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Thomas asks…

Am I gonna get held back in 8th grade?

Students enrolled in the 8th grade for the 2009-2010 School Year:
According to Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) 389.445, students must complete one and one-half units of credit in mathematics, one and one-half units of credit in English or reading, one unit of credit in science, and one unit of credit in social studies with a passing grade during seventh and eighth grade for promotion to high school. One-half unit of credit is the equivalent of one semester.

My grades are all good except math
1st quarter; D
2nd quarter; B
3rd quarter; D
4th quarter; F

Will I get held back?

Betty answers:

I live in Australia, dont really know how the system works in US. Did you try your hardest for all your exams and assessments? If you’ve tried your best, and you’ve gotten those marks, then I dont see why they would make you repeat the year. They also look quite varied, is there a reason why you got a B in the 2nd quarter? Maybe hard work?

Sharon asks…

Goal for High School Smoking Is Unmet?

The nation has failed to reach its 2010 health goal of reducing high school smoking to 16 percent, federal officials said Thursday in a report calling for a resurgence of antismoking advertising to counter the tobacco industry’s $12 billion marketing campaign.

“People are getting the image that it’s cool to use nicotine as a drug,” Terry F. Pechacek of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an interview. “We need to bring back our voice, our antismoking mass media campaign.”

The popularity of hookah bars and smokeless nicotine products, Mr. Pechacek said, are the modern equivalent of the banned Joe Camel cartoon in their appeal to youths. And some experts worry that the new health campaign against obesity — spearheaded by Michelle Obama from the White House — may be hampering donations to antitobacco campaigns as public health issues shift in emphasis and compete for funds.

“Over all, the antismoking countermessage has been lost,” Mr. Pechacek said as the C.D.C. released its biannual survey of more than 10,000 high school students, showing 19.5 percent of them are smokers.

High school smoking rates dipped significantly to 21.9 percent in 2003, from 34.8 percent in 1995, then progress stalled, he said.

One-third of high school smokers are expected to die prematurely of tobacco-related disease, said Mr. Pechacek, the associate director for science in the agency’s Office on Smoking and Health. With about four million students graduating from high school each year, the difference between the current rate and the “Healthy People 2010” goal set by the government 10 years ago amounts to an additional 140,000 student smokers and 46,000 premature deaths for each high school class nationally.

Separately, a New England Journal of Medicine commentary on Wednesday was titled “Don’t Forget Tobacco.”

“By assuming that the tobacco war has been won, we risk consigning millions of Americans to premature death,” Dr. Steven A. Schroeder, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and Kenneth E. Warner, dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan, wrote in the article.

“At a time when all eyes are focused on health care reform, escalating medical costs and childhood obesity, cigarette smoking remains by far the most common cause of preventable death and disability in the United States,” they added. “The prevalence of smoking in the United States hovers at 20 percent, more than eight million people are sick or disabled as a result of tobacco use, and smoking kills 450,000 Americans annually.”

Because of a lagging antismoking campaign, they said the total smoking rate in the nation was expected to decline only to 16 percent by 2020, and to stabilize at 13.5 percent after midcentury unless more was done to stop it.

Mr. Warner said financing for antismoking promotions had been lost from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which has turned more toward childhood obesity, and the American Legacy Foundation, an antitobacco group created in the 1998 master settlement agreement between states and the tobacco industry.

Some public health experts say they are concerned that obesity campaigns have attracted more money and attention recently than programs against tobacco. And Mrs. Obama’s national campaign against childhood obesity is occurring at a time when President Obama has said he has found it difficult to quit smoking.

“I find it ironic, but I think it also points out the challenge, the addiction that smokers are faced with,” Mr. Warner said. “Those are the two pre-eminent public health issues of the day. What I regret is when we start posing obesity versus tobacco, rather than saying those issues are so important to public health, both of them, that they need to be elevated above the fray.”

( how you think thos problem should be solved or should be met?)

Betty answers:

Donate money? Why is it everyone thinks throwing money at a problem will make it all better? And just where is this 12 billion dollar campaign by the tobacco companies that’s suppose to target school kids? Are they handing out free samples? Maybe putting up advertising in the hall way?

People will do things or they won’t. Most kids have a herd mentality. By that I mean if most kids don’t smoke then few others will start who are around them. Kids are more likely to start smoking if they hang around other kids who do.

Richard asks…

Judgement on Britain. Is this how it happened?

Sad but true!!!

Subject: School Today and what it’s come to
School Attitudes 1977 vs. School 2010

Scenario 1: Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school.
1977 – Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up
mates.

2010 – Police are called, Armed Response Unit arrives and arrests Johnny and
Mark. Mobiles phones with evidence of fight are confiscated. Both are
charged with assault, ASBOs are taken out and suspended even though Johnny
started it. Diversionary conferences and parent meetings conducted. Mobile
phone video shown on 6 internet sites.

Scenario 2: Jeffrey won’t sit still in class, disrupts other students.

1977 – Jeffrey is sent to the principal’s office and given 6 of the best.
Returns to class, sits still and never disrupts the class again.

2010 – Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. Counselled to death. Becomes
a zombie. Tested for ADHD. School gets extra funding because Jeffrey has a
disability. Jeffrey drops out of school.

Scenario 3: Billy breaks a window in his neighbour’s car and his Dad gives
him the slipper.

1977 – Billy is more careful next time, grows up normally, goes to college,
and becomes a successful businessman.

2010 – Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster
care and joins a gang. Psychologist convinces Billy’s sister that she
remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy’s mum has
an affair with the psychologist. Psychologist gets a promotion.

Scenario 4: Mark brings cigarettes to school .

1977 – Mark shares a smoke with the school principal out on the smoking area

2010 – Police are called and Mark is expelled from School for drug
possession. His car is searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario 5: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers, puts them in a model
plane paint bottle and blows up an anthill.

1977 – Ants die.

2010 – MI5 and police are called and Johnny is charged with perpetrating
acts of terrorism. Teams investigate parents, siblings are removed from the
home, computers are confiscated, and Johnny’s dad goes on a terror watch
list and is never allowed to fly with American airlines ever again.

Scenario 6: Johnny falls during playtime and scrapes his knee. His teacher,
Mary, finds him crying, and gives him a hug to comfort him.

1977 – Johnny soon feels better and goes back to playing.

2010 – Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She
faces three years in prison. Johnny undergoes five years of therapy; becomes
gay.

Betty answers:

This is so true and what a shame it is like this now.
You are right that this could be the judgment of God upon our nation.
The world has gone mad and the lunatics are running the asylum!

It is also called Socialism.
Socialism has taken over and it is become like a man- made religion and it seeks to rule with a rod of iron.
Do this our way or else you are not doing it right.
God will have His Way and we must always put our trust in Him for all our lives are in His Hands.

Betty asks…

Philosophically speaking, why shouldn’t the Ph.D awarded to Principal of Jamal Mohamed College be withdrawn?

M.Com. (1974),
M.Phil. (1984),
Ph.D. (1994),
PGDCA.(1996),
FMSPI(2000),
PGDFM (2001),
FICWA (2001),
Dip.MA (2006),
MBA (2008),
M.Phil.(Mgmt.) (2010)

In 2003, this man becomes the principal of college, and awards the the following degrees to himself!
Dip.MA (2006),
MBA (2008),
M.Phil.(Mgmt.) (2010)

Everyone knows that ‘degree’ means ‘level’ and in this context ‘level of education.’
In the normal course, one goes through bachelor, masters, then the master of philosophy and the docotrate in philosophy.

It is academically incorrect go for a master degree or anyother lower degree after the award of doctorate in philosophy.

It is something like doing Ph. D in Chemistry, then coming back to school and wrting an examination in physical chemistry and declaring that I have got first mark in physical chemistry.
It is something like doing Ph. D in Computer science, then coming back to collge, joiing an M. Sc information Techanology course and wrting an examination and declaring that I have got first mark in Information technology. It is logically, socially, academically, philosophically in correct to do so.

If Dr. X is doing a bachelor degree after the award of Ph.D, then his level of education. Dr. X might have received a Ph.D, but the current level of education is just master only. He may hold a Ph.D, but the Qualification is Just M.Sc., only. Where your now, what is your present level is your qualification.

In general the commerce guys used to buy several degrees and I am opt for this job, for that job.

But, here the case is prinipal of a big institution. He advices his staff and students that everyone has to be like him. Everyone should buy degrees like him (after he a man who gives certificates, I know that commerce guys would say that I it is self appreciation).
If everyone follows the path of the principal of Jamal Mohamed College, it would be academic disaster. Every teacher will appear for every examination in order to get a M. Sc in chemistry, the redo another Masters in Physics, Another masters in Botany, Another masters in Zoology… Is it the way science progresses? Is it the academics progress? Is it not the promotion of idiocy in the name of education.
I would say that the Ph. D awarded to these kind of ‘academicians’ should be withdrawn, because such person will become a wrong role model for the younger generation.

What is your opinion on this issue?
The Biodata of this man can be found at the official website of Jamal Mohamed College:
www.jmc.edu/jmct/commerce/Principal%20Bio-Data.DOC

Copy of the biodata of Sheik mohamed (with commentaries)
http://pdfcast.org/pdf/the-contraversial-biodata-of-the-principal-of-jamal-mohamed-college

Betty answers:

What did the Principal of Jamal Mohamed College do to you?

David asks…

What do you think about Humble Burqa, Jews, Christians and Muslims”?

What do you think about Humble Burqa, Jews, Christians and Muslims”
http://laaycc.blogspot.com/2010/06/humble-burqa-jews-christians-and.html (link for clarity and not for promotion)

Further to Belgian Prejudice and Bigotry and Burqa for Rev Fred Nile the following two court cases are exposing the blatant and deliberate anti-Muslim prejudice and bigotry.

The provocative and deliberate burqa banning had nothing to do with safety or security in the first place.

The Israetards, Israeo-Nazis and Zio-Nazis are also behind Salman Rushdie, Bin Laden, Ershad Manji, Ayaan Hirshi Ali, Norma Khouri, 50% Mosque Spaces For Women, Tanvir Ahmed, 72 Virgins to Nothing, Muslim Women Priests, Actual Australian Muslim Virgin, Meal Ticket in Germany, Monica Ali, Burqa, Bushfire, Dog, and many other anti-Muslim and anti-Arab vendetta. All of those items above are carefully crafted and nurtured “accelerants” to create bushfires around the world between various sex, race, religion and people.

I suspect the council’s “retrospectivity” will backfire as it’s origin and application are appearing to be prejudicial to a particular group in contravention with the European Union Charter of Human Rights and Universal Declaration of Human Rights!

I also suspect, right now those “Jews” who are supporting the so called anti-Muslim burqa will stand behind the Muslims in future because these principles will open the flood gates of banning Jewish skull caps and other dresses!

Remember, Islam, Christianity and Judaism are Middle Eastern religion and therefore you can not accept one culture and religion as “European” and then reject other ones! The trap is set for ever.

Faruque Ahmed

Belgian school sacks teacher over burqa
June 9, 2010 – 10:29AM

A Belgian high school on Tuesday sacked a Muslim maths teacher after she insisted she would continue to wear the burqa while taking classes.

At the start of the academic year authorities at the school in Charleroi, south of Brussels, told the Turkish-born teacher to remove her full-face Islamic veil, which she had been wearing during class for two and a half years.

The teacher refused and took her case to court.

In the first instance the Charleroi tribunal backed the school board, citing the religious “neutrality” of the schools serving Belgium’s francophone community.

However, in March the appeals court ruled that the school in question came under the jurisdiction of Charleroi, which had not issued rules on the banning of religious insignia.

The Muslim teacher therefore returned to school, but the municipality soon afterwards introduced its own ban on the wearing of “all religious or philosophical symbols”.

On Tuesday officials at the school, after auditioning the teacher in presence of the mayor, decided to sack her for her continued refusal to leave her burqa at home, according to a statement issued by the town hall.

The debate over the Muslim veil has divided opinion in Belgium.

In May legislators voted to ban wearing the burqa in public, paving the way for the first clampdown of its kind in Europe.

The law covers all clothes or veils that do not allow the wearer to be fully identified, including the full-face niqab and burqa.

The text must still be adopted by the upper house Senate before it can come into effect.

AFP

Betty answers:

I think Burqa will win the case.

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