Tuesday, September 2, 2014

VAMs in U.S. Healthcare: A Parody |

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VAMs in U.S. Healthcare: A Parody



 Remember the AZ teacher who has written some great posts for us at VAMboozled (seehere and here)? She’s at it again. Read this one for an (unfortunately) humorous parody on the topic of VAMs and how they might also be used to evaluate America’s doctors.

We have a real problem in this country. People are dying. They are dying from heart and blood pressure related illnesses. They are dying from diabetes. In 2010, close to 70,000 people in the U.S. died from diabetes. For heart and blood-pressure related illnesses, the news is even worse: over 700,000 people died. Healthcare in this country is going down the tubes. And when you compare American healthcare with the healthcare in countries like Finland or other some Asian countries, the problem is made even clearer.
How did things get so out of control? And what can be done to fix the problem?
The answer lies in the research: doctors. Research has shown that a doctor’s intervention is the single most important factor in whether a patient lives or dies. Additionally, the research has shown that the quality of a doctor impacts patients’ health outcomes. The solution to our healthcare woes, then, is our doctors. Imagine a country where we have a high-quality doctor in each and every doctor’s office and hospital!
But how might we do this? And how might we ensure that every patient in the United States has access to a high-quality doctor?
Fortunately, we need not look far. The United States education system has, for some time now, been “successfully” using an evaluation system to ensure that every student in VAMs in U.S. Healthcare: A Parody |:

Brazile: It's all about the children by Donna Brazile | The Herald-News

Brazile: It's all about the children | The Herald-News:



Brazile: It's all about the children


Time and again, we hear this refrain from everyone who ever talks about education, from every angle. It’s been the purported basis of speeches, documentaries and now lawsuits.

But how can it be all about the children when you have some – under the guise of “education reform” – undermining America’s public schools?

As kids across the country go back to school, it’s time to get back to the basic values that bind us together. As one of the chairs of a new organization called Democrats for Public Education, I’m part of a group focused on just that – supporting public education. We believe in instilling critical thinking skills needed for 21st-century jobs and the new economy.

We support superior standards and finding ways to make classrooms challenging and rewarding for both teachers and students. And we’re committed to a level playing field for all with well-resourced schools responsive to the needs of our communities.

As a proud graduate of Louisiana’s public schools, I know the importance of a good public education. I know just how tough it is to make something of yourself when you start off with little or nothing. Right now, a galling 22 percent of children in America – the richest country in history – live in poverty, and nearly half come from low-income families struggling to meet basic needs. The only way we can break cycles of poverty, while revitalizing and growing our middle-class, is to support our public schools. Frankly, it’s the way we can provide a springboard for the working poor and preserve our American values.

Education is not a business. Students aren’t robots, and they shouldn’t be treated like assembly line workers at the test prep factory. Attempts to move our classrooms toward an unregulated, survival-of-the-fittest, business-first mentality ignores the purpose of education. Indeed, the very premise of “market-driven education reform” rests on a lie. It’s an outright fallacy that our public school system is in crisis and that the only solution is to let the market pick winners and losers. Our kids are not losers! We must measure success not by how children score on a narrow standardized test, but by how they deal with the varied tests of life.

Tests don’t inspire learning. Teachers and parents do. We should be championing educators as heroes. They’re the ones dedicating their lives to shaping young minds. They’re the ones in the classroom day in and day out. So when education professionals with decades of first-hand experience give constructive criticism, we should listen with open ears and an open mind. Simply put, they’re the ones who know best.
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When (A)=(B), neither is the lesser of two evils. | Reclaim Reform

When (A)=(B), neither is the lesser of two evils. | Reclaim Reform:



When (A)=(B), neither is the lesser of two evils.

When (A)=(B), neither is the lesser of two evils.
When (D)=(R), neither can claim to be a Democrat or a Republican.
(Who ever said you would never find a use for algebra?)
Quinn Rauner
When one has damaged public education, ignored the state Constitution, or broken contracts while the other promises to damage public education, ignore the state Constitution, and break contracts… Well, how does a voter choose between the lesser of two evils?
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is the (D), and billionaire Bruce Rauner is the (R).
Both are lining up money and political support by demonizing the other. FEAR. BE AFRAID. BE VERY AFRAID. – of the other guy.
Why be so afraid? Rauner says Quinn did all of those things as he himself promises prosperity and the strength to make tough choices.
Why be so afraid? Quinn says Rauner will do all of those things as he himself promises prosperity and the strength to make tough choices.
If, there is any doubt about how much harm either can cause, look at their choices for When (A)=(B), neither is the lesser of two evils. | Reclaim Reform:

L.A. school board member Ratliff pushes for release of iPad report - LA Times

L.A. school board member Ratliff pushes for release of iPad report - LA Times:



L.A. school board member Ratliff pushes for release of iPad report








Los  Angeles school board member Monica Ratliff will seek the release of an internal probe into the decision to provide iPads to every student in the nation’s second-largest school system.



Officials had classified the report, by the school district’s inspector general, as a confidential investigation when it was completed earlier this year. But the Board of Education has the authority to make it public with a majority vote. Members have come under increased pressure to reveal its findings as new questions arise about the bidding process in the $1.3-billion effort.



Concerns about the contract and other issues prompted L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy last week to suspend new purchases under the Apple contract. He also authorized a new bidding process for future purchases. To date, the district has spent about $61 million to purchase 109,000 iPads and carts to store and charge the devices; 62,000 of these iPads have curriculum provided by education publishing giant Pearson under the same contract.



Ratliff's proposal, which she will make next week, would declassify “any report or reports prepared by its Office of the Inspector General relating to the procurement process” for the iPads. Her resolution would direct that future reports also be released “as soon as practicable.”



The proposal justifies the release because “there has been much public and media interest” and because the school board “seeks to promote transparency regarding the procurement of computing devices” that will be used with L.A. school board member Ratliff pushes for release of iPad report - LA Times:




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"For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."


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