"Warm and Fuzzy" is right. There is too much emphasis on the self-esteem of today rather than preparing students for the real world of tomorrow. When I missed a deadline on homework or a project my grade was negatively affected. The result was not a sense of failure because of the mean old teacher, it was a realization that I'd better shape up and pay attention to future deadlines if I wanted fair grades. It is a lot better to learn that lesson in high school than wait for an employer in the future to fire a person for unacceptable performance that was learned in high school.
Amazing! Betty has actually provided me with some educational information that I did not have before. All this stuff about XXYY, XXY, YYX is new to me. It is still confusing, although I certainly don't agree with the extremely bigoted positions of the FAC and its ilk. I'll have to think about it a while to come to an understanding on how I'll ultimately feel about this whole transgender bit. At this point though I still would be uncomfortable with the thought of a transgender person going into a public bathroom of the oposite anatomical gender before the surgical transition has been completed. IMHO until the knife work is done a person is legally whatever gender the equipment between their legs says they are.
Sorry 'polerin" I just don't see it that way. Now, when a politician gives an interview with the American flag over his/her shoulder we all know that it is on purpose. But the guy standing there with a wedding band on his finger is not making a statement of any more importance than when he is wearing it at the grocery, the movie, walking the dog, etc. I believe that some folks see what they want to see if it suits their pre-conceived ideas. (of course, you could possibly turn that argument back on me I suppose, except that I also happen to believe that the old, white, Southern Baptist big-daddy-in-the-church is being a little too "accepting" to be wholely believable)
Okay Betsy, I'll have to take you at your word that you had the "unspoken point" that you described in your reply. I don't have any qualms about gltg folks in the workplace or my neighborhood, and by the same token I don't have anything against straight folks either. I guess my problem with your article was the looooong stretch you took with the ring thing to get to your (not readily obvious) "unspoken point." Please do us all a favor in the future - if you have a point to make, then just make it instead of making us guess.
Must be a slow news day or maybe Ms Phillips was looking really hard for anything that she could use against the old WASP. Basically what she seems to be saying is that any TV interview, photo, or other image of a person where the wedding ring, or lack thereof, is visible means the person should be suspected of flaunting his/her sexual preference, or availability for courting, or what? Common folks, the guy is married, has a ring on his finger like millions more and was holding onto a chair during the interview. What kind of idiot reads something sinister into that?
"Darth Robo" - I've been enjoying your offerings to this forum. Keep up the good work, regardless of whether I agree with you or not (Although on the subject matter at hand, I'm certainly more in your camp than that of the strict creationist bent).
"Mark Rogers" said, "I have not been calling for teaching Creationism in science classes. But I do think that no teacher should tell students that science proves that God does not exist."
Maybe I missed it, but I don't think anyone here commenting on excluding creationism from science discussion in the classroom has posited that teachers teaching evolution, big bang, etc. should use those arguments to teach that God does not exist. In fact, if a science teacher did use such theories in context with religious belief they would then be guilty of mixing religion and science. As others have pointed out, creationism would be better taught in the context of political science, or religious history.
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