Discourse of the Day, The Silver Bullet

The Silver Bullet – Curriculum 12

Twelfth Grade: Seniors are for all intents and purposes adults and should be treated as such. They believe that means doing whatever they want. What it really means is holding them accountable for their own choices and education rather than leaning on their parents. You have to give respect to get respect as the saying goes. This is the culmination of everything they’ve worked for and often they can’t wait to get out the door. If you don’t stimulate their curiosity and their passion your not going to get anywhere with this group. Math: Calculus Science: Physics Computer Science: Computer…

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Discourse of the Day, The Silver Bullet

The Silver Bullet – Curriculum 11

Eleventh Grade: The penultimate year of education. Students are now taking leadership roles around campus and controlling more of their own educational decisions. This is the best time to teach the lessons that will shape them for the years to come. Math: Trigonometry Science: Chemistry Computer Science: App Design History/Social Science: U.S. History Human Studies: Psychology English: American Literature Foreign Languages: Mandarin, Hindi, or Arabic 1 Music: Music Theory Art: Art History

Discourse of the Day, In Theory

In Theory: Student-Athletes

It’s that time of year again, summer is coming to a close and the smell of pigskin is in the air. School is back in session and a certain select group of young men and women will be forced to balance the commitment of playing Division-1 athletics with the pressure of pursuing a four-year degree. One of the most unassailable ideas in all of sports is the nobility of the student-athlete and the absolute necessity of maintaining the spirit of amateurism in colligate athletics. But with literally billions of dollars changing hands each year there are those who claim that…

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Discourse of the Day, Meanwhile in Countries not called America

Meanwhile in Countries not called America- India’s Water Crisis

Water. The source of all life and something most of us in the western world take for granted will be there when we need it. But clean water is not something that just happens. It is the result of complex systems engineered to keep us safe from harmful diseases and bacteria that our predecessors on this planet so often fell victim to. It’s not flashy and its certainly not cheap, but water infrastructure is perhaps the most important investment a nation can make. Without it, a country can grind to a halt and risk serious disease and even famine for…

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Discourse of the Day, The Silver Bullet

The Silver Bullet – Curriculum 10

Tenth Grade: Tenth grade is a formative year. Now that students have adjusted to high school and know what to expect from the school year its time to dig in and get to work. Math: Statistics Science: Biology Computer Science: AP Computer Science History/Social Science: World History, plus regional specific elective history. Human Studies: Theology English: World Literature Foreign Languages: Spanish IV Music: Music History Art: Visual Arts

Discourse of the Day, It's the Economy Stupid

Its The Economy Stupid- Public Sector Pensions

Often times in American politics complicated fiscal issues will be boiled down to anecdotal evidence that serve as the most extreme vivid case example of the narrative a particular campaign is trying to push. Whatever policy position your opponent takes is sure to have at least one instance of waste, excess, abuse, or corruption just as whatever policy you support is sure to have some little guy desperately trying to make ends meet while the current system tries to keep them down. These isolated cases are used by ideologues to elicit a specific emotional reaction from voters in order to…

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Discourse of the Day, The Silver Bullet

The Silver Bullet – Curriculum 9

Ninth Grade: The final transition year. Ninth graders are so excited to finally be in high school that they often forget it still means they are in school. It’s important to ease into the school year lest they become overwhelmed. Math: Geometry Science: Natural Sciences Computer Science: Advanced Java History/Social Science: Geography Human Studies: Ethics English: Intro to Literature Foreign Languages: Spanish 3 Music: Music Appreciation Art: Art Appreciation

Discourse of the Day, It's the Economy Stupid

Its the Economy Stupid-Corporate Inversion

Stop. Before you read any further I need you to ask yourself which you love more, Burger King or America. Because if your answer is America them by the end of this post you may not want to eat at Burger King ever again. So if you don’t want to be put into that kind of a Sophie’s Choice scenario your only option is to stop reading now. Okay, you’ve been warned. In this edition of Its the Economy Stupid we’re going to take a look at the most unpatriotic of all tax dodges: Corporate Inversion. What’s that you ask?…

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Discourse of the Day, In Theory

In Theory- Trickle-down Economics

If there has been one constant in the American political system over the last hundred odd years it has been the Republican party’s unflinching belief in the trickle-down theory of economics and the Democratic party’s equally unflinching belief that trickle-down economics is complete horseshit. In this edition of In Theory, we will examine this economic theory for ourselves and try to figure out where the truth lies, with the Republicans, the Democrats, or somewhere in the middle. How its supposed to work: The concept behind Trickle-down economics is a simple one. If we reduce taxes on business and the wealthy…

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Discourse of the Day, The Silver Bullet

The Silver Bullet – Curriculum 8

Eighth Grade: Eighth grade is a graduation year. Students will get a case of senioritis towards the end of the year so its important to cover important topics early and wrap up major projects towards the beginning of the fourth quarter. It is important to work these students hard and keep them engaged otherwise the prospect of high school and adulthood will lead these brand new teenagers astray. Math: Algebra 1: Expressions and equations, linear equations, graphing linear equations, linear inequalities, systems of linear equations, polynomials, factoring and quadratics, rational equations, radical equations, algebraic functions,converting word problems into multi-variable equations.…

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