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Cue’s blog: The anguish of state assessments, plus more stuff…

first_img4. Go Broncos… Today, my Broncos, are playing in the Super Bowl. I would just like to remind you of a prediction I made before the playoff began (see column here). I had a few games wrong, but my Denver over Seattle Super Bowl prediction is still intact. The weather is good in New York, as I predicted, and it could end just as I predicted with a Peyton Manning to Wes Welker touchdown in the final minute.And my prediction that Manning might go another three to five years… well, that might materialize as well.Then again, I could be wrong. 5. Quinn’s thoughts…Quinn McCueBack by popular demand, here’s Quinn….1. Last week at school I made a song about turkey on rye…… I’m normal.2. That same week I made a song about a cow fish… #totally normal!3. Shout out to my buds at cross fit.4. I think the Seahawks will win today. Sorry Dad.5. Another shout out to Kylie Aufdengarten. If you didn’t know it her birthday is soon or already… I’m just the best friend ever, huh? 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Thank you for your input. +8 Vote up Vote down Teacher · 340 weeks ago Speaking on behalf of all teachers…”walk a day in our shoes”… Report Reply 0 replies · active 340 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 340 weeks ago Cue, not to burst your bubble since you do “go out on a limb” now and then, but… uhh… Denver getting to the super bowl wasn’t exactly a swami-type feat of prognostication. About like predicting what will happen when tractor-trailer meets volkswagen beetle. Bass vs earthworm, rottweiler vs pork chop, etc. Heh. Report Reply 0 replies · active 340 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Jim · 340 weeks ago High School football players should be next to join a union, they DESERVE and are OWED a minimum wage for the long hot hours in August and hard work. they deserve tutors to work for them while they are practicing for a College career. They deserve a new car to show others the reward of going out for football and sports. They deserve that their parents get high paying government jobs and benefits, since the parents are probably disabled and need help. Their High School football union should negotiate with the School Board to provide a high school degree regardless of effort. NO, NO, NO, if the college students do not see the value of education that they have the opportunity to receive and work for. THE big picture is, that education is to provide a living for the long run. Professional sports IS entertainment. Entertainers work, sweat, and cry to become successful, just like anyone that becomes successful. College sports players should not be paid, pretend to be paid, they need to be non professional athletes. They can leave at any time if they are being abused. Report Reply 0 replies · active 340 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down fustraited · 340 weeks ago I actually agree with u Tracy about the assessments. Teachers can only do much. Granted there are some teachers out there who could do a lot more. Apart of being a parent is being involved in your childs life and school. You should at least want to anywaise. Students on average who have parents help on homework and test will do better. Although I don’t believe in the assessments by any means because not every child who is in 5th grade is at a 5th grade level in everything. You will have students above and below it. There are some students who struggle with 5th grade math, they go home work with their parents, work with teachers, some have tutors. Yet they still cannot grasp the subject. That’s should be ok because everyone learns at different levels. Instead of testing 5th grade for 5th grade level they should test using questions with different difficulty range and see how they have progressed from the previous year and not what the standards should be. Also a student w a learning dissability may not be able to do math on 5th grade level and there fore will be on the lower end and also may feel bad because I know teachers will throw parties for students who passed. Leaving students who tried their hardest yet didn’t pass or berly passed. Report Reply 5 replies · active 340 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down don’t care · 340 weeks ago Your number 3 needs a swift kick in the bottom with a size 10 shoe like I got back in the days. punk. Then put stupid dad in the slammer for allowing alcohol to a minor and mom in mental health for giving out drugs. What a house hold of losers. Report Reply 0 replies · active 340 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Ham Sammich · 340 weeks ago Couldn’t of been more wrong about the superbowl lolz… also Bieber was arrested in Canada too the same week of his alleged DUI.. and I signed the petition Report Reply 0 replies · active 340 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 340 weeks ago Justin bieber is what happens when hollywood and mainstream media decide to elevate some undeserving nitwit to hero/demigod. See also “POTUS.” Report Reply 0 replies · active 340 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 3. Bieber deportation…Justin BieberSumner Newscow is ahead of the curve. Two weeks ago, I told you that Bieber’s biggest problem is he is surrounded by idiots, advisors who won’t tell the punk to knock the crap off (see column here).Four days later, Bieber was charged with drag racing while high on marijuana in a residential area in Miami.And here’s the biggest problem. His dad was with him participating in the fun!There is no doubt, Bieber needs deported to his native land of Canada and his entourage dismantled much like the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq.Luckily, there is a petition online asking for his deportation back, which should receive the President’s attention. Please go online and sign this petition here. Perhaps, if we get rid of this menace, the nation can begin to heal.center_img Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Feb. 2, 2014…1. State assessments… First of all, congratulations to the Wellington Christian Academy, Conway Springs High School, Argonia Elementary and Conway Springs St. Joselph Elementary for winning the Governor’s Achievement Award for high achievement given only to a select group of schools that rate in the top 5 percent for reading, math and another subject.Unfortunately, when posting the story it immediately turned into an anti-Wellington public school discussion (see latest scores here).The whole state assessment story bores me and is as stale as the moldy bread on my kitchen counter. The state assessment scores get released, we do a story, the readers express outrage, the USD 353 administrators and teachers promise to do better, the school board wrings their hands and go into executive session, and the next year the whole process starts over.Why are we unable to solve this issue? Perhaps, instead of waiting for the next person, we should look in the mirror. Not to lecture or sound simplistic, but teachers and administrators can only go so far. If you don’t like the education your child is getting, be proactive. Join a site council, go to a board listening tour, communicate with your teacher and best of all pay close attention to what your child is doing.It is my understanding that the state assessment testing system is going by the wayside, and I’m OK with that. A new national testing system will be replacing the current state testing. Whether the new system is better, is something only administrators can address at the moment. But as far as the old system goes, I’m sure more than a few USD 353 employees are saying “good riddance.” 2. Paying football players…  The Northwestern University college football players are attempting to form a labor union demanding that they become paid employees. While I’m far from being a pro-union fanatic, in this case these young men have my full support. If for any other reason, a school payment system could cut back on the alumni-player corruption that infiltrates big-time athletics.With a little spending money, these players are less likely to accept the bribes from big donor alumni.People will argue college football players are already getting paid through full academic scholarships, free books and tuition. That is true. But these are also young men who don’t have spending money playing for university football factories making millions of dollars. The idea that the university can’t pay a penitence like a minimum wage salary for a few hours of their services during the week is ridiculous to me. How many millions have head coaches like Bob Stoops, Mike Gundy and Bill Snyder have made, yet we can’t give a football player a few extra bucks for which to live?Non-athlete students are paid for work everyday by universities whether they work in the cafeteria, the library or the student newspaper. But not athletes.John Wooden, the legendary UCLA basketball coach, was notorious for taking care of his athletes, some who were extremely impoverished. It would have put his program on probation today. But every player who went through his system were better men for it.The sad fact is, you can provide these young football players with educational opportunities, but some of them will not take advantage of it. They will eventually leave the system with nothing to show for it and no NFL prospects.How to implement such a athlete payment system will be difficult especially when students from non-revenue generating sports, the band, debate clubs, etc. demanding their share of the pie. But it is a proposal worthy of attention.last_img

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