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Let’s get back to basics

December 22, 2013

Barbara Bethel, Minot I found it very interesting that right beside the “Our Opinion” column on Wednesday morning about the voters rejection of the Minot School Board bond issue was Pat Buchanan......

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Legend

Dec-24-13 9:55 AM

English spelling might b more popular if it was straight forward like math. Some hoity toits decide to do dumb things like start the spelling of a word with a "p" that is not pronounced. It is the prerogative of everyone else follow and learn the lessons of the hoity toits or just go with phonics. I have been a good speller but i sure wish we would match letters to sounds. Isn't that the intention? Then there is algebra. Most have to learn it--darn few ever use it.

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Legend

Dec-24-13 9:42 AM

Spelling just ain't a big deal. Is bill gates any less if he left out the "g" in his home state of Washington? Nope. Is the message from the new Pope any less if he mispelled "conservative?

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Elephant

Dec-24-13 8:33 AM

Legend, One misspelled word is not tragic if youth see it correctly all the other times. However, the youth see spelling and grammar incorrect more often than correct. So, in their minds the incorrect way is the correct way. To them it is right. Society has made texting language the norm in all situations and then tells the children and you they are not performing up to par. Therefore, if we accept incorrect spelling and grammar you all cannot complain that they cannot perform later because WE taught it that way. McDonalds was just one example, watch the media, it is all over the place.

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Legend

Dec-22-13 7:17 PM

Is a misspelled word tragic? Far more important to stay current on news and issues, smell baloney, express your self well and live within your means. There is a reason 1 party leader says "misinformation works". u can tell those who watch bengazi news exclusively because it is all they ever repeat.

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redneck

Dec-22-13 6:44 PM

very good idea. if we are falling behind in the world and the experts are in charge. the basics seems like the way to go, for what i see is the EXPERTS are only good at selling and spending money without results. better management

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disgusted

Dec-22-13 6:27 PM

I listened to that bit. It seemed like nothing more than misleading propaganda. sure enough---put out by the AFL-CIO!

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Elephant

Dec-22-13 12:01 PM

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Elephant

Dec-22-13 11:57 AM

If you value education like we say we do, go up to any store manager and politely ask them to take down signage with incorrectly spelled words, politely correct people using incorrect grammar. (So I'll be expecting some corrections on this essay too.) Young people are sponges and even though it makes people cringe, it does take a village to raise a child. We've all heard a four year old swear because they've heard adult say the word, youth is always learning and our society is teaching it wrong by using phrases like , "Oh, you have to go to school." Instead of, "You get to go to school."

So if we as a society want education to improve, yes I believe it takes some money. But more importantly, I believe it will take a societal shift to value education again.

Below is a link to a website that takes PISA scores and compares apples to apples instead of just rankings. I don't believe/agree with everything, but ....

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Elephant

Dec-22-13 11:55 AM

I agree throwing money at a problem does not solve it. And people can learn any where. Students in Africa write in the dirt to learn, but I also think that as an indusrtrialize society we expected more than that of ourselves.

I also believe all children can learn once there basic needs are met. And by looking at only the ranking on PISA testing you don't get the whole story. More of the US students are in poverty than most of those countries to which you are comparing. I don't expect any 10 year old to be worried about how to do long division when he or she does not know when they will get to eat next. They will have a calculator in today's society anyway.

The other counties to which you are comparing us also value education. Their society expect youth to do well, they do not put education down and allow bad grammar everywhere. Even McDonalds teaches our youth I'm is spelled with a small I and no one says anything about it.

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Nedragr

Dec-22-13 8:22 AM

copy and paste..***********washingtonpost****/blogs/answer-sheet/post/eight-problems-with-common-core-standards/2012/08/21/821b300a-e4e7-11e1-8f62-58260e3940a0_blog.html

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Nedragr

Dec-22-13 6:31 AM

A good place to start would be to get rid of "Common Core"

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