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It is this mythical, or rather this symbolic, content of the religious traditions which is likely to come into conflict with science. This occurs whenever this religious stock of ideas contains dogmatically fixed statements on subjects which belong in the domain of science. Thus, it is of vital importance for the preservation of true religion that such conflicts be avoided when they arise from subjects which, in fact, are not really essential for the pursuance of the religious aims.
- Albert Einstein, Religion and Science: Irreconcilable?(1948)
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#27162 Sep 4, 2013
Actually Hatred, it looks like a reply to another Einstein quote earlier. Do you know how there boards work?
#27163 Sep 4, 2013
Your sarcasm detector is really not working today, is it?
We are perfectly capable of raising our own standards well above those required by the common core.
And we are able to do so quite well with little to no interference from a new batch of bureaucrats.
We need to stop looking for others to save us from ourselves and simply begin to use our resources available to act on our own. We all know that 32% on a math test is not good enough, certainly not PROFICIENT. 32% is FAILURE, we are all cognizant of that fact.
The bottom line on the front page of our children's Ohio Achievement Assessment says,
"If your child does not score at the proficient level or above this is a sign that he/she is having trouble learning the skills and knowledge expected of xxx-grade students and may need additional help."
A child scoring 30% on the 8th grade OAA math test is in trouble, but one scoring 32% is fine?
If you are waiting for the feds to save you, stop, they won't.
It is up to us to set the standard we know is needed to compete in a global economy, if we fail to act we condemn our child to a life that will not be as fruitful as our own.
#27164 Sep 4, 2013
That would tend to support eliminating pay to play. After all, it wasn't around when we were in school. But so many around here are too selfish to let that happen.
I'm not waiting for the feds to save me. Actually, considering they are the fire department, police department, army, navy, air force, marines, cia, etc., are't we ALL waiting on the feds to save us? We pay for them so aren't they our resources? Sometimes it "takes a village".
Unless you are one of those who wants the right to have a nuclear missile in your back yard, you know in case the government tries to take your guns.
To be truly self-sufficient is impossible. Kaczynski tried, but even he needed the help of the postal service.
#27165 Sep 4, 2013
Oh, and "Your sarcasm detector is really not working today, is it?" - nice cover. You can cut and paste it again for your response to my last post.
#27166 Sep 4, 2013
I see you're have no qualms against lowering your argument to the level of the 'People's' Broadcasting Service with its splendid reputation of almost three solid generations of wholesale liberal-socialist brainwashing.
#27167 Sep 4, 2013
Yes, the same PBS that David Koch (of the Koch brothers, you know the closet Democrats that got Bush elected) supports.
"Koch contributed $7 million to the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) show Nova"
He also donated "a contribution of $15 million to the National Museum of Natural History to create the new David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins"
"Specimens include 75 replica skulls, an interactive human family tree that follows six million years of evolution, and a Changing the World gallery that focuses on issues surrounding climate change and humans' impact on the world.
How they get 6 million years of evolution from only 6,000 years of history is beyond me. The religious right whould have nothing to do with him, except for his money. What's that quote about greed in the Bible?
Here's one of them:
Jesus said to him,If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.
43 others are here:
#27168 Sep 4, 2013
Actually, here's an interesting article on why some Republicans support PBS (interesting inclusion of education).
#27169 Sep 4, 2013
And one more thing "Intelligent Design on Trial" is a NOVA episode, incase you didn't know.
#27170 Sep 4, 2013
Is it possible that our "pro-science/anti everything else" professional educators (in wealthy and affluent Springboro Schools) could better understand the religious beliefs of about half of the world's population, simply by reading the book,
"The Bible for Dummies?"
Chapter 24 of this book helps us "Professionals" discover how the traditions surrounding Abraham have contributed to three of the world's major religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. "The Bible for Dummies" helps us see many ways the Bible has impacted popular culture, from Renaissance paintings and sculptures, to great works of literature, to the height of humankind's artistic expression--Hollywood movies!
Okay, while it's true that last statement may not resonate with everyone; but truth is chapter 24 of "The Bible for Dummies" does give a brief rundown of some of the best (and worst) movies about the Bible.
Reading "The Bible for Dummies" can help us understand just how much we really don't know about the Greatest Book on Earth!
And don't we all yearn for more knowledge?
#27171 Sep 4, 2013
Thanks for the homework tip on TV support;
Now let's get back to the real issues on this blog and ask Ron Malone WHY he is not supporting our children's first budget agenda for our kid's 21st century education needs?
Which one of Principal Ron's kids will be the first to "go to bat" for their insanely popular (with the SEA) principal, who has lost touch with today's education trends (after 40 plus years of PAST experience)?
#27172 Sep 4, 2013
Actually, the real issue of this blog is: "Our recommendation: Springboro voters should say 'yes' the first time to school levies"
Again with the Malone bashing, incredible.
#27173 Sep 4, 2013
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All of which NEVER contradict each other in ANY way.
#27174 Sep 4, 2013
And that my dear friend is why one should be aware of the staggering amount of similarities in belief systems as well as the diametrically opposed visions.
Who is to say who is right and who is wrong?
While your challenge to everyone is to prove to you a higher being exists, you have failed to prove one does not exist. You can't have one set of standards for yourself and an entirely different set for everyone else who tends to disagree with you.
In Particle Physics, the Standard Model is a theory of electromagnetic and nuclear interactions. It describes a Universe of matter (fermions) and force (bosons.) It was formed in the 1970s when the existence of tiny particles called quarks were first observed. It has been very successful in explaining much in experimental particle physics; consequently, the Standard Model is sometimes referred to as a theory of almost everything.
But prior to the 1970's, no one had ever "seen" a quark, just as prior to the invention of the microscope no one had ever seen bacteria or viruses for that matter. Not have seen something or lacking the knowledge that somethings exist regardless of your cognizance, does preclude that something's existence.
In actuality humankind's base of knowledge is a multiple times what it was at the founding of this country, but by comparison people in the future will look back at us as living in the dark ages.
Attempting to quell debate on subjects of interest is anathema to the human condition in general.
I am not advocating one group over another, I am merely stating the obvious, yesterday's accepted be all fact is today's debunked piece of the puzzle that was just expanded.
Education should expand horizons, not limit them with orthodoxy of the left or the right.
#27175 Sep 4, 2013
America's downfall doesn't begin with the "low-information voter." It starts with the no-knowledge student.
For decades, collectivist agitators in our schools have chipped away at academic excellence in the name of fairness, diversity and social justice. "Progressive" reformers denounced Western civilization requirements, the Founding Fathers and the Great Books as racist. They attacked traditional grammar classes as irrelevant in modern life. They deemed ability grouping of students (tracking) bad for self-esteem. They replaced time-tested rote techniques and standard algorithms with fuzzy math, inventive spelling and multicultural claptrap.
Common Core was enabled by Obama's federal stimulus law and his Department of Education's "Race to the Top" gimmickry. The administration bribed cash-starved states into adopting unseen instructional standards as a condition of winning billions of dollars in grants. Even states that lost their bids for Race to the Top money were required to commit to a dumbed-down and amorphous curricular "alignment."
In practice, Common Core's dubious "college- and career"-ready standards undermine local control of education, usurp state autonomy over curricular materials, and foist untested, mediocre and incoherent pedagogical theories on America's schoolchildren.
There's no better illustration of Common Core's duplicitous talk of higher standards than to start with its math "reforms." While Common Core promoters assert their standards are "internationally benchmarked," independent members of the expert panel in charge of validating the standards refute the claim. Panel member Dr. Sandra Stotsky of the University of Arkansas reported, "No material was ever provided to the Validation Committee or to the public on the specific college readiness expectations of other leading nations in mathematics" or other subjects.
In fact, Stanford University professor James Milgram, the only mathematician on the validation panel, concluded that the Common Core math scheme would place American students two years behind their peers in other high-achieving countries. In protest, Milgram refused to sign off on the standards. He's not alone.
Professor Jonathan Goodman of New York University found that the Common Core math standards imposed "significantly lower expectations with respect to algebra and geometry than the published standards of other countries."
Under Common Core, algebra I instruction is pushed to 9th grade, instead of 8th grade, as commonly taught. Division is postponed from 5th to 6th grade. Prime factorization, common denominators, conversions of fractions and decimals, and algebraic manipulation are de-emphasized or eschewed. Traditional Euclidean geometry is replaced with an experimental approach that had not been previously pilot-tested in the U.S.
Ze'ev Wurman, a prominent software architect, electrical engineer and longtime math advisory expert in California and Washington, D.C., points out that Common Core delays proficiency with addition and subtraction until 4th grade and proficiency with basic multiplication until 5th grade, and skimps on logarithms, mathematical induction, parametric equations and trigonometry at the high school level.
Wurman summarizes thusly:
"I believe the Common Core marks the cessation of educational standards improvement in the United States. No state has any reason left to aspire for first-rate standards, as all states will be judged by the same mediocre national benchmark enforced by the federal government. Moreover, there are organizations that have reasons to work for lower and less-demanding standards, specifically teachers unions and professional teacher organizations. While they may not admit it, they have a vested interest in lowering the accountability bar for their members....This will be done in the name of 'critical thinking' and '21st-century' skills, and in faraway Washington, D.C., well beyond the reach of parents and most states and employers."
#27176 Sep 4, 2013
Sounds Great! We can never learn too much about our needs to grow in knowledge, wisdom and greater understanding of the ideals and principles of ALL of earth's inhabitants, and you know what THAT means....The More You Know....
The farther you go in today's global market and world economy.
Can our school librarian help us find these resources in our public schools library? Springboro grads are likely to confront controversial issues like these, and others, as they head out of narrow-minded Boro into higher educational institutions and military service around the world.
Got Tunnel Vision? You Betcha! It is now the responsibility and obligation of our employed professional educators to Educate Springboro so that our students leave Springboro High School without it!
#27177 Sep 4, 2013
good grief---most of you huff and puff to see who can post the most...try this in 25 words or less...people won't read posts that read like the declaration of independence. Wise up !
#27178 Sep 4, 2013
say 'yes' the first time....?
Again, how is questioning Malone's in-experience in school budget matters "Malone bashing?"
"Balancing the budget is a little like protecting your virtue: you just have to learn to say 'no.'" - Ronald Reagan
As a school board candidate, running on the sole agenda of gaining control of the board, because..... he 'feels' the board should put re-emphasis on the value of the educator; Mr. Malone must be prepared to answer questions from voters outside the SEA school community. Our children's first budget winning agenda of our reform minded BOE members is "a-m-a-z-i-n-g-l-y" popular among our community wide households of 10,000 or more. Mr. Malone doesn't have the majority of voters "boxed" into his popularity corner;
he is subject to scrutiny just like he has "scrutinized" others.
#27179 Sep 4, 2013
QUESTION: Mr. Malone, will this be your last year at Springboro?
ANSWER: Yes. My contract is up; I kind of like the idea of going out.....
The district is going through a lot of internal changes and changes at the state level.... I'm not sure the fit is as good now as when I came to Springboro in 2000....
Really, Mr. Malone, a deal is a deal, and now it really is time for you to go.
Have you thought of using your insane popularity in the community to "challenge" the Athletic Boosters Board President, thus giving up your petty "challenge" to our board president?
Mr. Malone, sir, sir .... wake up.. do you know that our school board president is NOT running for re-election?
#27180 Sep 4, 2013
Wise up? why not shut up IF you have nothing to say? Lots of people on this blog have more than 25 words or less to say, that is of value to readers on this blog--
(sounds like you have been rehearsing for your three minutes of pre-arranged "fame" in front of the TV cameras at public school board meetings.)
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