dowser (Peter Macfarlane)

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Letter: Managing risks

Drowning is self-inflicted and only in extraordinary circumstances does the drowning victim take others with him or her.

Here is perhaps a better example: Let's let all the alcoholics who are off the wagon drive. nothing in the constitution prohibits them from getting behind the wheel. But is it a good idea? I don't think so.

July 26, 2015 at 9:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Managing risks

Rational fear might apply if you lived in Ferguson, but that is on the eastern side of Missouri. No, the sudden increase in applications and gun sales here in Kansas is based entirely on irrational fear.

July 26, 2015 at 9:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Managing risks

Why only gun deaths. You should also including shootings that don't result in death.

July 26, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Managing risks

I would say paranoia is on the rise. Let's see if you can explain the recent increase in the number of applications for permits to carry. Surely it isn't because we have citizens who wish to rise up against the government. If it is, we better let Homeland Security know about it.

Face it: it's all about fear not the external kind, but rather the internal variety. And I would be willing to bet much of it is racially motivated. Note that there was a dramatic increase in those applications right after events in Ferguson, MO.

July 26, 2015 at 12:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Managing risks

Yes,life does come with risk and this is one we can all avoid.

July 25, 2015 at 11:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Managing risks

I would be interested to know your source on the statistics. By the way, it only takes one person to ruin your day and those of others by shooting them because of their delusions.

You are right the constitution does protect your right to bear arms, but remember what the intent was. It is not to protect you because you fear others. There is no defensible reason based on the intent of the framers of the constitution for possessing a firearm just because you fear others, which seems to be the current trend given the way we are doling out permits to carry.

July 25, 2015 at 11:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Managing risks

So, to protect the right of a gun owner, we get to gamble with other's lives on the off chance that that and other gun owners might need to rise up against a tyrannical government? Remember now, that is the intent of the second amendment and that is what the NRA keeps talking about. Can you spell paranoia (which, by the way is a symptom of poor mental health)?

July 25, 2015 at 2:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Managing risks

In the land of the free, even those with undiagnosed mental illness or propensities to violent acts have a right to conceal and carry a weapon. It's only after the fact that we mourn the loss of those who have been victimized by these gun-toting individuals and reassert the right to carry so that we can be "protected".

How do we know the likelihood that a gun owner isn't going to go off the deep end and in a moment of insanity use that weapon to do serious damage to others?

And yet another example of doing the same thing over and over again and getting the same result!

July 25, 2015 at 9:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas lifts teacher licensure requirement in 6 districts

Speaking of myths, who said anything about the passionate expert being an amazing teacher from day 1 of the school year? I'm pretty sure you were not an amazing teacher on day 1 of your career and just like you, I would expect that an unlicensed individual would need a fair amount of mentoring starting before day 1 of teaching. And I am definitely not downplaying the importance of keeping the classroom environment orderly to enable learning.

If you wish, we can talk privately about my particular situation, but I am unlicensed and have been teaching at a private school for the last 5 years. I have had a lot to learn. As my wife will tell you, my library at home is filled with books on education that I have used over the last 5 years. And, as any you probably know, I borrow lessons and whole units from other teachers. All of these resources have helped in my day to day world as a teacher.

In my previous career I was a research scientist. My background allows me to engage my students in meaningful, authentic, learning experiences that bring science to life. My kids actually do science and engineering. I am not saying that other teachers don't do this. I am saying that a license is not a requirement to be good at helping kids most to learn.

July 16, 2015 at 8:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas lifts teacher licensure requirement in 6 districts

"There is no evidence that hiring non-educators will impact anything but the bottom line:" And you have carefully researched the question of the value of non-licensed teachers in the classroom?

Good teaching does not necessarily have anything to do with whether or not the teacher has a license. It has more to do with passion, commitment to helping young people learn, and preparation in the content area being taught. Many teachers do not have an undergraduate degrees in the subject they teach in. And in science and math, most also have no background in research. These shortcomings make teaching using the new science standards and the common core difficult (think: lack of experience). Those who have been in their professions a long time have remained in them because they are passionate about what they do. Passion is infectious and it is more likely that students will actually be able to actively participate in a subject, rather than just read about it. That is what education should be about and not a piece of paper.

There are many in the professions, who near the end of their careers would love to teach. They are frustrated by the lack of interest in hiring older, more educated and experienced individuals who only wish to share what they know with the younger generation. Frustration comes from the need to go back to school to get licensed and the higher cost of these individuals to the schools that hire them. Starting salaries are most often based on a combination of education and experience.

Making blanket statements about unlicensed teachers is unwarranted. Just because someone is licensed to carry a gun, it doesn't mean they can shoot straight.

July 15, 2015 at 8:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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