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One thing is certain. Moore County is blessed to have a wonderful school board. Each member on the board would no doubt do a wonderful job as chairman. (In fact, a majority of the board members have served as chairman and/or vice chairman already!) This is testimony to the solid leadership in Moore County.
Moore County is doing great things in education.
I can't wait to move back!
I'm sorry, but these comments? I must be missing something.
Mike Causey for Insurance commissioner. ALL THE WAY! We currently have a C ranking in our state.....a C. We can do better. We need to revamp workers compensation and property and casualty insurance regulatory system to make it more responsive to agents and policy owners.
Goodwin.... he is too comfortable.... He isn't fighting for us. Get him out.
I have always thoughtfully read THE PILOT'S political endorsements. I agree that both candidates would serve Moore County students well. I agree with your endorsement.... but I must inquire as to why The Pilot so often endorses one candidate but focuses the entire article on explaining why the other candidate is such an awesome choice. Don't you agree that it would be beneficial to justify the reasons you endorsed the person you did instead of an apology letter for not endorsing the other candidate? This is not the first time this has happened. I remember it happening the last few years.
We are fortunate to have so many people who would do a wonderful job for our students. I think that reflects well on Moore County. HOWEVER, if you do not have a preference then do not endorse a candidate. If you do, please tell voters WHY you support them and not why the other candidate narrowly missed your endorsement. Ultimately, it undermines your endorsement and influence in the race.
This is a worthy cause! I have donated and so should everyone else. Go to the website and donate a few bucks (or a lot of bucks). It's easy and every little bit helps.
Your struggle appears to be more cumbersome than complex----yes, the opposite of complex. Also I am speaking less about technology and more about advanced thinking skills
I think some of that is due to the "new enlightened methods of teaching" not keeping up with the dynamic changes in students and the global economy.
I have always heard, "back when I was in school we did this and we didn't do that and we turned out ok." I completely agree with that. The education system back then served a population of students who needed what that education system had to offer.
However today's students are very different from the students from years past. Students face challenges today that many have never dealt with. Also, the demands of the job market have changed. The skills needed in today's world are much different from that of the old school.
Students have shifted away from memorizing facts and dates and towards application and understanding the implications of those facts. Students have the world at their fingertips at the touch of a button... they can access facts on their phone. Today there is a focus on synthesizing that information and doing something innovative with the facts they gather.
Students do not only have to learn the material, they must learn it better than others. Those who merely learn what they are supposed to learn will likely not achieve the same amount of success that an individual in a similar situation would have 30 years ago.
I am not saying that we don't have improvement to do in the schools...Just the opposite. We have tons of work to do. I am just arguing that the "Three R's" can't cut it any longer.
I am a part of a generation that has been trained to think that each of us are extraordinary--that we can do anything--absolutely anything if we want it bad enough. When I was on a sports team, everyone got a trophy. When I did well at something I received praise. My generation craves feedback and acknowledgement that we are on the right track. We don't want to fail. We have been told that failure is too great of a price.....What is the result? We have become less adventurous. We have become complacent in a world where innovation and risk are a requirement.
This is major negative from today’s students that didn’t really exist in the old school. In the old school you didn't need constant feedback or encouragement when you started a job. The only feedback required and needed was a paycheck at the end of the month. The thought of that for people my age is terrifying. But to be fair, the stakes are higher.
So in other words, its not that these new methods of teaching are not doing their job, It’s that they didn't come soon enough and they have not been flexible enough to deal with the dynamic changes. It is likely that the educational style has made many in my generation hungry for encouragement BUT these new shifts to the complexity of problems instead of the difficulty of problems will likely help kids become more independent thinkers. They should be able to pick up patterns, details and make predictions like never before.
What makes a student go from a low 4 on an EOG test to a high 4? (According to the ABC standard) What makes a student go from a 2 to a 3?
It appears to me that this is more than just a 'testing' plan but an accountability plan for teachers and administrators to gage EFFECTIVENESS, not just performance. There are various ways that students can perform well and lot of it has to do with teachers... but there are some students who could perform well regardless of their teacher. (I was always amazed by those in my college classes who whould show up only on the first day of class and the exam days and outperform 75% of the class…)
Conversely...some students do not perform “well” on exams but that is no fault to the teacher or the school. Perhaps these students started at a much higher academic level than others. For example, if everyone else is on an 6 on a 10 point scale and those students then score an 8 out of 10 on an exam-- They received a good score. However, students who started out at 1 and improve to a 6 did not score well….. but they improved at a greater rate than the others. What caused that? One factor is the effectiveness of the teacher. ---- this new system will better reflect the effectiveness of teachers and schools. If schools continuously strive for effectiveness instead of a score or % score improvement, the student will have a much better chance at succeeding.
Also, it appears that under the new curriculum, highschoolers (and their teachers) will soon (but not immediately) be held accountable for subjects beyond the core curriculum.
I think that this plan is large improvement over the ABC model, but I am not informed about the new model enough to wholeheartedly endorse it. However, the ideas---even some of the methodology-- are very solid.
Here is some more information. http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/ready/resources/2012regional-handouts.pdf
Dear DropScience..... thank you for referencing my "cray cray" comment. Your "guess" was wrong. Not referencing Jay-Z.
As to your point about my avitar not matching my attempt to be a "wigger"
I am guessing you are implying that I am a white person...attempting to be a "N****R". Are you equating the N status to being black? Are you suggesting that all those who listen to Jay-Z are Black (or N's)? (again, It wasn't a Jay-Z reference)
Please explain your racist comments. Of course it is only a "guess" that they were racist. Perhaps they were noble.
If you are a racist.... perhaps your avitar is fitting.
Prove me wrong.
Consider yourself 12(b)(6)ed.
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