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Teens Say High School Doesn’t Prepare Them For College, Jobs….

From Jezebel….

A large amount of public schools are married to test score’s and set in stone standard’s….

School’s need to do less advance math…..

And more basic Home economics stuff…

Basic’s of computers, balancing a checkbook, basic first aid…..

And yes…..

Sex education…..

And above all…

Good study habits….

Guidance couslers need to reach out to students that need help in moving on to college…

But one of the problems with this survey and young High School students is this….

Once you leave the halls of your High School….

Dilley High School held its annual College Day event on October 20, 2009.

dilleyisd.net

You’re on your own…

And that’s not something a High School is supposed to do….



Anna North — Kids today aren’t especially satisfied with their high schools, especially when it comes to preparing them for the real world. They’re more enthusiastic about college — but a lot of them need help getting there.

According to an AP-Viacom poll, just 40% of high school students are very satisfied with their schools, while a fifth are unsatisfied. College students are a lot happier — 6 in 10 say they’re “very” or “extremely” satisfied with their institution. But high schools aren’t necessarily helping kids reach this point — while 56% say their high school prepare them well for more school, many still had complaints. Writes the AP’s Connie Cass, “a majority say their school wasn’t good at helping them choose a field of study, aiding them in finding the right college or vocational school or assisting them in coming up with ways to pay for more schooling.” And many students felt high school didn’t prepare them for the workforce, either: they said their schools failed at “exposing them to the latest technology in their field and helping them get work experience.”

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From Politicaldog101….

April 19, 2011 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Education, Government, Other Things, Updates | | 2 Comments

Wisconsin Legislators’s Pass Governor Walkers Law….

 

Wisconsin Assembly Passes Walker’s Anti-Union Bill

 

The Wisconsin state Assembly has passed Gov. Scott Walker’s bill to roll back the rights of public employee unions, capping off a month of protest and controversy that has gripped the state. The bill now heads to Walker for his signature.

The final vote count was 53-42. It followed Wednesday night’s passage in the Senate, and the surprise maneuver that Republicans had undertaken to move ahead on the anti-union provisions on their own. The GOP prepared a new bill that stripped out clearly fiscal elements, allowing them to move ahead without need for a three-fifths quorum required to vote on budget bills — though Democrats have argued that the bill still contains fiscal elements, and they could potentially challenge it on that basis.

In Thursday’s Assembly session — which was delayed due to a security lockdown of the Capitol — the Democrats, clad in specially printed orange T-shirts that declared their labor solidarity, delivered many speeches and lodged many motions, in part to register their protest and in part to delay the vote. By contrast, only a few Republicans spoke, speaking of their concerns about maintaining the state’s finances, making hard choices and avoiding layoffs by relieving the financial pressures on local governments.

A new series of battles in the state now seems all but assured. Democrats have pledged to recall the Republican members of the state Senate who are eligible, under the state law requiring at least one year of a term to be completed, and then to go after Walker next year.

 

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From Politicaldog101.Com

 

March 10, 2011 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Education, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , | 3 Comments

Democratic Wisconsin State Senators will return to vote on Governor Walker’s Law….

Their hope with returning and the Governore’s union busting law passing is that the Wisconsin Governor has dug himself into a deep enough hole that he’ll hurt himself  and come up for recall…and that he will lit a fire under labor and Democrats at home and around the country…..

We’ll see….

The Wisconsin Governor can see he won this, eh?

Democratic Sen. Mark Miller said the Democrats intend to let the full Senate vote and potentially pass Gov. Scott Walker’s “budget-repair” bill, which would also limit public unions’ collective bargaining rights. The Democrats believe that the measure lacks voter support based on recent polls and that passage could hurt Republicans politically, Mr. Miller said.

He said the Democrats, who fled to Illinois on Feb. 17, also want to fight Mr. Walker’s recently announced two-year budget plan, which cuts spending by $4.2 billion, or 6.7%, including $1.25 billion less in state aid to schools and local governments.

“We are now looking at returning to the state capitol and requiring the senators to take a vote and have them declare who they’re with — the workers or the governor,” Mr. Miller said Sunday. He said he thinks recent polls have been “disastrous” for Mr. Walker and give Democrats more leverage to seek budget changes.

Chris Schrimpf, a spokesman for the governor, said, “If the governor made his decisions based on polling, he would still be in the general assembly. The voters elected people to make the difficult decisions to balance the budget and create an environment where 250,000 jobs can be created by the private sector.”

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From Politicaldog101….

March 6, 2011 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Education, Government, Home, Law, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Ohio Senate joins the Anti-Union March….House will follow…Kaisch will sign….

The March keeps coming….Indiana, Wisconsin and now Ohio……

Unions, Collective Bargaining for Government workers is going….going……

The Republicans enacting payback for Democratic leaning memberships…..

Rolling back Union’s

Taking no prisoners …….

 

With One-Vote Margin, Ohio State Senate Passes SB 5

John Kasich

The Ohio State Senate just passed the controversial SB 5, aimed a limiting unionized state employees’ ability to collectively bargain or go on strike.

In an indication of how divisive the legislation is in the Buckeye State, the final vote in the Senate was 17-16. The bill now moves to the state House, which like the Senate, is under Republican control.

Gov. John Kasich (R) has endorsed the measure and is expected to sign it when it reaches his desk.

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From Politicaldog101….

 

March 3, 2011 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Education, Government, Law, Media, Men, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Wisconsin LABOR UPDATE….

 

Wisconsin Governor Dares Dem Senators To Return

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” Friday morning, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker issued a challenge to the 14 Democratic state Senators who staged a walkout Thursday, daring them to return to the Capitol by the end of the day.

 

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Wisconsin School Closings Continue — Now Include Milwaukee

 

The teachers unions in Wisconsin are continuing to revolt against the anti-public union provisions of Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal, with more and more schools closing down from teachers calling in sick en masse.

In the capital city of Madison, where the “sick-out” began on Wednesday, the school closings have continued into its third day, the local CBS affiliatereports.

And among the many other districts with closures throughout the state, now another big shoe has dropped. The Milwaukee Public Schools, the largest district in the state, has closed its schools Friday.

 

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February 18, 2011 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Education, Government, Media, Politics, The Economy, Updates | | Leave a comment

Washington Post story spanks Apple Computer for only having four lobbyist……

An Apple store in San Fransisco is seen. |Reuters Photo

[ Despite its increasing influence over consumers’ use of technology, Apple has kept a low profile inside the Beltway — and that is starting to get under lawmakers’ skin. Reuters ]
Can you believe this?

This piece in the Washington Post is complaining that since Apple Computer is running below the radar and finally jumped into the big time with its iTunes, iPhone and iPad systems….

It should be spending more money to lobby Congress with its side to things….

In addition …because Apple prefers to limit its code…..

A lot of people are pissed….

‘Open up Apple…… Show us what you got’……..

This post is typed on an Apple iMac…

And its fun not having to worry that much because the damn companies code is all over the place and  unlike PC’s…their computer’s are relatively virus free…..

I’ll pay the extra few bucks….

It’s worth it…..

Keep up the good work Apple!….

Poeple can always buy the other products……..

Apple is famous for its veil of secrecy around the new iPads and iPhones. But Sen. John Rockefeller and others in Congress wonder whether the company has more than technological innovations to hide.

When Apple didn’t participate in an April hearing on children’s online privacy, the West Virginia Democrat who chairs the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, gave voice to his suspicions.

“When people don’t show up when we ask them to … all it does is increases our interest in what they’re doing and why they didn’t show up,” Rockefeller said of Apple and Google, which both declined to testify. “It was a stupid mistake for them not to show up, and I say shame on them.”

While Apple’s success has earned rock-star status in Silicon Valley, its low-wattage approach in Washington is becoming more glaring to policymakers. Despite its increasing influence over consumers’ use of technology — most recently with the iPad and iPhone 4 — Apple has kept a particularly low profile inside the Beltway.

“It’s unfortunate because they are a major player in this area, and we are going to continue to have a long, in-depth conversation,” on these topics, said Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), who presided over theprivacy hearing, referring to Apple’s empty seat at the witness table.

Like Microsoft and Google before it, Apple is getting attention from regulators as it grows and starts to compete more directly with other technology heavyweights.

This week, Google complained about Apple’s new rules limiting application developers’ ability to share iPad and iPhone user data with third parties. Google said the new rules restricting advertisers from Apple’s popular platform are anti-competitive.

This follows other objections to Apple’s exclusion of Adobe’s software from the iPhone. The Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission are looking into the complaints.

Last fall, the Federal Communications Commission demanded to know why Apple rejected the Google Voice application from the iPhone App Store. The FCC is also investigating whether exclusive arrangements between wireless carriers and cell phone manufacturers — such as the one involving AT&T and the iPhone — are anti-competitive.

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Note….Calm down everyone…..Sooner or later Apple is going to have to play the game…..I know that…..

People are just not going to let them get TOO BIG without having them share some of the pie….

June 14, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Education, Entertainment, Media, Movies, Music, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Nikki Haley……..Who should be South Carolina’s next governor……..Backrounder…….

With all the dirty tricks against her…

And national attention…

It is almost a lock that she will win the run off election on June 22 in South Carolina….

With the make-up of the state….

She will become the prohibitive favorite to take over the seat from out going Governor Stanford….

Just who is the woman?

Nikki Haley, the favorite to become the first governor of South Carolina who is neither white nor male, has always challenged established norms with her own brand of moxie.

As a girl, her parents — the first Indian immigrants this small, working-class town had ever seen — entered Nikki and her sister in the Little Miss Bamberg pageant. The judges of the contest, one that crowned one black queen and one white queen, were so flummoxed that they simply disqualified Nikki and her sister, Simran — but not before Nikki, about 5, sang “This Land Is Your Land.”

Ms. Haley, 38, upended things again last week after a sharp-elbowed primary that included allegations of marital infidelity and pitted her against the lieutenant governor, the attorney general and a congressman. Ms. Haley, a state legislator, received 49 percent of the vote, but faces a June 22 runoff with Representative Gresham Barrett, whom she beat by more than 25 points Tuesday. And this from a campaign that was so underfinanced that it had to sell yard signs at $5 apiece, Ms. Haley said.

Now, she finds herself one of the brightest rising stars in theRepublican Party, a Tea Party favorite, a Sarah Palin endorsee and the subject of national attention.

“I love that people think it’s a good story, but I don’t understand how it’s different,” she said in an interview Friday, in a voice with a faint watermark of Southern drawl. “I feel like I’m just an accountant and businessperson who wants to be a part of state government.”

Ms. Haley — born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa and always called Nikki, which means “little one,” by her family — said that growing up in Bamberg was at times tough. Her father wears a turban and, though male Sikhs are not supposed to cut their hair, her brothers’ was trimmed after teasing at school grew vicious. “It’s survival mode,” she said. “You learn to try and show people how you’re more alike than you are different.”

But her political rise has raised questions about her difference, and she has become more careful about how she presents the religious aspect, in particular, of her life.

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June 14, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Education, Family, Government, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , | 15 Comments

Nikki Haley……..Who should be South Carolina's next governor……..Backrounder…….

With all the dirty tricks against her…

And national attention…

It is almost a lock that she will win the run off election on June 22 in South Carolina….

With the make-up of the state….

She will become the prohibitive favorite to take over the seat from out going Governor Stanford….

Just who is the woman?

Nikki Haley, the favorite to become the first governor of South Carolina who is neither white nor male, has always challenged established norms with her own brand of moxie.

As a girl, her parents — the first Indian immigrants this small, working-class town had ever seen — entered Nikki and her sister in the Little Miss Bamberg pageant. The judges of the contest, one that crowned one black queen and one white queen, were so flummoxed that they simply disqualified Nikki and her sister, Simran — but not before Nikki, about 5, sang “This Land Is Your Land.”

Ms. Haley, 38, upended things again last week after a sharp-elbowed primary that included allegations of marital infidelity and pitted her against the lieutenant governor, the attorney general and a congressman. Ms. Haley, a state legislator, received 49 percent of the vote, but faces a June 22 runoff with Representative Gresham Barrett, whom she beat by more than 25 points Tuesday. And this from a campaign that was so underfinanced that it had to sell yard signs at $5 apiece, Ms. Haley said.

Now, she finds herself one of the brightest rising stars in theRepublican Party, a Tea Party favorite, a Sarah Palin endorsee and the subject of national attention.

“I love that people think it’s a good story, but I don’t understand how it’s different,” she said in an interview Friday, in a voice with a faint watermark of Southern drawl. “I feel like I’m just an accountant and businessperson who wants to be a part of state government.”

Ms. Haley — born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa and always called Nikki, which means “little one,” by her family — said that growing up in Bamberg was at times tough. Her father wears a turban and, though male Sikhs are not supposed to cut their hair, her brothers’ was trimmed after teasing at school grew vicious. “It’s survival mode,” she said. “You learn to try and show people how you’re more alike than you are different.”

But her political rise has raised questions about her difference, and she has become more careful about how she presents the religious aspect, in particular, of her life.

More….

June 14, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Education, Family, Government, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , | 15 Comments

The Discussion about the ‘Teenage Hook-Up Culture’ over at the Atlantic magazine………

Atlantic Alumni: Flanagan's Confused on Hookup Culture

I came across this piece doing the Zeitgeist post…….

Evidently at the Atlantic magazine a first piece by Caitlin Flanagan, “how girls reluctantly endure the hookup culture.” came out about the new-age teen-age ‘hooking-up culture……

Described as the causal sexual relationships that may or may not involve going ‘all the way’…..

It paints a picture of teenage girls thrown into a world when virginity is a thing of the past…and sex cam mean something in an encounter…and sometime it may not…..

The whole thing strikes me as kind of cold and heartless…which I suppose is what the author of the piece is going at….

The end of the piece trys to play off young college aged women have causal sex with multiple males as par for the course these days….and has been attacked by others mentioned in the  linked piece I have here…..

I have son’s that have passed this age….

Good….

Because if Ms Flanagan is correct (there are a LOT of follow-up arguments against her ) then the world seems to have gone a bit Batshit crazy….

Which is entirely possible…..

It looked like the furor over Caitlin Flanagan’s latest Atlantic piece had died down. The Wire already covered the preliminary round of responses to the essay, which was somewhere between an exploration and polemic on “how girls reluctantly endure the hookup culture.”

But two new objections have now come in, and from a somewhat unlikely pair: two of Flanagan’s former Atlantic colleagues. Liberal blogger Matt Yglesias of Think Progress has taken issue with Flanagan’s empirical evidence–or, as he argues, lack thereof–for her argument, while conservative Ross Douthat, now of The New York Times, thinks Flanagan is pining for a perfect past that never existed. Douthat’s reaction in particular can hardly be described as knee-jerk or ideological in origin; he famously made his own controversial and socially conservative argument in The Atlantic, arguingthat watching pornography was much closer to adultery than users might like to admit.

Douthat’s response takes off from Yglesias’s. Yglesias notes that, though Flanagan suggests today’s women are much more sexually experienced than their mothers, data indicates that between 1991 and 2007, “the prevalence of sexual experience decreased 12% overall.” Meanwhile, the shift away from virginity occurred not “recently,” as she would have it, but rather in the 1970s. In other words, he concludes, Flanagan is responding to “an imaginary trend toward promiscuity.”

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June 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Education, Family, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates, Women | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Discussion about the 'Teenage Hook-Up Culture' over at the Atlantic magazine………

Atlantic Alumni: Flanagan's Confused on Hookup Culture

I came across this piece doing the Zeitgeist post…….

Evidently at the Atlantic magazine a first piece by Caitlin Flanagan, “how girls reluctantly endure the hookup culture.” came out about the new-age teen-age ‘hooking-up culture……

Described as the causal sexual relationships that may or may not involve going ‘all the way’…..

It paints a picture of teenage girls thrown into a world when virginity is a thing of the past…and sex cam mean something in an encounter…and sometime it may not…..

The whole thing strikes me as kind of cold and heartless…which I suppose is what the author of the piece is going at….

The end of the piece trys to play off young college aged women have causal sex with multiple males as par for the course these days….and has been attacked by others mentioned in the  linked piece I have here…..

I have son’s that have passed this age….

Good….

Because if Ms Flanagan is correct (there are a LOT of follow-up arguments against her ) then the world seems to have gone a bit Batshit crazy….

Which is entirely possible…..

It looked like the furor over Caitlin Flanagan’s latest Atlantic piece had died down. The Wire already covered the preliminary round of responses to the essay, which was somewhere between an exploration and polemic on “how girls reluctantly endure the hookup culture.”

But two new objections have now come in, and from a somewhat unlikely pair: two of Flanagan’s former Atlantic colleagues. Liberal blogger Matt Yglesias of Think Progress has taken issue with Flanagan’s empirical evidence–or, as he argues, lack thereof–for her argument, while conservative Ross Douthat, now of The New York Times, thinks Flanagan is pining for a perfect past that never existed. Douthat’s reaction in particular can hardly be described as knee-jerk or ideological in origin; he famously made his own controversial and socially conservative argument in The Atlantic, arguingthat watching pornography was much closer to adultery than users might like to admit.

Douthat’s response takes off from Yglesias’s. Yglesias notes that, though Flanagan suggests today’s women are much more sexually experienced than their mothers, data indicates that between 1991 and 2007, “the prevalence of sexual experience decreased 12% overall.” Meanwhile, the shift away from virginity occurred not “recently,” as she would have it, but rather in the 1970s. In other words, he concludes, Flanagan is responding to “an imaginary trend toward promiscuity.”

More….

June 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Education, Family, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates, Women | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment