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Paul Brandon

Mankato, MN
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Posted on 08/13/14 at 10:45 am in response to Why Head Start matters

What you haven't mentioned is the evidence that Head Start graduates are more likely to graduate from high school.
While this is correlational and so doesn't prove causation, it is another justification for Head Start. It's the long term effects that are most important.

Posted on 08/11/14 at 09:45 am in response to With narrow work force focus, MnSCU has lost its way

MnSCU (past tense: MnScrod) has been short sighted since its inception. Do the numbers: it is dominated by community/technical college people, not by Universities.

The issue is what happens to graduates when job requirements change. Under the current employer-friendly system, they are thrown away and new (and cheaper) graduates with current training are hired, and in turn disposed of when used up.

At one time we used to distinguish between education and training. This is...

Posted on 08/11/14 at 09:47 am in response to McFadden's address to the nation

is somewhere between
Lonely Street
and
Heartbreak Hotel.

Posted on 08/11/14 at 09:48 am in response to McFadden's address to the nation

Voodoo economy.

Posted on 08/11/14 at 05:14 pm in response to McFadden's address to the nation

with La Michelle's 2% in Iowa.

Posted on 08/12/14 at 03:33 pm in response to McFadden's address to the nation

but he still needs a finishing coat.

in a public debate is name recognition.
That's why challengers are more likely to want to debate than incumbents.
For someone whose face and position are already known, a debate is just another chance for a gaff that will come back to haunt you. Not worth the risk.

was that the debate was among Republican primary candidates.
When the Republicans come up with a candidate Dayton will debate.

Posted on 08/06/14 at 08:58 pm in response to Franken, McFadden clash on energy issues at Farmfest

the cognitive dissonance award of the year
for using the terms
'science' and 'war on coal'
in the same statement.

Posted on 08/06/14 at 10:54 am in response to What Netanyahu should propose to bring peace

Before then I'm not optimistic.

This whole mess started in 1924 with drastic restrictions on the number of Jews (and other Central and East Europeans) who could emigrate to the United States. Roosevelt maintained these restrictions.
Had they not been in place, most Polish/Russian Jews (from what was know as "The Pale of Settlement") who have emigrated to the United States, not to Palestine (if you had a choice, where would -you- go?). Palestine would have remained an Arab...