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News Discussion / Re: Unity '08: Is it time for a 3rd Party?
« on: May 30, 2006, 03:59:16 PM »
I think that the people on the Founders List are self-promoting jokes and those with ANY credentials and weight are few and far between... (High school student?)
And I know two of them.  So it can't be any good.

Putting it on a WaPo blog gives them too much credit.


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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Teach for America
« on: May 22, 2006, 11:58:50 AM »
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Sweet Tea- Would you have undergrad students go into education programs then? I think they are part of the problem. I don't know quite as much about the undergrad level, but if it goes more in-depth than at the graduate level, it's a total waste of time and money. The education component of my master's program, which was 26 credit hours minimum, could have easily been boiled down into 9 credit hours.

I'm not making the program up.  It's something that several of my friends are doing -- www.teachingfellows.org is the NC program that I'm familiar with.  The government pays for your undergraduate degree from a NC public school (we have 16 campuses in the University of North Carolina system), provided you teach for four years in a NC public school. Yes, some of the classes are the "education" classes you loathe, but they're all liberal arts schools and have a practical component, a broader curriculum, and you can double major. 

Your argument is based on your master's program, then a guess of whether or not it's similar at all graduate programs, and the undergraduate programs.  Just because you didn't find yours valuable doesn't mean that others can't put them to use in other contexts.  Besides, if you've never had an innovative teacher, then you may not realize the importance of training people to think of innovative teaching methods (or at least let them know that there's not just one way of doing things.)

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Teach for America
« on: May 18, 2006, 09:53:40 PM »
All I know on salary is Wikipedia:
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TFA teachers are full-fledged faculty members at their schools, receiving the normal school district salary as well as a modest Americorps "education voucher" (which can be used to pay for credentialing courses, cover previous student loans, or fund further education after the two-year commitment).

Also, the Teaching Fellows program I refer to funds *undergraduate* study for teachers. 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Teach for America
« on: May 18, 2006, 06:22:44 PM »
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I find that the main shortcoming of TFA is that people in TFA tend to get all this acclaim, while people who teach in those public schools day in and day out don't nearly as much commendation or rewards

Most importantly, they also don't get the same pay as the young man from Hahvahd who teaches there through TFA. 

I just can't help but feeling that the $37 million spent on Teach for America every year could be spent filling those jobs permanently by funding more "Teaching Fellows" scholarships (State X pays for Student X with a demonstrated interest in teaching to go to school for four years to be a teacher and then, upon graduation, they teach *at the same pay rate as other teachers* for at least four-five years.  If they break the commitment, then they have to pay the scholarship back.), improving teacher pay across the board, or highering qualified administrators or buying technology.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Grey's Anatomy
« on: May 15, 2006, 11:10:11 PM »
I love how TV shows will do anything to get hot actors/actresses who usually have to wear unflattering clothing (scrubs, uniforms, etc.) into evening gowns.  The old pseudo prom ruse...

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Grey's Anatomy
« on: May 15, 2006, 10:48:34 PM »
i love how we're trying not to give spoilers

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Grey's Anatomy
« on: May 15, 2006, 10:46:40 PM »
noooo! this is so wrong!

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: New LSAT Regulations
« on: May 15, 2006, 02:15:51 PM »
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Yea ha ha....um, I live in NYC, and you don't really need a car here.  And there's no need for you to be douchey with your answer.  Yea we know we can use a clock on the wall or a payphone, but why we don't have to?  ::)

If you live in NYC, chances are you don't need a ride home either.  It's not being douchey, it's that people are acting like they're going to be stranded at the LSAT testing site *forever* because they can't bring cellphones.  People's cellphones rang all through my LSAT, and I don't want to be issuing bad karma but if in September it happens to you, you'll know exactly how irritating it is. 

I never said that I needed a car...I just commented on your car comment.  In any case, pay phones are disgusting and I haven't used one since high school.  As for cell phones ringing--I had a 3 hour final exam today and phones rang throughout, and one phone actually rang for 3 mins straight, but I didn't lose my concentration.  That's why it's good to zone things out.

Anyway, yea people can bring a small bag (mainly women bc men don't carry small bags) but exactly how much can you fit in a small bag?  not a lot, and prolly only a mini umbrella and some pencils.

You're just being difficult... problem-solve instead of seeing just how much can you find to complain about.  Bring a freaking disinfectant wipe for the payphones.  In a small bag you can fit everything you need for the test.  And your ability to be oblivious during a 3-hour exam is a little different than being able to ignore a cellphone during the logic of a tightly-timed section based exam that, oh by the way, determines the rest of your life.  Forgive us if the rest of us don't want to have to deal with your damn phone because you can't handle a public phone or just take the subway home without calling everyone in your phonebook first. 

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: New LSAT Regulations
« on: May 15, 2006, 11:15:49 AM »
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Yea ha ha....um, I live in NYC, and you don't really need a car here.  And there's no need for you to be douchey with your answer.  Yea we know we can use a clock on the wall or a payphone, but why we don't have to?  ::)

If you live in NYC, chances are you don't need a ride home either.  It's not being douchey, it's that people are acting like they're going to be stranded at the LSAT testing site *forever* because they can't bring cellphones.  People's cellphones rang all through my LSAT, and I don't want to be issuing bad karma but if in September it happens to you, you'll know exactly how irritating it is. 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Teach for America
« on: May 14, 2006, 09:47:03 PM »
Can I just say that I hate Wendy Kopp?  What a self-absorbed you-know-what.  She was magically our senior commencement speaker because the senior class President and VP are (surprise!) both doing Teach for America.  Nobody listened because she didn't tell us anything except how great she and her other TFA-ers are for trying to save the world.  Bear in mind:
1) SHE HAS NEVER TAUGHT IN HER LIFE.
2) SHE MAKES $220,000 A YEAR.

It was really embarrassing.

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