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Friday, March 14, 2014

March 14 is my favorite day to be a nerd.
Across the country, math geeks in museums, schools, private groups and elsewhere gather to celebrate the number pi, approximately 3.14. That's why March 14 -- 3-14 -- is Pi Day. What's more, Albert Einstein was born on this day.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Zora Carlin had her first seizure when she was 6 months old. Her parents cried and prayed as they watched their daughter convulse, but the horrifying sight soon became a regular occurrence in their Johnston County home as the girl began suffering up to 40 seizures a day.

Five years later, Zora's parents say they have exhausted all options and are hoping oil from a marijuana plant can help their daughter – a medication that is illegal in North Carolina. read more


Duck is a vacation spot so not a great comparison to a vacation restaurant to an everyday one Clown.

Really a better comparison would be a vacation in Duck and one in Carolina Beach

Boaz just pointing out the differences between rich and poor does not make one jealous. If every time someone points out the differences they get called out for wealth envy we will never solve anything. It is one thing to accept differences another to not acknowledge them. When it comes to things like education I want to see the differences minimized so all kids have a chance at success and that can only be done by admitting the differences exist.

Zack I know you are not a Bushie but if you start lumping debt into social spending you are ignoring the trajectory that we were on when Bush took office, one of paying down the debt. So given the dramatic change he took the country on you could almost call all the debt Bush debt.


You will notice debt/GDP went down from Roosevelt to Carter. Then went up under Reagan and Bush Sr. Clinton began bringing it back down but then Bush Jr. and Obama decided to let it ride and we are almost up to WWII levels.

Oh and why are we supposed to be mad Zack? Because our parents have government funded retirements? That is where most of it is going, to our parents.

As sully touches on it has to do with money not race. A poor school will have trouble getting teachers, books, desks all the basics that kids need to learn. Look at North Hills or Easton on the left of the article and compare to Sherwood Forest or Whitaker. It is not comparing race but income and when put with the higher tax base even the lower income kids succeed.

My 2 daughters are signs of this. We sent our oldest to public school starting 3rd grade our base school was a poor school and she struggled all through till by HS we figured out how to work the system and get our kids into different schools. She had fallen so far behind that she barely graduated and grades were not great, doing the community college thing. My younger daughter got the benefit of our learning about the school systems and has been in rich schools since kindergarten. Now in 7th she is a straight A student. Same parents same home life richer schools.

It becomes a cycle in poor schools. The kids don't have as many good role models so kids learn bad learning habits they bring those to school and pass them on to other kids. From the article look at Speas 91.5 low income but the low income kids are testing higher then the other 8.5%. The mass of poor habits inundates kids where even the non-low income get pulled down. Where as Lewisville with 24% low income the low income kids are doing almost as well and are doing better than all students at many schools. It is because the mass of habits tilts the other way and lifts the low income kids up.

It really is a whole mass of issues and not as simple as just one cause or another. However the fact is that wealthy households have values consistent with success while poor do not. If you mix the value groups then kids get exposed in school to different values than at home. This can be good or bad in Speas it is bad in Lewisville it is very very good.

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