Morning Reads: 21 April 2014

April 21, 2014 6:30 am

by Eric The Younger · 14 comments

For those that celebrate, I hope you had an enjoyable Easter. Here’s what else happened over the weekend.

Georgia
CNN thinks there’s going to be another Governor Carter.
There may have been a tuition increase for the University System of Georgia’s brick and mortar schools, but online tuition actually dropped.
David Perdue brags about jobs, but he’s got a significant outsourcing problem.
Talk about a heck of a Friday news dump.
One of Georgia’s newest cities, may also have one of the highest paid city managers.

National/International
Politics should be a factor for SCOTUS Justices to retire?
15 years since Columbine.
Is the Tea Party a soon to be forgotten movement?
Iran’s UN Ambassador barred entry to the US.
A Sabahi v. Sisi election in Egypt? Oh this could be fun to watch.

Everything Else
Unfortunately the petition to deport Justin Beiber failed.
This is just a tad bit ridiculous.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

TheEiger April 21, 2014 at 8:58 am

I don’t think this article should surprise anyone. Perdue says he is a conservative yet he takes stimulus dollars. I would imagine it’s pretty easy to be a successful businessman when you can just go to the government trough for more money. A man who out sources jobs overseas and takes stimulus money from a bankrupt government is no conservative. I would like to hear from some of Mr. Perdue’s more loyal supporters try to defend this.

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/203914-small-government-gop-senate-candidate-has-ties-to-stimulus

Harry April 21, 2014 at 9:45 am
Eric The Younger April 21, 2014 at 10:05 am

So people are upset about a local school board’s curriculum decision and blaming it on Common Core which doesn’t have any required reading lists?

Lea Thrace April 21, 2014 at 10:15 am

Stop using logic and reasoning. It does not work with this one…

Will Durant April 21, 2014 at 11:18 am

Again you link a propagandist who starts out his diatribe with a bald faced lie: “All contain scenes of overt sexuality, violence, the most vulgar language imaginable, or some combination thereof. Oh, and all are required readings under the Common Core Curriculum Standards.”

From the actual CCSS documentation:
“The following text samples primarily serve to exemplify the level of complexity and quality that the Standards require all students in a given grade band to engage with. Additionally, they are suggestive of the breadth of texts that students should encounter in the text types required by the Standards. The choices should serve as useful guideposts in helping educators select texts of similar complexity, quality, and range for their own classrooms. They expressly do not represent a partial or complete reading list.

Both the writer and the citer, (I know but it sounds good), probably need a refresher course in remedial reading.

Ellynn April 21, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Next thing you know they will require you to read ‘Huckleberry Finn’ (banned due to use of racial slurs), ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ (banned due to profanity and racial slurs), ‘Of Mice and Men’ (banned for profanity, use of the Lord’s name in vain, and racial slurs) and the Bible (just reading about King David should explain it…).

Harry April 21, 2014 at 12:44 pm

My main problem with Common Core is that such top-down mandates or even benchmarks never ever work. We’ve already tried it with Race to the Top. The assumption is that everyone learns equally, so a cookie-cutter approach is what’s needed to standardize the outcome. Nothing could be further from the truth. Learning needs to be tailored to the needs and level of each student and classroom, and only a teacher can effectively do that.

Charlie April 21, 2014 at 12:53 pm

This is such a jumble of talking points it could take years to properly deconstruct, but I’ll hit a few:

1) This isn’t a top down mandate. It was pushed from the States up (or out).

2) “We already tried it with Race to the Top” – WTF? When was Race to the Top tried? What were the results? You do realize anything labeled RTTT has barely been implemented (many of the parts of it GA agreed to have yet to be implemented), so how do we know it hasn’t worked? Other than that Glenn Beck says so?

3) “The assumption is that everyone learns equally.” That’s factually not true. The math that everyone complains about is all about making sure those who don’t learn memorization well understand the concepts of basic mathematics, so that they have a solid foundation, for the express purpose of the fact that they know everyone doesn’t learn the same way/equally.

4) “So a cookie cutter approach…” – Common Core is about benchmarking the desired outcomes. The approach on how to get there remains with States and local school boards.

5) “…Standardize the outcome”. Again, having a minimal benchmark doesn’t standardize an outcome. GA has 17 different career academy tracks that all work within the framework of Common Core. This isn’t “one size fits all”, and I’m impressed you resisted the urge to throw that usual pejorative in here.

6) “nothing could be further from the truth” – except most of your preconceptions

7) “learning needs to be tailored to the needs and level of each student and classroom” – yep. But you’ve made Common Core a boogeyman despite the fact that it doesn’t stop this from happening.

Harry April 21, 2014 at 12:57 pm

I hope all your points are correct.

Noway April 21, 2014 at 10:53 am

Does anyone have an polling numbers for the Repubs in the 11th?

Eric The Younger April 21, 2014 at 12:03 pm
Three Jack April 21, 2014 at 11:39 am

The trial for Cherokee County School Board member Kelly Marlow begins today. She along with her consultant Robert Trim and local GOP member Barbara Knowles were charged with multiple felony counts for allegedly filing false police reports last summer – http://www.peachpundit.com/2013/07/06/file-under-what-the-fuzzy/

All three are apparently standing trial together, should be an interesting week in Canton as this story unfolds – http://www.cherokeetribune.com/view/full_story/24963009/article-Marlow–associates–trial-to-start-Monday?instance=home_top_bullets

Harry April 21, 2014 at 12:50 pm
John Vestal April 21, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Teen birth rate hits record low.

Why is it falling? (Pew)