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Schools have no business forcing any one particular foreign language class on students, be it Spanish or any other. If a foreign speaking class is required then all students should have a choice; German, French, Chinese, Spanish, etc...
And by all means American public schools have no business allowing general ed teachers presenting more than half their instruction time in Spanish to English speaking students in their class. Student Services should set up and manage needs in that arena for those students who require instruction in Spanish, and then teach them English as well to help them assimilate.
I agree with Get Smart, teaching English to students that are in the system who only speak Spanish should be our first priority.
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roberttxGreat idea! Along with increases in teacher’s salaries and million dollars spent on new schools adding a coat and tie will give us the last piece in the puzzle in increasing the IQ and grading scores of all our students. Thank you! We need you on our school board. =)
ZaPaYaYaYa....Yes, when people research information they will typically use journals - web browsing .edu's - and books, which can be in some part scholarly articles. What I have read in periodicals, online, and seen in documentaries are all part of the process in obtaining information on subject matters, then sharing it with others. I don't just pull stuff out of thin air and make it up as I go along like others might do. The information may come from different sources.
It is true, and I agree, that when you look better you feel better, and people see you as being smarter and more respectful. That’s why it is important to dress nice for interviews etc…. That being said it still does not make one smarter or score higher on their ACT’sI can, if it makes you happier, to do a research paper on this topic citing works used thru scholarly journals. Being that you feel my so called “google” search is lacking. Just sayin……..
Thanks Kim for your thoughts. Now, here are some of mine.There has been research which shows teachers and most students that believe the students behave better and get better grades when they wear uniforms. This is called the "Halo effect." It refers to the fact that when we see one positive feature about a person, we tend to infer others. Therefore, if someone is well-dressed, we make additional positive assumptions about them – e.g., that they're conscientious and respectful. Sometimes the halo effect can be misleading. Consider the corporate scoundrels who were exposed for defrauding their companies of billions of dollars. These guys were among the best-dressed folks in society! Studies have also been done ( I saw this with John Stossel ) using preschoolers showing them pictures of four different people (subjects). Each subject had two different photos taken, one where they appear disheveled and slouchy, and the other they appear well dressed – neat and clean. Then the preschoolers were asked to pick out the nice smart people; they pointed to second set of photos (neatly dressed subjects). The preschoolers were then asked to pick out the dumb and mean people; they pointed to the first set of photos (subjects disheveled). Interesting……… An example would be: Just because I dress like a rock star, it does not mean I can sing, dance or play the guitar.
Back to academic performance - But even where there were improvements in attendance and grades, we can't attribute these to dress code alone. It turns out that when schools adopted uniforms or dress codes, they also made other changes in how things were run. It’s possible that the school also upgraded their curriculum, enforced rules more consistently. Maybe the school encouraged more parent involvement? (We hear all about it with VISD, but I never really see it. Teachers claim that want parents 100% involvement then when they start to get it they complain about bossy noisy parents. Why would parents want to get too involved when they are treated like children themselves by the teachers and the principal? This is not always the case, but it’s out there.) In fact, these other measures may well have had more of an impact than did the clothes.Read this comprehensive research review article by David Brunsma, a sociologist at the University of Alabama: http://www.geocities.com/school_unifo...
Article reads;Within five years, he hopes the downtown bustles with even more restaurants, retail locations and family-friendly events."Let's stop waiting for a white knight to ride into town to save us. We can put it together," Sigg said.
Remember Sam Kinnison? "YOU LIVE IN A DESERT!" "UNDERSTAND THAT?" Kinison was always a little too loud, but he always said it like it was.
Honestly people, it is what it is.
One of the greatest lessons that a school can teach its students is the ability to use their own logic and reasoning to develop an objective opinion of the world around them. By teaching creationism in the classroom, schools are broadening students' knowledge. It is possible to teach both creationism and evolution in the same school. The goal is to expose students to all widely held 'beliefs'. The path to understanding such theories requires the teaching of both Creationism and Evolution.
Who over-sees Chief Deputy Sheriff John Oglesby? It's Zavesky. And where does the buck stop? Is there any overseeing, accountability, supervision, or management in place over Oglesby? And how are they responsible in all this? Zavesky - you need to do more than just apologize.
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Most of the blame falls on Jode Zavesky. He should, along with VSO, be responsible for covering the cost of Rodriguez's $5,000 bond fee and attorney's fee's. What a travesty...."serve and protect"
How many of you have children which you have allowed to have a cell phone with texting option features? Is it partly the responsibility of we the parents, right?