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Dec 13, 2014 Charlie Mas commented on Guest Editorial: We Need to Stop Trying to Rescue This Tunnel Project and Consider Our Options.
If not now, then when do we consider a Plan B?
Or is it a case of Plan A no matter what? That doesn't seem reasonable.
Dec 1, 2014 Charlie Mas commented on Self-Checkout Machines Don't Talk Black.
You're kidding, right?
You want an option for a specific dialect of non-standard English?
Should there also be dialect choices in Spanish or is standard Spanish sufficient?
What else should offer non-standard English? ATMs? Government forms? Every other type of commercial communication? How about product packaging. How about this newspaper?
There is such a thing as Standard English and all
English speakers, including those who also speak another dialect, should be conversant in it.
Nov 23, 2014 Charlie Mas commented on Guest Editorial: Don't Tell Me Olympia Can't Fund the Smaller Class Sizes Voters Just Demanded.
@23, You wrote: "Studies do not show an absolute correlation between class sizes and student achievement." No. They don't. That's an unreasonable expectation and if you're going to wait for that then you can stop because it will never appear.
The primary determinants of student achievement are all home-based, not school-based, so no incremental changes in what happens at school will have significant impacts on student outcomes. They will, however, have incremental impacts, and that's the best we can hope for right now. Smaller class sizes deliver that. They deliver it in a number of ways, but primarily through a deepened relationship between students and teachers. This is particularly important for students who are not getting the preparation, support, or motivation they need to succeed from home. This improves their chances of getting it at school.

@26, You asked: "If Washington isn't "funding education enough" using more per-pupil dollars than most other industrialized nation, then how much more is 'enough?'"
You ask this as if it were a rhetorical question. It is not. See McCleary for the quantified answer. By asking this question you are either completely ignorant of the issues or you are trying to spread ignorance among the public. Both are despicable. This question is asked by people who want to create the impression that education advocate will never be satisfied and, therefore, there is no point to committing more funding to education because those pesky advocates will still want more, more, more. Except that's not the case. The reality - remember reality? - is that there is a determined finite dollar amount necessary to fully fund education and that's the fixed dollar amount that advocates are demanding.
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Nov 20, 2014 Charlie Mas commented on Self-Checkout Machines and the Existential Status of the Worker.
This is a prime example of the post-modern oxymoron "self-service". If I'm doing it myself, then how is it service?

The real question is "What does the customer want from the check out experience?" If the customer wants it done quickly, then this is a boon. If the customer wants human interaction or some kind of service, they should see a checker.

Even with a checker the shopper is expected to empty the cart themselves. If you're already taking things out of the cart to set them on the conveyor, is it so much more to scan it and put it in a bag? Not really.

And how does a Marxist defend the bougie master-servant relationship between the shopper and the checker? Will Charles next be fighting to retain the jobs for valets who help rich men into their underpants or the king's buttwiper? We don't need this kind of service. We are fully capable of doing this task for ourselves. And often doing it ourselves is faster and, therefore, better service.
Oct 27, 2014 Charlie Mas commented on Garfield Students Walk Out Over School District Threat to Cut Teacher.
Zok? Where is your admission of error?

Zok?
Oct 24, 2014 Charlie Mas commented on Garfield Students Walk Out Over School District Threat to Cut Teacher.
@20, It's funny how some folks give teachers credit for the actions they like, but when the same teachers do something those folks don't like the action gets attributed to the teachers' union instead of the teachers.
Oct 24, 2014 Charlie Mas commented on Man Charged With Assault in Connection With Alleged Westlake Groping.
The officer who didn't take the photo didn't necessarily do bad enforcement work but did bad public relations work.

The crime is a low priority - like a stolen bike - and so would probably never have been investigated. This sort of crime doesn't rise to a higher priority until the lack of enforcement makes it more prevalent or the guy is found to be a habitual offender. Of course, if it is never reported, then the police would have no way of knowing if it was becoming more prevalent or if the guy were a habitual offender.

As it turns out, the guy is a habitual offender so the follow up by the police was appropriate in this case.
Ms Marquand did everything right. She reported the crime and, when the police refused to take the report, she reported the police.

As for the crime being a low priority... that's another thing entirely.
Oct 24, 2014 Charlie Mas commented on Garfield Students Walk Out Over School District Threat to Cut Teacher.
Ah! More bad conjecture without data from Zok! This is the mistake that Zok makes and just keeps on making.

"Thinks these teachers work alone,"

Zok has no fuckin' idea what I think until I tell the presumptuous prick what I think. Don't fuckin' tell me what I think, you low-rent Kreskin.

"when the schools are littered with ed assistants, counselors, specialists, advisors"
None of whom reduce the number of students a teacher has responsibility for and none of whom makes Zok's math right.

"Typical Charles Mas who voted for 'classroom size' initiative -- when 2/3rds of jobs are non-classroom Union gigs."

Zok has no fuckin' idea how I voted because Zok doesn't know that I don't live in Washington State and couldn't vote for or against I-1351. Yet another brilliant example of a presumptuous conjecture presented as a fact when, in truth, it's completely wrong.

"Classic Charles Mas who doesn't look at the bloat of the roster before figuring out hes a sucker. THREE vice principals!l in ONE school -- and they not even responsible for advising, attendance or facilities.
http://garfieldhs.seattleschools.org/mod
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And, once again, not one of them reduces the number of students for which a teacher is responsible. Zok, rather than acknowledge an clear error of fact, chooses to raise a lot of off-topic facts that don't correct or mitigate the error. Dude, you were just plain wrong. Why do are you incapable of acknowledging that? What is your damage? Will Zok be able to acknowledge these errors in fact? I doubt it. See a doctor. You have a problem.

"Usual Charles Mas who pities a teacher that rolls 6 classes, with assistants, plenty of in-service days, and 17 weeks off with full pension at 20 yrs."

Again and again we see erroneous conjecture in the absence of data. Please review my comment. I made no mention of any pity - or any other emotion. Zok is the emotional one here. I merely corrected Zok's math. The stuff about the in-service days (which may not be teaching days, but are working days for teachers) and the "full pension" are also just plain wrong. More conjecture in the absence of data or research and, of course, yet more error in presumption.

"Question: If it's unfair -- why are they lined up in droves?"

Question: Who ever said that anything about unfairness? Not me. I just corrected your math mistake, you buttsmear, and pointed out your failure to learn about a topic before you shoot off your dumbass mouth. And who are the "they" who are lining up in droves? Teachers? Students? Pronouns without antecedents?

This habit of jumping to incorrect conclusions and making pronouncements is bad enough. The inability to acknowledge the error, however, goes beyond a character flaw and reflects mental illness.
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Oct 23, 2014 Charlie Mas commented on Garfield Students Walk Out Over School District Threat to Cut Teacher.
Why does the superintendent need to "review the numbers"? Didn't they make sure of them before making the decisions about which schools will lose (or loose) teachers? Why doesn't he have confidence in the original decision?
Also, how long does it take to review the math? I would guess about a minute.
Oct 23, 2014 Charlie Mas commented on Garfield Students Walk Out Over School District Threat to Cut Teacher.
Classic Zok
One teacher covers 150 students
6-period day (not seven), minus one hour for PCP (Preparation-Conference-Planning) equals five classes of students
150/5 = 30 students per classroom
If you're going to argue the numbers, then at least make the effort to get them right.