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Principal named for Las Cruces' new Centennial High Schoo...

Creative sentence structure...when you can actually write, someone might pay attention.  (May 25, 2011 | post #15)

Las Cruces Sun-News

Foster makes home in Los Angeles

Don Foster is one of the funniest people you could ever meet...and was very nice and kind when he was in college. He was ahead of me in school and always treated those "beneath " him with respect. We should proud of him!  (May 23, 2011 | post #16)

Las Cruces Sun-News

Sound off! (May 17)

Well! Aren't we highly superior and self-satisfid for no apparent reason.  (May 17, 2011 | post #13)

Las Cruces Sun-News

Sound off! (May 13)

And please know that I am not in any way suggesting that the state of education is good these days, nor am I saying that all teachers are doing a good job. There is much that needs to be questioned and improved. I love reading your opinions on politics, economics, and the lazy thinking that goes with "party" thinking. It would be great if we could have the time to help students develop such good mental habits!  (May 13, 2011 | post #25)

Las Cruces Sun-News

Sound off! (May 13)

Orville, this comment about teaching physics and engineering is not worthy of you! All kids do any more is skill and drill for reading and math...diversity is not content and ebonics is ancient news. I typically love the way you think, but please learn more about education or stick to what you know.  (May 13, 2011 | post #14)

Las Cruces Sun-News

Sound Off! (April 15)

You did not annoy me, but I was curious. According to Answers.com, the term is either bald or bare-faced liar...as in able to lie without hiding behind whiskers. Just a bit of FYI--pretty sure I've just annoyed a few people myself!  (Apr 15, 2011 | post #82)

Las Cruces Sun-News

Testing begins: Results determine Las Cruces' schools' AY...

That's what most people in education mean when they use the word "standards. " They are available on the NM Public Education Department website for all to review and revile if they so choose...I may be wrong, but it seems like some people are using the word to indicate a level of performance.  (Apr 12, 2011 | post #25)

Las Cruces Sun-News

Testing begins: Results determine Las Cruces' schools' AY...

I'd like to ask all of you complaining about "standards " to please provide a definition of the term as you are using it. Are you using the word in numeric terms or referring to content that is being taught? I have a strong feeling that many of you are using the terms in different ways and that may be leading to some of the controversy.  (Apr 12, 2011 | post #23)

Las Cruces Sun-News

I've never met a dumb home-schooled kid

I don't understand how people judge these posts...how can someone disagree with your experience? Portfolios are more suitable for kids from about fifth grade on...prior to that, they're not quite ready. I don't like to admit it, but some teachers are too lazy to use portfolios or other complex assessments and rely on easier methods. Good teachers are assessing all the time--look in a kid's eyes and have a conversation and you can tell what they understand and don't understand. I've had a broad range of experiences with both home-schooled kids and those who have attended private schools but were kicked out when either their academics or their behavior was out of line with what was accepted in the school. The only time I would choose to home school is if my child had a serious medical condition or was being bullied on the mean streets of middle school...I was fortunate not to have either of those situations with my kid. Other people make different choices, which is just one of the cool things about America.  (Apr 12, 2011 | post #68)

Las Cruces Sun-News

I've never met a dumb home-schooled kid

Teachers use portfolio assessment all the time, and you're correct that it is a much more effective method to determine deep learning--that is learning that can be applied in multiple situations. Usually, if a child is "good" at taking tests, the results are valid, but not all kids are test-takers so different methods are better determinants of learning. Some kids who don't test well are still learning, they just aren't always able to demonstrate it through standardized testing. I do believe in valid standardized tests, but the way they are currently used is not valid, not valid at all.  (Apr 11, 2011 | post #55)

Las Cruces Sun-News

I've never met a dumb home-schooled kid

I do find it interesting that Mr. Pitts continues to assume that today's kids are spending more time on "esteem building" than they are on hard academics. That may have been true many years ago, but it is not true since NCLB has been in place. Sadly, almost all the time in school today is spent on either reading or math, taught in isolation. If more intergration of subjects was included, learning would improve significantly...bu t statistically impossible results will never be achieved, not matter how many silly laws are passed. I'm not a big supporter of home schooling for the simple reason that the roles of teacher and parent are different, although they are often similar in many ways. I have met some children who had been home-schooled and they are not all as highly intelligent as Pitts suggests--not that we're even allowed to speak about intelligence level anymore.  (Apr 11, 2011 | post #50)

Las Cruces Sun-News

Longtime educator to take up seat on LCPS board

Oh, Mikey, didn't you just put me in my low teacher place? I'm bleeding emotionally and so sad that some hack PhD (or so you claim) thinks that all the yokels here in New Mexico need your pearls of supposed wisdom. No, I wasn't there to hear her answers, but I don't need to be there to know that she is wise and will provide some much needed wisdom and experience. One would assume that a someone who really understands would appreciate diversity and variegated experience on the school board, but then one would also assume that a man with a PhD in English would be able to construct an elegant paragraph, but alas that is not the case. Also, the school board should reflect local opinion and culture. You must get my point about "forgotten more about teaching than you know." Or maybe you really don't. Your agenda is clearly to feel superior to others in the field of education and complain about techniques and pedagogies that no longer exist...I'll bet you identify with Don Quixote.  (Mar 18, 2011 | post #21)

Las Cruces Sun-News

Bill would extend school year

The problem with wanting more content taught at a swifter pace is that it doesn't take into account child/brain development. Year round school does make more sense for retention, however, and is better for both students and teachers.  (Mar 17, 2011 | post #12)

Las Cruces Sun-News

Longtime educator to take up seat on LCPS board

Yes. She started teaching first grade at University Hills the first year it opened. That was when first grade teachers really knew how to teach reading. Her experience and insight will be a huge asset on the board.  (Mar 17, 2011 | post #9)

Las Cruces Sun-News

Longtime educator to take up seat on LCPS board

Once again your agenda is clear. You don't know this woman. You don't know this community and we would be so much better off without your constant yammering. Mrs. Hall has forgotten more about teaching at all levels than you think you know. She was an excellent first grade teacher, her daughter is providing excellent professional development to the district, and you should be ashamed of yourself...although we all know that's not going to happen. Fool.  (Mar 17, 2011 | post #6)

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