@Two: "there is no research showing teacher evaluations will improve anything"
In point of fact, human history is full of evidence that in any endeavor, accountability improves results.
@Two: "Opt out of political idiocy!"
Only one way to do that: separate school and state.
I teach in the Bronx where we have rampant poverty as well. The current teacher evaluation system punishes teachers for working with the neediest students. Two years ago, the best teachers in my school all left for schools with higher achievers, afraid of this evaluation scheme.
This evaluation regime came as part of Race to the Top and the Common Core standards which demand students cite evidence and provide research to back up their claims. Ironically, there is no research showing teacher evaluations will improve anything, and there is solid research showing the links between poverty and family dysfunction and low performance.
Thus, the system, rolled out by Obama and Arne Duncan is a move meant to blame teachers knowing full well low performance is primarily caused by other factors. In NYC, our schools are also cherry picked by charters, leaving higher concentrations of at-risk kids.
The most absurd part of teacher evaluations are that test scores in Math or English get tied to the performance ratings of teachers of Art, Music, Dance, Foreign Language, Gym, Science and Social Studies. How could a rating on a test in a different subject possibly be accurate? The government doesn't care - this is a bold strike against the profession of teaching and that is why major grassroots protests are ongoing. The next is Sat May 17 at City Hall Park in NYC.
Opt out of political idiocy!
Just proves that Morelle and Duffy don't actually have any power in Albany. Maybe Louise should quit wasting her time on high-speed rail (which will, and should, never happen here) and focus on this. These people are a joke.
Reading “Radio Waves (City, 3/12),” reminded me of how the game of “community radio” is played. As a former call-in show host on a "community" radio station (WITR, 12/91-1/92), I know how it will be played by these new "powers that be (Chuck McCoy, Mike Yates and Dave Sutliff-Atias)."
I was canned after only four shows, because management at WITR did not agree with my views.
Yates claimed that Radio MuCCC will "have a space for relevant and interesting talk, and a place for experimentation --- a place for voices that are underrepresented in the Rochester media."
He then said he will have no place for people who "aren't broadcasting hate speech."
In other words, whatever he may say to the contrary, he won't allow conservative views on his station.
If he does, either he or one of his hosts will control the dialogue so as to make one's opponent look like a fool, or there will be more than one person from the left who will gang up on that person.
McCoy argued "if you don't like someone, you can give your opinion, but no attacks."
Let's see how long it will take for a left-winger to attack a conservative and be chastised for it on McCoy's or Yates’ station.
It will be a longer wait than what would happen if the shoe goes on the other foot.
Effective talk-radio hosts (no names need be mentioned) entertain, inform, educate, promote an emotionally and intellectually honest discussion of the issues and events of the day, and provide a catharsis for listeners and callers.
How many “liberal hosts can do that?
Air America, which was carried years ago on WROC-950 AM, crashed in the ratings, because its hosts talked down to, and insulted audiences with the same bromides that their friends in mainstream media (Gannett, NPR, ABC, NBC, CBS, New York Times, etc.) pushed, despite their claims that their reporters were objective.
More importantly, the views expressed by conservative hosts have validated, and continue to validate, the concerns and fears of their listeners who have been long put off by establishment media organizations.
Complain all you want about signal strength.
Content matters, especially in talk-radio.
Apparently, McCoy, Sutliff-Atias and Yates are really not really interested in facilitating entertaining and informative talk programming, but are more interested in acting as shills for left-wing special interest groups (Hispanics, Blacks, LGBT, etc.) and, maybe, a mayor and a few of her cronies.
They should know enough people in town with like minds and enough money to buy and run a commercial station, on which they could promote their left-wing agenda.
However, they have sided with the government-controlled WXXI-1370 AM, in refusing to compete in the marketplace of ideas.
With that in mind, I would be more than glad to offer my services to managers at any station in town, and show them that the formula I mentioned in this essay can work on the local level.
I doubt there will be any takers.
Trump has played his supporters once again. He will never run for public office. He has to be anointed to accept any office because he does not have the personality or brains to go through a real election. He could not take the rejection of a loss. I wonder if the politicians who he lead on feel foolish now? How many times will people fall for his nonsense?
Trump will do anything for free publicity. I wonder, do all those politicians that he flirted with feel foolish now? He will not stop advertising himself and he will never run for public office. He does not have the personality or the smarts to survive public scrutiny. He also will not risk the public humiliation of losing. Oh, and the millions he makes on that boring tv show which is the only money he makes. Everything else is mortgaged to the hilt. Wasn't it BT Barnum who warned us that one was born every minute? Trump followers prove that rule!
No surprise, he's not running. He "has much bigger plans." He has never run for public office, just teased. What a creep anyway.
My mouth is watering reading this fantastic article! Foodies unite!!!! Great job Ms. Libby!
It would be interesting to note that the continual upgrading our Rochester transportation system to include bicycling is also a way our city is adapting to Climate Change. Part of that goal, of course, is to make bicycling safe, which will include drivers, the media, and law enforcement.
If you read the city’s web page “Office of Energy & Sustainability” [http://www.cityofrochester.gov/article.asp…] you come to “Energy Management and Climate Action Status Report” and when you download that you see this: “Municipal transportation accounts for approximately 36% of greenhouse gas emissions and energy use by the City. Many opportunities exist to reduce the use of fossil fuels in both the City fleet and by the public. Some of the initiatives and projects that have been completed include: …, Bicycle Enhancement Program installation of bicycle lane markings (i.e., exclusive bicycle lanes and shared use lanes) and associated signage on approximately 15 centerline miles of arterial and collector streets…, Complete Streets Policy to accommodate all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and persons with disabilities.”
There’s a pattern here and we ought to talk about it. One of Rochester’s most effective strategies for addressing Climate Change is increase active transportation (walking and bicycling) and as we get more folks comfortable and safe on our public roads we will reduce greenhouse gases. Let’s connect the dots and talk about Climate Change and transportation.
More on Transportation in our area: http://rochesterenvironment.com/communting…
Without bike laws and enforcement, and the training and licencing that goes with it, the bike scene here remains lawless and dangerous. This anarchy leaves bikers with no rights. If a biker has an accident on a sidewalk the investigating police officer simply says not to ride on the sidewalk. But if a biker has an accident on a public road he will also be told that he should not have been riding on the road. I am not making this up. In contrast my bicycle course and exam in Europe was rewarded with a licence that is personally signed by the mayor of my town.
I actually think he could run this time. But only if unopposed in the Republican party like he says it would have to be.
I predict that the Republicans will remain divided right up to the finale of The Apprentice.
"And so, it was frankly bullshit when Adore ended up toward the bottom of the heap, but not lipsynching for her life this episode. Nothing about that scenario added up, except for the act that the producers clearly love Adore -- or at least they think that the viewers love her -- and so they want her to stick around for a while. But based on her lack of preparation for the challenge, her lousy job as team leader, and the fact that her runway look was the least polished of the Bottom 3, there’s no reason she shouldn’t have been lipsynching."
I was SO SURPRISED that Adore did not have to lipsynch that I totally blocked out this part of the show! Thank you for confirming this travesty of drag justice.
Been to Gyromania, yum! Also looking forward to trying some of these other places, thanks for the heads up!
The "Donald" loves the free attention. He will not run , nor spend any of his money on such a losing venture. The local politicians look silly running after him. When will they learn Trump is only in this for himself. His super sized ego makes Cuomo look normal!
I wonder if Ted O'Brien is proud of being parts of Cuomo's NYSAFE act charade and the way it was rammed through begind closed doors in the dead of night and without any public debate or input. He states he "fought to clean up Albany". What exactly has been accomplished to combat corruption in New York? Later, Ted.
And the race begins! While O'Brien has a Democratic enrollment advantage, Funke is well-known from his decades on 10NBC (I watched him for years until his retirement) and seems to be peddling the "reasonable conservative" message. Can he do what Maggie did and make the leap from local celebrity to politician? This will be an interesting race.
So giving free college degrees to prisoners is an "investment" to keep them off unemployment and welfare? How about we also give them jobs, cars to get to and from work and free mortages too. We have to spend tax dollars to house, guard, clothe and feed prisoners. We shouldn't have to give them free college degrees.
O'Brien is saying the right thing (opposing Cuomo's plan) for the wrong reason (not enough 'resources'). Many New Yorkers are insulted by the proposal to reward convicts with a free college education. O'Brien is following his constituents' wishes but still playing to liberals (calling the plan 'well-intentioned').
The simple solution is to require those who ‘graduate’ from prison with a college degree pay the state back for the cost of their education – just like they would have to pay back a student loan. Why is the only option to give away FREE college degrees?
Sean...they are not planning to force all NY inmates into college courses. It will be an option for those interested and capable.
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