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Comment on Public Schools vs. Charter Schools: Facts not Myths by whocares

Sat, 08 Sep 2012 07:06:53 +0000

TO RICHARD: my charter school doesn't "select" anyone dumb-ass and it gives equal education to all everyone gets it they are trying to help everyone not just "smart" kids and it helps over crowded school so be quiet.

Comment on Public Schools vs. Charter Schools: Facts not Myths by whocares

Sat, 08 Sep 2012 06:57:38 +0000

I have attended both Public and Charter school & to frankly honest I hate Public schools the teachers going on strike is stupid. They wouldn't be able to live one day in a Charter school teacher shoes, they can't handle that type of work.That's why they want a raise now that they have longer days cant handle that shit,their fucking stupid. Charter Schools are so much better. Teachers have higher quality education and have graduated with honors from top colleges not like public schools.Not only that teachers are a lot more knowledgeable and have better teaching skill,they teach to standards. I haven also seen they work a lot harder and give actual attention to students one on one.Point is that charter schools are a lot more helpful not only for kids but for the communities that have over crowded public schools. I would never send my kids to a public school to get picked on by their own disrespectful teachers (like the school Columbia Explorers located in Chicago on kedzie) Teachers at Charter Schools such as UNO I have never meet more respectful and caring schools who show intrest in the kids education and the involvement of the parents.

Comment on More Inputs; An iOS opportunity by Alex Kus

Tue, 04 Sep 2012 07:50:58 +0000

It's funny no one has ever noticed this before, it's a real nuisance for people with hands of a basketball player (like me). Will definitely give it a try. On the other hand, in the old days I somehow managed to text thousands messages with my old Nokia phone with my eyes closed and didn't find it very tiring. A sign of the times, I guess.

Comment on A touch of class; Customer-driven design at work by Irving Briscoe

Fri, 25 May 2012 17:57:23 +0000

Wow ... That's the first i've herd of a a company doing this. Looks like there's hope for the internet and humanity in general.

Comment on Creating custom scrollbars with CSS; How CSS isn’t great for every task by Nesma

Fri, 04 May 2012 14:57:05 +0000

Thanks a lot .. I try learning CSS gradually and this is a big help for me! I tried using it here ..

Comment on Public Schools vs. Charter Schools: Facts not Myths by Cassie

Tue, 17 Apr 2012 19:21:18 +0000

I've attended a charter Montessori school, a private catholic school, a public school & an online charter highschool. My public school was the only A+ school in its district and by far the wealthiest. It was debatably one of the best high schools in the state. It was the worst school I have ever been to. It inefficiently blew through funding, denied education & advancement opportunities, and outright abolished a student's personal liberties. In fact, the only teacher I had who made a difference broke almost every school faculty rule. He never made us turn in homework (he aced us all in the mandatory homework portion of our report card because he believed that if we knew the stuff, we didn't need to add even more busy work to our inane work load - and if we didn't know it, if we didn't do the homework, it'd show in our test scores), he allowed us to use cell phones in class, to bring in snacks or drinks, to sit where we wanted (the school had required assigned seating - cant tell you what educational purpose that served), he only used 1 of the 4 weeks he was required to spend on standardized testing(because we knew it all), and if we were tardy, he just marked us as present and we got to take what we could get for the remaining portion of class (it was school policy that even if you were 30 seconds late, you were denied access to your classroom and were refused the right to be present for the lesson. Instead of receiving your education & a tardy, you were forced to sit silent in a detention room for the entire school period). He taught the AP Calclus Dual Enrollment classes. Hard classes. Yet, even with his challenging quizzes, not one kid dropped below a C average. Why? Because he didn't teach like a public school teacher is supposed to. I will say this: I do not think it is at the sole fault of the teachers. I think a lot of them really strive to do right by kids. But when you're required to teach restrictive, preapproved lessons, waste precious time preparing for inane state testing, be declined freedom to alternate teaching methods, and have to cater to 30+ students with different learning styles and interests - you are set up to fail. I also don't think teachers are blameless Because public schools have some REALLY bad teachers. Worse than charter school teachers. Because public school teachers have the teachers union- and charter schools usually refuse to hire union teachers (and many teachers leave the unions just so they can teach at charters). The teachers unions protect bad teachers from being fired. Plain and simple. Only about 1% of teachers will be fired and it usually costs around $150,000 in litigation fees to fire a union teacher. So most schools don't bother. They just keep bad teachers around. It is easy to see why union teachers don't like charters (watch 'The Lottery' or 'Waiting for Superman' for more info). Protecting bad teachers simply based on tenure does a huge disservice to schools - and public school teachers and their unions let this happen. Another big thing people have to realize: I keep hearing teachers complain that 1) charter schools are heartless corporations who don't help kids but are also 2) stealing all the funding from public schools!!! To answer 1) charter schools are usually opened by school districts or non profit organizations. Sometimes, yes, Corporations can manage charter schools. HOWEVER, charter schools are ALWAYS nonprofit organizations & corporate charter schools are ran exactly like CORPORATE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. 2) Charter schools don't steal money from public schools. What happens is that funding is based on enrollment and when a child leaves a public school, their funding goes to the school they enroll in. That's not stealing from public schools - that's giving the money to who it belongs. The student. It should also be noted that public schools spend on average $2000 more per student than charters (some articles will you tell you othe[...]

Comment on Creating custom scrollbars with CSS; How CSS isn’t great for every task by Tuukka Virtaperko

Thu, 29 Mar 2012 04:38:22 +0000

Didn't work, unfortunately. I probably need to call the scrollbar somehow, but don't know how. All I knew how to do was to copypaste all that into style.css. I know how to edit the CSS itself, but I don't know how to assign that CSS as the scrollbar of a certain div.

Comment on Feeling Touchy; Learning how to build great touch UI by Moe Satriani

Fri, 23 Mar 2012 15:06:41 +0000

I had the same experience with switching to a Mac. Now, I would never go back. Most web application developers use Macs as well. I agree with what Samuel Sobart says about kids being the best testers. My brother is starting to develop games for iPhone and Android, and he always have kids test them out. --Moe

Comment on Can this tablet thing be a massive fad? by Edwin Khodabakchian

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 03:06:10 +0000

Interesting read. To me, the iPad/iOS versus MacBook Air/MacOS is not as worrying as the app vs web discussion: the biggest difference I see between iPad and MacBook Air is not the keyboard or touch screen but the time spent in the browser.

Comment on Can this tablet thing be a massive fad? by Rob

Sun, 11 Mar 2012 12:35:14 +0000

The Macbook Air is just an iPad with an attached keyboard which makes all the difference. I do appreciate my iPad version one for reading and movie watching and especially in the car.