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"The good teachers are starting to leave"

I'm a long long way from school, but this teacher's open letter about the impact -- or rather, lack of impact -- that testing has on real learning saddens me. I remember back to the fantastic teachers I had in grade and high school and how they inspired me to learn and to think, and I don't see the connection with testing as described here. Perhaps I am missing something. Here is a quotation from this Washington Post article: "Testing does offer some advantages. I am not a proponent of throwing out tests all together. Schools should be held accountable on student learning as well as teacher instruction, but we have swung so far to one side that there is no longer balance in the system. Testing does not measure a student’s growth in his or her love for learning or the development of grit. Testing does not measure a student’s thought process or style of writing. Testing does not measure the ability to apply knowledge or creative problem solving. I would like to think that these are some of the most important skills students learn in school today, yet they count for nothing in regard to my evaluation or my school’s performance."
A teacher asks her state superintendent to give her and her colleagues more instructional time -- or suffer an exodus of good teachers.
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From my review: "My biggest problem with the movie was that, towards the end, I just couldn’t really tell what was going on."
Film review by Dennis D. McDonald I enjoyed the first Captain America movie even though the vil...
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Me too actually. I like when someone puts their own twist on an established mythology as long as it's a well told story.
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Fahz is a concept for a 3d-printed vase that contains multiple profiles of friends or family members embedded at different intervals around the surface of the vessel.
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Includes listing of top think tanks in China and Asia.
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Reliance on Open Data

From the post: "A sudden turn-off of digital access to government services — as might be required by the agency shutdown — must at minimum be figured into the risk management planning of any organization planning to offer or use products or services that are dependent on government-sourced open data."
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This one is for HOUSE OF CARDS fans

If you enjoy the ruthlessness of House of Cards -- as I do -- you'll love the "politics as blood sport" themes of this novel about ancient Rome.
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+Dennis D. McDonald  Thank you.   Good to know.  
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It looks like the state of Oregon has set a new bar for open government online: http://e-pluribusunum.com/2015/02/19/in-the-wake-of-scandal-the-state-of-oregon-seeks-to-restore-trust-through-publishing-public-records/ If you know of another state in the union that's similarly posting public records requests, their author, their status and making the requests available online, please let me know.
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From my movie memorabilia collection.
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Dwarf planet Ceres continues to puzzle scientists as NASA's Dawn spacecraft gets closer to being captured into orbit around the object.
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From the announcement: "Twenty-five leading local and state governments across the country are partnering to prove that cities and regions can work together in a new way to work with developer, creative, and entrepreneurial communities to improve public and community health and spur quality innovation."
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This one is for HOUSE OF CARDS fans

If you enjoy the ruthlessness of House of Cards -- as I do -- you'll love the "politics as blood sport" themes of this novel about ancient Rome.
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Jon Favreau's CHEF

From the review: "Chef is like a big sloppy puppy that jumps up on your lap and licks your face. You can’t help but like this but you also know that puppies can get pretty messy."
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Project management, open data, digital strategy, collaboration.
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I'm interested in the use of collaborative and mobile technologies to support project management and improved data access and government transparency. I’m working with BaleFire Global on open data portals and with Michael Kaplan PMP on SoftPMO project management services. My professional web site is http://www.ddmcd.com. I enjoy nature, music, movies, books, history, science, technology, photography, blogging, gardening, building things, writing letters, and sharing photos online.
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plans and manages data access, digital strategy, system development, and technology adoption projects
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Open Data Portals should be API [First]
blog.balefireglobal.com

What is API [First]? Not long ago I was speaking at the National Association of Government Web Professionals. At the same conference Mark He

From open data to a right to data: A response to the UN Data Revolution ...
webfoundation.org

"Data are the lifeblood of decision-making and the raw material for accountability," says a new UN report. We couldn't agree more. At a rece

Apple Airs New MacBook Air Ad [Video]
www.iclarified.com

Apple is airing a new MacBook Air TV Ad promoting the device as the notebook people love

Fractal Botany - fractal-art-tree-shores-268
art.clarionwave.com

Fractal Botany is the online gallery of digital artwork by Chris Whitside. Designs are based on fractal trees.

An Ode to Pens and Notebooks
www.machinecompatible.com

Image Credit: D. Andrew Boyter I take notes in a notebook. It's not very techie of me, I suppose. Pulling out a pen and paper seems decidedl

Is US biomedical research heading for a breakdown?
arstechnica.com

Senior researchers who helped build the system now think it's unsustainable.

Making Open Data Accessible Inside the Firewall - Managing Technology - ...
www.ddmcd.com

Tweet By Dennis D. McDonald, Ph.D. Click or tap above image to download a .pdf version of this...

Ask Ethan #8: The Comet of the Century?
scienceblogs.com

“I have just gone over my comet computations again, and it is humiliating to perceive how very little more I know than I did seven years ago

A Good Death
doyoubelieveindog.blogspot.com

Death is universal. It is not unique or unordinary. We bring companion animals into our lives knowing that there is a finite time we will be

Two-headed turtle hatches in San Antonio
www.theguardian.com

Reptile resulting from twins that did not separate is reported to be doing well and eating with both heads

Can open data change the culture of government? -- FCW
fcw.com

U.S. CTO Todd Park believes the government's Digital Government Strategy will create a 'treasure trove' of economic opportunity. One year in

Al Jazeera America
plus.google.com

Welcome to the official Google+ page for Al Jazeera America. +1 for behind-the-scenes updates as we launch the new American news channel!

Wicked Disney Villain Heels
fashionablygeek.com

Ready to make your footsteps sound more ominous? Designer Kobi Levi is here to help. He's come up with a Witch-Craft line of heels inspired

U.S. Political News, Opinion and Analysis - HuffPost Politics
www.huffingtonpost.com

Follow American politics, keep up with the hottest political debates, and share your thoughts and opinions on the political news that matter

Parks and Rec Let Patton Oswalt Ramble On for Eight Minutes Straight Abo...
gawker.com

One of the two Parks and Recreation episodes airing tomorrow features a cameo by the inimitable Patton Oswalt who demonstrates at length wha

Google Plus & The Data Scientist Who's Navigating it to Hell
www.readwriteweb.com

"Our ambition is to up-level the model of social networking. We want to support asymmetric relationships with brands and celebrities - but w