May 15, 2013 at 12:45:28
“What exactly is the downside of more foreign born people coming here?”
Scott Leland on May 16, 2013 at 10:36:09
“If you look at a chart showing the increase in the numbers of immigrants coming to the U.S. and compare it to the increasing population of American families that are homeless you will realize the effect that immigration has on working-class Americans.
Immigrants also send a lot of money to their countries of origin ("Remittences.") Mexicans working in the U.S. sent $27 Billion to their country last year. That is the results from just that one country. Think of the others tens-of-billions-of-dollars that should have been cashed and spent by Americans in our own cities:
“Ok the downside is this. This country is already way behind in our infrastructure think clean water, power grid, roads, bridges, and now our food supply is losing ground because of converting food to fuel. waste removal in costal areas has damaged some parts of the ocean, and it is now loaded with toxic junk. It would not take much more to tip the balance to a point of no return.”
“She was unconscious. She didn't even know it occurred until pictures started circulating. Having sex with someone that is unconscious is rape unless someone was pretty explicit about it being ok to have sex while asleep.”
“Two laws should be passed as a result of this. One should be a sort of whistle-blower act that protects people's identity that turn in a photo like this. That way they don't get charged possession of child porn and it encourages them to speak up.
The other law should be that making and transmitting photos or video of any sex act without written permission from everyone involved should carry a huge penalty. Even if the sex is consensual. I realize that this can also result in destroying evidence of a rape but remember that it wasn't really the rape that lead to her suicide. She actually didn't even know she was raped. It was the spread of these pictures and rumors. There's other ways to get evidence like a rape kit.”
“I've flipped back and forth on standardized testing throughout the years. It seems to make intuitive sense that giving a test is a way to ensure if the kids are actually learning. Like a teacher that has low standards but gives an 'A' doesn't mean the student learned more then another student that received a 'B' with a different teacher. However making the test a requirement to pass seems to have hurt the education system by focusing solely on test topics and giving an incentive for teachers to cheat.
I still think comprehensive tests should be given but only as a diagnostic tool. Sort of like a physical or blood test when you go to a doctor. Then use the test as an evaluation as to what strategies to make improvements to curriculum. Sort of like the international PISA test. From the scores we can analyze what works and what doesn't work.”
fireside reader on Apr 10, 2013 at 18:38:04
“I am a long-time teacher who appreciates your thoughts--I've even shared them. The problem has become the extent and frequency of standardized testing, way beyond even what is sent out to be scored. Many teachers are now being forced to give only "common" assessments, meaning they must not give test or quiz questions that their fellow teachers do not also give. Goodbye spontaneity and challenge. They must only teach what their fellow teachers cover...no pursuing topics of unique interest or expertise. It is very limiting. Plus, now tests must be constructed so that every question aligns with benchmarks, and sometimes multiple test versions must be made (to accommodate students with disabilities). It is at once overwhelming and frustrating...and meaningless, I often think. A lot of interesting and important things that used to be taught and tested are not, any longer. The burden to get a test question agreed on by all and in line with district/federal requirements is just too much.”
seriouslyRUserious on Apr 10, 2013 at 17:49:13
“All they do now is memorize. No critical thinking.”
“Parks and Rec, The Office and The Olympics are my only real reasons to watch NBC lately. However NBC does such a horrible job covering the Olympics that it really turns me off to anything else they do.”
“Let's make one thing clear. There is under representation of female faculty across the board, not just science and engineering. Even subjects that are considered female friendly like English and foreign language have problems with hiring and retaining female faculty.
The best thing to solve this problem is by asking what women professors want. Usually the culprit is more flexible time to raise kids. Good parental policies would make schools more competitive for female and male faculty. Change will not come quick though. There is low turnover for professors and you can't hire more faculty until someone retires. Unless all professors are fired and you start over, you aren't going to reach parity for a while.”
Apr 5, 2013 at 12:58:45
“Ebert was too predictable with his reviews. He liked the movies that made a lot of money or won awards and didn't like a lot of films that weren't mainstream. I basically didn't get any insight from him that I didn't already have from Rotten Tomatoes. I respect him but he just wasn't my critic. Gene Siskel was more my style. I wonder if they're going to team up again in the afterlife?”
“A good reason why Obama should have never cut the tax in the first place. In the end people forget about the tax cut and think about it as a tax increase.”
Mr MOTO on Mar 24, 2013 at 15:11:48
“True. But since employers also contribute to Social Security, it was meant as a hiring incentive.”
CrisisWhatCrisis on Mar 24, 2013 at 07:57:17
“I never thought that this part of the stimulus was a wise decision for many reasons, but I'm sure it had to be put in or nothing would have happened. You are right in that people don't see it as a two year break. As a tax consultant I have had to waste too much time explaining what happened, and listen to my more basic clients whine about it. Soon I'll be at a point where I can politely refer these to someone else to focus on the ones with bigger needs.”