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March 8, 2013 at 7:19 am #3464
Officials: 80 Percent Of Recent NYC High School Graduates Cannot ReadI wonder how many of them want to get History degrees?March 8, 2013 at 12:42 pm #28338skiguyModerator
But I bet they all know about homosexuals, sex changes, and where to get an abortion. Just LOVE progressive education! ::)March 8, 2013 at 3:31 pm #28339
A table ranking countries according to their inequality-adjusted human development index (IHDI) and compares it to their HDI (Human Development Index).The index captures the HDI of the average person in society, which is less than the aggregate HDI when there is inequality in the distribution of health, education and income.Colombia Loss: 32.5 Ranking: -24USA Loss: 15.3 Ranking: -19S Korea Loss: 16.5 Ranking: -17http://hdr.undp.org/en/statistics/ihdi/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_inequality-adjusted_HDI The HDI combined three dimensions:- Life expectancy at birth, as an index of population health and longevity- Knowledge and education, as measured by the adult literacy rate- Standard of livingStatistics...March 8, 2013 at 3:55 pm #28340
And who defines what inequality is?March 8, 2013 at 4:14 pm #28341
And who defines what inequality is?
It's writtenMarch 8, 2013 at 5:40 pm #28342
OK, I see it now. The UN does, the same organization that puts countries like Sudan and North Korea on the Human Rights council.I will give you that is an interesting measure though. Wonder of wonders that with the exception of Canada, the US, Israel and Switzerland the first 25 countries are all in the EU.March 8, 2013 at 5:44 pm #28343
Well, it's up to you to demonstrate the oppositeMarch 8, 2013 at 9:39 pm #28344donrocParticipant
Back in 2006-7, I thought I would do public service at minimal pay as an adjunct professor at then Polk Community College in Florida, not a State College. I taught two first year writing courses( aka the 13th grade) but was not allowed to downgrade anyone for misspelling words. Had I that freedom,no one would have passed. With rare exceptions, the pupils (cannot call them students) were not smarter than a 5th grader, as the game show was titled. Most never mastered the following: differences between its and it's; they're, their, and there; me or I, he or him after a preposition; who, whose, who's and whom; paragraphing; organizing thoughts; and critical thinking. One day I was asked to sub a class for an ill instructor, and four girls were having a farting contest. The librarians did not enforce silence. Fairfax, the high school in West Hollywood wheere I taught 1957-87, went from 85% legitimately qualifying for college to 75% of those entering in 10th grade graduating, most of those by courtesy. Yet, and you can Google it, schools like my alma mater Lowell High School in San Francisco, are oases in the current public school desert.March 8, 2013 at 10:29 pm #28345PhidippidesKeymaster
Ooh, that is brutal. I am fortunate to have had an excellent former nun as a seventh/eighth grade teacher who made sure that we learned English grammar pretty well. One of the most useful things from that class was the ability to deconstruct sentences and know how to classify each word/phrase. When I went back home for Christmas, I found out that my nephew, now in the seventh grade, goes to a school where everyone in his class was given a laptop for schoolwork. As much as I love using computers, I cannot see how that kind of thing is justified, since computer use is not really fundamental to becoming a good student. Instead, it becomes a means to distract students from what should be the main task of learning essential concepts and approaches to solving problems.March 8, 2013 at 10:45 pm #28346skiguyModerator
Laptops? Is this a public school?March 8, 2013 at 10:55 pm #28347PhidippidesKeymaster
No, a private Catholic school. Still, it's not exactly a “preppy” or rich school like what you might find around Boston or surrounding areas. I think that the school got a deal on the laptops. Apparently, the school board implemented the program without the input of the parents.