The Iowa test and one from California were nationally normed so that school administrators could compare their schools to others. Because the tests were prepared by experts, school administrators could see if their students were learning from one grade to the next. Those tests were wonderful and were used for decades. There is nothing wrong with trying to be more specific on certain curriculum objects,. But the warning that past performance does not guarantee future performance for stock advisers also applies to teachers. We can not reliably measure teacher performance with such tests. Education rearch finds that good teachers of one year become mediocre the next and vice versa. The variance in student abilities swamps the effect of instruction. Ray Charles would have done well in piano class, but not so well in art class, irrespective of teachers, for example.
I can see why the governor believes nonsense, he is as stupid as his father who flushed 5.5 billion dollars down the drain for Shoreham. But the horror is that high education officials with PhDs coming out of their butts can't understand the power of evolution in education. Yes, there are computers galore, but classrooms still work well, and most successful people can recall a teacher who meant a lot to him. There is a high washout rate for teachers, so the survivors are probably pretty good in general.
By the way, check out the idiocy of the University Presidents at the NCAA who can't understand process or evidence. They are selected for their reactions to political pressures. President Boran, an oyjerwise outstang man,destroyed a young man because he sang a "bad" song. Why didn't the President of the University just chew him out and demand some work at the hospital or mentoring of school kids. Some faculty are objecting to the lose ways rape charges are treated under the leadershjp of PC PhDs. It makes me sick as I enjoyed school very much. View Comment
A process failed to capture some of Monica Lewinsky's emails back when she was relevant. It was found then that there is tremendous redundancy in email chains, and Ms. Lewinksky's emails were easily fished out of the ocean of messages.. Mrs. Clinton made sure that her work related emails were properly captured by having such emails go to people with government
accounts It is painful to suffer the foolishness of Clinton Detractors and CNN reporters. View Comment
barnket is absolutely right. I wrote that Ms. Brody's filling the gap was the cause of the Valhalla accident. Of interest is that unrelated traffic accidents caused unusual congestion in both cases. View Comment
There is a "do not block driveway" sign at the entrance to the apartment complex where I live. Waiting lines build up from the traffic light up the road. I am amazed that most people will not pause before the entrance when there is no space on the other side of the driveway. About one in four or five will obey the sign. There is something in human nature to close the gap. I believe that traffic was backed up at the Saw Mill Parkway back to the railroad crossing and that Mrs. Brody was filling the gap. What was needed is a traffic light before the railroad crossing which light turns red when there is a backup from the Saw Mill. Education by itself won't work. View Comment
Yaaay is too harsh on Mrs. Brody. As I see it, traffic backed up from the Saw Mill Parkway. She, as most people, closed the gap in front of her.. People do that all the time at the entrance to the apartment complex I live in. Closing the gap does nothing for those who do it, as the cars in front of them have to clear. A sign with a signal was needed at the track site. The signal would be tied to a sensor showing the status of the road on the other side of the track so that a light would flash and bells would sound when the position on the other side of the track was filled. I wish that I had recommended this in the past as I am familiar with the site. View Comment
The problem in the subject tragedy might be the tendency of people to close any gap when caught in traffic. I see this often as people block the entrance to my apartment complex. When people stop before the entrance, absolutely no time is lost to them, but they inch forward anyways.. The entrance to the Saw Mill probably backed up traffic to the train crossing. A good driver would wait before the crossing until there was space on the other side of the crossing. I think we have a case of driver error. This error leads to "blocking the box" and is subject to fine in New York City. A sign warning not to proceed until the space on other side of crossing would be good. It could have a flahing light tied to a sensor for cars on other side of the tracks. I wish someone had thought of that before the accident. View Comment
Rule one:. Being stopped on an interstate is dangerous no matter what the weather. One has to get one's car as far on the shoulder as possible and stay away from the road as much as possible when outside one's vehicle. There was a study that showed a unconscious pull in the direction of stopped vehicles. A friend of mine actually killed a guy fixing his tire. She and everybody else felt terribly about it.
lastcardjb comment is worthless speculation. He might be right about the speed. Icy roads are just plain dangerous for any car. View Comment
Should there be an attack at a theater showing the film, be it from a state sponsored group, a lone-wolf terrorist, or a nut job, the theater owners would be pilloried by the Plaintiff bar.
Of course attacks can come at any time and any place - think Aurora Colorado. As was asked in a different context but applies here: "Have we no shame?"
I wish there was an over/under way to bet on Mr. Cosby's audience size. Dredging up memories from decades ago is ripe for injustice. Celebrities have access to bushel baskets of sex. The basketball star Wilt Chamberlain claimed 20,000 liaisons. Frank Sinatra had his share of companionship, and Dr. Martin Leuther King received tangible rewards from ladies in the church. Any woman can obsess about her relation with the celebrity. One woman did not get the part on his TV show and is now claiming rape of some sort.
I believe that Mr. Cosby will have a full audience and that he will satisfy that audience. We have an obligation to stand up against extreme PC activists. They are evil incarnate. look at the Tawana Brawley Case for example.
By the way, Rock bands require birth certificate proof that girls going backstage, often for sex, are old enough to consent.
I have no knowledge of Mr. Cosby's personal life. But if sex is so available to celebrities, actual rape would be wasteful of energy and a threat to the celebrity itself. View Comment
Some years ago the wonderful basketball player, Wilt Chamberlain, claimed to have nailed 20,000 different women. And the great singer, Frank Sinatra, had intercourse with thousands. And many ladies rewarded Dr. Martin Luther King. So a celebrity like Bill Cosby could very well have had great success with the ladies.Rape seems far fetched just because of the numbers. Why would he resort to rape when sex by the bushel basket was just given to him. The classic case is the model who coveted an acting roll on Crosby's popular series. Her using sex to get a roll makes far more sense than rape.
Why rape now? Now that Cosby is a fallen star, women will assert that their commerce was tricked from them or force was involved. Ladies do that. In the 1080s I was the president of a club for single middle age people. The women were widows or divorcees. The expired husbands were all saintly "my best friend". The divorcees were all married to son of guns, not fit for polite company. The question then became why God struck down only good guys.
It is a shame that a seemingly good man, mr. Cosby, is ruined because the media has no sense of comparison or reasoning ability. Look how foolish Senator Franken, and otherwise brilliant guy, in the Jamie Leigh Jones case. View Comment
When the NFL lowered the boom on Mr. Rice they took millions of dollars of expected future family income from her. She might have to support her family.
Domestic discord should be handled outside of activist hoopla. Violence is regrettable, but so is a breakup of a salvageable marriage.
Those of us who are married know that a spouse can drive us to distraction at times. It amazes me that only 10% of homicides involve spouses. I wish Mr. and Mrs. Rice the very best. View Comment
See the reference to culture? Then take the blue ribbon and hang the report writers in the public square. Blue ribbon reports are worthless because there is pressure to get recommendations, no matter how inane, to justify the work of the commission. View Comment
The crash came from demographics. Populations were aging rapidly and populations wanted to save for their retirements. Using market values, houses were overpriced and leverage was played out. When the market came to its senses about the overpriced houses, the bubble broke. Before the break lenders could have a flip to a higher price buyer even for lier-loan borrowers..
There was an element of disgusting greed by people using leverage to walk up values of their housing. It is only fair that poor people be given a shot at the racket. In general not everybody can become rich doing mortgage games. Our academic community fell asleep at the switch.
Don't get me wrong I think Andrew Cuomo is a jackass. View Comment
I think the world of Congresswoman Lowey. She is terrific. Thus she broke my heart with her moronic statement about Indian Point.19,000 people were swept away by the Japanese tsunami, but anti nuke folks scared the Japanese populous about Fukushima. Nobody was killed or hurt by the radiation from Fukushima. Nothing was harmed by the release of some radiation into the very large ocean. You can lose an airplane in an ocean. Yet the Japanese people have to foot the bill for Rube Golberg barriers to radiation going into the ocean. I thought the Japanese people were more intelligent than Americans. I was wrong about that. View Comment
I came out of the post office the other day and looked up the street at Ossining's architecture and the flowering trees (Dogwoods? I am an idiot with respect to trees.) It was a pleasing view. So how can the character of downtown be preserved and growth enhanced? Obviously putting in a Walmart would not work as there is not enough flat land for a parking lot and some of our 19th century structures would have to go.
I also enjoy the restoration of the handsome bank building as condos. The developer did a beautiful job in my opinion. And I root for the Keenen House and wish that HealthSmart could freshen up its store. I wonder what magic Ms. Castadi has in mind. . View Comment
Rare uncoordinated events follow Poisson distributions. There is a finite probability of several events in a limited time period as what happened to the railroad. Then commissions are appointed. The members have to prove their work by making recommendations. The Rogers Commission for the Columbia space shuttle explosion is the classic example. They shut down the space program for awhile and required tons of money in expenditure. The value of their work was nearly zero, and we don't know on which side of zero as the Columbia shuttle burned up seven years later. The root cause of both accidents was the same.
And when there is mention of culture one knows the cuckoo birds are in control. Please, no more commissions. View Comment
Back in the 1970's women as a group made 59 cents for every dollar earned by men as a group. The difference was explained to my satisfaction by the different ways men and women adhere to the job market. Women lose time and seniority credits to bearing and rearing children. The "improvement" to 77 cents resulted from women aging and being beyond their peak child bearing years and unwarranted political pressures. Fair markets work against unjust discrimination. If an empl0yer can get a qualified woman worker at a 23 per cent discount from a man worker, he would be a fool not to hire the woman.
Our president is an ignorant fool on this issue and many others. He is painful to hear. But Republicans are far worse on average. The 1983 Social Security reforms gave us surplus FICA funds. Those extra revenues were scheduled to phase out, but every Republican just ignores this and denies the replacement revenue to government. View Comment
Alcohol was an aroma and a "taste" that is unmistakable. Ms. Kennedy's pill was just a pill. Her initial reaction to the police was consistent with her not being aware of her taking a powerful sleeping pill.
There was a wrong prosecution of a teach in Croton who toutored children in her home. This case should not have been brought. It cost her her marriage and years of anguish. It was horrible, and the woman was not from a famous family.
Our district attorney office is too fascistic for my liking. View Comment