May 27, 2014 TheRain commented on Let's Not Be Fatalistic About Prospects for Reparations.
Coates' article was an absolute farce, and anyone who ignores the serious flaws in it in order to hail it as some sort of groundbreaking work (hi, Chris Hayes) is being ridiculous.

The obvious missing piece in this post is that the Caribbean nations are seeking the money from European colonizers. It's easy for them to nod in agreement about the subject; it wouldn't be their money. That's not how it would happen in America.
May 17, 2014 TheRain commented on Jess Spear Running Against House Speaker Frank Chopp.
@18: "Can she name where the 49 districts are? Can she name where ten districts are?"

Since she's not running for Speaker of the House, only to be representative out of her district, what you're asking is completely irrelevant.
May 10, 2014 TheRain commented on If You Believe Abortion Is a Right, You Need to Stop Telling Women How and When They Should Get Abortions.
"Let's agree; she's foolish for not using the most basic of birth controls."

"if you agree with the above comments, you are a bad ally when it comes to abortion rights."

Paul, how could even you disagree with the idea that she's foolish for not using birth control?
May 6, 2014 TheRain commented on Seattle Teachers Have A Chance To Replace Their Stodgy Union Leaders With Up-and-Coming Rabble Rousers.
What I know is that when the SEA catches a fever, the rest of the WEA gets the chills. When the SEA gave in on evaluation we all got pounded on that during the legislative session, and it would be nice to have leadership there that could put a scare into the all-too-comfortable legislature.
Apr 19, 2014 TheRain commented on Punished for the Crime of Being Female on the Internet.
"gentle reminder from the other 50% of our species that the correct nomenclature for an adult female of the human race is "woman". Referring to women as "females" is the biggest red flag I (and every other woman I know) pick up on in a dialog,"

I struggle to believe this is true.
Apr 15, 2014 TheRain commented on Survey Reveals Men's Rights Activists Are Almost Entirely White, 17 to 20 Years Old.
" The reason women outnumber men in college across the board is due to the fact that women are applying in greater numbers and are more *qualified* for admittance."

If that's true, then why is it that way?
Mar 27, 2014 TheRain commented on The Town of Oso Is Coping with Unimaginable Loss and Understandably Unwanted Attention.
Apart from the mudslide, I tend to believe that everything else in this post was made up.
Feb 28, 2014 TheRain commented on Chatterbox: The Internet Is Spreading Gossip About a New Matrix Trilogy.
@3 FTW. The CEO of Image Comics saying that people should be buying more Image Comics isn't exactly profound.
Feb 27, 2014 TheRain commented on Olympia Should Reject Federal Mandate on Teacher Evaluations.
"a) Teachers already teach to the test. What planet are you on? That ship has sailed."

It's not really possible to say that with certainty, though, since we've changed to the Common Core assessments and the Smarter Balanced Testing. I don't have a curriculum aligned to Common Core, nor do I have any evidence to go on that the testing is going to match the standards since we've never given this test before.

"b) I used to be against including student test performance in teacher reviews/compensation, but then my kid went to public school and I saw first hand what nonsense goes on, and now I think student performance MUST be included in SOME way in teacher evaluations and compensation. Something possibly fairer than class-by-class performance might be cohort-by-cohort performance or even school-wide performance for all teachers at a given school."

Those tests will miss the following teachers: pre-school, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, PE, music, art, health, social studies, shop, ag, all the instructional coaches, SLPs, PTs, and most of the other specializations. What you'll be doing is taking a big, steaming dump on 4th grade teachers and math instructors.

The other aspect of that is that it would be just stupid to figure in reading scores to the evaluation of a PE teacher. Not that OSPI hasn't floated that idea, but it doesn't make it any less foolish.

"c) Principals make staffing decisions, so school-wide student test scores should be included overtly in any principal's compensation package. The principal is deciding who is teaching and who is teaching what"

This statement has no basis in reality.

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