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25 July 2016


Todd Juvinall

He did nail it. LBGT people need obs too but the education system only wants them to learn about their emotions and their "rights". What a state of elected idiots.

Did you read the unemployment article? Add up all those jobs of government. Looks like there are a lot of them in total. Funny how the Healthcare and education jobs are in the same category. Hmmm.

Bill Tozer

Ok, Boardman, it will give ya a 9.4 for that one. And please, keep poking all comers in the eye to keep us grounded. Ok, I will say it. Good job
But, but, but, if you want to get a 10 from me, just find the tape of Hilary last Monday, one week ago. That long, slow building, ever rising, culminating in the world's most hair standing on the back of the neck fingernails on the blackboard Screech of the Century set the bar. That is the standard if you want a 10. She killed it...you came close. Well done.

Psst. Boardman...what about my people? Not one mention? Jews, transgenders, Pigmy Eskimos get mentioned 100 times more than us Redskins. Whatz up with that? For that sin of omission, I gotta knock you down to a 9.2. Blood is thicker than water.....


No, he didn't nail it but he did manage to pad out a column with some ideas from code.org, one of the groups that have sprung up with big tech money as penance for their inability to, for example, actually keep the women who actually started careers in tech but left for more attractive pastures because they didn't like what they found.

In Nevada County schools, taken as a whole, it isn't the lack of programming classes in K-12 that's keeping kids from software engineering careers... it's the lack of solid arithmetic in K-7 that kept them from attaining proficiency in Algebra in the 8th grade (or 9th, now that Common Core is adding a year to that sequence).

Schools that have not been competent in teaching math and science are grasping for straws; coding is just the latest bright and shiny object to hit education.

Russ Steele

I agree with Gregory, math preparation in K-12 is essential to college success in engineering. When I arrived at Idaho State and registered as an electrical engineering student, I had no Idea how ill-prepared I was to be an engineering student. I was not a great student and my teachers were not that demanding. A very bad combination for a potential engineering student. I do not think that Common Core is the solution.

Bill Tozer

Upon further review on new facts and information presented, I have you revise my Boardman Nails It score to 6.3. Thank you.


"Maxine Williams, global head of diversity, points out that only one in four U.S. high schools teach computer science, making it difficult for students to acquire the skills they need to work for tech companies."

I doubt one in four US high schools have someone competent to teach computer science.

Ask Ms. Williams how many kids they hire right out of high school.

George Rebane

Upon review and reflection, my kudo to Mr Boardman stands. Of course, early math instruction is fundamental to all subsequent STEM pursuits including programming. (For years Rebane Doctrine has prescribed math-heavy early grades with history and social studies pushed into the later K-12 years.) Boardman’s column did not intend to cover the waterfront of STEM curriculum nor take any particular school district to task. But he did provide a needed highlight of California’s deficits in a couple of very important subject areas. So again, I’ll stick with his ‘nailing it’.

Bill Tozer

But, did he kill it? Well, well, well. Now we know who has Boardman's back. Gotta smoke 'em out. Smiley Face and have a good one.

George Boardman

Mr. Know-It-All is wrong again. I did not "pad out a column with ideas from Code.org." The piece was drawn from articles I've been collecting for several months and I decided to write something after the state Board of Education adopted new guidelines for social studies and history books. The point was to question our priorities when we are supposed to be preparing our children for the 21st century.

I've been accused of being a divisive force in the community, but I may be the only person who can forge a bond between Goodknight and Pelline: Each dislikes my column in The Union.

I take pride in creating common ground for two people who dislike each other, are convinced they are always right, and who share the rare ability to strut while seated. (To be fair, I have to concede that Goodknight occasionally fakes humility, something Pelline would never consider.)

I must be doing something right if I can annoy both of them.

Don Bessee

Now that's funny GB! ;-)

rl crabb

Keep it up,George.

Bill Tozer

Mr Boardman, the Bridge Across Troubled Waters, eh? Good job. Pleace out bro, dig your fro.

Bill Tozer

Mr. Boardman:
Ah, what we have here is one of those Peter, Paul & Mary moments. RL got your back as well. Boy, they are coming out of the woodwork now. :) .

Food for thought

"The trolls are not always the bad guys. Sometimes they are the only ones telling the truth."



Geo. Boredman 1:23PM, you didn't quite get that quote right (cut and paste makes fewer errors, give it a try), and, unlike Pelline, I could probably count the number of times I've even remarked on your column on the fingers of Jerry Garcia's right hand. Most of my comments on your shortcomings have been regarding your snide comments here, not the mostly unremarkable pieces of yours in The Union.

Yes, the FUE has it in for you and I doubt he has a clue how small his crusade makes him look.

The only The Union columnist I ever got pissed at was Hank Starr maybe 10 years ago. I wrote a letter to the Editor detailing his gross partisan political witchhunt du jour and suggested they could find a number of left-liberals who could do Starr's job better. The editor apparently agreed with me and canned his ass, at least for a time.

The real fun was when I arrived to a lunch gathering of a group I belonged to only to find four other attendees, with Starr (I had no idea he was a member) crying in his beer about getting canned. It was both awkward and satisfying.

GR, the best in country (before they were abandoned) California Content Standards in math, crafted by truly fine research mathematicians from the likes of Stanford and Cal who, because of their interest in K-12 mathematics and alarm at the Common Core of the day, Whole or New-New or NCTM math. They put together a solid and practical sequence that led from 1st grade to a 12th grade AP Calculus BC, and in no grade was more than an hour a day in class.

The problem in K-12 math has not been quantity of time, it's been quality of time and of instructors, and math is just one facet of a quality school day.

Bill Tozer

In today's news,


Bill Bennett has made it his lifetime crusade. Of course, the devil is in the details. Another Bridge over troubled waters??

Bill Tozer


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