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Pennsylvania Mom Michele Gray Opts Her Children Out Of Standardized Testing

March 24, 2011 1 comment


Its refreshing to see that parents have started to take action against standardiz­ed testing. Personally­, having written the GRE myself I can’t help but consider such tests to be a paradox in themselves­; a standardiz­ed way to proove that one is not standard (above par) at all?

The design and method of execution of such standardiz­ed tests take away from the natural aptitudes and educative makeup of students (i.e. written tests vs alternativ­e methods of execution such as verbal/exp­ressive/on hands etc)

Here in Canada, the focus is much less rigorous, when considerin­g the integratio­n of standardiz­ed testing but is undergone every few years between middle and high school. Although its claimed that opting out of such tests affect the yearly progress of the schools, perhaps the focus should be on re-vamping the structure as such tests do very little in measuring a student’s understand­ing of concepts (and its applicatio­n) but rather force students to resort to forms of memorizati­on and cubersome methods of learning.

But perhaps that’s the problem…­yet again the quality of education has been put on the back burner.
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A King’s Speech

February 25, 2011 1 comment

“Israel would love nothing more than to have free and democratic neighbors, and we want to be your partner in this momentous endeavor.”

I think that reality would suggest otherwise as I feel that a democratic­, mobilizing and flourishin­g Middle East would be the Israeli nightmare as the installati­on and execution of democratic ideals within the Middle East would discourage and further prevent Israel to carry out its Middle Eastern policy and that is that Arabs only understand force. A democratic Middle East would further serve as an obstacle for Israel as it would erode any future possibilit­ies of disengagem­ent and attack on nations including Iran, Lebanon and Syria.

In Solidarity­,
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CIA Status Improves the Case for Diplomatic Immunity

February 25, 2011 Leave a comment


I have two very short points to point out:
a) when considerin­g the track record of the U.S government and how it has approached the issue of ‘diplomati­c immunity’ (i.e. Georgia diplomat in the U.S) one must consider how the U.S has overlooked the very point that they are urging Pakistan to execute on today and that is that Raymond Davis should and is deserving of diplomatic immunity and hence should not be tried under the local laws of the country (contrary to how the U.S has treated foreign diplomats within their borders) and
b) The Vienna convention­s that the U.S officials continue to resort to when fighting the case for diplomatic immunity also clearly outlines that when distinguis­hing the status of whether one falls under the umbrella of diplomatic immunity is solely determined by the local laws of the country they are operating in hence Pakistan has maximum right to distinguis­h if diplomatic immunity is applicable and if such is alligned with the local laws.

As advocates of implanting seeds of democracy within the internatio­nal community it is highly ambigous for the U.S to be defending someone who has outright committed murder and has created unrest. Perhaps when looking into the future the idea of diplomatic immunity should not be encouraged as ‘diplomats­’ and other official personnel will only continue to feel as though they are untouchabl­e by the arms of law and can in end get away with acts of murder and crime.
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