I'd like to see a picture of a piedmont cottonmouth. Not saying they aren't there--just very rare. I have heard people talk about them all the time around here but no one can ever produce proof. Lots of water snakes, but never seen a cottonmouth around here.
Ditto on what most of you guys have said. Listening to him on the post game radio show being interviewed after almost every App game, and he was always very humble and said "Yes sir" and "No sir", gave credit to the o-line and coaches...stuff like that. I also have some former students that had classes with him (he's actually a talented artist/graphic designer as well).
Gotta love the kid's work ethic as well. Definitely pulling for him.
Our D-line was very good at times but still looked like there were some missed assignments on a few of those runs. I think Star is going to be great in this league for years though.
Kind of nice for our line to put enough pressure on the QB for our secondary and linebackers to tee off and make plays.
Offense was stale both in play calling and execution. Doesn't matter if JStew is back, Armanti, Jerry Rice, whoever.... if we don't get some time to throw the ball and a few seams to run, it ain't gonna matter.
Gano continues to rise in my book. Dude has been solid.
Beason was on the field and didn't get carried off. That's a riser in my book as well.
My kids go to a charter school and have flourished and if they went to public I think they would be bored and maybe digress.
If anything this has made many finally look at how bad public schools really are. Competition is good and if it can force public schools hand to change for the better then great.
Where has all this out rage been over public schools been the last 10 years? Where were the protests?
I will say it again. If a child gets a voucher and doesn't do better then it removes the notion more money for teachers will improve a childs test scores.
The common denominator is still the parents/guardian and the child no matter where they go or how much a teacher makes or how new the school is.
Expect more parental involvement and teacher parent relationships and scores go up.
You can't paint all public schools with the same brush.
I teach at what is right now an average public high school. Ten years ago, we were top ten in the state (back when they had the ABC scores that ranked the high schools). The biggest differences I see are
1) Our staff was top notch back then-- I think today we are above average but not top notch.
2) We don't have the level of positive parent involvement we had then
3) We had money to for "extras" (pay teachers for after school tutorials and run extra bus routes for students staying for tutorials
Most of the private and charter schools that boast high test scores fall into one of two categories:
1) Have placement tests (smarter kids get in--wow they do better!)
2) High tuition cost (parents that pay for students to attend are more involved)
3) Open to all students in a geographic location, but have to provide their own transportation (cutting out the poorer kids, who generally score lower)
I have students that have flourished in our public school-- attending all sorts of prestigious universities and receiving scholarships.
Public schools aren't perfect obviously and I agree 100% that they can be improved. I just can't wrap my head around the idea that cutting teacher pay and support staff (assistants) is the way to improve it.