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#3033841 What if we distributed private school vouchers

Posted by bigjohn on 20 October 2014 - 07:20 PM

Interesting topic.

 

From what I've seen in my 20+ years experience in the classroom and with the work I've done with teachers across the state, here's what I think:

 

Vouchers to send poor kids to a great elementary school may be useful. But it'd need to be a huge voucher. Five grand ain't gonna cut it.  

 

Even more useful would be to spend that money on a great Pre-K program.  So many of those poor kids show up the first day of kindergarten and are already way behind.

 

Another good use of the money is an after school program for poor kids, where they learn social skills and have someone to help with homework--the things they aren't getting at home.

 

For these schools in low-income areas, find the best darn principals and teachers you can find and pay them very well.  Leave them the hell alone and let them work their magic.  (This means relaxing some of the demands the state puts on them, which should be done for all schools in my opinion).  Give money for extra teacher assistants and make class sizes smaller.

 

Just my opinion, based on my experience.




#3022942 Women's college volleyball on ESPNU

Posted by bigjohn on 15 October 2014 - 07:32 PM

When I was in college I covered sports for the newspaper. My first assignment was girl's volleyball, and I didn't know (still don't know) poo about the sport.

 

I went to the match/game/contest and couldn't tell you a damn thing that happened. But it was the most amazing sporting event of my life.

 

To top it off, the coach was about 28, former college volleyball player and smoking hot, and I got to interview her at practice the next day. Jeepers.  What a tough gig.

 

 




#3017391 finally figured it out....

Posted by bigjohn on 12 October 2014 - 07:37 PM

People know they can't play the game at the NFL (or NBA or major league) level.  I mean, most folks with a reasonable amount of sanity realize they aren't 6'5, 260 with 10% body fat with insane strength and quickness.

 

But...  everyone knows they can coach better than (fill in the blank).  Because, you know, they watch a lot of (insert sport here) on TV, or they played it in high school.

 

I guess as a high school coach I have a little bit of insight from the other side.  I certainly don't agree with every decision Ron Rivera makes, or Roy Williams or Coach K.  But jeepers, some of the gameday posts are completely asinine.

 

Guess I better get used to it, since high school basketball season starts in just a couple of weeks.




#3009353 Down 50 lbs!

Posted by bigjohn on 10 October 2014 - 07:49 PM

Congrats!  Awesome accomplishment.

 

I need to lose 50 myself. At 44 years old, it's so much tougher to lose weight than it was when I was 30.

 

Again, keep up the good work!




#3006793 BofA Stadium tour

Posted by bigjohn on 09 October 2014 - 05:24 AM

Cool Jeff! I'm an App grad with a business ed degree as well. It was a fun trip and the kids learned a lot. It's the third time I've taken the tour since the stadium opened and I always learn something new.


#3006465 What can be worse than pretty young teacher having intercorse with young stud...

Posted by bigjohn on 08 October 2014 - 08:07 PM

Besides the whole age thing, teachers have a  relationship that they shouldn't take advantage of. It's a professionalism thing if nothing else. We are entrusted with people's children, and I don't care if that child is 18 and mature, if he/she is a student, they are off limits to their teacher. Period.

 

 




#3006442 BofA Stadium tour

Posted by bigjohn on 08 October 2014 - 07:59 PM

If you've never taken an official tour of the stadium, it's worth the few bucks.  I took a group of my students today (this was one of our stops on our tour of some local businesses). Our guide was knowledgeable and gave a lot of little tidbits about the team, the stadium itself and Mr. Richardson.  Plus it's just a very cool facility.

 

Nice change of pace from the classroom today (for me and the kiddies).

 

 




#3001200 Notes and Memos - Bears

Posted by bigjohn on 05 October 2014 - 06:09 PM

Dear Chicago Punt Coverage Team

 

I'll take that.

 

Love,

 

Philly




#3001165 Did Luke have 75 tackles today?

Posted by bigjohn on 05 October 2014 - 05:47 PM

Good lord dude was all over the place today.

 

Having TD back certainly helped, and I think our d-line play was much better.  Hopefully we see more of the impressive second half defense like last year.

 

I really hope we all take time to sit back and enjoy what we're seeing in watching #59 play. Guys like that don't come alone every day.




#2996874 Misterrr Jay-kins?

Posted by bigjohn on 04 October 2014 - 05:11 PM

Pretty sure Mr. Jenkins has a bag of candy and some duct tape in that van.


#2991124 Cracking Down on this Forum

Posted by bigjohn on 30 September 2014 - 07:09 PM

I don't like any of you guys.  I'm just here for the pie.




#2976833 Laurinburg sucks

Posted by bigjohn on 24 September 2014 - 07:15 PM

I stopped there for gas once. 

 

So yeah, I've seen it all.




#2967168 Bold Predictions vs PIT

Posted by bigjohn on 21 September 2014 - 02:32 PM

Philly scores on and end-around.

 

Tolbert with a TD reception.

 

Luke with single digits in tackles.

 

Our defensive tackles with a total of 3 sacks.

 

Someone spots an attractive woman in a Steelers jersey.  (Hey, you said bold).




#2961374 man what a day

Posted by bigjohn on 17 September 2014 - 05:06 PM

Without going into detail for privacy details (of my students, not mine), let me just say this has been a hell of a day.

 

Ups and downs... full of triumphs and tribulations, good news and bad news.  Wanted to hug a couple kids, wanted to flat out kick a couple in the face, and just scratching my head at a few others.

 

This is one of those days where I sit back and wonder "how long can I keep doing this" and in the next breath "how could I ever do anything else".

 

Being a high school teacher in a public school in NC....never a dull moment.

 

Sometimes it's a job you hate to love.

 

Not sure what my point was in posting here since I can't mention any specifics. I can't even have a couple beers to unwind because I may have to go out to a school-related event later.

 

 




#2934419 Notes and Memos - Bucs

Posted by bigjohn on 07 September 2014 - 06:42 PM

Dear TB Cheerleaders

 

You are uglier than your QB's game.

 

Sincerely

 

Humanity

 

 

 

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