David Safier 
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Re: “In Which I Find Myself Agreeing With (1) John Huppenthal and (2) The Charles Koch Institute

Thanks for reminding me of Trump's birthday, Some Things. I have to give some money, in his name, to a pro-immigrant organization, the ACLU or some other worthy cause which is fighting the inhumane and anti-democratic policies of the Trump administration. It's as close to an intervention as I can come for that dangerous son of a bitch. May he greet his next birthday as a private citizen.

You said I'm making progress. In a progressive direction, I hope -- which includes thoughtful analysis, not knee-jerk acceptance or rejection of people and ideas. I appreciate the compliment.

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Posted by David Safier on 06/15/2018 at 4:28 PM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: What Rough Beast?

Lots of genuinely thoughtful comments here -- actual dialogue. My pick for the most cogent and accurate statement is skinnyman's. I refuse to except the false equivalence embodied in the "Pox on all your houses" approach. And I sure as hell don't accept the notion that Trump and his acolytes are making this country a better place.

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Posted by David Safier on 06/12/2018 at 3:01 PM

Re: “The Evolution and Devolution of Diane Douglas

tontonbob, if you called a commenter a "fag libby," I would make sure your comment was deleted. Since it's directed at me, I'm leaving it, and memorializing it. Amazing, tontonbob.

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Posted by David Safier on 05/24/2018 at 8:45 AM

Re: “The Dangers of Forming Political Coalitions While Black: North Carolina, 1898

E. Wright, I want to make sure you know Reverend Barber spoke at the Democratic convention to a standing ovation, and was the head of the North Carolina NAACP, which tends to be more supported by Democrats than Republicans. And his Moral Mondays were a protest against the Republican takeover of the state legislature and their priorities which hurt the poor.

So I think Rev. Barber would disagree with you.

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Posted by David Safier on 05/16/2018 at 11:59 AM

Re: “The Dangers of Forming Political Coalitions While Black: North Carolina, 1898

E. Wright, you need to bring your history a bit more up to date. I suggest you look up Dixiecrat and "Southern Strategy."

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Posted by David Safier on 05/15/2018 at 4:59 PM

Re: “The Games BASIS Plays

Congrats on your digging to find me criticizing BASIS. If the best you can find among the dozens of posts I've written over a number of years is a criticism of the AP format because it over-determines the curriculum a teacher must use, and paints the use of the courses at UHS in a similar light, that pretty much makes my case.. What I'm saying applies to high schools around the country -- district, charter and private -- which use AP courses as a large part of their college prep curriculum. And if I remember correctly, my statement was a comment I made in reply to a question from a commenter who asked what I thought about AP courses in general, not something I chose to write about in a post.

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Posted by David Safier on 05/15/2018 at 7:53 AM

Re: “The Games BASIS Plays

Cynthia, all the principal of BASIS Tucson North said is that the schools can only serve a limited number of Arizona's students. There is nothing in her statement that implies the students served are academically select. Sorry, that doesn't cut it.

Recently a BASIS bigwig admitted that parents with academically capable students are more likely to choose BASIS, the first admission I've heard from BASIS that its students might not simply be a random collection of students who they turn into academic superstars. However, they tout their rankings without admitting that they've given themselves an advantage by making students take lots of AP courses. And too many reporters are complicit by reporting the rankings as more significant than they are. As long as that's happening, I'll keep correcting the record. (And, to be completely honest, if someone told me their child wasn't challenged and was unhappy at their current school, I would tell them to take a look at BASIS to see if it was a good fit. I would be surprised if you could find a serious criticism of BASIS's curriculum or approach to education in the numerous posts I've written about the schools.)

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Posted by David Safier on 05/14/2018 at 11:07 AM

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