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Steve Titterud

Minneapolis, MN
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I noted it was one key stop on Ms. Foote's journey of discovery here, as it has also in my experience.

Great column, Ms. Steiner !!

I'm looking forward to the book, as much for Ms. Foote's experience in her research as for the story of Engla Schey.

...I feel her candidacy for President would virtually guarantee a Republican that office in 2016 - and not because of her age nor gender.

The country has shifted its political weight to the right so much, I fear she is just plain too liberal - compared with the putative "middle" of the electorate.

I'm not saying the political inclinations of the electorate's middle makes any sense. They don't seem able to identify their true political enemies. So oftentimes they vote...

Posted on 12/16/14 at 02:23 pm in response to On GMOs, schools should share facts, not propaganda

I mean, isn't it important that on his company's site (actually it's Wordpress), he touts their "message development and delivery" ??

If someone is posting in the role of a paid propagandist, don't you think he has an ethical obligation to disclose it ? His post is part of an activity he's getting paid to do - and I for one would like to know: who's paying him ??

Don't you think that if MinnPost knew about it, they have an obligation to disclose it ??

...for his doomed nomination, and for that matter, it's amazing also that the Obama administration would not withdraw it.

But since we virtually sell ambassadorships & Tsunis paid for his (indirectly I admit), I guess for Obama to renege on the deal would be rather like false advertising.

UFF DA !!

"...than were killed on 9/11".

Most Americans have no idea how much death and destruction we've actually authored in response.

See http://costsofwar.org/ for some rational estimates.

Posted on 12/15/14 at 12:12 pm in response to Some painful truths about Minneapolis Public Schools' academic progress

You are too kind to those in MPS who come up with failed scheme after failed scheme by calling what they have cooked up a "philosophy".

You could as well have called it "a system of fixed, rigid ideation" rather than a "general philosophy".

It is an article of faith with these folks that the dreadful outcomes is about NOTHING except race and poverty, NOTHING. In particular and most especially, it has NOTHING to do with personal responsibility. And if you disagree, they'll...

Posted on 12/17/14 at 08:10 am in response to Some painful truths about Minneapolis Public Schools' academic progress

...self-reporting by parents, and took that self-reported data as fact. Self-reporting can produce extremely low quality information. In the study referenced, the conclusions the authors tout are almost entirely reliant on data of this type. I have learned through professional experience to regard data of this type as unreliable.

Here's another point, and it's not trivial: that same study queried parents ONLY about reading TO their child. Starting at the point a child can...

Posted on 12/17/14 at 11:38 am in response to Some painful truths about Minneapolis Public Schools' academic progress

"...you have to take a closer look at the students who are having difficulty and figure out WHY they're having difficulty. You need to get from the general to the specific and find patterns or common characteristics that are creating challenges. Isn't anyone doing that?"

Good question, Paul. But the leadership of the MPS and all the various hangers-on ain't listenin'. You see, they already KNOW why !! It's racism and poverty, of course - and don't even think about suggesting...

Posted on 12/10/14 at 04:18 pm in response to Can Klobuchar’s Minnesota Nice melt Senate deadlock in 2015?

Despite some sympathy for the Democrats, it's not like they've treated the Republicans with great respect and now it's not being returned.

When the Democrats ruled the house and passed the ACA, they shoved it down the throats of the GOP, not giving an inch on ANYTHING whatsoever - even debate and discussion, much less getting a proposed amendment out of committee for a floor vote. At the time, the GOP practically foamed at the mouth and howled mightily about the unfairness of it, and...

Posted on 12/11/14 at 02:58 pm in response to Can Klobuchar’s Minnesota Nice melt Senate deadlock in 2015?

...that the two parties share MUTUAL responsibility for non-cooperation is greeted like the proverbial turd in a punch bowl here on Minnpost. It’s not an acceptable observation. Whether it is relatively true or not is beside the point, right??

Also, re: "You're going to need at least two coats for that paint job". I'm describing some Republicans’ sense of urgency about repairing their public image. And it is not an opinion of my own, but rather, an accurate characterization of...