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#2722794 How much are your genitals worth?

Posted by bigjohn on 31 March 2014 - 07:29 PM

A man in Zambia has lost his genitalia after approaching a wild hyena and allowing it to feast on his naked body.
Chamangeni Zulu, originally from Malawi, was acting on a tip-off from a witch doctor in Eastern Province, who told him he would amass sudden wealth if he sacrificed some of his body parts. The witch doctor was vague regarding the manner in which Zulu would get rich from such an act.

March around 4am, I went to a bush where I was instructed to be naked. A hyena came to me and started eating my toes and eventually my manhood was eaten. Even though I have lost some important parts of my body, I still hope to get rich.


Ha. Tip-off.


Going to sit here with my legs crossed the rest of the year.

#2673752 Anal Play

Posted by bigjohn on 03 March 2014 - 08:34 PM

I was really scared to read this.


Then when I started scrolling down and saw a picture posted, I was really scared.


Then I scrolled farther and there was an animated picture. I was momentarily terrified.


Now I'm just confused, and I'm scared to fart.

#2660062 Latest NC Education Plan

Posted by bigjohn on 20 February 2014 - 07:18 PM

I agree. Now didn't Pat say he wanted to ease the testing load or something to that effect to lighten a teachers load some what?


Yes, I saw some comments from the Governor on that. I hope he sticks to it. That testing issue is insane right now.  Thing is, every administration that comes in has their own version of how what types of testing should be done, so there is constant change there (which adds to the frustration).  


I'm telling you-- if this administration eases up some of the testing issues and raises overall teacher salaries (not just the newbies), a lot of teachers will forget last year's craziness and he might just get reelected.

#2652413 Latest NC Education Plan

Posted by bigjohn on 13 February 2014 - 12:12 PM

Going back to the previous salary model is good enough to attract the best teachers?

As for metrics it can be tricky with teachers but there has to be a barometer of some sorts.
What would be some good metrics for you guys?

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Going back to the previous model would certainly be better than what we have now.  Honestly, to attract the best we have to pay them as such.  It's not just starting salaries (that is so short-sighted). The best and brightest see that they can get a two year degree in nursing (for example) and make as much or more after ten years in that field than in teaching. If we can advertise that teachers can make a salary that is competitive to other "professionals", you can attract better teachers.  


My students do it all the time.  They compare average salaries of teachers to nurses, accountants, IT professionals (just staying in the 4 year degree range). This doesn't account for the continuing education teachers are required to do, but for comparison's sake I'm sticking with the 4 year degrees.


As for metrics measuring good teachers versus average, I haven't seen any that are very good. The new evaluation instrument measures partially on test scores, and to receive "distinguished" marks you have to show how you impact teaching throughout the state (serving on boards, sharing with other teachers, curriculum development, etc.). I have a slight problem with that-- I will probably receive distinguished because I have done those types of things, but it doesn't necessarily mean I am a better classroom teacher than others.  However, if I help others become better teachers, than I suppose that should be worth something extra.


Also, teachers that do extra should be paid more. I'm talking department chairs, club sponsors, etc.


Some of the current test score models make a little more sense and I need to see more info on that.  Basically they take your incoming students and look at their previous test scores in English, Algebra I, and I think one other. They plug those scores into some type of weird formula and then it gives you a baseline they should score.  Again, I'm not sure the mathematics behind it but it's a start.


One more thing while I am rambling. Several years ago they rewarded schools on the ABC system (looked at a myriad of test scores, attendance, etc.). Teachers that taught in schools that exceeded expectations received a $1500 bonus....met expectations received a $500 bonus.  Most schools saw dramatic improvement in scores...Then they stopped that funding.

#2651201 Latest NC Education Plan

Posted by bigjohn on 12 February 2014 - 10:47 AM

If the Gov called you into a forum to brainstorm and solve issues and change the game what would you tell him?


I would tell him not to give us a raise at all this year. Just put us back on the original salary schedule (that was frozen 6 years ago).  That's a start.


Governor McCrory and his camp keep talking about merit pay-- paying better teachers a higher salary, versus the average teacher.  The issue with that is you trying to measure something that just isn't measurable.  (I wish it were.  I know I'm an above average teacher).


It's pretty simple. If you want to attract better teachers you have to pay them.  There is simply no incentive for your top high school students to seek education as a possible career choice.  


Here's what you are ending up with in our public schools right now.


1.  Teachers who just want a job. Any job.  

2.  Teachers who are "in it" for the "right" reasons. They feel "called" to teach, they pour their hearts and souls into their job, and they love what they do.


Group #2 is getting fed up.

#2647113 Would you make sweet love to Shirley from What's Happening?

Posted by bigjohn on 08 February 2014 - 07:10 PM

Would you make sweet love to Shirley from What's Happening?






#2638608 Does Andre Reed getting into the Hall of Fame help Steve Smith's case?

Posted by bigjohn on 01 February 2014 - 08:05 PM

Reed played in a day when receivers weren't putting up the numbers that receivers are these days.  I am afraid that's what a lot of voters will look at.


I agree Smith deserves to be in the Hall--if the voters use a combination of numbers, the teams/quarterbacks he played with, and the eyeball test, he's in.

#2633427 Latest NC Education Plan

Posted by bigjohn on 27 January 2014 - 09:43 PM

Private versus Public school salaries...


Just from my first hand knowledge, the religious private schools pay less. Generally, their teachers don't have to have as many credentials, aren't held to higher standards, and don't have the "extras" that public school teachers have to take care of (paperwork, after hours work, license requirements etc.).


Some of the for-profit private schools have very high tuition as well as high dollar donors and pay more than public schools. They generally hold teachers to the same standards and have the same requirements of their teachers as far as license and such (but not always).


My wife recently switched from public to private school. She got a 20% raise and her class size is half what it was in the public school. 

#2630974 Latest NC Education Plan

Posted by bigjohn on 25 January 2014 - 08:33 PM

I've been teaching for 20 years.  It's pretty much my life, and if I wasn't teaching I have no idea what I'd do as a career. I love teaching, love being in the classroom, love seeing the "lightbulb" light up, love the relationships with the students....


Yet I can tell you without a doubt, if I was coming out of college now or had less than ten years teaching experience, I'd be actively looking for another career (or would move to another state to teach). 



#2615978 Brandon Lafell - Sign, Tender, or Waive Goodbye

Posted by bigjohn on 14 January 2014 - 05:48 PM

Gettleman magic... we can fill LaFell's spot with someone who is unhappy/underachieving elsewhere, sign to a one year deal where they will play hungry and be a solid receiver.  Meanwhile, roll the dice in the draft.



#2610721 Bandwagon suicide hotline...

Posted by bigjohn on 12 January 2014 - 07:24 PM

Yeah, I guess I can catch up on some movies, tying fishing rigs for the spring mahi run, and chase the ol' lady around on Sunday afternoons.  I'll watch the Superbowl but I probably won't even watch the championship games.


And yeah, will most likely stay out of the Panthers forum until the "Fire Shula" and "Cam choked" threads slow down.

#2605575 Official Panthers - 49ers Playoff Gameday Thread

Posted by bigjohn on 12 January 2014 - 01:02 PM

Awesome Anthem!


He was wearing #14.  Armanti is here in spirit!

#2545403 need more prayers.... fml UPDATED; UPDATE 12/25

Posted by bigjohn on 15 December 2013 - 05:22 PM

Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. I wouldn't wish this on a Saints fan.

#2524138 The 5th Grade Litmus

Posted by bigjohn on 02 December 2013 - 07:57 PM

These kids are being converted in the 5th grade. Many are raised Pittsburgh or Dallas fans by selfish parents.



Friggin' child abuse.

#2519856 Fast and Furious star Paul Walker killed today in a fiery car crash: RIP

Posted by bigjohn on 01 December 2013 - 08:22 AM

Sucks to see someone young (yeah, 40 is young to me nowadays) and successful who is actually doing something good for the world die, no matter what they do for a living.


Noteworthy that he dies doing charity work instead of overdosing like so many actors.


I have never even seen any of the f&f movies, but the fact that he was raising money for charity hits home for me.



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