Comments for bald man blogging http://baldmanblogging.com just another bald man blogging Tue, 12 Jul 2011 17:48:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.com/ Comment on Vacation 2011 – Day 5 by Bald Man http://baldmanblogging.com/2011/07/07/vacation-day-5/#comment-2521 Tue, 12 Jul 2011 17:48:00 +0000 http://baldmanblogging.com/2011/07/07/vacation-day-5/#comment-2521 The town isn’t very big, so we couldn’t have been far. Very little has changed from when I lived there almost thirty years ago.

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Comment on Vacation 2011 – Day 5 by Debbie Brown Tarr http://baldmanblogging.com/2011/07/07/vacation-day-5/#comment-2518 Fri, 08 Jul 2011 05:00:07 +0000 http://baldmanblogging.com/2011/07/07/vacation-day-5/#comment-2518 Hey, my sister-in-law, two nephews & niece are all in Mexico Beach right now! You may have been very close to them ;) Glad you are all having a good time! ;)

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Comment on A New Season of Purpose by Bald Man http://baldmanblogging.com/2011/01/17/a-new-season-of-purpose/#comment-2414 Thu, 10 Feb 2011 12:01:15 +0000 http://baldmanblogging.com/?p=1657#comment-2414 Chris,

Thanks for the blessings. Hope you are doing well, too.

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Comment on A New Season of Purpose by Chris Monroe http://baldmanblogging.com/2011/01/17/a-new-season-of-purpose/#comment-2413 Thu, 10 Feb 2011 04:36:39 +0000 http://baldmanblogging.com/?p=1657#comment-2413 Glad to hear you’re at peace with the season you are in. Glad I finally got around to “dropping in” on you here. Blessings to you, friend. — Chris

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Comment on Florida Could End Teacher Tenure, Embrace Merit Pay : NPR by Bald Man http://baldmanblogging.com/2010/04/12/florida-could-end-teacher-tenure-embrace-merit-pay-npr/#comment-1991 Wed, 14 Apr 2010 01:07:08 +0000 http://baldmanblogging.com/?p=1608#comment-1991 Rantz,
If I work in the private sector and I don’t accomplish the goals for which I was hired, then there I have some explaining to do. There may be legitimate reasons why, but there may also be a bunch of excuses. This is what performance reviews are for.

Likewise, if I am employed to teach children yet those children do not learn, then I ought to have some explanations. I concede that there are a thousand factors – important factors – all beyond the teacher’s control. A good merit pay system, say one that uses “value added” as one component among several to measure teacher effectiveness, will take this into account. I don’t advocate replacing a poor system with a different poor system.

As far as tenure, I think I see it very differently than you. It isn’t the same as seniority; and it isn’t a right or a gift. It is a non-financial reward that a teacher can earn. Prudent use of tenure could have a positive effect on student learning by generating loyalty and incentive toward a school. That’s what happened in Japan. For this to work, however, the tenured teacher must also among other things share in the risks associated with school-wide failure.

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Comment on Florida Could End Teacher Tenure, Embrace Merit Pay : NPR by Rantz Grotto http://baldmanblogging.com/2010/04/12/florida-could-end-teacher-tenure-embrace-merit-pay-npr/#comment-1989 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 19:20:35 +0000 http://baldmanblogging.com/?p=1608#comment-1989 Merit pay is a really slippary slope. When I was a senior in High School I took most of my final exams with a six sided die. I did take the standardized tests at the time that way as well (It was a trial year and so “didn’t count”). Should my teachers be judged by that? What about the specials teacher who doesn’t have any standardized tests to give, how do they get their merit pay? The night before the tests, Johnny’s dog died and he really doesn’t feel like taking the test. Is that the teacher’s fault? Suzy on the other hand has been living off of crackers and ketsup all year because her daddy lost his job and refuses to get help from the government. She really hasn’t been interested in classes despite all your calls home and requests for confrences. Is that your fault? Mrs. Jones is a really well liked teacher and so all the parents request her for their kids and she gets the “best” kids in her room every year and therefore none of the “trouble” kids and is actually able to teach all year while Mr. Smith gets all the other kids and spends most of the time making sure kids are behaved and safe. Mr. Smith does help some of those kids in those areas, but not necessarily in the educational ones. Which teacher gets a merit bonus? Currently Ohio is revising all of their standards for their students. When they give the new revised tests, the students most likely will have a hard time and the state won’t recognise the fact it isn’t your fault. Do you expect to lose merit based on this?

As for tenure, I totally disagree with it. If you aren’t doing the best and there are cuts to be made, you should lose your job. I had a job once and they had to cut staff down to two people. Instead of keeping the best person (that was not me btw), they kept the one who had the most seniority. No, it isn’t exactly tenure, but it is the same idea. What sense does that make? I am all about being loyal. I’m one of the most loyal people you’ll meet, but this is a business decision, not a personal one.

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Comment on Passover Liturgy by avrum http://baldmanblogging.com/2006/04/04/passover-liturgy/#comment-1980 Thu, 01 Apr 2010 19:11:37 +0000 http://baldmanblogging.com/?p=474#comment-1980 Thanks for the updates and information. I enjoyed your blog.

Attached is a piece I wrote on anti-Semitism and the need for the Jewish people to respond. I am the founding President of a Canadian Jewish humanitarian organization in Toronto – Ve’ahavta – and have seen anti-Semitism. It’s ugly. We need to fight it. And make friends. Thoughts?

http://avrum.net/2010/03/31/but-they-are-not-enough-cjn-article-march-24-2010/

Take care,
Avrum
Ve’ahavta
http://www.veahavta.org

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Comment on Who Cares About the 75th Finisher? I Do by Emma Barczay http://baldmanblogging.com/2010/02/15/who-cares-about-the-75th-finisher-i-do/#comment-1955 Mon, 08 Mar 2010 21:20:05 +0000 http://baldmanblogging.com/?p=1594#comment-1955 Congratulations 75th or 1st it’s the taking part that counts. Represting your country is a great achivement, well done Vera.

Emma Barczay

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Comment on Organic Church Life Doesn’t Work . . . « Reimagining Church by Bald Man http://baldmanblogging.com/2010/02/19/organic-church-life-doesn%e2%80%99t-work-%c2%ab-reimagining-church/#comment-1947 Sun, 21 Feb 2010 02:48:13 +0000 http://baldmanblogging.com/?p=1598#comment-1947 David,
Good point about us, Christ’s people, being the wineskin into which the New Life is poured. This new wineskin is not only the individual, a person reborn and remade as a Christ follower, but also the church, several individuals assembled as the body and temple of Christ.

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Comment on Organic Church Life Doesn’t Work . . . « Reimagining Church by David Fredrickson http://baldmanblogging.com/2010/02/19/organic-church-life-doesn%e2%80%99t-work-%c2%ab-reimagining-church/#comment-1946 Sat, 20 Feb 2010 18:14:45 +0000 http://baldmanblogging.com/?p=1598#comment-1946 That sentence speaks volumes to the current frenzy among Christians to figure out how to “do church.” Any expression of genuine church life will spring directly from lives integrally joined with Christ through a process to which the cross is central. Why do we attempt to create new wineskins that lend themselves to organic function and growth and then expect God to breath life into them? We are the wineskin in need of having the old wine of selfish ambition squeezed out of us by the loving hands of Father through the work of the cross. Out of that process unique expressions of church will develop natrually that may not look like what we had pre-conceived, nor will they be static as we grow in Him.

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