We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
(Afghan Rescue Crew) is one of several private groups attempting to get Americans, green-card holders, and Afghan allies out of the country; others include No One Left Behind, Digital Dunkirk, Allied Airlift 21, Hearts and Homes for Refugees, Samaritan’s Purse, the “Pineapple Express,” and more. If you want to do something in what seems like a hopeless situation, those groups welcome all the help they can get.
... Senator Rob Portman of Ohio said the numbers he had obtained suggested a colossal failure to get Special Immigrant Visa-holding Afghans out:
Here are the numbers that I have, the best that I have as the Ranking Member on the Homeland Security Committee, where we’ve pushed and pushed and pushed. 18,000 applicants for SIV. We got 705 out.” That would amount to an evacuation rate of less than 4 percent. Portman added, “the best numbers we have is that about three-quarters of the people who were evacuated were not green card holders, were not American citizens, were not SIV applicants, were not P1 or P2 visa holders.
And as Jim says almost daily ... at least 100 American citizens, an unknown but considerable number of U.S. green-card holders, and more than 100,000 Afghan allies who qualified for Special Immigrant Visas remain trapped in Afghanistan, despite the president’s promise that, “If there’s American citizens left, we’re gonna stay to get them all out.”
I would desire better parenting and less SJ narrative, certainly, but those would only affect the later citizenship and prosocial behavior of the children. It is amazing but often demonstrated that these would have almost no affect on test scores or what knowledge children acquire.
Schools might rescue a few or ruin a few, but they are mostly just placeholders, and always have been, even in grandpa's day when they were supposed so superior.
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The comparative information does not tell us as much as You think it does, MC. The confounding factors, which you do acknowledge, quite probably overwhelm what we hope to measure. Here is the clearest way to measure what a school or district accomplishes: measure the test scores when they enter and when they leave. Even that requires some alertness, as a district where high-tech people moved in over a decade, or smarter people moved out will skew those scores - just for openers.
There is good evidence that going backwards in the narrow sense of teaching phonics reading and drill-and-kill math are (somewhat) better, and this is even more true for minority populations. Ed schools hate that and tell teachers not to, so they try to worm out of it. That is a whole culture that would have to change, not just a couple of school board meetings.
Cross-commented in part at Manhattan Contrarian.
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