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Obama off base on drug legalization


April 19, 2012 at 11:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU student says stranger pushed her to the ground outside Strong Hall

She would have been raked over the coals for carrying a gun on campus.

Who knows, maybe the national media would catch wind of it and sensationalize it, next thing you know the New Black Panthers have a bounty on her head.....

April 18, 2012 at 9:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Baldwin City hunter, 70, pleads to criminal discharge of a firearm

Funny thing, disappointing thing, he's over 65 so he doesn't need a license to hunt, let alone need to have taken hunter's ed.

April 10, 2012 at 12:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

18-year-old Lawrence man accused of making false theft report

John Doy Court is one of the streets that is predominantly CLO homes for teens/adults, which makes me wonder if an employee tried to get a free TV or if they arrested an individual with disability.

April 10, 2012 at 12:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dog instructor lauds electric collars in teaching obedience

Greg's collars might fit the bill. The units themselves are pretty small and the remote is about the size of a garage door opener, and they would give you the vibrate function you're after.

January 16, 2012 at 10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dog instructor lauds electric collars in teaching obedience

Sigh, gotta love the LJW comments section. Everybody's an expert, and the story is always one-sided! It's interesting, nobody claimed favoritism and free publicity when they spotlighted Dignified Doggies a few weeks ago.

When we were trying to get through to our humane society pup we toured all the trainers we could find. He was a runner, and was interested in squirrels and birds and big noisy trucks way more than listening to us. Inside the house he was pretty well trained -- step outside and it all changed. It culminated with him slipping out the door on Easter in the middle of Wichita, almost getting hit by cars as he crossed Douglas multiple times.

Of all the trainers we visited with, Greg was the one who stood out. He didn't give us the same old spiel, after our introduction to his style of training he had our pup paying attention to him immediately, walking nicely on a leash out front near the busy street, all using just the vibrate function of the collar (like the vibe of a cell phone).

It's amazing what having the attention of your dog will do. There's no 'zap' needed when they know you're watching and they are given clear expectations.

Thanks Greg, Odin's doing great and we're all happier than ever.

January 16, 2012 at 12:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Parents, teachers voice concerns regarding standards-based grading

I'm interested to see how real-time testing in a diverse set of ways will work out. Who's going to be taking the measurements in real time? Teachers? The reason they have a one day, one time test is logistically and monetarily based, and that still saw rampant cheating by educators/administrators. (since people here like references, here's one of many:

As for the Common Core State Standards, I hope they do shift the control back to teachers as you say. I have only thumbed through them and had an inservice where we were barely introduced to them, where they were represented and discussed as if they took even more control out of local/state hands, with a cap of 15% being able to be modified by the individual states.

Lastly, the more I became informed about the workings here in Larry, the more I realized I didn't want to work in this district anymore. Good teachers being non-renewed so they wouldn't achieve tenure. Support staff run ragged, earning less than $10/hr, and at such a bare-bones level that there's no way students were getting their services as required. Add to that an administration that values grad levels over all else. The list just went on and on. It was enough to make me step away from my chosen profession for a while.

November 30, 2011 at 8:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Parents, teachers voice concerns regarding standards-based grading

Sorry about the off-topic yet related-at-the-core post, but I feel like everything that's been happening in education lately is school-centered, rather, funding-centered, as opposed to student-centered. This move is blatantly school-centered, IMO.

November 30, 2011 at 7:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Parents, teachers voice concerns regarding standards-based grading

Hours and hours I've sat in meetings looking at student performance on graphs, discussing how best to get these kids to perform better on a standardized test. It's not about the learning anymore, it's about specific performance. Pretty soon they'll be sending a copy of the standards home with each kid.

Just wait, when the Common Core Standards come in 2014 teachers will lose even more control over what they teach.

I feel like the current education system is like a feedlot. Pack 'em in as tightly as possible, feed them foods they wouldn't normally eat to get them up to your standard, and make sure none die before they're shipped out, even if they're obviously sick. Gotta make that Safe Harbor graduation loophole, right Brunnie? And I quote, "Don't make it personal. If you try to help a kid make up work or bring up their grade and they let you down six or seven times, don't make it personal, let them pass."

Their learning is obviously important. ***rolls eyes***

November 30, 2011 at 6:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )