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Comment: Re: I thought we were trying to end sexism? (Score 1) 588

I'm also personally not against gender segregated high schools, although they do need to be equal in their resources and what they offer.

Separate, but equal - what a great idea, where have I heard that before?

The very idea that there might be a high school full of tech goodies that I wouldn't allowed to go to just because I was a boy is just torture.

You don't understand, they aren't denying you access to the 'tech goodies', they are only making them available yo girls in order to make things even/fair...

Comment: Re: Definitions count! (Score 2, Insightful) 173

"republican-controlled media" - good one.

MS is paying taxes in NV, where the licensing corp is located.

It is not right to say MS isn't paying taxes, it simply is avoiding Washigton State's higher tax rate. I bet if Washington state lowered it's tax rate to equal Nevada's MS would consider relocating MS licensing group back to Washington State... How about it Washington state, do you want the tax revenues or the talking point against MS?

Comment: Who comitted the crime, who pays the fine (Score 1) 92

by kenh (#49435295) Attached to: AT&T Call Centers Sold Mobile Customer Information To Criminals

Employees at three call centers in Mexico, Colombia and the Philippines sold hundreds of thousands of AT&T customer records, including names and Social Security numbers

So a couple low-level workers go all Snowden/Manning and steal company data and sell it on the open market, and their employer is stuck with a $25M fine... Seems fair.

Comment: Re:More widespread than thought (Score 3, Informative) 201

part of the "No Child Left Behind" act that Obama later repealed by decree

And by "repealed" you mean defended and threatened to veto the Republican bill to eliminate federally mandated testing in 2013?

House Republicans voted Friday to dismantle the troubled No Child Left Behind law for evaluating America's students and schools, saying states and local school districts rather than Washington should be setting rules for ensuring that kids are getting good educations.

The legislation would eliminate federally required testing of students, which has been controversial from the start. But the measure passed with no Democratic support and drew a veto threat from the Obama administration, which said it would be a "step backward" in efforts to better prepare children for colleges and careers and to bring improvements to low-performing schools.

Democrats in the Senate, where they hold the majority, are working on their own bill. It would also give states greater flexibility in designing school improvement standards. But it would maintain the authority of the federal education secretary to approve those plans. A Senate vote on that legislation is unlikely until autumn.

Comment: Re:If all you care about are numbers (Score 1) 201

That's not "No Child Left Behind" - That's teachers failing that child, repeatedly. Shame on you for letting teachers blame their failings on something like NCLB.

The main thrust of NCLB was to ensure that special needs children had their needs met, even if it came at the expense of Gifted and Talented students.

Comment: Re:WAHT TEH FUCK` (Score 1) 201

They did it for years.

They did it thousands of times each year.

They conspired to punish teachers that threatened to expose the test cheating.

Their annual salary increases were based in large part on the test scores.

The teachers organized "erasure parties" to facilitate their crime in a fun, social setting.

Comment: Re:How are these related? (Score 1) 201

Standardized test are used, in the aggregate, to evaluate teacher/school performance because, well, it's the only option left for educators. Teachers unions refuse any other form of teacher evaluation - peer evaluation results in a building full of "exceptional" teachers, even if half the high school graduates can't read their diploma.

Comment: Re:Wrong profession (Score 2) 201

He cheated to "help" his students?

They didn't know the answers, they deserved the low scores their "teacher" protected them from.

By inflating their grades, the students were denied the education they deserved, many of which were special needs students.

I don't care about how many pencils he bought out of his own pocket, that doesn't change the fact that his students did poorly on the tests and he choose to change their answers, not teach them what they were supposed to be taught.

This corruption went all the way up to the district superintencent, who avoided prosecution only by dropping dead before the trial.

Comment: Re: Do It, it worked in AZ (Score 1) 886

by kenh (#49341995) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

And of course, the founding fathers wanted to keep the church and the state separated, and they wanted no monarchies.

You do realize the prohibitions regarding the ESTABLISHMENT of a federal religion were intended to let the colonies keep their own state religions, the federal government wouldn't try to take the place of the colony/state's religion.

The 'separation of church and state' argument was in response to a letter to Thomas Jefferson from the Baptist ministers from one of the colonies that was afraid the new federal government was going to force the baptists to adopt a new STATE religion.

Get hold of portable property. -- Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations"