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iPads are great for porn and video games

I am trying to remain objective with the new Board coming in, but Chris Shilling's example of his two daughters is a prime example of the SUHSD philosophy of "College Prep" for everyone and "Compact for Success". While the programs work for some of our kids, the strict A through G requirements do not work for others. Without the skills based and society based classes and activities our kids get shortchanged into information robots rather than well rounded individuals. Not afforded the opportunity to explore careers or other choices. How sad is it that many kids haven't seen beyond their neighborhoods or the boring facts in the books rather than how these facts and actions of them created the world we live in. No offense meant to the individual teachers or even adminstrators, but the overall method and measure of outcomes need to be reviewed, beyond numbers and college enrollment. Once again "One Size fits all..." is proven to not work as intended. "The Law of unentended outcomes" and "Murhpy's Law" continue to be proven by the lack of realization that "A wise man knows what he does not know" (and thus asks for help, and better asks for help outside his chosen circle). We need a district and Superintendant that is a work in progress, one with the ability to realize they do not know everything, one without previous political attachments and owe noone but the taxpayers and students their loyalty. BBQ, CAVE
— November 7, 2014 10:39 a.m.

iPads are great for porn and video games

Well after what seems to have been an eternity, the old regime is gone from Sweetwater, I would like to remind the one and only Mr. McCann that he just squeeked into his new spot, that's no mandate from the public, we'll be watching..... So onto the iPad mess, I am sure there are many people at the district adminstration office that have alot to say about this subject and others, maybe now they will finally be able to tell the Emperor (Brand and Board) "(T)He(y) has no clothes on".... unless there are some types of strings tieing their hands and honesty. I have little doubt that Dr. Brand has put much fear into that office and the workers, so I am not expecting much free flowing information. Many of us knew the issues with wholesale implementation of the "Technology" and the integration issue that occured this Fall when iPads met the High Schools... General math classes have a mix of studentsmixing the iPad Freshmen with the non-iPad Sophs, Jrs, Srs. Much like "open borders" a solution causing additional problems, perhaps we should have introduced iPads at the west side schools first for two reasons, 1) fewer students involved and 2) the same incentive to have students enroll, as was the first intention of the ill-planned roll-out. Much work to do, many people to interview lots of tangled webs to unweave, good luck to the new Board of Trustees, may you live up to your promisses, many of us are watching and relying on you to right the ship at SUHSD. BBQ
— November 5, 2014 2:42 p.m.

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