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Sandstone, MN

Debt Ceiling - Sandstone, MN

From each according to their means is not an American value  (Sep 25, 2011 | post #1)

Sandstone, MN

9/11 Anniversary - Sandstone, MN

Those who will sacrifice liberty for safety deserve neither  (Sep 25, 2011 | post #1)

Minneapolis, MN

1 in 5 American children lives in poverty

Who got to define "poverty " for the latest test? The liberals spend everyone else's money to improve the "poor's" quality of life, and then raise the standard so that the same people still qualify for transfer payments.  (Aug 22, 2011 | post #188)

Minneapolis, MN

Is Chip Cravaack too scared to meet his constituents in D...

How many times did Mr. Biketrails meet with constituents (other than to hand out occasional pork) south of Proctor?  (Aug 18, 2011 | post #25)

Sandstone, MN

Soft Drink Names - Sandstone, MN

It always used to be pop everywhere but New England. Why the change?  (Aug 18, 2011 | post #1)

Sandstone, MN

Offshore Drilling - Sandstone, MN

We need to more energy independent. We also need to re-balance economy vs environment. Currently environment trumps all.  (Jul 28, 2011 | post #1)

Sandstone, MN

Immigration - Sandstone, MN

If state can have laws that enforce Federal Civil Rights law, why is a law that enforces federal immigration law a bad thing?  (Jun 30, 2011 | post #1)

Sandstone, MN

Nuclear Power - Sandstone, MN

Opening the quarry is a non-starter. Now that the Kettle is a "wild and scenic" river, development is banned by federal regulation. You can however still go in the park and hug a tree.  (Jun 24, 2011 | post #7)

Minneapolis, MN

CEO: Target will be neutral on marriage vote, will still ...

If they cannot vote, they should also pay no taxes.  (Jun 9, 2011 | post #6)

Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota school funding blueprint draws GOP leader Garof...

Just because the classroom is more diverse, the teacher should not be the one teaching the kids social skills. If the schools were still neighborhood schools, the kids would be dealing with the same ethnic groups as they see every day. Forced busing to impose diversity has done more harm than goodThe argument isn't one for more money to be tossed in the bottomless pit, it is one to rationalize what services are mandatedCan a teacher refuse to follow the course of the IEP without repercussions? Perhaps the special ed staff there is more flexible than they were when I was in HS, but if that staff is bull-headed their edicts must be followed to the letter.  (Jun 8, 2011 | post #139)

Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota school funding blueprint draws GOP leader Garof...

Nope, I'm not a teacher -- my mother would have been very disappointed if I had followed in her footsteps. She (and I) are from the generation where the teacher IS supposed to teach facts and data. The idea that a teacher should be responsible for teaching life skills is a new liberal concept. That was historically the role of the PARENT. This is one of the reasons home schooling is growing, parents want some control over this socialization (indoctrinationThe re is more than a fiscal cost to mainstreaming. The interruption in the instruction is a cost. The fiscal cost om implementing an IEP can be a huge drain on local budgets, once again at the cost of the student population in generalI am reacting to actual experience. At least while my mother was teaching, an IEP was totally inviolable. The home room teacher could not kick out the mainstreamed kid, regardless of behavior. The teacher could request it be changed, but if the special ed staff or the parents refused to modify the IEP, the rest of the staff and the student body was stuck with it and the effects it had on the classroom. Also, the district could not refuse to provide the services demanded by the IEP, regardless of cost. If needed, they had to pull funding from other sources.  (Jun 7, 2011 | post #134)

Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota school funding blueprint draws GOP leader Garof...

and the inviolable IEP comes at the expense of the taxpayers and the rest of the student bodyDistracting the teacher from the primary job -- teaching facts and data to the class. The liberal ideal of schools being usd to make students into better people interferes with them actually learningShould " -- but if the IEP says they stay in the classroom, they stay in the classroomCorrect, but they are removed from the classroom, disciplined and expected to improve. Special Ed kids are excused from normal rules of behavior. They are never expected to not repeat a transgression. While they cannot be punished for behavior that others deem incorrect, that does not mean that the behavior should be allowed to continue.  (Jun 7, 2011 | post #131)

Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota school funding blueprint draws GOP leader Garof...

I learned the "Different " was disruptive. learned that standards, both academic and social, did not apply to those that the district had labeled "different. " I learned that the system felt that "tolerance " was more important than knowledge or skills in modern educationInstead the mainstreamed kids are treated with kids gloves. Behavior that would have gotten the regular student suspended or expelled (such as assault), did not even get the mainstreamed kid removed from the classroom. A tantrum that would have gotten me kicked out of class was not even STOPPED when thrown by a mainstreamed kid. The mainstreamed student with a dirty diaper was not removed from the classroom. None of this is conducive to actual educationThe other students in the class may have been his age appropriate peers, but likely had little else in common with him.  (Jun 6, 2011 | post #129)

Minneapolis, MN

New shower facilities in Minneapolis parking ramp

The Jim Oberstar bike showers.  (Jun 6, 2011 | post #7)

TwinCities.com

Minnesota school funding blueprint draws GOP leader Garof...

In the K-12 world, there are very few scholarships. IT is at this level that the above average kids don't learn study skills because they are never challenged. Instead, they are saddled with "helping " the slowest kids in the class. If we put as much money into accelerated programs for the gifted as we put into the bottom end of the spectrum we would NOT lag the world in test scores. In the Post-Secondary world, yes there are academic scholarships. Are you aware how many of them are means tested? Once again, more money is spend on grants for "at risk" or "non traditional" students so that they can get the remedial education. You do not pour your money into the rat hole of your weaknesses, you invest it in your strengths.  (Jun 3, 2011 | post #117)

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