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Can we ever attain a balanced curriculum? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Louis Wildman   
Monday, 05 October 2009 04:07

At the start of this school year I spoke with a friend of mine who teaches in a local elementary school.   I had just returned from Africa, and I offered to share my pictures with his class.   He said his class couldn’t take time for that, even though they were studying Africa.   He said he must follow a script, and spending an hour talking about what I saw in Kenya this past summer, wouldn’t fit.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 October 2009 04:27
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Saving students, one tax-withdrawn dollar at a time PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Lollar   
Friday, 02 October 2009 05:22

Money.  It’s about money.  Why do we always tell students that they’ll make more money if they are more educated?  Because we care that they have more money in their pockets?  No.  It’s because we want them to be able to pay more taxes, to help make our economy strong.  Now you know.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 October 2009 15:45
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Students' ability to 'Get 'er done' PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Hicks   
Tuesday, 22 September 2009 02:51

 

What if the primary goal of public education was not the memorization of facts or figures, nor even high grades or test scores?  What if, instead, the primary goal was producing students who demonstrate the ability to successfully accomplish meaningful tasks, i.e. the ability to get things done? What if our top students, in other words, were judged to be so, not because of what they 'knew,' but because of what they had shown they could 'do'?

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2010 21:45
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Back to School PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wally McCormick   
Sunday, 27 September 2009 05:21

Do you love the kids you are raising?  Prove it!  I don’t mean by buying them more stuff or taking them to Disneyland, or buying the latest on-line game, or purchasing the latest trendy style of clothing or any other type of indulgence.  I am talking about a more serious investment … your time to be involved.  While this article/column is titled Back-to-School it is about parental responsibility when a child you are raising is going back to school.

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Boy Trapped in Refrigerator, Eats Own Foot PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Lipschitz   
Friday, 12 February 2010 10:55

Child endangerment charges have been filed against Jim and Lavonda Vickers of Bakersfield, after their 5-year old son, Patrick, missing since last week, was discovered late last night trapped inside an abandoned refrigerator, alive but missing one foot, which the boy had apparently eaten in order to stay alive.

 

"It was an artificial foot," said Child Protective Services spokesperson Moore La Forstonieu, "so it's not as gruesome as it sounds.”  According to La Forstonieu, new state and federal guidelines call for all non-metal parts of children’s prosthetic devices to also be edible, and for all existing devices to be fitted with tri-lingual ‘do not eat’ labels.  “So the endangerment charges actually stem from the parents' failure to affix these labels onto the boy's device, as mandated by law.  This is all clearly stipulated in the parental owner’s manuals we now distribute to all California households with young children.  By ignoring these regulations, these parents wantonly exposed their young child to a serious case of indigestion," said La Forstonieu.

 

Amid rising concern over a dramatic increase in the number of such incidents, the first of its kind ever reported, Child Protective Services plans to launch a media blitz early next year on the dangers of prosthetic device ingestion, and city officials are said to be considering a plan to increase from 5 to 25 the number of full-time staff in its Fridge Abandonment Reduction Team. 

 

Meanwhile, federal, state, regional, county and city officials are involved in separate discussions.  “Abandoned refrigerators are a serious issue, especially with all these older prosthetic devices still around,” said EPA Director Ugotta B. Kiddenme.  “The difficulty, is that these sites, what we call ‘temporary unlawful refrigerator dump sites’ are scattered all over.  Sometimes they’re found in the county, sometimes within the city limits, and sometimes on federal land.  What we need is a new layer of government oversight, in between county and regional jurisdictions.  The proposed Cooperative Refrigerator Abatement Program would provide just what its name suggests.  We expect the entire program will be supported by fines and fees, and after the first, say 10 to 15 years, it might even generate a small surplus.”

Last Updated on Friday, 12 February 2010 11:03
 
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