James Yakura shared Janelle Williams's status update.Teachers' hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or 10 months a year! It's time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do - babysit! We can get that for minimum wage. That's right. Let's give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be............ $19.50 a da...y (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and planning - that equals 6 1/2 hours)! Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to babysit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day... maybe 30? So that's $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day. However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations. LET'S SEE.... That's $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries). What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master's degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6 1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year. Wait a minute -- there's something wrong here! There sure is! The average teacher's salary (nationwide) is $50,000. $50,000/180 days = $277.77 per day/30 students = $9.25 per 6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student -- a very inexpensive babysitter and they even EDUCATE your kids! WHAT A DEAL!!!! Make a teacher smile; re-post this to show appreciation for all educators and future educators... Pamela Wolford, Jana Sides, Brent May, Matt Sehnert (for Shelly)
James Yakura likes a link.Civil disobedience is easy to embrace from a distance. Few Americans condemned the thousands who gathered peacefully in violation of the law across the Arab world this spring.
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James Yakura shared a link.This one is just going to be a stub. I would have liked it to be a full-length post, but a) I’m running out of time in the week, and b) there’s other stuff that I want to get said before Movie Friday. So I will instead just invite you to read about something I think is very cool and important:
- Sure you know the military has the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. But what about the Bloods and the Crips? Not to mention other street and prison gangs like the Asian Boyz, Gangster Disciples, Latin Kings, MS-13, Sureños, Tiny Rascal Gangsters, the Juggalos, the Aryan Brotherhood, Barrio Az...
- I always forget until it’s (almost) too late to do this every time Hallowe’en comes around. But it is that time of year again, when college students and young adults all over this great continent dress up as their favourite racial stereotypes because they lack the creativity and human decency to dre...
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James Yakura likes a link.This is an article about cephalopods and eye evolution, but I have to confess at the beginning that the paper it describes isn't all that interesting. I don't
James Yakura shared a link.The seemingly complex behaviours of wolf packs can be reproduced by simple rules, suggesting that pack hunting is easy to evolve
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James Yakura shared a link.We feel instinctively that societies with huge income gaps are somehow going wrong. Richard Wilkinson charts the hard data on economic inequality, and shows what gets worse when rich and poor are too far apart: real effects on health, lifespan, even such basic values as trust.
James Yakura shared a link.We’re Telling Them They’re Wrong: Why Coming Out Atheist Is Inherently Oppositional | Greta ChristinYup. Coming out is hugely important for atheists. I assume this is not a wildly controversial statement. Coming out — and making our community a safer place to come out into, and making the world a safer place to come out in — is pretty much Number One on atheists’ To Do list. And yes, atheists have...
James Yakura shared a link.On p 4 Cordelia Fine (hey I just realized we have something in common) tells us about implicit associations. We can’t avoid stereotypes just by not believing in them – they stick anyway, down below where we’re not aware of them and can’t root them out.
- Botswana should decriminalise homosexuality and prostitution to prevent the spread of HIV/Aids, the country's ex-President Festus Mogae tells the BBC.
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- I am a liberal. I am not a hyphenated liberal, or a centre-left or a “social liberal, fiscal conservative” or any such nonsense. Probably the least liberal thing about me is that I refuse to dither over whether or not I am a liberal. I believe, proudly in fact, that people can get together and solve...
James Yakura likes a link.The effects of global warming are very real for this tropical haven, where ocean waters threaten a delicate ecosystem. A closer look two years after Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed pledged to reach carbon neutrality with solar and wind power
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James Yakura shared a link.Turning the Police Into Private Security GuardsWilliam Stephens originally shared this post:- Comment - ShareCivil disobedience is easy to embrace from a distance. Few Americans condemned the thousands who gathered peacefully in violation of the law across the Arab world this spring.- Comment - ShareGame theory is taking a short break. Here's a bit on evolution!scribblings on the bedlamite's wall. tom's in his cloister, all's right with the world. A blog about science, philosophy, and other things that some random person finds interesting. Click ...- Comment - ShareGreg Laden originally shared this post:Fool Me Twice is an important tool for the professional or avocational activist to use over the next few years to force real change. If you want climate change to matter in policy and science more broadly to regain its seat at the table of policy makers, you have to do something and not just wish it. And number one on your list of things to do is to read Fool Me Twice. Slowly and in a considered manner, as Don Shelby suggests.scribblings on the bedlamite's wall: Game Theory: Part VI: Cyclic Games: The Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma I: Reciprocal Relationshipsscribblings on the bedlamite's wall. tom's in his cloister, all's right with the world. A blog about science, philosophy, and other things that some random person finds interesting. Go her...The effects of global warming are very real for this tropical haven, where ocean waters threaten a delicate ecosystem. A closer look two years after Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed pledged to reach...The core system from my d20 3.X revision.scribblings on the bedlamite's wall. tom's in his cloister, all's right with the world. A blog about science, philosophy, and other things that some random person finds interesting. Go her...Griffin Swartzell originally shared this post:Wise words from the web:
"My home will not be a nation, for nations have failed me. My home will not be a planet, for planets are too fragile to endure. My home will not be any place that men can find, for what men find they can too easily destroy. Rather my home will be among those who share not only my strength but my weakness, not only my dreams but my nightmares, not only my purpose but my pain. They are my family in spirit, if not in blood, and where they gather, I shall call that home."+1- Griffin Swartzellso now you know guys
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duct tape yourself to the ceilingLocal father discovers immortality with this one weird tip. So Anansi again yeah, see, since I just established that all the stories are belong to Anansi I figured I should maybe tell more than one st...