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Aquinas finds footing in second half, avenges loss to Cooper City

Posted by Christian Barton on Nov 24, 2011 0 comments

COOPER CITY—Three weeks ago, St. Thomas Aquinas was humbled at home by Cooper City.

That loss cost the Raiders the district title, home field advantage in the playoffs and national respect.

But Friday night, the defending state champions won the one that truly mattered in the quest for a state championship as St. Thomas defeated Cooper City 27-10 in a Class 7A regional semifinal at Cooper City.

The win sends St. Thomas (10-2) into a regional championship showdown against Dwyer and ends the Cowboys season.

“When you get beat, it hurts,” said St. T

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He Was So Wasted

Posted by Christian Barton on Nov 7, 2011 0 comments

A new study finds the college students exaggerate the amount their friends drink when they discuss it.

College students drink more alcohol than any other segment in the population, leading at times to negative consequences from missing class, risky sexual behavior, depression, driving under the influence, trouble with authorities, injuries and even fatalities. We have established in previous research studies that students overestimate drinking by their peers, and that influences their own drinking. If you can change those perceptions, you can change their drinking.

This matters because if students think their friends are drinking more, they will consume more to try and keep up to their peers (fictional) drinking prowess.

Or something. Neighbors also said that most students actually drink no more than three or four drinks per week, but most students think their peers are drinking much more.

But then, if most students drink no more than three or four drinks a week, who cares about the exaggeration?

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Technology: Predicting Results Isn’t That Far Off

Posted by Christian Barton on Nov 2, 2011 0 comments

Theyre already apparently working on predicting criminal behavior — just like in Minority Report — and using online assessments like TeacherFit to figure out whos going to make a good teacher, so it probably wont be long before theyre predicting wholl be a good teacher. Fill out a survey or send in your demo video and theyll give you tenure and a bonus on the spot. Or theyll fire you. For rural and hard-to-staff schools, the predictive software — anyone got a new name? — will probably be available on the next iPhone through an app that can also be used to control the unarmed mini-drone youre using to monitor the playground and the perimeter of campus. ViaThe Atlantic.

New reading test ‘waste of money’

Posted by Christian Barton on Oct 30, 2011 0 comments

Ministers say they want to ensures struggling readers are spotted and targeted

The governments new reading test for six-year-olds is a waste of money that will not identify youngsters needs, experts have warned.

They are “deeply concerned” about the test, and call on the Education Secretary Michael Gove to reconsider its introduction.

The warning comes in an open letter to him signed by representatives of the UK Literacy Association among others.

The Department for Education said those needing help must be identified early.

Plans for a reading test for six-year-olds were announced by the department at the end of last year, amid concerns that children with poor reading skills were slipping through the net.

The test, taken in the final term of Year 1, is based on phonics, which is the decoding of words by sounds, rather than children recognising whole words.

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South Plant keeps playoff hopes alive with win

Posted by Christian Barton on Oct 19, 2011 0 comments

All season long, Alex Collins has made headlines for South Plantation.

But with their playoff hopes on the line, the Paladins proved they aren’t a one-man show.

The South Plantation defense put together a dominant second-half effort, and Collins led a potent rushing attack that proved too much for Coral Springs to handle as the Paladins defeated the Colts 26-17 in a key District 11-8A matchup Friday night.

South Plantation (5-2, 2-1) came into the game with one loss in district play.

Another would have virtually ended their postseason hopes, a message Paladins coach Doug Gatewood tried to drive home just before his team took the field.

“I told them it was all about survival,” Gatewood said.

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What the House Appropriations Bill Will Mean to Students

Posted by Christian Barton on Oct 14, 2011 0 comments

Last week, House Republicans released a 2012 appropriations bill that would determine the funding for the Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services. The bill serves up a double whammy against low-income students: it cuts funding for financial aid and also eliminates the regulations that would make sure colleges give these students what they paid for.

The House Appropriations Committee maintains that the appropriations bill contains several policy provisions aimed at reducing harmful and unnecessary federal regulations that tie the hands of employers and undermine job creation and economic growth.

The bill reduces funding for Pell Grants and, according to Morgan, prohibits implementation of the gainful employment rule the credit hour definition.

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