Monday, December 11, 2017
Editorials

Editorial: SAT scores points with jittery teens

The SAT will return to a 1600 scale when this year's ninth- graders take the test in 2016. The changes announced this week are mostly good — intended to make the test more democratic and a better gauge of the student's potential for success, not merely the parents' income. The essay becomes optional, the vocabulary words will be more useful and there no longer will be points taken away for wrong answers. Of course, students will still fret, parents will still seek an edge for their child, and the private tutoring industry will adjust. Before we get too worked up about the new SAT and consign the old SAT and its particular anguishes to history, try this one. But remember: We still take points off for the wrong answer, so don't guess.

1. The current SAT is beloved and adored by:

a. All college-bound students and their parents.

b. No one, not even the people who design the test.

c. The tutors who make money selling testing strategies.

d. Okay, the kids whose high scores win them National Merit Scholar- ships and lifelong bragging rights.

2. The chances that the SAT will force you to define a vocabulary word you will never, ever use in real life are:

a. gargantuan

b. commodious

c. plenteous

d. humongous

3. Facing the SAT vocabulary choices, most students were:

a. pusillanimous

b. timorous

c. tremulous

d. sick to their stomachs

4. The current SAT angers:

a. Well-off students because their high scores can appear "bought" through expensive test prep.

b. Middle-class students who cannot afford the test prep.

c. Working-class students who have no prayer of affording test prep.

d. Parents who spend thousands of dollars on tutors and get average test scores in return.

5. The current SAT best predicts:

a. A student's success in college.

b. The wealth of their parents.

c. The future earning ability of a student.

d. The ability of a student to take tests.

Note: Your test results will be available in six weeks, and feel free to retake the exam if you are unsatisfied with your score. And there's always the ACT.

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Editorial: U.S. House sides with NRA over stateís rights on concealed weapons permits

With the horror of the mass shootings at a Las Vegas country music concert and a small Texas church still fresh, the U.S. House finally has taken action on guns. But the bill it passed last week wonít make Americans safer from gun violence. It is an ...
Published: 12/07/17
Editorial: Hillsborough cannot afford pay raises for teachers

Editorial: Hillsborough cannot afford pay raises for teachers

There is no satisfaction for anyone in the standoff over pay raises between the Hillsborough County School District and its teachers. Most teachers across the nation already are underpaid, but this district simply cannot afford the raises teachers ex...
Published: 12/07/17
Editorial: Impact of Water Street project extends beyond buildings

Editorial: Impact of Water Street project extends beyond buildings

With a buildout of $3 billion encompassing entire city blocks, itís obvious that Jeff Vinikís plans will change the look and feel of downtown Tampa. But the Tampa Bay Lightning owner unveiled a broader vision last week that reflects how far the impac...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/08/17
Editorial: Make texting while driving a primary offense

Editorial: Make texting while driving a primary offense

It is dangerous and illegal to text while driving in Florida, and police should be able to pull over and ticket those lawbreakers without witnessing another violation first. House Speaker Richard Corcoran has lent his powerful voice to legislation th...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Editorial: Outsourcing common sense on St. Petersburg Pier naming rights

St. Petersburg officials predict that selling the naming rights to parts of the new Pier could generate $100,000 in annual revenue. But first the city wants to pay a consultant to tell it how and to whom to sell the rights. Why do city officials need...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Another voice: Trumpís risky move

President Donald Trumpís decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israelís capital has a certain amount of common sense on its side. As a practical matter, West Jerusalem has been the seat of Israeli government since 1949, and no conceivable formula for Pa...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17
Editorial: Tampaís MOSI reinvents itself

Editorial: Tampaís MOSI reinvents itself

A tactical retreat and regrouping seems to be paying off for Hillsborough Countyís Museum of Science and Industry. After paring back its operations, the museum posted a small profit over the past year, enabling the attraction to keep its doors open a...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/07/17
Times recommends: McClure for Florida House District 58

Times recommends: McClure for Florida House District 58

Voters in Temple Terrace, Plant City and Thonotosassa have an easy choice in the Dec. 19 special election to replace state Rep. Dan Raulerson, who resigned for health reasons. Republican Lawrence McClure is the only credible candidate.McClure, 30, ow...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/07/17
Editorial: Still waiting for flood insurance fix

Editorial: Still waiting for flood insurance fix

It has been 1,979 days since all heck broke loose in the flood insurance industry. Apparently, that just wasnít enough time for Washington to react. So with the National Flood Insurance Program set to expire on Friday, itís looking increasingly likel...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/06/17

Editorial: St. Petersburg should raise rates for reclaimed water

Raising rates on reclaimed water in St. Petersburg is an equitable way to spread the pain of paying for millions in fixes to the cityís dilapidated sewer system. The city has no choice but to start charging utility customers more as the sewer bills c...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/06/17