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Squawk of the Day - Feb. 25, 2012

"Henry Brown taught language arts, reading and writing at Turner Job Corps and does not know the meaning of “appalled.” He was bragging on our schools."

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LuLu 2 years, 1 month ago

Well, all I can say is -- that's appalling!

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LuLu 2 years, 1 month ago

Poor fella -- because of all the words he could have butchered, this one probably sets him up for ridicule the very most! It IS appalling, to say the least, and quite ironic that a language arts teacher either didn't proofread, or have someone proofread for him (or did he?), or thought he knew the meaning of the word and doesn't, and didn't use a thesaurus to check himself if he was unsure. (<< That's a run-on sentence, by the way, but Hey! Who cares anymore? No biggie.) That just kinda flies in the face of everything Language Arts is about. I don't know if I should say it's sad or funny, so I'll just be safe and say it's APPALLING.

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lsbridges 2 years, 1 month ago

Maybe he was being facetious.

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chinaberry25 2 years, 1 month ago

I missed that one folks. But he is just another cronie who has his head in the sand. If you repeat it long enough, you begin to believe it. Of course no one else does. But folks, we as Americans have our heads in the sands too. Albany does not have the market on dumb and dumber. America has a very low class education system. 75% of the Americans could not pass a basic fraction test. We studied in Education 201 that the average American reads on a 6th grade level. The average ESP student reads on a 3rd grade level. Do some research and see how badly America has stooped. Oh, we are good on computers and technology, but that is not going to get us a job for long. We need cleaning up on our foul language, our grooming and the way we present ourselves. We are the joke of the rest of the world.

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FlunkyMonkey 2 years, 1 month ago

That has to be the strangest column I have read in a long time. If Mr. Brown is a product of the Dougherty County School System, then his misuse of the word appalled explains a lot. It also explains why our kids cant read, or write or perform well on the CRCT without cheating help from teachers. I was taught phonics, not ebonics. I was taught how to spell and how to use a dictionary when I couldn't spell. I wonder how many other of the illustrious school leaders can't speak proper English, write proper English and use the English language in a proper manner. If I had to make my guess, bunches!

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 1 month ago

Maybe he was appalled that the students have everything offered to them on a silver platter, all the latest technology and the newest text books, yet they can't seem to pass and graduate.

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bubbavet 2 years, 1 month ago

DON'T YOU JUST LOVE IT WHEN THESE PRODUCTS OF THE DCSS OPEN THEIR MOUTH AND SHOW THEIR "INTELLIGENCE"

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AlbanyIsTooDarkDuringTheDay 2 years, 1 month ago

I love it when people like you do the same thing.

  1. All caps; Why are you shouting?
  2. It should be "mouths" not mouth
  3. No period to end the "sentence"

Were you a product of the DCSS?

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waltspecht 2 years, 1 month ago

Remember when the Superintendant used to send E-mails that weren't proof read? I notice he hasn't made that mistake recently. Now I know I am no English expert, and I do make some mistakes. (some due to arthritis in my fingers) However, I am not being held up as an example to these students. I only occasionally try to provide some of them with employment and get to see what the High Schools produce.

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agirl_25 2 years, 1 month ago

One thing he said kind of surprised me, and maybe I took a language for all the wrong reasons......but he said that he was surprised that students he saw in one class actually spoke French. He thought they would have taken the class to learn of the culture, etc. Well, duh, when I took German it was because I wanted to learn to actually SPEAK the language so I could COMMUNICATE with the German people because I was going to live there and kind of thought it would be nice if I understood what they were saying. Now when I go back, no matter what part of Europe I vacation in nearly EVERYONE speaks English so there is no need to learn the language of each country but still, I was kind of appalled that he would make a statement like that. Maybe it is just me, but was I wrong to be so easily appalled at his surprise? Don't you think the purpose of taking a foreign language is to learn to speak it? If one wants to learn the culture they can watch the National Geographic channel or The Cooking Channel.............. ........... au revoir... il y a des limites à ce qu'on peut supporter

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waltspecht 2 years, 1 month ago

I wonder which Counties culture you study when you take Spanish, it is spoken in so many besides Spain. Also makes me wonder what he learned when he took French. Or better yet, where he took it? In sixth grade Mr. Klothe taught Spanish, and I still remember the first poem we learned Cinco Kosas. (Forgive the spelling as that was a long time ago.) Es tut mir leit das ein Professor ist nicht werd vas sein eigine mund sprechts. (Again it's been a long time since German and I doubt that many speak Vietnamese.)

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agirl_25 2 years, 1 month ago

...haha...."au revoir... il y a des limites à ce qu'on peut supporter" was for the good Henry, hoping he would be so kind as to come and interpret it for the weary, but am appalled to see he did not. (roughly---goodbye, there are limits to my support).....hahahaha. When we lived in the Philippines in the 60's our very young children picked up the local language, Tagalog, quite easily from our maids and houseboy and it was like a secret language between them. It was always harder for me as an adult to learn the languages but German was much easier for me to speak and still is but is hard for me to read and write. I have done well in my travels in the Scandanavian countries but they all have a strong German influence. Also in Estonia, they speak English there, and they only became independent from Russia in the mid 90's so that is quite a feat for them. I remember the days when we would vacation in Europe and the locals would want to practice their English by chatting up with us. Now it is taught in school there and everyone speaks it so we are no longer a novelty...boo hoo. The older generation still enjoys us tho, for they like to talk about the good old days and there are some grateful Germans who thank us and tell us still that were it not for the Marshall Plan they would not be where they are today. So there is some good in the world!!

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dingleberry 2 years, 1 month ago

Well. as the President would say, it seem we have a "teachable moment". Sometimes the best way to teach is through examples, and in this case it should work well. Sit down, take a deep breath, sip a beer, and let's go!

Appalling is what has been going on with the school lunch program and those who are improperly eating our cheese.

Appalling is the CRCT cheating scandal where certain educators taught the community and the children how to use the eraser for other than its expected use.

Appalling is the hiring of a Superintendent who did not meet qualification standards and was allowed to bypass those who did.

Appalling is many of the actions taken by the four brainless persons of the apocalypse called the Board of Education.

Appalling is the disrespect of many of our little "apples" in the schools who fell not far from the family tree.

Appalling is the amount of money taxpayers pour on our little apples' heads as we try to turn them into people who can read, write, and do more than become a ward of the welfare system or a resident of the appropriate house of incarceration.

And appalling is a DCSS-staged tour for people it hoped would be gullible enough to believe "everything is beautiful"--and it seems to have worked!

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agirl_25 2 years, 1 month ago

I once saw a TV show called "THE PERFECT SCORE: Cheating on the SAT". It was about kids paying others to take college entrance exams for them so they could get in to a big name college. This was usually kids from well heeled families who did not have the brain power to get in on their own so they had to cheat in order to get in and Daddy's bucks was the road to school. This is nothing new, it has been going on for years. I have even known of men who cheated on med school exams by hiring someone to take them for them!! I would be APPALLED if it came out that Murfree (gasp) cheated on his exams for his certification, but then there is so much cheating going on in the county among his (pick one) a) peers; b) good old boy pals; c) business associates; d) others who shall remain nameless....and he has been very evasive about his past work experience, or lack thereof. So question is...where did he take the exams, and how were they monitored? When I took state boards I had to go to Macon and show a picture ID but on the TV show the young man who pulled the scam taking the SAT for money explained how easy it was to get around that. Just curious.

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dingleberry 2 years, 1 month ago

I think he wore a #34 ASU jersey and a yellow bow tie so pic was not needed. Based on DCSS track record, it is unlikely he was given a pencil with an eraser.
If there really was a test involved, it had to be easy or we would have problems with Supers in other districts that hire as we do.:)

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