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Christie Burke

Richfield, MN
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Thanks for this article. As an educator, I *know* that there are problems that don't get reported, that aren't seen by administrators or faculty, that don't ever get addressed. It's beyond shameful to consider that reporting doesn't necessarily keep kids safe.

I hope that publishing information such as this (Often. Loudly. Backed up with facts.) will help us, as responsible adults, create environments where all of our kids are safe.

Posted on 06/02/11 at 10:12 am in response to Motherly Law: Don't be afraid to ask more of public schools

I'm interested in the calculation of the 15:1 ratio for public schools. We are moving our children from parochial school to our local district next year, in part because we think they will benefit from a bigger pond. In third grade, in our district, there are 26-27 students in a class this year, and there will be 29-30 next year. Perhaps the Center for Education Reform is counting paraprofessionals as teachers?

Posted on 05/25/11 at 08:00 am in response to In bull's-eye, Target faces union pressure in New York

Constitutions are meant to guarantee rights and freedoms, not to curtail them. For that reason, I don't want to see the marriage amendment pass.

@Mark Stromseth: I'm not sure what you mean by "those Catholics," but I will say this: I am Catholic, and Deacon Fournier's voice is not the only one. He is an official voice in the Church, but he doesn't speak for me as an individual.

Posted on 05/25/11 at 02:04 pm in response to In bull's-eye, Target faces union pressure in New York

@Mark Stromseth: Thanks for the clarification - I kinda thought that was what you were getting at.

Love this. LOVE. IT. As educators, we need to find ways for all high-school students to do real-life thinking work like this -- not that it all has to involve computing tech at its foundation, but it all needs to have relevance and adaptability. Good job, Mr. Runck. (The one thing: it'd be great to see girls doing this kind of work as well.)

I really, really like this series. I've been a city girl my whole life (and will continue to be one for the foreseeable future), and it's great to see this other perspective. Thanks!

Posted on 02/11/11 at 01:28 pm in response to Rote memorization: Overrated, or underrated?

My perspective, as a teacher/librarian and a parent:

Rote memorization *does* make sense in some contexts: math facts, for example, or spelling rules, or recitation of important works. There are some higher skills that CAN'T be mastered until those lower-level, rote facts are firmly entrenched.

Problems arise both when rote memorization is the only teaching strategy AND when higher-level skills (evaluation, analysis, synthesis) are introduced without sufficient foundational...

Sue, you must not have been living here during the tenure of Gov. Jesse Ventura. He regularly referred to reporters as "jackals," and I think they may have co-opted the term for themselves by now. :)

Posted on 09/28/10 at 08:01 pm in response to U.S. losing brainpower advantage in science and technology

Add to that the fact that research is slow and can't be assessed via any standardized test, and it's easy to see that trouble is brewing.

Posted on 05/21/10 at 05:11 pm in response to Sticker shock vs. 'net tuition' at private colleges

I graduated from Macalester in 1998, with around $17,000 in loan debt. I know the published price has just about doubled since then, so it's impressive to see that this number is holding steady. Having recently finished a graduate degree that cost me twice as much *really* makes me appreciate the value of my Mac diploma.