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Comment: Re:This is a scam (Score 5, Interesting) 399

by winwar (#46075865) Attached to: California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

There is no teacher shortage.

When you hear that schools are having a difficult time getting teachers, that indicates that the school/district/state is an awful place to work.

It's not unusual for there to be five applicants for every science position. There could be 30 for an English position. It's even worse for primary education. The only place there might be a shortage is in Special Education.

Comment: Re:Suing the wrong party (Score 1) 399

by winwar (#46075825) Attached to: California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

Please explain how getting rid of due process and property rights will improve teaching? Why should teachers not be protected by the Constitution? That's what you are advocating when you "tenure" should be abolished.

You are aware that teachers are evaluated every year? That new and more rigorous evaluation systems are being implemented? That if they are not proficient (a pretty high bar) they can be removed?

If poor teachers are in the classroom then the administration and the school board (and hence the voters) are not doing their job.

Comment: Re:Tenure? (Score 2) 399

by winwar (#46075779) Attached to: California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

It would help if you would understand what tenure is and what it is not in state funded primary and secondary schools. That does require some knowledge, however

If you are against "tenure" you oppose the following: the right to bargain, contracts, due process, and property rights.

It has little or nothing to do with: seniority, lifelong guaranteed employment, academic freedom.

Furthermore, the US is not very meritocratic. If you think it is, you are deeply ignorant. For one thing, I couldn't largely predict student achievement and success by looking at income.

Furthermore, if you consider the US education system better than Japan, what exactly is the problem with the current system?

Comment: Re:My experiences (Score 3, Informative) 399

by winwar (#46075715) Attached to: California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

I'm sorry but the statement that "nothing could be done" is a lie.

If the teachers were truly ineffective or incompetent, then you should have complained to the school's administrators and insisted that your students be removed. That is your right. If they refused, then you take the issue to the school board. If that doesn't work, you file a complaint with the state (and also against the teachers license if you actually have evidence).

If you failed to do that, it indicates to me that maybe the teachers really weren't that bad. Because if you did nothing despite knowing there was a problem, you are part of it. When you find ineffective teachers you also have ineffective administrators and schools boards. You can't have one without the other.

Comment: Re:"Presume" there's no pipe? (Score 1) 141

by winwar (#45872537) Attached to: Object Blocking Giant Tunnel Borer Was an 8" Diameter Pipe

Chris Dixon is lying, an ignoramus, or quite possibly both. Which probably means the taxpayers are screwed.

I'd also guess that he is an engineer versus a geologist.

You don't generally remove casings from drilled wells after use, since they have probably been welded together. If it is a monitoring well like this one, you'd leave it in place in case you want to use it again. If you decommission it, you fill it with bentonite clay or cement and cut the top off to prevent groundwater contamination. Of course if someone had bothered to check the Washington Dept of Ecology's web site, they would have known this (where the information for the well would have been submitted).

Comment: Re:And this is somehow supposed to be a surprise? (Score 1) 1010

by winwar (#45825145) Attached to: New Study Shows One-Third of Americans Don't Believe In Evolution

Do you really think that 68% of the population doesn't have a basic science education?

That is the percent of the population that does not accept evolution according to the survey. Only 32% accept evolution.

The major similarity between the concepts of God did it, God guided it, and I don't know is that those groups don't accept evolution. The difference is how much they oppose the obvious policy consequences.

Comment: Re:Self-Serving Nonsense (Score 1) 100

by winwar (#45377803) Attached to: OSHA Wants To Post All Workplace Injury Reports Online

That's odd, because every one of the incidents you listed (they are not accidents) was the employers fault. They may have also been the employees fault.

Here's the deal, if you have lazy employees, those who don't wear PPE, take shortcuts, etc., then what is the employer doing about it? If the answer is "nothing" or the equivalent, then the employer does not value safety. I've worked at places where those things will result in termination or significant discipline and where they won't. Guess which places care about safety?

Finally, if your workers are taking shortcuts, then that implies that your assumptions about workflow are wrong. You are making people work too fast. Or your PPE sucks. In any case, once again, the employer is at fault. The employee is making a rational choice: lack of performance will get me fired, safety violations won't.

What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite. -- Bertrand Russell, "Skeptical Essays", 1928

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