Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 30, 2008
Colleges doing away with requiring standardized entrance exams is a bad idea! The AP and Boston.com reported “Wake Forest joins schools dropping SAT requirement”
For years there has been a group of people screaming that the SAT and ACT exams are biased and do not predict the educational performance of an individual.
How else can we objectively compare students during the admissions process?
200 students apply to the University of TopOfTheThread (a very competitive school).
- Each student has a 90 – 92 average, is in all Honors classes, and has made the Honor Roll every semester.
- Each student has one school activity (school newspaper, or student council, or school yearbook)
- Each student is involved with their house of worship.
So now what?
Let’s have all 200 kids come in for interviews? No way. Too much time. Too much expense.
Let’s look at their schools or school districts. (Is that fair?)
A 92 average in one school district is not the same as a 92 average in another school district. And if the SATs and ACTs get de-emphasized, no telling what unscrupulous school administrators will do! Can you imagine the pressure an administrator could get from the local politicians? Or businesses such as real estate companies? (Residential real estate tends to cost more in better school districts.)
If there is no objective 3rd party entrance exam, a school district can (1) show tremendous improvement in grades, as well as (2) show improvement in their students acceptances to better schools, by simply having the teachers give better grades. <Hopefully it wouldn’tt be that easy.>
And let’s not forget the ever increasing number of overseas students applying to U.S. Colleges? How do you compare the 92 average in China and India with the 92 in the U.S.?
Eliminating the standardized exams is a bad idea. Changing or having improved standardized tests is a better solution.
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Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 28, 2008
This is an open an open letter to star players Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics, NBA), Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers, NBA), and Sydney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL).
Dear Paul, Kobe, and Sydney,
You need to be more selfish, be leaders, and take responsibility for your team’s success.
You cannot be passive and polite. This is not the time to share the ball – Make the extra pass – And worry about being a team player. By being selfish, you are being a better teammate.
When you drive to the hoop (or net), you are opening up the court (ice) for your teammates. When you take the extra shot, even if it is a little forced, you are helping your team. I am not telling you to take ridiculous shots, just shots that may be borderline.
These types of plays make it easier on your teammates. The players covering your teammates are forced to “cheat” and “help out” on you. Their defenders cannot focus on them 100%. This gives your teammates that edge they need to make significant contributions.
Paul: In game 7 of the Boston-Cleveland series, you took control (23 shots), took it to the hole, and made the Celtics a better team. You didn’t stand around being polite waiting for Garnett or Allen to shoot. You took control, and let your teammates benefit from your effort. And you won the game and series. Good work. Do it more often.
Kobe: Don’t do what you did earlier this week in game 4. What’s the deal with strolling around the court in the first half not taking shots? 4 points in the first half and then 26 in the second half. The passiveness did nothing to help the cause. You ended up wining the game… barely. You would have been a better teammate if you were proactive , a leader, and a little selfish the entire game.
Sydney: Will you just take the puck to the net? I am now watching game 3 against the Red Wings. You had the puck on the left side. You had a path to the net and you passed it back across the circle. It was intercepted. Please take it to the net and let your teammates deal with the rebounds! (You’re down 0-2. You better do it soon.)
Good luck guys. You’re being paid the big bucks to be selfish.
Please reread this letter before your next game. You will be glad you did.
A Passionate Fan
(photo i.a.cnn.net, images.businessweek.com, asapblogs.typepad.com)
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Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 27, 2008
Does everyone agree that Bucky Dent, or as the it is said in Massachussetts, Bucky “F-in” Dent, is the most hated Yankee of all time in Boston? Is Derek Jeter a close second? I have seen a lot of good Jeter t-shirts on the side streets near Fenway…
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Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 27, 2008
Today on Yahoo, they are promoting an article “On Great Jobs that Profit Women: Five Flexible Careers with Man-Sized Paychecks”.
It made me think of a sports and gender-related issue of equal pay.
Much has been made of women and men having equal pay in professional sports.
In most cases, I have no problem with it.For something like the NYC Marathon, the men and women each run 26 mi 385 yards… Equal pay? Sure. And there are other fair examples of situations in which men and women should get equal pay.
But why is there equal pay in men’s and women’s tennis?
The French and Wimbledon tennis championships award the winners the same amount of prize money. Why?
The men play best of 5 sets and the women play best of 3 sets. The revenue generated is not equal based upon TV time. Is there a reason women can’t play best of 5 sets?
The people running the French (and Wimbledon) tennis championships should have pushed back to Venus Williams et al and said, ‘You want equal pay, play an equal number of sets.”
It seems pretty obvious. Am I missing something?
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Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 26, 2008
ARod is back. Do you notice a difference in the Yankees? Now they are winning 6-5, 8-6 and the higher scores? He makes the entire lineup better. The Yankees simply need the starting pitchers to pitch OK. Keep Joba and Mariano healthy. And they’ll be OK….. Watch!!!
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Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 25, 2008
Willie – I am a Yankee fan. No matter what happens today and going forward, we will love you as a Yankee. Team player. Solid citizen. Good person. We would also welcome you back to Yankee Stadium.
Just like in a court case, when something is said, even if the judge overrules the statement, it is heard…. And it’s too late.
When an individual is stressed, drunk, cocky, or in a too-relaxed state, their “true feelings” are expressed. Restraint is gone. Inhibitions disappear.
This week, The Record of Hackensack, N.J. reported , Randolph brought up race when he questioned the way he has been presented by SNY, the team’s TV network.
“Is it racial?” Randolph was quoted in the story. “Huh? It smells a little bit. … I don’t know how to put my finger on it, but I think there’s something there.”
Willie did apologize the next day but it’s too late. You played the race card. It’s understandable. NY is a pressure-packed place. The media tries to lead you down certain paths.
But once it is out there, it is hard to forget. And unfortunately, it can create a permanent blemish or worse.
Here are examples of a few people who played or discussed race and disappeared from the sports scene. (Willie did NOT say anything as bad as this group.)
- Jimmy The Greek – J… makes comments to a Washington, D.C, television reporter about the physical abilities of black and white athletes… black athlete is “bred to be the better athlete because, this goes all the way to the Civil War when … the slave owner would breed his big woman…” Snyder apologized for the comments but his is over. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REFJxwQPQUY&feature=related
- Howard Cosell – Cosell saying “look at that little monkey run” to describe black receiver Alvin Garrett in a Washington Redskins game. Loses his job and quietly vanishes from the sports scene.
- Mel Gibson – Gibson makes anti Semitic remarks while being arrested and drunk. His true feelings come out while drunk. It makes you look at his reasoning for The Passion Of Christ. Gibson’s father is supposedly a Holocaust denier. I do not have first hand knowledge of this affect on his career, but he does not seem to be in the public eye. The reason Gibson, not a sports-related personality, is in this list is because of a great rant Denis Leary performed in the announcer’s booth at the Red Sox’ Fenway Park . (Denis Leary tells Mel Gibson to shove it. http://www.alternet.org/blogs/peek/40420/)
Willie — You need to kick ass on that team of yours and WIN GAMES! Excuses and apologies won’t cut it! This will be forgotten (or at least lessened) if you win.
(photos http://www.wbt.com and 2000magazine.com)
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Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 24, 2008
Prediction: 2008 NCAA Lacrosse Title Game – Johns Hopkins vs Syracuse:
The score will be Syracuse 12 Johns Hopkins 8. Syracuse will be the National Champion.
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Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 24, 2008
It is now between the 1st and 2nd quarter. Search out to see Virginia’s Will Barrow’s 1st quarter goal. Unbelievable. May be the goal of the year. Barrow, a Long Island kid, takes on the entire Orange defense…
And the Orange win in Double OT…
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