Robert Winner

Joseph City, AZ, United States

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Robert Winner
Posted 5 months ago
Announcement: TED Conversation hiatus begins June 10th
RH, We may not always agree ... but you are a valued asset to TED conservations ... I am also disappointed and feel that changes were made for the sake of change and not for improvements. I am not a fan of the "new TED" ... but responses from people like you keep me in line and thinking ... I would miss you ... you are valued and respected. I find it troubling that no one responded to your post? Is that the new TED????? The I don't care TED??? Be well my friend ... Bob.
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Robert Winner
Posted 5 months ago
Announcement: TED Conversation hiatus begins June 10th
Don, Aja responded to your list of favorites ... I however would like to respond to your statement " I fear if conversations are equal in format, my days of posting here are numbered. " We do not always agree, but I do respect your inputs and consider you a major player in the TED conservations. I agree with your assessment that the old format was much friendlier .. I like to read the transcripts as the same time as viewing the talk ... that is no longer possible and I miss all of the slides, charts, photos, etc ... This has resulted in change for the sake of change not for the sake of improvement ... my opinion. They have taken away the option to e-mail you for personal asides ... which I also miss ... I, like you, am discouraged ... however I will give it a try ... and hope you will also. You are valued ... I sent a message to Aja covering much of the same as I have addressed to you. I thought she should have addressed your concerns .... she is one of the few we have access to and responds ... and that is a shame too. With respect ... I wish you well ... Bob.
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Robert Winner
Posted 5 months ago
Announcement: TED Conversation hiatus begins June 10th
Aja, You responded to Don's list of conversations while I am concerned with his statement that "his days of posting here are numbered". Don has been a great contributor and his loss would be bad for the community. He had concerns that were not addressed ... sorry but that is not right. You are one of the few that we have access to ... Only a couple of you ever respond ... again that is also not right. This is the first really negative thing I have ever sent to you ... sorry ... but how I see it. Bob.
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Robert Winner
Posted 5 months ago
Revolution in Education. Let's talk specifics... What can we really do?
Chelsea, This has 6 days to ending. I am seeing the conversation turn to "brainwash him my way ... your brain washing is not a good way." It is time to re-focus and even to summerize what you have learned and possible solutions. As you say and I addressed we are rapidly shifting to Nationalization .... that should be of primary concern. I addressed this and other "Large and looming issues" about three quarters of the way down. The current educational philosophy is the Golden Rule ... he who has the gold rules ... that is the federal government. We have a system of educational blackmale ... do as I say or lose funding. That above all must be addressed in order to find any viable solutions. Please share your thoughts with us before this closes. I wish you well. Bob.
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Robert Winner
Posted 5 months ago
Can charity organisations and the media at large do a better job of showing 3rd world countries?
Well we are formally known as the United States of America but are usuall addressed as the USA. We are a Republic. We were once a strong nation but over the last six years have incurred 17 trillion dollars in debit ... failed to enforce or abide by the Constitution .... have a President that is being call a Imperialist .. I disagree. I think he is a radical Progressive / socialist. Our issues and political strife are fundamentally based on clashing views on the role of government in society. He’s been most frustrated with the separation of powers, which doesn’t allow him to “fundamentally transform” the country without congressional acquiescence. He has selected the means of Executive Orders to accomplish his goals without the consent of Congress. The biggest dereliction of his duty is to “preserve, protect, and defend” the Constitution, and to “take care that the law be faithfully executed.” He rejects Natural Law and embraces the theory that all rights should be based on social expediency. He believes that the President should embody the will of the people and lead the entire government and the seperation of powers desolved. The media has for the last six years supported the views of the President ... but are now becoming concerned that he has used rhetoric to shape public opinion and that many of the changes are not beneficial to the people but party goals ... His support in polls has deminishe to the low 40% and the trust in the American media is even lower. Thank you for asking me to expand ... not many on TED ask that of me. I could go on and cite many examples ... but time and space limit me ... I am sure you get the idea. Again ... Thanks. Bob.
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Robert Winner
Posted 5 months ago
Am I the only one who thinks the TED website was better before it was "improved"?
Keith, One of the things that really ticked me off was that to see the script you have to abanded the video ... when a chart of photo is shown you have to spin up and then return to the transcript. There is plenty of room to do both and see both. I like some others had occassion to e-mail some other TEDsters. I gave that option as I wanted to have the ability to discuss freely off line with those of a liike mind. I like you thought it was better the "old" way. But I am a grumpy ole fart .... not all change is good ... We have a lot of change going on in our lives ... thanks to the federal government ... it ain't good either. See ya. Bob. I will wait and see what the changes are on the conversations. I may not be correct here but I notice fewer conversations being generated and less people participating. On any given subject three or four people duke it out and there are 500 comments but from five to ten people.
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Robert Winner
Posted 5 months ago
Does the Common Core Stifle Creativity in Today's Classrooms?
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is an educational initiative in the United States that details what K-12 students should know in English language arts and mathematics at the end of each grade. The initiative is sponsored by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and seeks to establish consistent educational standards across the states as well as ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter credit-bearing courses at two- or four-year college programs or enter the workforce STEM is an acronym referring to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The term is typically used in the USA when addressing education policy and curriculum choices in schools from k-12 through college to improve competitiveness in technology development. It has implications for workforce development, national security concerns and immigration policy. I put both defination up to ensure we understand that Core is to ensure if you transfer from stste to state you will not lose or gain but will be at grade level. STEM infers that we are not competative on a global scale and wants to raise our standards. The common factor is that the textbook and test devlopers are dictating what is being taught and when in order to achieve success in the high stakes testing that is now driving education. Creativity was taken away ... the guide that comes with the course says what and when the lesson will be and when presented. For protection the teachers follow the guide ... and teach the test. Success in the tests means job security and future funding. What percentage of high school grads go on to college? about 10 to 15%? Less than that will engage in Calculus or higher level math. So all of this is really for less than 10% of the students .... interesting. This is about state and federal government ... not teachers. Be well. Bob.
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Robert Winner
Posted 5 months ago
Do we need to be a little selfish to be happy?
Guillim, Lets define being selfish ... to deprive others (family) of needs to satisfy your wants .. not needs. That would be irresponsible, self centered, selfish. However, to treat my wife to a dinner out ... a beauty shop appointment ... a manicure ... as a reward for her hard work .... is a investiment in a relationship .. we always paid bills first .. including food. I think it is importent to invest in our mental and physical health ... but to me that is not selfish.