james Patterson

james Patterson 1 month, 2 weeks ago on New CMC fund aims to improve college readiness, offer scholarships

I guess we will have to agree to disagree on that one. No offense intended, but I think that is a very elitest way of looking at what knowledge/skill is important. I agree with needing critical thinking, but there are many ways to achieve that goal other than algebra or classic lit. IMHO it is this elitist attitude that creates an environment that leaves a large number of our youth unprepared. Again, if my car is broke all the college grads, phd's, teachers, etc in the world aren't going to make my world functional. I want an expert mechanic and don't give 2 hoots if he/she ever read the classics or passed freshman algebra. I doubt if the mechanic cares either.

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james Patterson 1 month, 2 weeks ago on New CMC fund aims to improve college readiness, offer scholarships

The issue of preparation for adult life is not the same for all students. If the school says one must be proficient is basic Algebra in order to be "prepared", it's definition of prepared is too narrow. There are different types of "intelligence" and our present system only acknowledges one-academic. A decade or so ago the ACT folks developed an assessment called "work keys". It assessed a persons basic skill level directly to what was required for over 1000 occupations. This was normed with the skills of folks actually in the given occupation. The State was looking at offering it as an alternative track to a HSD at some "lower" perfoming schools. I left the field before the actual implementation so I don't know what happened. I suspect it became a funding issue and the college prep mentality (read- more privileged students) won the battle for money. Now get into the cultural mentallity that there is labor not deserving of a livable wage and it becomes obvious why we have a large percentage unemployed (not willing to do the work for the miserable wage), hiring of illegals, a healthy black market and other adaptations for surviving. Folks will survive and if the institutions in our society don't provide opportunity via an "acceptable" path, they will create one. I agree that it is a disgrace that we are not preparing our youth for adult life, but if we only accept one definition of success (college, wealth, etc) most of them are going to be left out. That is a crime against humanity.

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james Patterson 1 month, 2 weeks ago on New CMC fund aims to improve college readiness, offer scholarships

Only 35% of the jobs in the US require a BA or higher degree. Why then, is the goal to prepare all of our students for college? I met many young students who couldn't read Shakespere or complete a simple equation but could do an expert TIG/MIG weld, frame a house, operate heavy equipment, etc. It seems like we quit honoring the trades, crafts, and labor. This downward shift led to depressed wages for these skills and an educational norm that said "those are the shop kids." Money dried up for voacational education and HS became a college prep or nothing proposition. The world needs varied skilled labor and an appreciation of the ability to do that labor. Ever work a factory line, a fast food kitchen. bush boy? I don't have the skill to be able to do that day after day after day, yet we refer to those positions as unskilled. When my car breaks down I don't want a PHD fixing it, I want one hell of a mechanic. Somewhere along the line we as a culture forgot that any honest labor is worthy of respect, not ridicule. Part of honoring this of labor is to renumerate in a livable wage. Folks say various agencies are "stealing their wealth". Well, if they aren't paying their employees a livable wage, they are stealing thier wealth. No difference.

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james Patterson 2 months, 1 week ago on Former Steamboat Springs city manager asks city to endorse short sale of his home

How many "illegals" do you personally know? I've known quite a few (mostly ranch hands) and I would not call their life style exactly "living it up." If fact, even most "legals" (H-2A and B in particular, but even some H-1) are nothing more than wage slaves (debt bondage). Our present immigration system favors only those that hire them and yes, they do take jobs from Americans, but at the request of the employers. Just a question-what Obama insanity were the RHINO's sent to stop seeing as only congress can authorize expenditures and what "threats" stop these RHINO's. Lastly, since when did "claims of racism" ever stop someone from doing anything? You want lower taxes, less welfare and entitlement cost, then pay a livable wage. Less welfare, increaed tax base, higher consumption levels, more equitable distribution of wealth……. everyone wins.

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james Patterson 2 months, 1 week ago on Former Steamboat Springs city manager asks city to endorse short sale of his home

There is enough to be unhappy about re: Obama without distorted stats. IF one were to include the retired, disabled, working the bartering economy, etc you MIGHT come close to 1/3 of the population unemployed. Blaming the Pres for the economy is like blaming a fish for polluted water. Just cause it's swimming in it doesn't mean it caused it or could change it. As is stated by conservatives, the Gov't does not create a significant number of jobs.

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james Patterson 2 months, 1 week ago on Former Steamboat Springs city manager asks city to endorse short sale of his home

It was very difficult to research (maybe my poor research skills?), but the best I could determine a republican was president of the city council when this decision was made.

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james Patterson 2 months, 1 week ago on Former Steamboat Springs city manager asks city to endorse short sale of his home

So Obama is not responsible for the 19+ trillion debt that the republicans are so eager to make him responsible for? How about the raising of taxes he is being accused of? Just wondering.

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james Patterson 5 months, 1 week ago on Brian Kotowski: History repeats itself

You are kidding, right? Ever been to Short Creek, (Colorado City/Hindsdale) AZ/UT? They are their own law. There are many, many "towns" throughout the US that operate under FLDS law. Go to St George, UT. You will easily see citizens of FLDS and no one confronts or even pays attention, yet what goes on there is common knowledge. Remember when TX "took" hundreds of children from the FLDS compound where Jeff's was arrested. (for sex with an underage girl) They returned the children without paternity test that would have clearly proven rape of underage girls against the leaders, yet the test were not conducted. Heck, they don't even pay property taxes. I know SBS is a bubble, but outside that bubble real bad things go on in the US with the "approval" of those in power; county, state, federal and religious. Short Creek/FLDS is simply one of them.

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james Patterson 5 months, 1 week ago on Brian Kotowski: History repeats itself

How does FLDS fit into your "superior" values. It is a religion that is accepted by state and federal authorities. It forces women into subordinate roles with no rights, supports the forced marriages of woman and underaged girls, does not educate their youth, kicks young men out of the community to reduce "competition" for the females, confiscates property and families of those considered apostates and on and on. I suspect if some of the other "minority" religions in the US were looked at their values may not be considered "superior".

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