loophole, Decline to Step Through It Yet

"So, clearly, if homosexuality is an innate sin, it's just that same old innate sin — original sin — expressing itself in this particular way."- I almost fell out my chair with an "Amen."

"And all Southern Baptists are born innately sinful." - which was acknowledged the entire conference. All or born into sin. All will continue to war against the old self. AND is also stated by Paul in 1 Cor 6:11.

"They're all tainted by original sin (though, if you want to start a good theological fight, ask a group of Christians what that original sin was). - Red Herring. Moving the Goal Posts. Probably a bunch of other logical fallacies.

"Being born sinful doesn't disallow straight Southern Baptists from marrying."- False equivalence. Straight marriage is a biblical doctrine to produce more image bearers and to see the Gospel actualized in the male/female Christ/church microcosm. How do two dudes fulfill Ephesians 5? Or Genesis 2:24?

"Being born sinful doesn't require straight Southern Baptists to take Paul super-duper seriously"- actually many of us take all scripture seriously, to include Paul in 1 Cor 6 (which you hate) and 1 Cor 13 (which you love). It isn't always easy to see how one doesn't measures up to perfection, but that's what makes grace so amazing. Paul articulates this about himself in Romans 7:9-25 (oh, wretched man that I am).

"nor to follow all Old Testament rules for sex." -Seriously? There are 2 billion Christians in the world, and no non-Christians know anything about theology. Just kidding. Most professing Christians don't either. This one's easy though. Christians are told in the New Testament multiple times (Acts 4, entire book of Galatians) that the Law had been fulfilled in Christ. The ceremonial cleansing (like the woman and her issue of blood) had been superseded by the cleansing with God the son's blood on the Cross. Sexual restrictions actually increased in the New Testament. Divorce was made much harder.

"So, why should being born sinful place special restrictions on gay Southern Baptists?"-being born sinful makes all of us worship ourselves. To love him means to give up my anthropocentricsm for theocentrism. "The life I now live in the flesh I live for the very son of God who loved me and delivered himself up for me." This includes who you have sex with and when you have it. He earned it.

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Posted by Maximus on 10/29/2014 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Tennessee Ranks Near the Top in Felony Disenfranchisement

Not letting "bad" people vote has been around since the ancients began voting. I am assuming Min's quotes are needed here. She is wrong anyway. Disenfranchisement passed in 1834 in Tn, BTW.

I am not sure why Anglworm calls for life sentences for all criminals. It seems we are overburdened with imprisoned criminals and should shorten some sentences. I am sure he thought his comment amusing; it was not.

I see no reason to let the released vote, but perhaps staying out of jail several years would be a compromise. Probably some here would let active prisoners do absentee ballots hoping to pick up a few Democrat votes. The unionized guards would guide them. I can't say about CCA prisons :-)

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Posted by john on 10/29/2014 at 4:08 PM

Re: “Here's Another Reason I Don't Really Believe Nashville Really Intends to Do Anything About Violence Against Women

AnglRdr: "very often, your posts read like word salad"
On that I will not argue. I do sometimes fail to write as coherent as I think. So I must again apologize.
I will not apologize for my opinion of Tyson. Though I never boxed to the level he did, and I do appreciate his skills, I feel he stooped to a very real low with a solid history of ear biting, shots below the belt, and insane rants about eating someones children. Perhaps again I am wrong, but I doubt it, for that was definitely violence..
Couple that with giving his wife a combination punch and sending her face into rehab, I would say his rehabilitation was well in order. But as I tried to express, of that I am somewhat ignorant.
But you accuse me of a threat. Perhaps you would explain, for I can find no evidence. This puzzles me to no end. I do not threaten, I am above such. And as for growing up, I'm 65, retired, and with wonderful grandchildren. If I have not grown up yet, it ain't happening! Perhaps.......just perhaps, I have stepped on the toes of someone you consider admirable. Because it can not be that we disagree, as you stated that.

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Posted by Jim Collins on 10/29/2014 at 4:06 PM

Re: “The Southern Baptists Build Themselves a Giant Loophole, Decline to Step Through It Yet

Even the Pope believes in the Big Bang and evolution.

"The 'Big Bang', that today is considered to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the creative intervention of God, on the contrary it requires it," he said.

"Evolution in nature is not in contrast with the notion of (divine) creation because evolution requires the creation of the beings that evolve," the pope said.

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Posted by Fox Sucks on 10/29/2014 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Tennessee Ranks Near the Top in Felony Disenfranchisement

People can be guilty of bad acts that are harmful to others without committing felonies. Being a "good person" is not a necessary criterion for voting and never has been.

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Posted by Min on 10/29/2014 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Tennessee Ranks Near the Top in Felony Disenfranchisement

"He's still a bad person or he wouldn't have committed the felony in the first place."

You don't seem to be a big believer in rehabilitation. I don't know what the recidivism rate is in Tennessee, but it's not 100%. BTW, there are also female felons.

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Posted by Fox Sucks on 10/29/2014 at 3:30 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Heresy, UNC, and Marvelnado

No, thank you.

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Posted by yoyo moi on 10/29/2014 at 3:30 PM

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