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    Originally posted by Fastbreak
    I’ve got it G…

    You may establish BGP as a “Principality” along the lines of Monaco. The fact that this tiny domain of just over one square mile has been ruled as an absolute monarchy for 700 years has not prevented it from gaining notoriety as the “playground for the rich.”

    In 1962, His Serene Highness, Prince Ranier III softened the Constitution of 1911. Government is now exercised under the supreme authority of the Prince, and a council personally nominated by the Prince. They answer for their actions directly to the Prince. (Sounds like moderators to me…)

    One of the more appealing aspects of this constitution is the succession to the Throne via the principle of “primogeniture,” whereby only the direct and legitimate descendants of the reigning Prince may succeed to the Throne. (This reduces any concerns you may have in regard to a possible coup by Birdsfan, Nets, newarkcatholicfan, nWo, Oldbird, password, Philip Hay, swamprat, and the boys.)

    Precedence is also granted to male descendants over female descendants of the same degree of kin. (An outstanding strategy for keeping the Chick Nation in check…) In the absence of legitimate descendants, an adopted child may succeed to the Throne.

    Hey, I’m just spit-balling here, but I think this system has its merits…

    “The Principality of Bluegrass Preps governed by HSH (His Serene Highness) Guru I.”

    Although well on its way, BGP will soon become known as the “Playground for the erudite sports fan.”

    (Man, I can’t wait until we have some genuine “Basketball” topics to bat around in our neck of the woods…)
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    Perhaps the castle in Versailles would be an excellent spot for Guru to rule from. Since its now for sale, he could use all of our membership fees to buy it.

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    Originally posted by bellalumni40
    Perhaps the castle in Versailles would be an excellent spot for Guru to rule from. Since its now for sale, he could use all of our membership fees to buy it.



    BTW, I'm with the Guru and the mods on this one!!!

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    I didn't even plan to post on this already over-discussed topic. For the record of the topic, from someone who tries to not make any mistake here or otherwise in typed form, I side with those who feel a paid site should have more levity and less regulation. As long as someone is not offensive why should we not just tolerate their lack of english skills or lack of detail in a frankly light-hearted and somewhat irrelevant chat board. I never for one second have thought negatively towards the Guru or anyone else when someone posts incoherently. I have read very few posts that cause me nausea trying to understand them. When that rare occasion hits I move on to the next post.

    But my REAL reason for replying is to take exception strongly with Scooterbobs blatant slap with a broad brush to every public school english teacher in the state. And to raise the Academic Almighty Rose Hill above all others. Do you really expect anyone to take you seriously? You can't possibly know what every teacher in every public school is teaching in the state of Kentucky. You won't find me as a big supporter of KERA, but to all but hammer at every hard working teacher in the public school infuriates me. These people work countless hours trying to improve themselves and our young people. With the guidelines of KERA, that I do not support, every teacher has an added burden. But most accept it and plow on to provide the best education for our young people.
    I was frankly horrible at diagramming sentences. And deplored doing it. But I am successful in life and feel comfortable with my use of the english language. Never has any of my superiors asked me to diagram a sentence. Nor did they care if my punctuation was in the proper place as long as I worked hard. Now that I am my own superior I have never once asked myself to diagram a sentence.
    Our public school teachers, many of whom are my friends, are doing everything in their ability to make our world a better more intelligent and insightful society. But our problems with education in this state and many others go back to the home. Many of those homes with any number of parents, 1,2,3,4. Many homes with parents that just don't care. When society begins to get back to the 2 parent home we may see education take a giant leap. But until that happens we will always be spinning our wheels. It cannot be done without support away from the school, be it public or private. I recently spoke to one of the departing hoopsters from Rose Hill. The parent told me he was extremely disappointed in the education his child got at Rose Hill. That may be sour grapes from a parent wanting to make sure his boy hoops at the next school, but that is what he told me. Does that make me think Rose Hill is poor educationally? No. But the Scooter takes any info he has be it from others or from the great Standardized Tests, and proclaims our state a Novice in English education.
    For those English and any other subject teachers, be you Pro KERA or Anti KERA, I support and thank you for everything you do for my children and all other children across the commonwealth.

    My post is so long and done in anger that I am not going to proof it. Something I normally always do. Hopefully I won't be reprimanded if I left out a comma or added too many or not enough o's in to or too.

    I apologize to the Guru in advance.
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    YIPES! TBF, Way to announce yourself with authority! :flame: :flame:

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    Hey TBF, I enjoy the passion and fire you express in your posts, and find that on occasion, I do agree with certain of your sentiments. But on this issue, the reference you make to the parent of the departing hoopster from Rose Hill is not a particularly strong argument in support of your case.

    Originally posted by Tubby's Best Friend
    I recently spoke to one of the departing hoopsters from Rose Hill. The parent told me he was extremely disappointed in the education his child got at Rose Hill. That may be sour grapes from a parent wanting to make sure his boy hoops at the next school, but that is what he told me.
    This is akin to asking one party involved in a divorce or break-up how they feel about their former significant other. There is little doubt that you will hear the worst possible report, whether it is the truth or a fabrication. I wouldn’t place as much emphasis on the testimony of a departing family, with a noted interest in preventing a one-year suspension from athletic participation for their child, (read: agenda) as I would place in those students and families remaining at a particular school.

    This is not a slam at departing families, their claims may indeed have factual merit. But it should also be understood that under current regulations, departing families may have additional motives behind such statements. To be fair, all sides should be heard and weighed in relation to their emotions, and/or motives, prior making such an evaluation.


    As conservative as I tend to be on life issues, I am apparently quite liberal on the issue of kids changing schools. I think that the KHSAA should permit a one time transfer per student/athlete without penalty. This would end much of the conflict, emotion and accusation we deal with in these forums and in our various communities. The emphasis should be upon what is best for the kids, not the schools and sports programs.
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    By the way, it is my opinion that the majority of teachers (just as our police officers, firefighters and military) are underpaid and under appreciated for their efforts. Public, private or otherwise...
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    Originally posted by Tubby's Best Friend
    ... Never has any of my superiors asked me to diagram a sentence. Nor did they care if my punctuation was in the proper place as long as I worked hard.
    TBF,
    Should that be, "Never HAVE any of my superiors..."???

    Sorry! I just couldn't resist!

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    Fastbreak:

    I was not trying to make my argument with that particular parents statement. As you see in my post: Quote "Does that make me think Rose Hill is poor educationally? No."
    I was mainly showing that when we aren't involved in the daily workings of such a broad area, things can and do get taken out of context and much too much is weighed with statements from current and former members of a said school system. And with standardized tests.

    Thanks FB. I mainly wanted to point out my support for the public school teachers and their efforts. Also, we have pounded this private/public debate in the ground, they all serve a need in all areas of society.

    As far as the transfer situation in KY, it really needs to be addressed when we have kids going here, there and everywhere. I personally believe it is not good for anyone, child, parent, or school, to be moving around year after year.

    GolfRev:

    A minor infraction. I hope it doesn't endanger my post. As I said English was never my strong suit, as you have glaringly pointed out. But in response, you understood what I said as did most with that statement. But only a few anally retentive english teachers would find it bothersome that I used that adjective or what is that a preposition or maybe a noun, ARGH verb., incorrectly. And I know one of my really good friends that is a english teacher and whom used to post here would be on my case about it.
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    Originally posted by Fastbreak
    By the way, it is my opinion that the majority of teachers (just as our police officers, firefighters and military) are underpaid and under appreciated for their efforts. Public, private or otherwise...
    You got that right!

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    Originally posted by nWo
    You got that right!
    I'm in agreement with that - 100%

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    I would have responded sooner but I was not aware that TBF was upset by my post. By the way, I stand by my previous analysis of the teaching (actually the lack thereof) of English grammar in the public schools (TBF, you may want to note that "English" is capitalized).
    My purpose should have been clear to anyone not looking to start a dispute. I am confident that I know many more public school teachers than does TBF. I support them without reservation and I also know what they face each day from "the system". In fact, I am a former public school teacher. My "shot" was at KERA and not at all at them. Nevertheless, facts are facts. I must point out that English teachers graduating from Kentucky colleges in recent years are not taught grammar nor how to teach it. In fact, proper use of the English language and the art of writing and speaking correctly have been discarded by our venues of "higher education". Since our public schools, because of KERA, are handcuffed by all of this portfolio emphasis (just write, write, write and don't worry that you don't know a noun from a verb- let alone a gerand), the writing achievement of most students is lots of quantity but absolutely no quality.
    The fact that TBF, now a superior, says he has never been called upon to diagram a sentence while on the job indicates his lack of knowledge of communication. In fact, TBF, if you communicate in a correct and effective manner in your position as "superior" you do indeed (or at least should) mentally diagram each sentence as you write it or as you speak it. This discipline in proper use of the language should be an imperative for all who wish to gain real success and respect from other properly educated individuals. Your argument reminds me of the people who say they don't know why they had to take algebra because they never use it in life. In truth, most of us use algebra in some manner each day (ex: "if 4 cans of beans cost a dollar, how much does each can cost" is really "4x =$1.00 therefore X=25 cents").
    We have pretty well "dumbed down" all of our disciplines- educational and societal- and we are reaping a meager harvest. Do I blame public school teachers? No. For the most part I blame the present system of education. On the other hand, I know that teaching English grammar requires much more effort than teaching literature (just read the next chapter and answer the questions on page 33) and portfolio writing (see above). But we should also remember that English grammar is not covered on the reward tests so we better keep in mind the goals of our administrators- both in individual schools and down at the central office.
    No, TBF, my friend, I will not retract anything that I said before because those in education, those in communication, and those in the professions (not professional football or basketball but the true professions) know that I am correct.

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    Originally posted by nWo
    You got that right!
    Hey Bro, you know that even a blind hog will find an acorn every now and then...

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    Scooter: How in the name of Zeus do you know how many teachers I know in a battle royal of who knows more teachers?

    Plain and simple your arrogance and simple lack of respect for the teaching profession shows how narrow minded and shallow you really are. To think that you know better than anyone how the best way to approach todays children to better prepare them for the future is astounding to me.

    How can you say you are not starting a dispute when you blatantly state that English teachers are doing a poor job? Of course there is no dispute unless someone decides to support these men and women who give their lives to help provide a better education to our students today.

    I sir will tell you I do not mentally diagram a sentence before I speak it. I will tell you that I show each and every person I come in contact with, be they the Doctor, Lawyer, School Administrator, Football Coach, Janitor, Office Worker, Corporate Vice President, University President and anyone else in between, including public or private school teachers, with respect and dignity and most certainly never judge their character by their grammer. But by the way they lead their life and treat their common man. One of my best friends is my auto mechanic. He would do ANYTHING for me, I treasure his friendship and loyalty. He never once would be concerned with whether I said "git me some of that there oil" or if I use the right form of the word bring or is that brang or maybe brung in a sentence. He would be there any time of the day or night to help me if I needed him, as I would him or any of my many friends. Success most certainly in life does not depend on your proper use of the English language. Moreso the way you lead your life and treat people, is the guage I live my life by. You probably find yourself in a more financially comfortable situation than I but I feel confident that I am the more happy, content and satisfied person in this debate.

    Hail to all those who teach in the great state of KENTUCKY. I know you capitalize KENTUCKY!!!

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    Originally posted by Fastbreak
    Hey Bro, you know that even a blind hog will find an acorn every now and then...
    Hey I just call them as I seen them!

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