Subscribe Register Login

Thursday, June 30, 2016, 9:15 a.m.
Top Picks - Arkansas Daily Deal

Public profile for CitizenEngineer

Comment history

To report abuse or misuse of this area please hit the "Suggest Removal" link in the comment to alert our online managers. Read our Terms of Use policy.

In emails, first lady firm on mansion wants June 7, 2016 at 5:33 p.m.

Packman, it sounds to me like the First Lady asked for a Chinese Secretary (a functional piece of furniture with a name that makes it sound more "Chinese" than it likely is - sort of like the name Armoire is French) and then she got a lot of Chinese accessories that she did not want and did not ask for and some were even damaged. Perhaps I am misreading or misunderstanding it, but it reads to me like the decorator either misunderstood the intent or spitefully went overboard with the Chinese thing! My reading of the email from Mrs. H sounds to me like it was most likely the latter. But, I am not sure. Either way, it is not worth all the hoopla and name calling that it has fostered.

( | suggest removal )

In emails, first lady firm on mansion wants June 6, 2016 at 1:17 p.m.

All who want your State Mansion (with Georgian Colonial architecture) decorated in a Chinese motif, signify by saying "Aye". All opposed "Nay".
_________

I vote NAY!

( | suggest removal )

JOHN BRUMMETT: Kurrus' dilemma May 5, 2016 at 8:12 a.m.

Horrible analogy: implying that there are Winners & Losers when there is competition in education! It shows a tendency to view this as more institutional than individual. If the competition is robust, everyone will learn more and be better off. (Look at the PGA Tour before and after Tiger Woods emergence - everybody has gotten markedly better. But even this analogy breaks down if you are only interested in who won, and not in the individual improvement of the players.) Are we more interested in the school or the kids in the school? The leadership or the kids they lead? We need to help the kids one at a time to make any real and lasting difference... and we need to get the kids to realize that competing in Math, English & Science is more important than competing in Basketball & Football (which are good, fun and helpful too).

( | suggest removal )

Kurrus: Open to role in district, but need to know where Little Rock schools headed May 4, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.

I agree again, Pop. And I wish you and your children all the best. Happy Mother's Day!
------
I am so thankful that my wife has been able to stay home, since our oldest was born. There is no one like "mom".

( | suggest removal )

Kurrus: Open to role in district, but need to know where Little Rock schools headed May 4, 2016 at 10:24 a.m.

Thanks Packman. I too was surprised and taken aback when Kurrus' contract was not renewed. But, I believe that things will get better for the LRSD in the future.

( | suggest removal )

Kurrus: Open to role in district, but need to know where Little Rock schools headed May 4, 2016 at 8:20 a.m.

We had no intentions of putting our son(s) in Private School. Why would we, since the public school was legally obligated to provide the extra care he needed? But, we could not take it anymore. We found out about the Soar and Discover Programs at Baptist and decided to give it a try, even though we had to make some sacrifices to be able to afford it. It was incredible what the change of venue did for our son and for us. He has since been released from the Special Needs programs and is taking College Prep level courses, he is no longer bullied at school, and the administration cares deeply about our son and respects us as parents.
------
Last night we attended the Awards Ceremony for the school. This year's Senior class has set an incredible mark in Academic and Extra-curricular achievement.

( | suggest removal )

Kurrus: Open to role in district, but need to know where Little Rock schools headed May 4, 2016 at 8:19 a.m.

My Facebook page is NOT up-to-date, but you apparently found the smoking gun you were looking for! So here is the rest of the story.
----------
My oldest child was born with mild Cerebral Palsy (and developed adolescent Epilepsy). He went to preschool at Easter Seals. His best friends were kids in wheelchairs or the normal siblings of kids with developmental issue (their parents put them in preschool there to keep their kids together). The folks at Easter Seals were fantastic. My son then attended what was said to be the best school in the LRSD for 4 years. We spent several hours every year with the administration doing the paperwork, turning in Dr's reports and signing off on the Special Needs promises they made. There was always special emphasis on the main document (I forgot the name of it) that outlined the district's legal obligations to provide therapy and classroom modifications for our son. The document assured that the money was given to the school to provide the services (required by law). In the 4 years he was there, I could count on one hand the number of weeks that went by that he received the promised therapy sessions. And the classroom modifications were never fully implemented. When we would ask about it, we got the "We are the Professional Educators" response. And nothing was ever done to rectify those issues, in fact, we were made to feel guilty for trying to actually get them to do what they were mandated to do by their own documentation.
-------
Another example of our experience was the dreaded carpool line in the morning. The 5th grade students were used to provide assistance to keep the line flowing. There were about 7 drop-off spots and a child was assigned each spot. When a car pulled up, the kid was supposed to open the door for the student(s) getting out, say "have a nice day" to the driver and then close the door. The students were great. But, a few days each week, the Principal would come out to supervise. She continually criticized the kids and turned the whole system into chaos. After several days of having to get out myself to open the door for my son (he actually needed assistance with the door to be able to get out and get his backpack) and her yelling at me to "get back in the car", all the while, she was the obvious cause of the problem, with no compassion or concern ever displayed for what was actually happening under her watch, I decided to park and walk my son in myself to avoid the incompetence (of the Principal - not the students - it worked great when she stayed inside). It was not all bad though. There was one teacher in the 4 years that we will always appreciate. Oh, and the open classrooms. Now that was a novel idea. It allowed one unruly kid to stop the teaching in 3 classrooms at once. And it happened much too often.

( | suggest removal )

Kurrus: Open to role in district, but need to know where Little Rock schools headed May 3, 2016 at 4:57 p.m.

Well said, I agree with you 100% Pop!

( | suggest removal )

Kurrus: Open to role in district, but need to know where Little Rock schools headed May 3, 2016 at 4:33 p.m.

Thanks for the insults Jake. They personally hammered your points home! And perfectly established your bias that all that might seem to be conservative are stupid.

( | suggest removal )

Kurrus: Open to role in district, but need to know where Little Rock schools headed May 3, 2016 at 4:04 p.m.

You are exactly right, Pop... the kids need to be inspired to work harder! That is the kind of thing we should be talking about.
---------
And I am hopeful that the LRSD will continue to improve, as Jake's data shows. I am just flabbergasted by the attacks based overwhelmingly upon political bias.
---------
But, for some reason I am reminded of the Verizon Ad about being 4x better. :-)

( | suggest removal )

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

SHOPPING

loading...
Top Picks - Arkansas Daily Deal
Arkansas Online