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Re: “Charleston County Schools surprises teachers by reducing job security

Even as someone who excelled at standardized testing throughout my youth, I don't like the over-emphasis on it. I don't know about y'all, but my post-academic years have been very short on bubble-filling, #2 penciling, and multiple-choice problems and very long at being able to explain my way through things. My last duty station in the military was a classroom instructor. We evaluated teachers via sit-ins by peers, division directors, department and school directors, even the commanding officer occasionally. The tests were standard across different classes, but not a scan-tron sheet in sight. The students were adults so we could take their written critiques as useful which isn't always the case in primary ed, but there are ways to properly assess teacher skill and productivity.

One thing we did NOT do is treat our instructors like crap or afterthoughts of a state system that holds them in contempt.

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Posted by factoryconnection on May 10, 2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Populism, belonging, and inside jokes

I'm happy to say I didn't understand half of what you were writing about. Which makes sense as I tend to be right down the middle of conservative and liberal, I should only "get" half of it anyway! O.o

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Posted by Robin Hillyer Miles on May 10, 2017 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Charleston County Schools surprises teachers by reducing job security

Teaching is a dying art...pretty soon it'll be one semi-qualified adult turning 100's of computers on and off while students plug away at corporate learning platforms online.

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Posted by Hopturn on May 10, 2017 at 7:34 AM

Re: “South Carolina and the compulsion to celebrate Confederate Memorial Day

So should we stop recognizing Memorial Day as well since America introduced nuclear warfare in WWII and because we got involved in a highly political war with Vietnam and because civilians have died in the middle east? Bad things have happened in every war America has been a part of and we haven't always fought in wars for the right reasons.

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Posted by Drake23 on May 9, 2017 at 4:30 PM

Re: “South Carolina and the compulsion to celebrate Confederate Memorial Day

You just don't get it.

The Civil War was not about slavery, it was about states' rights. Specifically, allowing states the right to continue slavery.

And the confederate flag is about heritage, not hate. Specifically, the heritage that teaches people to hate anyone who didn't support slavery and a treasonous war against the United Sates.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on May 9, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “South Carolina and the compulsion to celebrate Confederate Memorial Day

While I definitely agree this should not be a state observed paid holiday, I do think the writer has one thing twisted. Confederate Memorial Day is a day of memorial not celebration.

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Posted by Drake23 on May 9, 2017 at 3:59 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Graham skeptical of Obamacare repeal; Pols settle on 12-cent gas tax bump; Tebow boosting Fireflies

jtred98

Since when did students get to choose who speaks at their graduation? I wish I knew who was going to speak at my college graduation before the fact, because I wouldn't have nominated them! Of course, now that I think back to my graduation, I couldn't tell you who spoke at it besides the President of the university. Does anyone remember who spoke at their college/high school graduations? Better yet, does anyone remember what they spoke about? I sure don't, mainly because it wasn't going to change the outcome of my life one bit.

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Posted by Drake23 on May 9, 2017 at 3:39 PM

Re: “The Agenda: McMaster again vows to veto gas tax; Graham's subcommittee hears from Obama admin. officials

Why Gov. McMaster thinks it is a good idea to veto a gas tax bill is beyond me. I guess he hasn't been out on these roads lately.

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Posted by Drake23 on May 9, 2017 at 3:28 PM

Re: “A Harriet Tubman monument will be erected in Beaufort

It's about time we honored this brave, American patriot!!! <3

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Posted by Erin Winslow on May 9, 2017 at 3:08 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Graham skeptical of Obamacare repeal; Pols settle on 12-cent gas tax bump; Tebow boosting Fireflies

SC State is not predominantly "black" because they choose to mingle with others like them. Orangeburg and it's surrounding areas are predominantly "black" (77.1% of population so it correlates) and SC State also provides a lower cost education which appeals to the necessarily thrifty of the area, which is the same reason SC State is not all "black". And anyone who belongs to any club or institution whose charter limits membership based on skin color is complicit in racism and "unworthy" of respect by anyone with an ounce of character.

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Posted by tupper29406 on May 9, 2017 at 7:52 AM

Re: “The Agenda: Graham skeptical of Obamacare repeal; Pols settle on 12-cent gas tax bump; Tebow boosting Fireflies

I believe if the majority of the graduates dont want him speaking...they just dont want him speaking..its their graduation.

I mean how disappointing would it be to have someone speak at your college graduation ...& u dont agree witb their ideals...crickets..no matter how many lame jokes they delivered!

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Posted by jtred98 on May 8, 2017 at 6:13 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Graham skeptical of Obamacare repeal; Pols settle on 12-cent gas tax bump; Tebow boosting Fireflies

Habitual humorless snarkiness doesn't qualify as comments.

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Posted by Lisa Vergara on May 8, 2017 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Why didn't any white officials attend the Nehemiah Action?

A self proclaimed "unfuckable femanazis that migrated from Ohio" misandrist explains to us what "unity" is, lol

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Posted by Lisa Vergara on May 8, 2017 at 4:44 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Graham skeptical of Obamacare repeal; Pols settle on 12-cent gas tax bump; Tebow boosting Fireflies

Ron Liberte has over 1600 comments on this site. What a loser!

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Posted by Randall Floyd on May 8, 2017 at 3:20 PM

Re: “How to Rid Your House of No-See-Ums

Vinegar and wine attract fruit flies not noseeums they want blood they will check your animals and all the people in your house the only thing that has worked for me and believe you me it works like a charm it's the opposite of what you would think any kind of a body spray with alcohol I personally use Victoria's Secret I even spray it on my face they were trying to get in my nose my ears when I sleep they get in my nose and go down my throat I actually almost had to go to the hospital my throat was so swollen I could barely swallow and was having a hard time breathing as silly as that name isn't how it sounds they really are something you need to be careful with if you have children and they go into the child's nose while they're sleeping and down their throat and bite and dropped their poison your child should stop breathing I live in Florida I've been here for 10 years they didn't have them in Chicago so this is been new to me I've tried everything so Victoria Secret body spray seriously spray just a white Mist on your face your ears your neck wherever you're getting bit and they do not like Febreeze so spray the area with some fries they won't come near it and if you have pets like I do my poor cat her back is all bitten up she goes outside so it may not be the same for indoor cats however they are attracted to any being that has blood I also found out I'm allergic to them I have never been allergic to anything in my life people I know have had red spots like they show people who are allergic to them it takes at least two weeks for them to stop itching and also if you're allergic it can cause hives blistering and lesions yeah they got my back really bad and if you sweat you better take a quick shower if you have them in your house cuz they will be all over you I hope this helps I wish I would have had this information when this started thanks for listening Chrissy

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Posted by christina woodard on May 7, 2017 at 6:08 AM

Re: “Charleston City Council set to discuss temporary apartment moratorium on James Island

Doesn't Charleston need plenty of new affordable apartments throughout Charleston? I have read claims that some low income workers can't find affordable apartments in Charleston, so they have to commute a huge distance. That is terrible. Especially when rents are rising faster than inflation. If we built lots of affordable apartments, the rents would not be increasing, based on the laws of supply and demand.

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Posted by Tom Martin on May 7, 2017 at 4:17 AM

Re: “Exclusive: Ernie Irvan speaks out about farm dispute

This is why I'm so glad my parents moved out to AZ when i was a child so i could grow up with normal people and go to real schools enstead of that home schooling crap. Hell we even frown on all that back road crap like you rednecks and your inbreeding.flukin dirt farmers your all dumb ass red necks

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Posted by good o' boys on May 6, 2017 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Why didn't any white officials attend the Nehemiah Action?

Billy, why would the meeting be biased against the white politicians? Had I been a white politician, I would have gladly attended and expressed my outrage at all the racist stops of black people. Outrage at the racist stops is not far left. I am opposed to the far left, I am an anticommunist and have been for many years. I was born in a formerly communist-ruled country, so I know how hard the life there was. In 1968 we escaped and then came here to America. So I am very opposed to the far left. But I am also opposed to all the racism that is still all too common in this country and in many other countries. In my country of birth, racism against Gypsies is still very common. More common than racism against blacks, Native Americans and non-white Hispanics in this country. We should oppose the horror of racism wherever it is found.

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Posted by Tom Martin on May 6, 2017 at 5:01 PM

Re: “What can Charleston learn from what East of the Cooper has lost?

Even though a thousand new residents will be less than a mile from a large commercial area (Town Center) full of shops and restaurants, I guarantee nearly everyone will still drive across Highway 17 because so little is done to create safe ways to cross. Just like Park West and Carolina Park, once again the City (and State) missed a great opportunity to properly plan and build smart development. Surely residents of Mt Pleasant will continue to complain about the "increased traffic" caused by "high-density housing", yet none of these complainers will be advocating for more sidewalks and crosswalks, expanded bike paths, dedicated transit lanes or other safe alternatives. Housing is not the problem people; lack of safe, modern infrastructure is what's really causing the Charleston region so much pain.

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Posted by Golden Ratio on May 6, 2017 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Spring-Cannon streets two-way conversion set to begin this summer

I'm glad Cannon and Spring streets have finally gentrified enough to warrant aesthetic and structural improvements.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on May 6, 2017 at 1:48 PM
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