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Comment Archives: stories: News: Pith in the Wind

Re: “Student Test Scores Limp Along

Calculators have been used for awhile, actually. They're needed for ACT and SAT, in fact.

They're not really used for arithmetic functions, but for more complicated equations, just like slide rules were used back before calculators were affordable.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 07/30/2014 at 12:59 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Israeli Intelligence and The Greatest Story Never Told

I offer hardline evidence that Frank was a major catastrophe who contributed to the worldwide financial meltdown, in rebuttal you offer an opinion.

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Posted by yoyo moi on 07/30/2014 at 12:57 PM

Re: “The Satanists Continue to be Among Our Greatest Patriots

You know that Satanists didn't try to use the Bible to excuse slavery.

The Southern Baptist Church is far, far more evil that the church of Satan.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 07/30/2014 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Cooper Makes a Cameo in John Oliver Segment on Nukes

Here's another little known figure in the republicon epistemic bubble, in case you've never heard of him his name is Stephen Colbert and he's laughing at you. Now yoyo and his merry band of eejits have another channel to watch. Ladies and gentleman - the Sarah Palin Channel.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/30/1…

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Posted by JohntheRevelator on 07/30/2014 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Student Test Scores Limp Along

If, as Ms. Ford writes, the students are using calculators in class then that's part of the problem. It doesn't take much brain power or memory to use a calculator and the brain does not get as much exercise which leads to lower test scores. What happen's when there is no calculator? Memory need to be reinforced, something a calculator can't do.

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Posted by yoyo moi on 07/30/2014 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Cooper Makes a Cameo in John Oliver Segment on Nukes

Diatribean!!: Jeezzz, did ya lose your sense of humor??????? Perhaps ol' JTR cut a bit close. Well you're certainly not coy! Take the high road and offer your magnanimous religiosity to bring him into line.

But seriously, you didn't know who John Oliver was????????
Dude, get cable!

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Posted by Jim Collins on 07/30/2014 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Victoria Jackson, the Heart and Soul of Williamson County and the ButtleOpener

Wow, have the claws come out or what...me-ow!

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Posted by localboy on 07/30/2014 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Can Someone Please Stop Gov. Haslam From Writing Letters?

Kathrine Vlachina-Fullhart : "to a lawless president"

If that's the case, you best watch out for the black helicopters and jack boot commandos. They know your name and likely your address, so they'll be coming for you (in your mind). Put on the tin foil hat for protection and get the AK outta the closet. Arm the kids and stockpile canned goods and water for the siege. See ya after the Apocalypse!

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Posted by Jim Collins on 07/30/2014 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Can Someone Please Stop Gov. Haslam From Writing Letters?

How did he get elected?

He got more votes in the relevant states than his opponent got.

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Posted by notguilty on 07/30/2014 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Can Someone Please Stop Gov. Haslam From Writing Letters?

"It is unbelievable that people would actually attack Governor Haslam for being concerned about the citizens of Tennessee. "

It is unbelievable. And it's also not happening.

Nobody let off 760 children to their own devices. They're with family members being supervised.

All of these so called "patriots" have so little faith in our ability to do things like figure out how to take care of a few kids. You do remember, Kathrine, that we put a man on the Moon a few times. We got this, punkin.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 07/30/2014 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Can Someone Please Stop Gov. Haslam From Writing Letters?

I'm still trying to make sense of how this worthless...arrogant "community organizer" got elected....I understand the first time because I voted for him and his hope and change...now all I hope for is for this nightmare to be over and we can hopefully change the shit he has messed up.

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Posted by londen on 07/30/2014 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Student Test Scores Limp Along

I agree with the need to raise the bar and teach to Common Core Standards! Unfortunately, teaching Common Core then testing with TCAP multiple choice misses a lot of what my students have learned and can do in math this year. So I am taking TCAP with a grain of salt. I want to see a quicker move to Common Core teaching and some intelligent style assessment of thinking skills associated with Common Core. Drop TCAP. No teacher who will be evaluated on his/her TCAP scores will be willing to go out on a limb and implement Common Core 100% (for example the no calculators policy for grades 3 - 5, which as a math teacher I embrace). We can't get to true rigor with calculators as a crutch in grades 3 - 5. If we want to compete internationally, we need a common national curriculum that corresponds to what students in other countries do, and that's what Common Core is. If their students can do it, so can ours.

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Posted by Alecia Higginbotham Ford on 07/30/2014 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Can Someone Please Stop Gov. Haslam From Writing Letters?

"Tennesseans have a great heart"

You couldn't prove that by your post.

Do you honestly think Tennessee cannot absorb the impact of 760 children, spread throughout the state? If you read the article, you would find out that the children weren't just "dropped off" as you put it. They were placed in the care of relatives who were already here.

If Republicans weren't blocking immigration reform, there might already be a more effective process in place. Instead of Gov. Haslam complaining to Pres. Obama, he should be complaining to John Boehner.

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Posted by Pragmatist on 07/30/2014 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Can Someone Please Stop Gov. Haslam From Writing Letters?

It is unbelievable that people would actually attack Governor Haslam for being concerned about the citizens of Tennessee. This letter was written as a concern to a lawless president, who believes he can do anything that he wants to do. To drop off 760 immigrant children, without even letting Governor Haslam know, is a matter of lack of respect. It is an insult to the citizens of Tennessee who will have to front the bill for these children. Tennessee is called the Volunteer State, because we are the first to step up and do what is right, but these backdoor policies of the Obama Administration are ridiculous. I would be more concerned if Governor Haslam did not write a letter voicing his concerns about the health and welfare of these children. Simply put, Tennesseans have a great heart, but we cannot take care of things we do not know about. Cheers to Governor Haslam for stepping up and doing what is right to protect the citizens of the this great state of Tennessee.

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Posted by Kathrine Vlachina-Fullhart on 07/30/2014 at 10:11 AM

Re: “The Pierce vs Sharpe School Board Forum: Three Takaways

I know Mrs. Pierce personally. She sent two of her kids to a private school because the public zoned school was not challenging them academically or otherwise enough. But she has two other kids, one of which is in a charter public school and the other in a zoned public school. So she has "skin in the game." She wants Nashville's public schools to be excellent so that any parent can feel confident about sending their kids to them, not just send them to them out of some ideological notion of support.

The more important thing is, she is of impeccable character. Literally beyond reproach. There simply aren't any more important traits in a public servant than honesty and integrity. She's not trying to hide anything or pull the wool over anyone's eyes. She'd be a incredible addition to the board.

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Posted by bsm1970 on 07/30/2014 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Can Someone Please Stop Gov. Haslam From Writing Letters?

Unclear writing grates on my nerves. It happens to the best of us. It shouldn't happen to those that have paid staff available to proofread (that includes you, Nashville Scene), and it especially shouldn't happen when you are sending a letter to the President of the United States.

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Posted by Diatribean!! on 07/30/2014 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Cooper Makes a Cameo in John Oliver Segment on Nukes

Jim - I'm not coy.

Others - thanks for the info.

Johnthe Revelator - you encapsulate so well what is wrong with people of your ilk. #1 is that you suffer from Dunning Kruger effect. #2 is the determination to Otherize those you don't understand. I will pray for you.

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Posted by Diatribean!! on 07/30/2014 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Victoria Jackson, the Heart and Soul of Williamson County and the ButtleOpener

Good to see Conservative Williamson County Family Values on display. And by "good", I mean "creepy cringe-worthy".

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Posted by Zombie Ronald Reagan on 07/30/2014 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Can Someone Please Stop Gov. Haslam From Writing Letters?

Plus, Haslam, whose idea of providing healthcare to Tennesseans is to use our tax dollars to pay for a website that doesn't exist while coming up with a Tennessee plan that doesn't exist, being concerned about the potential healthcare needs of these kids is rich indeed.

That's awesome, Betsy.

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Posted by more cowbell on 07/30/2014 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Can Someone Please Stop Gov. Haslam From Writing Letters?

Immigrants are this century's darkies. No one clamors for building a fence along the Canadian border -- where our neighbors are white.

The-Senator Lyndon Johnson explained the appeal of racial segregation in the Jim Crow South: "If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you."

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Posted by notguilty on 07/30/2014 at 7:38 AM

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