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Posted on April 23 at 9:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

VanderWalker - Yes the police hypnotized the students (a few of them) to throw bottles of beer at them.

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Posted on April 15 at 4:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Quite an accomplishment and it certainly should not be diminished because of a few jerks.

I must say though, that it's disgusting the way your acquaintance minimizes someone throwing a full bottle of beer at another human being, as being "not that bad". And, suggests the blame should be shifted to the police for arriving and doing their job to keep the peace.

Unions' fans had that entire campus to celebrate on, but, instead chose to block an entire city block. Still, the police thought the significance of the accomplishment warranted some discretion and let the celebration continue. Ultimately, some students staring throwing beer bottles in the air and then thought the police would make better targets.

Perhaps, if your acquaintance had gotten hit in the face with one of those projectiles, he/she might not be so quick to minimize such dangerous actions.

Congrats to the Union College Hockey players, quite an accomplishment. And, based on the recent history, more great things are in their future. Too bad violent criminal behavior has to even be part of this discussion.

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Posted on April 2 at 8:01 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The reason for making standardized tests part of a student's record is to track their progress. If they are going to be assessed later according to these scores, it makes sense to begin the testing early due to the importance of the performance in grades K-4. 30% of kids in one census track in the city begin Kindergarten at below normal standards. Once a child falls behind it is a challenge to get them where they need to be. And, testing and tracking performance can tell us what educational interventions are effective. But that does not mean we should place too much emphasis on testing.

I do not think Common Core is fad, as much as it is a reasonable strategy poorly implemented. One of the reasons precipitating CC is the fact that many students were arriving at college, some thriving while other are woefully underprepared. Shouldn't a high school diploma be indicative of a certain level of academic competence? The problem with relying solely on local control entirely is the wide discrepancy in academic performance among states. Mississippi and Louisiana always the lowest rated states. I doubt conservatives are happy with those results. And, to some degree, there should be a national standard of sorts - students leaving high school should be able to read at a certain level and be able to understand a reasonable level of math and science information. But national standards cannot be implemented without local input and control. I think the Secretary of Education has erred in thinking that all of this can be managed by the federal government dispensing or withholding incentives.

RE: addressing the underlying social problems - I agree, but you cannot wait to implement educational reforms until those problems are addressed because the problems are extremely difficult if not impossible to address. Educational performance will have to addressed in spite of some of those issues.

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Posted on March 2 at 7:44 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The inmates should pay for the education just like everyone else has to. It could be done through a student loan (with interest). Why should an inmate receive preferable treatment over a student who has done nothing wrong? If the writer wants them to attend college for free then start a foundation make that happen. I have no problem with inmates using their time in prison to better themselves. I do have a problem with government making me and other taxpayers foot the bill.

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Posted on February 20 at 5:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

For inmates who earn the right to attend such a program, it makes sense. It is better for the inmates, staff, and society that the inmates use their time in prison productively. However, in no way should it be free, funded by taxpayers. The inmates who take the course should be billed, upon release, for the courses and then be given a specific amount of time to pay for the course. It would be unfair for inmates to be given a benefit that regular students and their parents are denied.

The recidivism argument is offensive in one sense - "if they do not get a college education they will commit crimes upon release" is analogous to "Educate me or I will victimize society upon release" - That's an enlightened policy? Seems more like extortion.

But again, I support the idea - but the inmates must pay for it.

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Posted on February 18 at 5:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The ideal situation would be no need for overtime. Second, best option would be the ability to use the OT towards your 401k, 457k plan.

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Posted on February 12 at 9:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

T. Farmer - While no one could argue that students have different levels of ability, due to the fact those abilities are related to things besides basic intelligence - absent some mechanism to ensure all students receive a specific baseline of education I could envision students from the rich elite schools, and all those factors correlated with that, having a permanent advantage.

Nonetheless, your comments are both informative and troubling.

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Posted on February 11 at 7:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)

One representative per neighborhood would alleviate this problem.

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Posted on February 9 at 8:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

So is Will arguing that Obama initiate a 3rd armed conflict. Sometimes, pausing and deliberating before proceeding is a judicious move. What would Will suggest to end the civil war and eliminate Assad's weapons of mass destruction?

And, what's Will's answer for Iran's development of nuclear arms? Iran and Syria and challenging problems for which there is possibly no solution.

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Posted on February 9 at 8:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

If the standards are flawed, I would think one would look to change them - not withdraw from the common core model completely. There needs to be some common standard because all the students will eventually participate in a common economic system. Leaving it entirely up the schools has been one of the factors related to the uneven performance of students.

The writer's concerns about lack of transparency and funding issues are troubling.

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