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trouble with is, is is."

At 10:29 AM 10/5/00 -0400, you wrote:
>Your quote without context is unfair.
>Bush is correct in saying that many students
>are at-risk because they have not learned.
>Too little has been expected of many of
>our students which has led to their under-
>achievement. Bush has it right when he
>says that more should be expected--from
>students and educators alike.
>
>Cathy Seyler
>CPI Reading Learning Specialist
>Palm Beach Community College
>at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
>561/625-2314   Fax 561/625-2475
>
>
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Melodye Wiens [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
>Sent: Thursday, October 05, 2000 7:52 AM
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Perceptions determine policies
>
>
>Colleagues,
>
>No matter what you think of either of the presidential candidate's
>overall performances in the October 3rd debate, I hope that Governor
>George W. Bush's discussion about education -- and his comment about
>"at-risk" students in particular -- caught your attention.
>
>In reference to "at-risk" students, Bush states, "...basically, they
>can't learn."
>
>You and I both know this is inaccurate. We may hope that Governor Bush
>really doesn't mean what he said. But suppose that he does...and suppose
>that at some point, he suggests policies that align with that perception
>-- either at a state or a national level. What then -- for our students,
>for our programs, and for the field of developmental education?
>
>I pose this as more than a rhetorical question. My hope is that we can
>have some healthy discussion on what we developmental educators can and
>should do, in response to this misstatement.
>
>Please respond to the list. We'll compile the results and will work with
>you to carry forth any response you feel is appropriate. There are no
>national politics or politicians, where developmental education is
>concerned, but we believe that our strength is in our association with
>each other.
>
>Of course, your individual responses -- differing or in agreement -- are
>welcomed. That's the way a democracy works, after all.
>
>Melodye Wiens and Becky Garlick
>NADE Political Liaison Committee co-chair
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>714-669-5735
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