TJUSD Board Meeting - June 08, 2017

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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - June 08, 2017

Postby MojaveMike » Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:59 am

Jimmy Kimmel Gives High School Valedictorian the Chance to Finish Speech
Reactionary administrators often wind up making themselves look pretty stupid. Never stifle free speech. It's better to allow someone to have their say than to take the risk of looking like a total ass.
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - June 08, 2017

Postby twister » Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:02 am

Allegation: NC Teacher Forced Students to Apologize for White Privilege
It's hard to tell how much of this actually happened and how much of this is just gossip.
Allegations involving a teacher forcing students to apologize for their ‘white privilege’ surfaced during the May 8th meeting of the Rockingham County School Board.

LINK: http://americanlens.com/nc-teacher-forced-students-apologize-white-privilege/
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - June 08, 2017

Postby wildrose » Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:33 am

Boys Wear Skirts To Protest At School
I've always been against strict dress codes and definitely against school uniforms, but pretty much every school has some kind of a dress code. As long as it's fair and reasonable there shouldn't be a problem, but the dress code discussed in this discussion video bans boys from wearing shorts, even on a hot day. That seems unreasonable to me!
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - June 08, 2017

Postby CactusHugger » Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:47 am

The 30 Year Old Man Who Played High School Basketball And Almost Got Away With It!
It's never too late... well, actually often it is...
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - June 08, 2017

Postby cactuspete » Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:05 am

Now kids can easily program a complex robot to recognize a smile
This sounds like a fun way to teach coding skills to kids. It's very difficult to explain the importance of knowing how to code to someone who doesn't know how to code, but coding is behind almost everything we do in the modern world, one way or the other, like it or not. To fail to provide kids with opportunities to learn how to code beginning at a very young age is no longer acceptable.
MIT Media Lab created Scratch in 2007, and Anki is utilizing an open-source version called Scratch Blocks that was developed as a collaboration between Google and MIT. Kids who use Scratch are “learning the core computational concepts that are important for any other type of programming language,” says Mitchel Resnick, a professor of learning research at the MIT Media Lab and one of Scratch’s creators.

LINK: http://www.popsci.com/anki-cozmo-robot-programmable-scratch
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - June 08, 2017

Postby CactusHugger » Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:37 am

Mother is upset son's name appeared on school 'Kill List'
A "kill list" in the context of a group of kids who play video games all the time is very different from such a list in the hands of a bunch of little, wannabe gang member thugs. It might be that the mother of the kid in this news clip is over-reacting just a bit.
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - June 08, 2017

Postby wildrose » Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:28 am

Stopping the brain drain
A few suggestions for how to keep kids' brains active over the summer.
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - June 08, 2017

Postby cactuspete » Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:03 am

The Boy Crisis: A Sobering look at the State of our Boys
Why do boys commit suicide at much higher rates than girls? Is there a boy crisis? Watch at least four minutes of this and see what you find out.
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - June 08, 2017

Postby cactuspete » Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:10 am

The True Value of Coding: It Teaches You to Think Differently
Computer science is about logic, reasoning, problem solving, and thinking clearly more so than any other discipline.
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - June 08, 2017

Postby wildrose » Thu Jul 06, 2017 6:37 am

Report of student cheating on AP test
This is quite a mess. It would be a pity if 500 students are forced to retake the test as the result of a picky detail.
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