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Comment Archives: Stories: News+Opinion: Guest Columnist

Re: “Summer etiquette from an enlightened caveman

It's also worth comparing an adult enjoying a beverage to a baby/toddler having to enjoy theirs under a blanket. It's freaking hot under there.
Mothers can't overheat their babies just so absolutely no one sees some boob skin. We'll try to be discreet sometimes, but come on. It's too hot for a blanket in the summer.

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Posted by Sarah Dulin Glenn on May 24, 2017 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Summer etiquette from an enlightened caveman

I have a question for your legal eagle buddy. While at a Golden Corral, I witnessed a 'young person' stick a chicken leg under the wonderful flow of chocolate at the chocolate fountain, place it in his mouth to lick the chocolate off the salty friend chicken leg, and then reinsert the chick piece under the flow of chocolate for a flavor refill, doing this several times before the leg gave up the meat leaving him only a bone which he promptly let fall to the floor. Does this constitute a 'double dip'? I think not since the dip technically flowed over the chicken rather than the chicken being dipped into a stagnant pond of chocolate. I realize that the chocolate is then pumped back up to the top to continue its flow to the bottom once again, but the legal point is that the chicken was not dipped? But I defer to his legal knowledge.

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Posted by Jshicke on May 24, 2017 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Why the Charleston County Sheriff's Department needs a new pursuit policy

What a one sided article, did you ask the sheriffs office if they use any other techniques to end the pursuit of fleeing vehicles? Because I promise you they have other tools available to end pursuits and they are regularly used. They are also 100 times safer than a PIT maneuver wich is essentially speeding cars colliding with each other at high speed. The exact thing you are whining about to get your 15 minutes of irrelevant fame. You should stick to ambulance chasing.

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Posted by W. No Name on May 20, 2017 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Why the Charleston County Sheriff's Department needs a new pursuit policy

"Black lives matter!"

"All lives matter!"

"Blue lives matter!"

"I thought all lives mattered?"

"Why are you disrespecting the police fuck you!!!"

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Posted by Ron Liberte on May 19, 2017 at 5:50 PM

Re: “Why the Charleston County Sheriff's Department needs a new pursuit policy

What do you think are the percs of being a cop? High speed chases and beating people up. It's fucking true and it's about time we address the mental traits of police.

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Posted by Mark Johnson 1 on May 19, 2017 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Why the Charleston County Sheriff's Department needs a new pursuit policy

I hear what Jshicke is saying however fleeing a blue light is an additional charge and no doubt reckless driving as well. End quickly or get the plates and pics and wave off. Dead bystanders, dead cops, dead suspects are a dear cost for something that can be later dealt with by standard police work.

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Posted by factoryconnection on May 19, 2017 at 9:06 AM

Re: “Why the Charleston County Sheriff's Department needs a new pursuit policy

Where do you draw the line? By announcing a more restrictive pursuit policy, you essentially tell people, "If you run, you get away." You ENCOURAGE people to run!

Train the officers to end a high speed chase quickly.

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Posted by Jshicke on May 18, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Why the Charleston County Sheriff's Department needs a new pursuit policy

This is a perfect opportunity to substitute drones for a dangerous practice. A drone at 500ft altitude can keep an eye on a fleeing suspect much more safely than a 4000lb Charger, and without the extreme cost. Our LEOs want to catch the bad guys and that's commendable but adrenaline-induced tunnel-vision costs lives and millions of dollars.

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Posted by factoryconnection on May 18, 2017 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Why the Charleston County Sheriff's Department needs a new pursuit policy

It's hard enough to deal with reckless civilian drivers. Why add speeding cops to the problem. That's something radios can help.

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Posted by Charlotte Edwards on May 18, 2017 at 12:08 AM

Re: “Should the Dewberry's rooftop bar have been allowed to open?

Good article. Cruel and unusual punishment, the developer has learned his lesson. He took a dump and turned it into a really nice hotel.

Posted by Russell Guerard on May 14, 2017 at 6:58 AM

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

"the rally was a response to CCSD's newest attempt to statistically improve the quality of local, public education". i agree. who the hell are they to tell the kids they need to better themselves? we should be coddling these precious little zygotes until they are 30 as to not offend them.

if you say one kid is smarter, better behaviorally, or suited by good parenting to enter the working class you are a bigot against the dumber, less behaved, and SNAP ready pregnancy class.

I have seen them on Springer. it's scary what they have become. don't provoke them. someone always loses a weave.

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Posted by rukiddingme on May 11, 2017 at 9:45 PM

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

Once again we have clear reasons why our country is in trouble. Why don't we focus on all the amazing and inspiring things happening in our classrooms? No one becomes a teacher for the money or the fame. Sadly, those who became teachers to make a difference and save all the starfish, are leaving the profession as fast as bargin hunters swarm Best Buy on Black Friday.

Testing is out of control. The last 5 weeks of school are nothing but testing in the high schools and teachers battle to get kids to even try to learn anything more once Spring Break happens. The ridiculous pressure to get kids to pass no-matter-what has made teachers virtually invisible and ineffective in the educational picture.
Decisions are made at every level of the system by people who are ignorant to how it works and what is broken about it.

Students no longer have to worry about coming to school when they can make up as many as 144 hours of missed classroom time and still earn their credits! They do not even have to behave or follow the rules as they sit in "make up time". They can talk back, refuse to follow directions, disrupt and shiw extreme disrespect with absolutley zero consequences. No one is kicked out for such behavior and told that the opportunity to save the failing grade is now gone. Instead they are all allowed to stay and once again we reinforce the bottom line which reads:

Dear students,

Your school dictricts want you to pass so badly that we have throw out all standards for you (except the ones teachers are threatened with their jobs to be sure that you learn!). You no longer have to do well- we have lowered the grading scale to 60% as passing; you no longer have to come to school and try- we have unlimited make-up time if you don't bother to come ti school at all many times, or just decide to cut certain classes whenrver you want; We have all kinds of accomodations for the attendance impaired, effort impaired, study and work ethic impaired and even the morally impaired to assist those of you who cannot bring yourselves to do what is expected of you with our newly lowered bar; if you cannot earn a passing grade, have no fear- we have test corrections - simply go to your teachers aftee you fail to study for a test and simply fix your errors and your grade can go up; you no longer have to prepare when the test is actually happening, you can take it and see what you need to know and then go and learn it for the test corrections retest and raise your score; for those who still fail the nine week reporting periods, we now have quarter-recovery to assist you when you do not do the work during the assigned quarter- we give you another month (so you can bring even a 15% up to a 60% if you just finally do the work); and if that is not enough and you still need help- we have credit-recovery to give you yet another chance to finally show you can do a bare minimum of work and earn a passing grade at the end of the year ( even after failing quarter after quarter all year). If coming to school for 170 of the 180 school days is too daunting, have no fear - we have make-up time on an unlimited basis. Don't worry students, we are here for you because we want you to pass far more than you do. Also, please tell your parents that if all of these safety nets and do-overs are not enough, simply ask them to come in and yell and blame the teacher (even when you are clearly at fault for everything regarding your failure to succeed) because that is the secret to success in American society as a whole now. You are not responsible for yourself and your actions in any arena anymore- just learn to point the finger and blame someone else. You are sure to be a success one day!

---sincerely,

Your local school districts


Wake up America! This is simply wrong!

As mentioned earlier in the post of another teacher, the attendance records of the testing students, as well as behavior, and effort all play a HUGE tole in their success rates. If they do not come to class and do not behave or try, how can their scores reflect poorly on the teacher? We do not blame dentists for cavities or police officers for crime rates or doctors for illness.

Teaching used to be a noble profession I was proud of. Now it has been reduced to a demoralizing, humiliating job with almost none of the former rewards (intrinsic of course) that it used to have.

Our country is in serious trouble because we are creating lazy, entitled monsters out of our students. We are to blame because we are enabling them by running a system which teaches them they are not responsible for anything and they are not accountable for their own poor decisions and actions. We will make sure they pass no matter what even if they do not care at all and fail to take advantage of every safety net available to them. The almighty graduation rate is so very important. Their teachers can be the scapegoats because we would never dare to blame the parents/guardians and students for their failures.

End of rant from a discouraged teacher who still tries her best every day despite the road blocks and opposition she faces daily. Although these things continue to reduce her effectiveness and hope for the future, she will return to fight the odds and save her starfish.

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Posted by Michelle Anne Barnum on May 11, 2017 at 9:23 PM

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

Education is being killed by administrators improper use of data to determine outcomes for students. Dorchester II gave their baseline assessment on pencil and paper at the beginning of the year and switched to computerized testing for the end of year assessments for 2nd grade students. How can you ever expect to get a representative sample of data when you change the method of testing?
Education companies misrepresent their testing and data solutions as an all-in-one solution to assessing students and teachers and districts continue to fall for these falsifications.

Some Basic Statistical and Common Sense Problems:
1) Proper sample size is a MUST.
2) You cannot change the method of scoring and expect consistent results.
3) A student who chooses to score a '0' on a standardized test should not be included in small data samples.
4) Having standardized tests that are longer than the MCAT, LSAT or SAT for 8, 9 and 10 year old children is insane.

Increased use of standardized testing data could be a huge boon for public education. Data could be used to better identify at risk children through attendance and behavioral data and assess intervention strategies to help these kids and families (parenting classes, earlier emotional/behavioral diagnoses). We could find ways to sort students into classes by their ideal learning styles and use different instruction methods with different students.

Unfortunately, poor methodology and over-reliance on insufficient assessment algorithms for an overly large portion of job evaluations is tarnishing a potentially useful method of improving our educational outcomes. Even worse, the extra work that these poorly designed methods are placing on overworked, underpaid teachers are driving the best educators out of the classroom into administration or other professions.

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Posted by Data Scientist on May 11, 2017 at 1:30 PM

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

Then it's a good thing none of you work in the education system today. Further complicating the issue is that districts will waive excessive absences in a quest to keep graduation rates always climbing. Imagine how much more poorly a frequently absent student will do on a standardized test. Now imagine that student knows all he/she has to do is sit in a chair after school for a few hours to make up more than 30 absences in just one subject. Now put your mortgage and kid's college tuition in that kid's hand and you begin, just begin to know what we deal with. We've been reduced to nothing. Responsible for it all. Accountable for all. But not in charge of a damn bit of it.

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Posted by I'm a Teacher on May 11, 2017 at 11:28 AM

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

Maybe they don't attend because the context of the meetings is biased against the white politician going in. Having attended a couple of the meetings as this group was forming, I can state this is indeed the pretext, as well as an associated far left political leaning. Unity has never been the objective, much like this article. I would recommend the author head back to Ohio and possibly find someone who might find her fu@*able....

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Posted by Billy Burnett on May 6, 2017 at 8:56 AM

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

Okay, so the white leadership won't deal with the nice church folks from CAJM. Who will they deal with, as they will eventually deal with someone.

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Posted by Sarah Redmond on May 4, 2017 at 2:24 AM
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