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Dover salutatorian: Not an end nor a beginning but a mile...

Hey George ... it's good to see you! . ' long time no trashtalk! . I've got my FaceBook ID here ... . http://www.faceboo k.com/psumba . Where's yours?  (Jun 14, 2011 | post #6)

York Dispatch

Dover salutatorian: Not an end nor a beginning but a mile...

It is a shame that this wasn't on the YDR website ... where people would be personally identified by their facebook account!  (Jun 14, 2011 | post #4)

York Dispatch

Dover salutatorian: Not an end nor a beginning but a mile...

Congratulations to each of the grads! . As a graduate of Dover High School 39 years ago, I've lived my dreams ... but only because: . - I came up with a plan to get there - Made sure that I had the education and experience necessary to have a chance for success - Changed my plan as a result of the reality that I faced at different times in my life - Went "against type" when necessary . The last point is the most profound. We each have a comfort zone. Unfortunately, attaining a goal often means doing things that are uncomfortable in the short run. . No one at my 25th high school reunion guessed the path of my career. I was always the bright, quiet guy ... but it's not easy to start and run successful companies with that profile. I had to move out of my comfort zone in order to succeed! . I'd love to be able to share this face to face with the 2012 graduates ... if they would have me. In 1972, my co-salutatorian and I didn't have the chance to speak. After 40 years, I'd love to have that opportunity! .  (Jun 10, 2011 | post #2)

York Dispatch

Pa. Education Secretary: School districts can't blame cha...

Competition among schools is healthy ... both in athletics and academics! The only people who have a problem with charter schools are those who have a vested interest in their local education monopoly!  (Jun 8, 2011 | post #9)

The York Daily Record

York College plans to triple size of business building

There IS a job market out there ... it's just more competitive than it has been in decades. I'm looking to hire several people ... but am taking my time to find the right candidates. This is a "skills-based " economy. Penn State is placing most of its business majors in jobs ... but good luck if you are a history major and aren't going to law school! The people I am hiring need to have very specific skills and experiences. There are always jobs for those who wish to be entrepreneurial. Before unemployment payments, people did things like sell apples on street corners. Today, they are being paid to sit at home and watch "The People's Court"! It all comes down to how hungry you are ... and how much time we have before we cannot afford to give people this luxury! .  (May 17, 2011 | post #5)

The York Daily Record

Donald Trump says no to presidential run

Trump did us all a service ... . Because he wasn't an "experienced politician" he spoke the TRUTH that needed to be said. In particular: . - America IS going to [email protected] - Our trading partners, like China, ARE taking advantage of us . Are we going to be stupid enough to not "get" what he was saying? . Is it time for us to wake up and look beyond the traditional politicians who have gotten us in this mess? .  (May 17, 2011 | post #12)

York Dispatch

Corbett links teachers' unions to failing schools

You can't manage what you can't measure! . The rest of us working stiffs live in a world where we are constantly being measured and managed ... teachers deserve no less! . It's about time that teachers are held accountable for what their students learn. There are too many bad teachers who talk about everything but the subject matter! While some may be interesting, there should be a "BS 101" class for teachers who want to avoid teaching the assigned subject! Let students choose whether they want to learn ... or listen to the BS ... when they select their classes! .  (May 15, 2011 | post #16)

York Dispatch

Corbett links teachers' unions to failing schools

Why should there be the need for start-up money? . In the school district that I referred to above, transportation costs were included in the cost charged to the district ... that equaled the average cost expended on students in the home district. Quite frankly, the costs of that voucher school were a fraction of the costs that the district chose to incur because they didn't know that to do with a bright special ed kid ... who they chose to transport a greater distance and pay tuition to a private school ... when it would have been much less restrictive (and expensive) to educate him in district. . Local school districts seem to be terrified that their monopolies are being challenged! .  (May 15, 2011 | post #15)

The York Daily Record

Penn State York graduates 115

I'm happy ... one more Penn Stater in the family!  (May 15, 2011 | post #5)

York Dispatch

Corbett links teachers' unions to failing schools

I understand the "bottom 10%" better than you might imagine. Growing up in Dover, I saw a lot of those kids ... and followed their careers as they graduated to life imprisonment! FWIW ... I have an autistic son who was in special ed throughout K-12. I understand the role of family support for education ... and the vast difference in outcomes between parents who are engaged with their kids education and those who are ambivalent or hostile toward education. My special ed son went on to receive a degree in Chemistry from a "more selective" public college ... without his motivation and our support this would have been unthinkable. If my son didn't have strong academic interests, we would have been open to him pursuing other paths! At the same time, I have a letter in my possession from our public school that urged my wife and I to write him off in the 3rd grade and get counseling to deal with it ... so don't say that the public school systems always get it right. The school system that I referenced in my previous posting is a PUBLIC school system ... that includes special ed and vocational education! I cited the Catholic system only because they are very cost-effective ... getting results at a much lower cost per pupil. BTW: The Catholic schools in New Jersey DO take on all students! There is an answer for the bottom 10%. The education system is too focused on giving every student a college-prep level education. Not every student is college material. In Germany, students are "sorted" early in the educational process ... and follow vastly different paths ... some VERY academic ... others VERY vocational ... and apprenticeships are expected for all vocational students. The county school district that I referenced provides very effective solutions for the bottom 10% as well. Rather than sitting in a classroom with a teacher talking about subjects they either can't comprehend or don't care about, they are learning about subjects like plumbing, auto repair, or welding where they will have lifetime employment.  (May 13, 2011 | post #9)

York Dispatch

Corbett links teachers' unions to failing schools

How many of you realize that we are in the beginning of an economic downturn that will make the Great Depression look welcoming? This is the reality that our government knows ... but NO ONE wants to talk about! . The only reason why we don't see it are the massive federal and state entitlement programs ... that are keeping millions of folks off of the bread lines. Unfortunately, the money is starting to run out as the Federal government reaches the limits of its borrowing and the state government is forced to maintain a balanced budget. In short, education is being crowded out by entitlement spending. . As an elected member of a governing body within Penn State, I am seeing the cuts in education funding first hand. As a product of PUBLIC education, I have deep feelings about this conflict! . 30 years ago, my wife left her job as a TENURED teacher because declining enrollments left her without a job (last in, first out) ... so I know that side of the story, as well! . Having said that ... . There needs to be academic competition among schools ... just like there is in athletics. Currently, public schools are local monopolies whose workers (tenured teachers) are not directly accountable to the citizens. In order for the schools to be motivated to change, they need competition! . My kids grew up in Bergen County New Jersey. They had the choice to attend their local high school or apply to a county magnet school that was part of the Vo-Tech system. You would be surprised how much this minimal level of competition caused the local high school to improve the level of education that they provided to their students! . This school wasn't like York VoTech ... this school was all about academics ... with career academies in Science & Technology, Engineering, Business & Finance, Computers and Information Technology, etc. If you are interested in learning more, see http://bcts.bergen .org/index.php?opt ion=com_multilink &Itemid=1353 . They also had regular VoTech and Special Education programs! . We have spent sacrificial amounts of money on public education ... compared to the Catholic system ... and have not achieved the results that they have. While I have traditionally not been in favor of vouchers to church-based schools, my experience with educational competition has caused me to change my perspectives. .  (May 12, 2011 | post #6)

The York Daily Record

Autism rates may be higher than thought, study shows

Hey, . I'm a LOCAL and have NO PROBLEM with people seeing my posting history! . Check back to my initial posting. Vaccinations were only ONE of the environmental issues that I listed. How did I come to these observations ... by literally speaking with hundreds of parents of autistic children ... and connecting the dots! My initial training was as a research scientist ... and I've learned more about neurology and epidemiology than I would have ever dreamed! . Referring to me using the term anti-vaxxer confirms your status as a big pharma shill ... you've magically appeared out of nowhere with 6-shooters blazing! I'd love to see your Google Alerts settings ... especially those for autism and vaccinations! . Go back to the rock that you crawled out from under! .  (May 10, 2011 | post #33)

The York Daily Record

Autism rates may be higher than thought, study shows

One of the problems in the autism community is that there are many "paid posters" who I am convinced are tools for big pharma. Their job is to hammer anyone who utters vaccination and autism in the same posting on any forum. I've seen them across the Internet! @Friend - I think that you are one of those shills ... with a cute avatar and thousands of postings on Topix, yet no disclosure of location nor previous postings. I spend a lot of time on this paper's forum and this is the first time that I have seen a post from you! Time to be a bit more transparent! .  (May 10, 2011 | post #29)

The York Daily Record

Autism rates may be higher than thought, study shows

There has been a significant amount of study of the Amish because their life choices make them ideal "control subjects" WRT many medical issues. @Friend - check your facts on Amish vaccinations. They fought in the courts to preserve their rights to not vaccinate ... or for that matter participate in the social security system. Are you trying to imply that there is ANY relationship between inbreeding and the absence of autism? If so, that's a new one to me! Also, keep in mind that autism doesn't show at birth ... and isn't generally evident until a child starts to miss their developmental benchmarks ... typically at the 12 to 24 month age range. I've read most, if not all, of the studies that you are alluding to WRT the relationship between vaccines and autism. What you are refusing to admit is that not finding a link does not say that there is no link ... it just wasn't found ... which is a SIGNIFICANT difference from what you are implying! Logic like that is what left people in 1492 thinking that the Earth was flat! .  (May 9, 2011 | post #8)

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