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11 March 2017


Todd Juvinall

I receive a tweet from Trump yesterday. He liked a tweet of mine. Amazing!


Sending children to schools that do not demand high standards for their teachers should be considered parental abuse. Knowingly registering your child at schools run by illiterate teachers must be considered child abuse, abuse that destroys the potential of children to cope with an ever-expanding world of complexity. One of the basic requirements of dealing with complexity is the ability to read the users manuals. How can an illiterate teacher, who cannot read, teach a child to read, or teach the basic math needed to function in daily commerce?


I want to share part of a comment by Wayne Hild on Mr. Howells article at The Union.

I teach high school math & science, and I am invariably impressed by the sacrifice & dedication of teachers at every level & in traditional as well as in charter schools. But it is painfully obvious to anyone that has studied STEM education in the U.S. that we do not put enough money or time into the critical job of teaching math & science in U.S. schools. (I think this comes down to increasing the effort spent training & preparing science & math teachers. We teachers do not know enough math & science to be teaching it well to our students.)

Mr. Hild is a science teacher who promotes anthropogenic global warming. We have exchanged many comments on this issue in The Union comments section. His argument is my opinion does not count because I am not a climatologist published in a pal reviewed science journal, even though I provided links to articles published in peer-reviewed journals. Now that he admits to not knowing enough science and math I now have a better appreciation of his inability to understand the real science of climate science.

Bill Tozer

Todd @ 11:19 am

I do like this Senator from W. Virginia. He is putting America first and even calls into right of center talk radio shows. Heard him myself. He kinda said what you said.



Oh jeesh, the narrative gets a bit rickety.


Honestly, I'm a bit surprised that the Kremlin just doesn't release all of their meeting schedules over the last year. There wouldn't be much in the way of intelligence cost and it would raise all kinds of ruckus.


California mulls eliminating income tax for teachers

California legislators are hoping a proposal to eliminate income tax for teachers will help attract young people into the profession and keep them there at a time when the state is hemorrhaging educators and lacks a pipeline.

Notably, the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Act, introduced by two state Senate Democrats, is the first of its kind in California and in the country. While a handful of states give retirees tax breaks on their pensions, and others, including Maryland and New Jersey, have toyed with the idea of eliminating income tax for law enforcement officers, it doesn’t appear that any have seriously considered cutting the income tax for the teaching profession.


In addition to pricing business out of the state, the Democrats are doing the same for teachers.

According to a survey of 211 California school districts, 75 percent reported having a shortage of qualified teachers for the 2016-17 school year, and 80 percent said the shortages have gotten worse since the 2013-14 school year, especially with regard to special education, math, science and bilingual teachers.

Bill Tozer

Dr. Rebane's 12 March Update. More details to Dr. Rebane's link.: NYC schools....



Here's a diversion... one of the greatest beginnings by any science fiction humorist:

“Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.”

― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Now read this story from Oklahoma City, known as a hub of aviation and FAA bureaucrats,
where the kids mostly can't tell time from round faced clocks:


I recall my wife Teri, before she passed away in 2001 from ovarian cancer as an adjunct math prof at Sierra College noticed the kids in Nevada County she taught in K-12 student teaching, and subbing, were also awfully weak in reading analog clock presentations. Maybe not as dismally weak as in OKC, but no gloating is due from the NC/GV crowd.

No, not all clocks one finds here and there, including those installed into the control panels of aircraft, are going to be digital.


Russ 12 March 2017 at 11:48 AM

"His [Hild's] argument is my opinion does not count because I am not a climatologist published in a pal reviewed science journal, even though I provided links to articles published in peer-reviewed journals."

Russ, in a very real sense, your *opinion* doesn't count, nor does anyone else's, including authors of recent research on the subject, peer reviewed or not. Nullius in verba.

Have you a link to the exchange with Hild you are referring to?

Bill Tozer


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