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Thank you for the story. It appears to have provoked quite a bit of opinion and passion about the issue. Balanced news/reporting allows for this debate to occur.
A drop of conservative thought in an ocean of Pilot liberalism.
Ditto, a great performance. Over-achieving NCSt. was a pleasure to behold.
I'm not an expert and don't purport to be one. There are several things that make me uneasy with global warming being scientific fact:
As a result, I don't believe that the concept of global warming is settled science. Data more than 200 years old is not available for review. As scientists do not have more data points, how can one prove global warming? As far as I'm concerned, Einstein's theory of relativity is exactly that...a theory. To place global warming beyond a theory into fact is a major mistake.
I don't believe that any of the big three sports are self sustaining but depend on fundraising by outside sources (specifically earmarked for that specific team).. If you factor in equipment costs, transportation, multiple coaches salaries etc. the big three sports do not fund any of the other athletic teams at Pinecrest. Ticket proceeds alone do not cover costs. In other sports, parents personally kick in funding or rely upon local businesses to fund their sport. It's quite unfortunate and very unfair.
Sorry for not organizing my thoughts better. You hit the nail on the head. Technology should not be a crutch or a substitute for learning the basics. Conversely, if you can apply technology in a way to learn the basics, it's a real winner. We should all remember that computers are not smart...they only know two numbers; 1 and 0. Employing a basic understanding of calculus, algorithms etc. create the magic that is behind most of our technology today. Technology in our education system has been a blessing and a curse.
You are absolutely correct. Children SHOULD have the benefit of a strong home situation. I believe test scores and the decline of the nuclear family are highly correlated. Additionally, children of college educated parents perform at a higher level than students who do not have college educated parents (after norming for income, gender and race). If we can find some way as a society to keep families together, we can help lift more children out of poverty. We can't count on the village, or government for that matter, to raise our children.
Best of luck. Individuals should be recognized for excellence no matter what field they participate. I hope this translates into better business for Ashten's. Couldn't quite get my head around a couple of posts above as I'm a comfort food sort of guy and a philistine when it comes to haute cuisine.
Your opinion that students have more complexity than the students of today. Let me give you some complex issues we had to deal with...
Knowing the basics has always served my generation well because we recognized that the application of that basic knowledge is an important foundation. Having a strong foundation from which to build is the singular most important factor in the formation of new and innovative ideas later. I believe we have lost our way in education as technology has allowed shortcuts for students.
Have been exposed to the HS classrooms at MCS as my child attended. Frankly, not too terribly impressed with the quality of instruction at the schools. Take it for what it's worth but don't diminish my opinion as I'm not a teacher in the system. As the old saying goes....Those who can; do, and those who can't; teach. JMO and not directed at anyone that is participating in this discussion.
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