A new study published by Stanford University’s Center for Education Policy Analysis shows that doubling up on math courses in one year, has negative impact… Rigor causes people to forget what they would have retained otherwise…

In other words when it comes to learning. Rigor actually MAKES us stupid….

The test was ingenious… Two groups of students in the same school; all with math scores within 5 points apart… Half were above the arbitrarial line of cut off; half were below… Those below were required to take a remedial class along with the next level of math. Those above, just took the one math class their grade required…

The difference between the two could be classified as rigor… Those below got a hearty dose of RIGOR… Those above didn’t, and yet except for an arbitrarily drawn line in the sand, all were of equal intelligence…

Here is what he found…..

At the end of the year, students with double math scored substantially higher than their peers who took just one math class. However, a year after returning to the traditional schedule with one math class, those gains were about half as large. Two years into a regular schedule, that difference was down to about one-third of the original gain. 

And when those students reached high school, the gains all but diminished completely. 

But during that wasted time, they could have learned something in another discipline and changed their life forever….


This is common sense and is the natural way of the world.  How many of you played high school sports?… How many of you who did, are in great shape now?  How many of you did not play high school sports… How many of you are in great shape now?

We are all a mess….  RIGOR has no shape on our future… Immediate gains, perhaps.  Longterm… zero.

The only good that RIGOR gains:…. are higher arbitrarily set scores on arbitrarily created  tests that arbitrarily cover what was taught across the school year…  In other words, the roll of the dice.  One can win at Yatzee if one knows where the secret weight was placed changing all the odds of how a dice may roll.  But that is specialized knowledge only good for that one game and one set of dice…

To expend RIGOR on how dice will roll, is insane… RIGOR itself is insane…. Just imagine studying history instead?…  To lose all history classes in order to take another math class just to make the Governor and Rodel look good to their peers?

Madness…  RIGOR doesn’t work….  Look at your own lives.. Are you more productive when your boss is huffing and puffing, standing over you? Or when he is somewhere else?  If you are more productive in his presence, you SHOULD  be fired… because that would mean you weren’t doing work when he was somewhere else… No one is more productive under pressure.

RIGOR  is a punishment, It comes from prisons, slave ships, and impressed militaries.  It does not work for learning..




Let us take a test. Since I write the rules, you can forgive me if I give you a cheat sheet at the end of every question… It’s not like I’m going to fire you if you get a too-low score…..

Which accurately describes the number of children in Delaware in 2012…..

A 385,402
B 205,050
C 147,984
D 07,357

What percentage of children are white in Delaware
A 77.3
B 62.8
C 52.0
D 49.1

How many children were enrolled in Delaware’s Public school system 2014?

A 195,365
B 153,761
C 133,369
D 119,695

What is the percent of children classified as poor in Delaware?

A 9.4%
B 11.9%
C 17.4%
D 21.6%

How many children (number) are considered poor in Delaware
A 44,358
B 34,875
C 22,489
D 11,358

What is Delaware’s state ranking in child poverty

A 8th
B 15th
C 26th
D 41th

What percent of Delaware’s children live in extreme poverty; at incomes below half the poverty line…..

A 5.5
B 6.6
C 7.7
D 11.1

Which child age group lives in the poorest conditions?

A 0-6 years
B 7-12 years
C 13-18 years
D 10-15 years

What percent of the age group 0-6 live below half the poverty line?

A 50%
B 33%
C 18%
D 10%

What ratio of Delaware’s African American Children live in poverty?

A 1 in 3
B 1 in 4
C 1 in 5
D 1 in 6

Ration of Delaware white children who live below the poverty line?

A 1 in 7
B 1 in 8
C 1 in 9
D 1 in 10

How many of Delaware’s children attended school while homeless in 2011-2012 school year

A 7000 or 5.2%
B 6000 or 4.5%
C 5000 or 3.7%
D 4000 or 3.0%

How many full-time minimum-wage jobs are necessary to be able to afford a fair market rent two-
bedroom apartment in Delaware and still have enough left over for food, utilities and other necessities.

A 2
B 3
C 4
D 4.5

How many of Delaware’s children are on Supplemental Food Assistance?

A 1 in 10
B 3 in 10
C 5 in 10
D 7 in 10

In 2011 what was the percent of children eligible to be insured in CHP programs that were?

A 92.8%
B 65.3%
C 45.6%
D 42.5%

What is Delaware’s ranking among states where children are insured….

A 4th
B 9th
C 17th
D 25th

How many of the 10 quality benchmarks set by the National
Institute for Early Education Research in 2012-2013. did Delaware actually meet?

A 10
B 9
C 8
D 7

The state spent how much less per student in its poorest districts than recommended to adequately support
poor students in 2007-2008.
A $5,123
B $4,861
C $3,928
D $532

What percent of Delaware’s fourth grade public school students were unable to read at grade level in 2013?

A 27%
B 35%
C 42%
D 62%

In Delaware, how many children were abused or neglected in 2012?

A 537
B 735
C 899
D 2335

What is your best guess on the percentage of children at or below poverty in Christina’s Bancroft Elementary?

A 18.7%
B 23.2%
C 49.3%
D 89.6%

How many third grade Common Core children met proficiency at Bancroft in 2013?

A 75%
B 61%
C 57%
D 26%

At Bancroft in 2014 which group of students had the highest percentage on their scores

A Students who received only Common Core training
B Students who received 1 year of Common Core training
C Students who were first trained regularly with no Common Core
D Students who received no common core training.

Which school has received a letter because it’s AYP was below target two years in a row?

A Bancroft: 89% low income; 78.6% Afro-American; 14.7% special education
B Newark Charter: 17.7% low income; 11.0% Afro-American; 5.7% special education
C Kuumba Academy: 85.2% low income; 85.2% Afro-American; 5.7% special education
D Wilmington Charter: 5.7% low income; 5.6% Afro-American; 0.6% special education

What is the biggest factor in determining a child’s score on a state test?

A his family’s income level
B his curriculum
C his teacher
D his support team

Why is the DOE writing a letter to a school failing that has 89.6% low income?

A To drive business to the new charters coming in to the Bank of America complex.
B To look tough to other schools and scare them greatly
C To make low income children feel bad about themselves
D To fail the school and transfer the property over to a friend of Jack Markell

Check your answers at this site… and more answers to questions not asked, but should have been….

Here is what Rodel says about this year’s DCAS testing in language….

“Average proficiency has increased from 62% in reading in 2011, to 72% proficiency in reading in 2014…..”

Here is how it should be expressed in the honest truth…. “Sadly, Delaware’s proficiency scores in reading have slid downward over the past three years. Statistically, schools years ending in 2012,2013,2014 have been flat”….

Here are the scores…

61-percent in 2010 to 2011
73-percent in 2011 to 2012,
72-percent in 2012, and 2013
72-percent in 2013 to 2014. A increase of nearly 20-percent from 2011….


Now here is what Rodel says about this years DCAS testing in Math….

“Average proficiency has increased from 61% in math to 69% proficiency in math in 2014…..”

Here is how it should be expressed in the honest truth.  Over the past three years, DCAS math scores slid downwards by four points or a negative drop of 5.4%…”

Here are the scores:

62-percent in 2010 to 2011
73-percent in 2011 to 2012
70-percent in 2012 to 2013
69-percent in 2013 to 2014……


You tell me.  Are we going forward or not?   If one goes back far enough, anything is an improvement….  For example, speeds from Albany to Buffalo New York are 37.3 times faster today, ….. if you go back 189 years to the opening of the Erie Canal…  but as for relevance, they are slower then three years ago because of all the construction on Interstate 90….

Is this lying?

I think so. Because what is at stake is  knowing whether this program is working or not…  The record says it is not working.  English is flat. Math falling backwards.  Yet across these three years there has been a massive amount of effort and money that will not be there next year or any year there after….  if we can’t increase with resources; how do we stand to do so without them?

To ignore the truth, that this is not working and fall back far enough so the natural upward curve works out in ones favor, is a form of lying…

No one cares if we are up from four years ago.  Are we going up across the last three years …. or not?

Scores don’t lie.  Old men spending someone else’s money with nothing to show for it…. do.

A panel of judges has ruled that subsidies are no longer legal. For millions of Americans, this means they will immediately be slapped with charges up to $800 a month for what many are paying under a hundred…

They will drop their insurance out of necessity, or will be dropped for non-payment.

Republicans are celebrating this…

When the law was written in 2010 it was assumed that all states would do their own exchanges. In states that are doing their own exchanges, there will be no change. That is what the law says and as Republicans say: the law is law….

But for states like Delaware which rightly decided that the Federal exchange would be cheaper for its citizens because of the larger pool, that line in the law was never changed…. It says “state exchanges”… (Remember the law is alleged to be some 15,000 pages long, and is still, believe it or not, something I have not yet read….)

But in one line the word “state” is indeed there and that, according to this particular court, means that it is illegal for the federal exchanges to be subsidized… I have looked, and at this early moment just hours after the decision, there is no confirmation (just estimates) on how many insured that will affect…..

But to all you who were insured in the Federal exchange? Guess what? You got no Obama care….

Map courtesy of Kaiser

To hear the far extremist right saying “ha, ha, ha, suffer bitches” you can go here or here


On this same day, another Federal court in the same city, decided this was indeed legal. There were two cases before two different conservative courts, and we got two opposite decisions. It now goes up the next step and will probably hit the Supreme Court. Which should mean that IF insurance companies are willing, the Obamacare program can continue as is until struck down… But as we saw with Obamacare last November, when it comes to making money, private insurance companies are ruthless and lack heart…

Second… to fix this, all we need is a bill put forth, worded like this…. A bill: To amend the ACA Healthcare law by removing the word “state” and inserting “all or any”…..

That will happen in the Senate, but will never happen in the House…. Which is why, in whatever state you read this, you must get Democrats into your Congressional seat… IF you succeed, or if ENOUGH of you succeed, your insurance can and will continue… You will continue to be insured.

Remember it is just one stupid word so don’t be bulldozed by smart-assed Republicans gloating over the “rule of law” .,… (They don’t honor rule of law when it applies to one of their favored corporations….) It can easily be changed… but it must require people sympathetic to Obamacare for it to get passed….. Only Democrats can guarantee you your insurance will continue… Only Democrats.

You must, must make your vote count this November; you must make your friends, neighbors, church goers go to the polls in your behalf; unfriend them if necessary, bitches….. Your entire future depends on this one vote… Seriously, you could be dead next year thanks to your … Republican friends….


This is how parents in Delaware and surrounding states can undo the damage being done by these corporate giants who as with any monopoly, don’t give a damn…. “Suck it” they all seem to say….

This is our (parents) way of saying…. “ok, then suck this..” My prediction is that this will be huge and it will hang on Greg Lavelles neck… and when done, he will lay like a shattered gargoyle smashed across the stones under Notre Dame from whence he fell….

(And that makes Dave Sokola the luckiest man alive.)

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Ira Shor is a professor at the City University of New York, where he teaches composition and rhetoric. Shor understands that standardized testing is the foundation on which the entire “reform” project rests. Take away the test scores, and the data-driven teacher evaluation collapses, along with the ambitious plans for privatization.

Shor writes:

“Opt-Out: The REAL Parent Revolution”

We parents can stop the destruction of our public schools. We can stop the looting of school budgets by private charters and testing vendors. We can stop the abuse of our children by the relentless hours of testing. We can stop the closings, the co-locations, the mass firings, the replacement of veteran teachers with short-term Teach for America newbies, the shameful indignity of public schools told they have 24 hours to clear out so a charter can seize their classrooms. To do this, we have to opt-out our kids from the new…

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Medical Marijuana I thought originally was just a trick to make smoking it legal again… It thought that perhaps it eased the pain, dulled the mind, or something good like that enabling people in chronic pain to handle it better.

I could not have been more wrong… Why is this knowledge not mainstreamed? (Oh, yeah, that damned corporate American media… “Don’t want to upset our advertisers… we get a lot of cash from pharmaceuticals”..)

But THC was proven unequivocally to be the trigger shutting down cancerous tumors from growing further…

Earlier, two researchers found that cannabidiol, a chemical in hemp and marijuana, caused the cancer gene to turn itself off, and return to dividing into normal cells…

Cancer is apparently a gene. that switches on to make cancer, and off, to make normal cells. Most likely it is a vestige from our earliest moments in life, when massive amounts of cells needed to be made in order to survive. Something external retriggers that gene, and we get cancer….

Not only do we know this marijuana derivative does stop cancer. but in great news this week, just published from England, a research team has determined exactly how….

It uses the Cannabinoid receptor.

Though complicated for the lay person, it goes something like this…

Cannabinoid receptor CB2 and GPR55 are overexpressed in cancer cells and control cell fate… The CB2 and GPR55 are both a G- protein. G- proteins constitute a large protein family of receptors that sense molecules outside the cell and activate inside “signal transduction pathways” and, ultimately, cellular responses. Basically these are the fiber optic lines feeding data into our individual cells… This special receptor sits in our cell walls looking for Cannabinoids… (The sister of this one, CB1 is embedded in the cell wall looking for THC and is the one responsible for the high we feel upon achieving a certain level). This CB2 receptor is specialized more towards turning growth on or off in either immature or mature cells… Basically if you pretend you are the president with your hand on the red button to send missiles into enemy airspace, this receptor would be you. As soon as you sense danger you would begin the process of firing the missiles….

Instead of missiles, the weapon in cancer is unlimited growth… This CB2 is the eyes and ears of the cell… In early embryonic growth, a certain chemical could be released, touching that sensor and massive growth suddenly takes off. Unfortunately perhaps near age 45, some alien chemical or another protein close enough to mimic that earlier protein, randomly touches one cell’s receptor and boom, the signal is reignited….. “Initiate massive growth” orders go out to all necessary proteins ready and awaiting orders since last shutting down…

The breaking news of this story is that metaphorically, where as we knew that occasionally missiles would fly over our heads taking out cities over practically nothing, we didn’t know how that was occurring… What researchers discovered in England relating to these two receptors, is the equivalent of us finding that our commander in chief gets information sent to him along these particular wires, and then he downloads a code to start the missile launching sequence, even if no threat is apparent….

Someone is giving false information to that president along these wires….

So, how can we get access to those same lines to say: “Stop, Mr. President, It’s a mistake, Don’t fire those missiles”? … Research is the equivalent of our noticing that there is always a marijuana smell in the outer office, every time the missiles fly… So by controlling the marijuana or THC to this person, we might make him so high, he never gives the order and we shut down all the missile launches before they transpire…. Or something like that.

Rodents and petri dishes show astonishing results at stopping cancer with THC or other chemicals found in both Marijuana and hemp. We are now awaiting approval of tests on humans (good idea to test things before trying them out as Common Core advocates are currently discovering should always be done first)… Hopefully the approval will be expedited with this good news.

But we are very close it appears, to having a cure for cancer and it will most likely come from a plant for which many Americans were and still are imprisoned for once having in their possession….

Only in an ignorant, closed-minded Conservative America.could a human being be jailed for life, over something that is not only harmless but may yet save the entire of mankind, pets and livestock, from the ravages of cancer….

What a messed up society Conservatives have given us… Please, you owe it to you, God, and our nation. No matter what state you live in, vote all of them out of office… We need to get rid of cancer…

He is on vacation….

Send him a quick birthday greeting…. aloudell@wdel.com

(This is my present… lol.)

(It may be coincidence; it could be prophecy).


Philadelphia, December 4, 1793.

Sir: I have received, and thank you for the first vol: of the American Revolution. I shall read it, I am persuaded, when my leizure will allow me with not less pleasure because it is “Written in the style of ancient history.” I thank you also for the favorable sentiments and good wishes you have expressed for me, and am etc.

Did our century’s Richard Snowden create the first volume of a new American Revolution? Some feel he did, by exposing that our government’s treatment of privacy was no different from that of Soviet held East Germany….


[August 14(?) 1793.]

Fellow Citizens: Being guided in the discharge of my public duties by our excellent constitution, and laws made under it; and having always in view the happiness and best interests of my fellow Citizens, I cannot for bear to express the satisfaction which I feel when, upon important and critical occasions, my countrymen approve my conduct, and do justice to the motives which influence it.

The sentiments publicly expressed by the people of different parts of the Ud. States, and the anxiety which is shewn by all considerate and well disposed citizens to preserve the peace of our country and a continuance of its prosperity, is an incontestible evidence of their enlightened wisdom in justly appreciating the blessings we enjoy beyond, perhaps, any other nation under the sun.

While I assure you, Gentlemen, of the great pleasure which it gives me, to see this public testimony of your particular attachment to our Government, and approbation of its measures; permit me to express my gratitude for those marks of personal respect and attachment, which are evidenced in your address, and let me beg you to believe that it will ever be my study to deserve them.

Contained in a letter written to Burges Ball (1794)…

“For can any thing be more absurd, more arrogant, or more pernicious to the peace of Society, than for self created bodies, forming themselves into permanent Censors, and under the shade of Night in a conclave, resolving that acts of Congress which have undergone the most deliberate, and solemn discussion by the Representatives of the people, chosen for the express purpose, and bringing with them from the different parts of the Union the sense of their Constituents, endeavouring as far as the nature of the thing will admit, to form that will into Laws for the government of the whole; I say, under these circumstances, for a self created, permanent body, (for no one denies the right of the people to meet occasionally, to petition for, or to remonstrate against, any Act of the Legislature &ca) to declare that this act is unconstitutional, and that act is pregnant of mischief; and that all who vote contrary to their dogmas are actuated by selfish motives, or under foreign influence; nay in plain terms are traiters to their Country, is such a stretch of arrogant presumption as is not to be reconciled with laudable motives”

Kinda shoots down the whole debunked sheriff idea being promoted by the founding fathers, doesn’t it?


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