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What's more important, raising teachers' salaries or putting more iPads and similar handheld tablets in students' hands?

  1. Salaries
  2. Technology
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Mar-14-13 7:29 AM

"As in so many things, balance is critical."

Agreed, Heisenberg.

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Mar-14-13 12:56 AM

Spirit, I agree that technology can't be introduced early enough to eliminate learning of the basics. that doesn't do any good for anyone. I do see some younger people in my business that also aren't literate enough with technology, as counterintuitive as that may seem with the perception of the younger generations.

I am a member of the younger generation, not far out of my twenties, and I have seen numerous younger people taking up trades such as plumbing, electrician, machinist, and welders, that are seriously hindering their potential advancement by having little to no developed skills in basics such as typing. As in so many things, balance is critical.

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Mar-13-13 3:55 PM

I say option 3 please. The teachers are paid enough. Until we have proof that our children are learning the basics as they should be, the teachers are not doing their jobs. As for the ipods etc. we need to stop letting the kids use them until they can do the basic r's and fully understand them. In fact, let's take away all the electronics, except computers and have that usage monitored. I home educated my children and became the state's model home for home education. The school system's only complaint was that my children were not allowed calculators until they could do every mathematical concept easily in their heads. Now these children all excel in their careers and contribute to society in many positive ways. We all find it sad that kids nowadays can't even add without a calculator.

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Mar-08-13 12:42 PM

Veritas, you need to buy a newspaper.

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Mar-07-13 10:37 PM

My children are grown up. They now have to worry about their own children. They are on their own.

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Mar-07-13 10:29 PM

billdoesntgetit. Me too. Country school - that says it all. Now I would not put my children in another school with the whinning - I'm not getting my fair share- school. I would have found a private school. Sick of the Unions and the Liberals shoving their stuff down our throats. And our childrens.

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Mar-07-13 4:14 PM

A Teacher is the epitome of inspiration,

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Mar-07-13 4:12 PM

No level head I'm sorry to say the teachers have quite a 'me me me' list with pension always a concern, when you can collect full pension at 50-55 years of age if you work steady and retirement is part of your employment package. I tell you what levelhead I remember the name of every Teacher I had in every grade and there is a good chance you do too. To me that shows how much impact they really have on our lives. Some seemed to have a special knack that made us want to learn and do the right things. I honestly think the reason kids go to school is to learn what their parents can't teach them so don't blame the parents. A Teacher is epitome of inspiration, just get in any classroom and sit down and see where your mind is taken.

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Mar-07-13 2:15 PM

Salaries or Technology? Well they both have to be budgeted so why not both. The cost of living has increased so shouldn't everyone want a raise? If people are going to comment on topics the least they could do is get the facts correct before opening their mouth. billdoesntgetit is right, do you understand the process of free and reduced lunch? Do some research so you understand they why. The sport articles can be found in the SPORTS SECTION while while math counts can be found in the EDUCATION SECTION. Earlybird, you didn't get the worm. Say what you want about salaries, technology, teachers etc.. when you look at the big picture it comes down to parenting. If parents don't have expectations of participation, completed homework, respect, study. Wait... so what you are trying to tell us is the responsibility of what a parent should do becomes the teachers responsibility. Okay, I know see why teachers should get paid more and I still say salaries and technology.

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Mar-07-13 1:27 PM

Well, well, another blogger on the mark. Good job lefty.

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Mar-07-13 1:26 PM

So, it took eight bloggers before Loco got it right. Bravo to loco.

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Mar-07-13 12:10 PM

I'll throw in a bone FOR the teachers: when you have parents that don't stand with teachers/administration on homework, attendance, discipline measures, or sports policies--it certainly couldn't be MY kid that's at fault--you couldn't pay me enough to teach.

Do any of you remember the days when, if you got in trouble with the teacher, that you'd be in double trouble at home too?

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Mar-07-13 9:39 AM

MDN add: (C)Neither A&B, (D) Cut Teacher Pay, or (F)both C&D. Then I will vote for "F".

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Mar-07-13 9:03 AM

From my experience with teachers, they're all overpaid and a pay cut would be more appropriate.

Buy all students in North Dakota a new computer, let them learn at home what they want to learn. It would save a lot of money and wasted time. Students are smarter than teachers.

What really torques me is the animal cruelty people scapegoating a rancher on the loss of his animals and using it as ammunition to influence North Dakota lawmakers.

The rancher is old and couldn't take care of his animals because of his age. There is no compassion from them. They want animal cruelty laws for their own selfish reasons, nothing else. Helping the rancher is the not in the cards for them.

They are hypocritical and actually mean-spirited in their attempts to strengthen animal cruelty laws, which makes them very cruel people.

I have no time for them, have zero faith in their agenda and it needs to be stopped dead in its tracks.

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Mar-07-13 7:29 AM

Pension is all we hear about these days with teachers. The teachers need to work on a way to make there retirement program sustainable. From what TV says the stock market must have put allot of money back into the retirement funds.

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