Saturday, April 10, 2010
The Ponderosa - 7am
Mike & Gail
Three very handsome men, if I may say so myself...
Three Handsome Women
The Orey-Washington Contingent arrive
My Mom & Dad
Ron & Judi
My Mom and Aunt Kathy
Sorry, that is Mrs Robert Orey, and Mrs George Lunger...
The wedding Party Arrives...
The sharing of last minute "news" before the Mass...
A trio of Oreys
Sacramento River from the reception site... and for some odd reason the rest of the fotos are missing... help!
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Friday, April 9, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Conservative opponents of health care reform have been spreading lies that the new health care reform legislation that was recently passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama will somehow hurt seniors. Nothing could be further from the truth. The reality is that health care reform contains significant benefits for senior citizens.
Expansion in Medicare Benefits
• The health care reform law will eliminate the coverage gap in the Medicare Prescription Drug program known as the "donut hole"; it will immediately provide a $250 payment to seniors who fall into this coverage gap, and will gradually phase out the "donut hole"; it also will provide a 50 percent brand-name drug discount to seniors during this phase-out period.
• The health care reform law will provide preventative care at no cost to Medicare beneficiaries.
Extending the Solvency of Medicare
• The health care reform law will crack down on waste, fraud and abuse under Medicare, and will curtail excessive payments to private insurers under the Medicare program.
• These reforms will extend the life of the Medicare Trust Fund by nine years, thereby helping to preserve this important program for seniors.
Early Retiree Reinsurance Program
• The health care reform law will establish a new early retiree reinsurance program that will help pay for part of the costs incurred by employers and Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Associations (VEBAs) in providing health care coverage to early retirees, along with their spouses and dependents. This assistance is designed to encourage employers and VEBAs to continue health care coverage for this vulnerable population.
HEALTH CARE REFORM
GOOD FOR OUR COUNTRY - GOOD FOR SENIORS
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Wednesday, April 7, 2010
From JMG: 50 Most Stressful Colleges The Daily Beast has ranked the 50 most stressful colleges using a weighted system examining tuition costs, camp
The Daily Beast has ranked the 50 most stressful colleges using a weighted system examining tuition costs, campus crimes, acceptance rates and other factors. Stanford tops the list.
4. University of Pennsylvania
8. Carnegie Mellon
9. California Institute of Technology
Hit the link for the rest of the list, which includes much of the University of California system and bottoms out with the University of Florida at #50.
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A group of math educators from across the U.S. has issued a strongly critical statement about the proposed math standards, titled "A Plea for Critical Revisions to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics." (See: http://commoncorematheducatorsrespond.blogspot.com/). The statement was drafted by Susan Jo Russell of the Education Research Collaborative (TERC) and Steven Leinwald of the American Institutes for Research.
A few excerpts:
We do not support standards that require earlier and more formal mastery of key mathematical skills before students have sufficient instruction and experience to develop the conceptual basis for those skills. In some places, the draft that promises “fewer” standards actually overloads the conceptual development expectations. The promise of making sense of mathematics gets lost in a curriculum packed with skill mastery. Unfortunately, despite several rounds of feedback and months of discussion in which such concerns have been raised repeatedly, the March 2010 Public Review Draft of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics remains seriously flawed in this regard, particularly at the K-5 level.
In our view, the goal of adopting “higher” standards must be implemented as the reasonable and rational placement of content that permits high performance standards, rather than teaching more and harder math at earlier grades. “Higher” standards require carefully constructed learning progressions through which students learn the basics of mathematics over the course of enough instructional time, experience, and practice to develop this critical foundation. By simply pushing requirements for skills earlier, content standards become empty goals rather than a set of performance standards that are reasonable to expect all students to attain. We have serious concerns that, because of these grade placements, these standards will privilege a small percentage of students and result in a large percentage of students unnecessarily classified as remedial.
The kindergarten standards for base-ten numeration are unrealistic. Neither research nor practice supports the idea that 5-year-olds can understand that 10 is both a unit of ten and 10 ones or that the 8 in 89 represents 8 tens. These standards are mismatched with the realistic CCSS kindergarten standards for counting objects to 20 and solving addition and subtraction problems within 10. We know that we can get young students to parrot phrases such as “ 89 is 8 tens and 9 ones”; this parroting is not the same as understanding and using the fact that the 8 in 89 represents 80.
Catherine Gewertz mentions this critique in her Education Week blog, but seriously misstates the authors' position, falsely reporting that they find the proposed math standards "well-designed and comprehensive." In fact, they say just the opposite.
For an interesting view of the absurd process that led to the creation of these absurd standards, read this commentary by John Fensterwald of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation: http://educatedguess.org/blog/2010/01/17/common-core-standards-under-fire/.