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As a former Chairman of College Republicans at Shawnee State (a small, rural, university in southern Ohio), I don't think that it is inappropriate for funds to be given to student groups, but there does need to be some way of limitation. For example, at my school, the former VP for Student Affairs wanted a very open policy of student club formation (I am sure this is very common, but not to this extent), and so, his office said that any group of three or more students that meets regularly is entitled to use of student funds and will be an officially recognized group. It was crazy! Clubs such as the "Zombie Appreciation Society", "Anime Fan Club", "Magic: the Gathering Club", "X-BOX 360 Lovers of SSU", "Compare Our Tats", etc. were forming and receiving around $400 minimum per semester to do virtually whatever they wished. The number of clubs grew from about 15 to 60 in just a few weeks (this seems small, but SSU is mostly a commuter school). Needless to say, the VP is no longer at the University and the rules regarding funding are now much more stringent, much to my fellow CRs dismay.
Bravo, Professor Rahe. This is a really well-written and thought out piece that helps young conservatives like myself clearly see the contrast between conservatism, libertarianism and those on the fringes like Ron Paul. It is an important distinction, and one that I will remember when describing Dr. Paul to my students.
I have no issue with this promotion . Remember, everyone, the sale of these interviews is vital - it keeps Claire out of poverty, so she can still continue to enlighten us about Turkey, Thatcher, Europe, etc. Hahaha...For the record, I plan to buy the print version, as I have yet to upgrade to a kindle.
I believe I'm paraphrasing Reagan, when he said its not that liberals are stupid, its that what they know is wrong. Yes, it's remarkable that some leftists do not recognize the horrors of communism. They are apparently incapable of seeing how democracy and capitalism has "fundamentally transformed" South Korea. Of course, this guy is an anthropologist (and simply judging by my survey courses in anthropology) there has been a trend that says everything Western must be wrong (presumably only because its Western).
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I think that part of the problem is that teachers give way too many grades, as mentioned before. Additionally, participation is often part of a student's grade, and I think that it is really difficult to subjectively determine this, particularly with teachers often using this as a "cushion" for under-achieving students. The goal of testing is assessment, to see what the learner has mastered or needs to work on. I am a big advocate of letting the student know exactly what is anticipated of them and using criteria to assess them - without giving them the exact questions and answers beforehand. With many old-school teachers, testing was used a means of classroom management, which is a huge mistake, and may be why grades were lower in the past. I also think that teachers need to work on giving more feedback before a test, so as to see which areas the students are struggling with and focus on those.
These are simply my experiences from my field experiences (over 300 hours, and more to come!) and reading professional literature on the matter. I'm a Senior in Social Sciences & Education, grades 7-12.
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