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Teacher testing, core learning no panacea, but a reasonable start

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Teacher testing, core learning no panacea, but a reasonable start Kathryn Biel’s Nov. 4 Viewpoint [“Core Learning, teacher testing hurting kids and home life”] makes a case against teacher testing and higher expectations for our students. She describes unhappy children, children who must learn at a higher rate and parents who are forced to ask, “Can I let my children play?” While I agree there are many problems with our educational system that are not ...


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janesjoys
November 8, 2012
3:16 a.m.

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Re: Linda Knightes - It's pretty difficult to accomplish anything when the main goal established by Republican Mitch McConnell, on inauguration day in 2009, was to ensure one term for President Obama, whatever the cost to the American people. However, our President did accomplish a lot. Let's hope that the obstructionist Republicans step up and change their ways and perhaps what you view as mediocrity will be replaced with actual bipartisan progress for this great country. Additionally, I am really pleased that all those billions of Republican dollars could not BUY this election!

janesjoys
November 8, 2012
3:21 a.m.

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Re: Teen Contraception - The Alan Guttmacher Institute site also states "Without publicly funded family planning services, the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions occurring in the United States would be nearly two-thirds higher among women overall and among teens; the number of unintended pregnancies among poor women would nearly double.[13]" It also states that only 5% of unintended pregnancies occur in women who use contraception consistantly and correctly. Let's make sure that we supply eduction as well as contraception to our teens.

wmarincic
November 8, 2012
7:40 a.m.

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It seems like all of those Billions of Liberal dollars DID buy the election. I hope those Republicans continue to follow the will of 50% of the country, that would be the 50% that work and pay taxes.

J.D.
November 8, 2012
1:30 p.m.

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The correct stat is "cohabiting" youth have contraceptive failure rates that high.

J.D.
November 8, 2012
1:32 p.m.

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janesjoys, it also states that 54% of unplanned pregnancies come from women using contraception. Marie Stopes (U.K. abortion provider) states that 21% of women experiencing unplanned pregnancies were using 2 or more forms of b.c. at the time they got pregnant.

J.D.
November 8, 2012
1:34 p.m.

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Fact Sheet: Studies Show Greater Access to Contraception Does NOT Reduce Unintended Pregnancy and Abortion

Dr. David Paton, the head of the economics division of the Nottingham University Business School, is author of four major studies in this area and has found “no evidence” that “the provision of family planning reduces either underage conception or abortion rates.”

“The Economics of Family Planning and Underage Conceptions,”

Journal of Health Economics, 21.2 (March 2002): 207-225;

In one of his studies, Dr. Paton investigated the impact of family planning on teenage conceptions and abortions by testing data collected over a 14-year period from 16 regions in the U.K. The study “shows that greater access to family planning services in the United Kingdom fails to curb teen sex or abortion rates. The study also finds some evidence that greater access may actually increase underage pregnancy…”

“‟Family Planning‟ Fails to Reduce Teen Sex,” Human Events, April 8, 2002

K. Edgardh found that despite free abortions, free contraceptive counseling, low cost condoms and oral contraceptives, and over-the-counter emergency contraception (EC), Swedish teen abortion rates rose to 22.5 per thousand from 17 per thousand between 1995 and 2001.

Edgardh, K. et al. Adolescent Sexual Health in Sweden, Sex Trans Inf 78 (2002): 352-6,

available at http://sti.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/f....

“Our results suggest that increasing access to contraception may actually increase long run pregnancy rates even though short run pregnancy rates fall. On the other hand, policies that decrease access to contraception, and hence sexual activity, are likely to lower pregnancy rates in the long run.”

Peter Arcidiacono et al., “Habit Persistence and Teen Sex: Could Increased Access

to Contraception have Unintended Consequences for Teen Pregnancies?”,

http://amstat.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10...

Plenty more where that came from: http://shenparentschoicecoalition.org/st...

J.D.
November 8, 2012
1:38 p.m.

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Janesjoys,
FYI,
Some abst. programs DO educate students about contraceptives,but they tell them the truth about them, and they do not promote them. Read the congressional report: http://shenparentschoicecoalition.org/si...

gina99
November 8, 2012
3:33 p.m.

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What about Obama's first 2 years JJ? He had super majorities in both houses. Right he pushed Obamacare not immigration reform, tax reform or anything else promised. Today we find out that Iran shot down a US drone in the Persian Gulf NOVEMBER 1st. Suppressed by a week by the Obama machine. When the truth finally comes out about Benghazi Obama would have trouble winning a town clerk job. In Watergate no one died.

FrankLowe
November 8, 2012
5:20 p.m.

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Gina, everything you said is correct except your 5th sentence. Tuesday was evidence that Obama could be elected regardless of his actions. He has increased the national debt by 5 trillion dolars, unemployment is higher than when he took office, gas prices have doubled, the Soviet Union is once again saber rattling with nuclear attack subs sitting right off our coast, and on and on and on. He has proved himself to be by far the worst president ever. Yet, he was re elected. Unfortunately, with media cooperation, Benghazi will be a minor footnote. Most voters wouldn't even know what happened in Libya, or are aware of the ongoing cover up.
He couldn't run on his dismal record, so he, and his willing accomplices in the media demonized Romney, told lie after lie after lie, and the feeble minded masses believed it. His legacy will be food stamps, unemployment, destruction of the finest health care system on earth, unsustainable debt, and government intrusion and control of every part of our lives. And the next one like him who comes along will be elected because the takers now outnumber the makers. Those who choose not to work have been enabled by Obama and his like minded minions. These parasites will continue until they kill the host, us

wmarincic
November 8, 2012
9:59 p.m.

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franklowe... Exactly right.

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