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Topic: Drill and Kill
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Michael Paul Goldenberg

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From: Ann Arbor, MI
Registered: 12/3/04
Re: Drill and Kill
Posted: Aug 31, 2000 12:44 PM
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Hmm. And Charlie Parker died of a WHAT kind of overdose?

More seriously, it is a pathetic lie on the part of Mr. Billingsley to
assert that Alfie Kohn opposes "high standards." This is the classic
linguistic trick many opponents of NCTM Standards-based education are fond
of using. The fact is that Mr. Kohn, myself, and many others are opposed to
the way in which the mantra of high standards is used for political
purposes. Neither I nor, I believe, Alfie Kohn, opposes having high
expectations for all students. But using that phrase as a simplistic slogan
is meaningless. One can chant it and write it all one likes. Doing so
changes nothing. And pointing that fact out, apparently, makes one a pariah
in some circles, one who is feared so greatly that s/he must be consistently
lied about. So be it. Even the biggest liars are generally caught and
stopped.

Since today is the last day people can make irresponsible, inflammatory,
libelous claims on this list without fear that a moderator will block them
from promulgating such lies and ad hominem attacks, I expect to see a
further flood of such filth from the usual suspects. I, for one, will simply
wait until we're past the point where free expression of ideas is met with
open hostility and covert mischief. After today, the mad dogs will be silent
in this particular quarter.

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