Archive for the 'Education' Category

HELMETS ARE WERE FOR SISSIES…

August 26th, 2016

When I was growing up I took a lot stupid actions. (I did even more as a young adult, but that’s another story.) My friends and I rode old car hoods down snowy hills, we touched moving trains, we swam across lakes in the deep woods, we swung across deep ravines on vines, we, well […]

SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME…

August 25th, 2016

Oh gawd! I do not need another suggested reading list to make me feel even less informed and lazy. Curse you Ralph Nader! Ralph Nader, writing in Readers Think. Thinkers Read, suggests: Here are my recommended books to read for the late summer holidays. The Green Cowboy: An Energetic Life, by S. David Freeman, Authorhouse. […]

WE DON’T NEED NO ANY CHARTER SCHOOLS…

August 22nd, 2016

Of course, Ohio—with White Hat Management at the fore—comes in for the lion’s share of Oliver’s piece. As for the question of Cyber Charters, I can say from 10+ years of working with online classes in multiple districts that unless the student is working in a classroom with a knowledgeable educator (or receiving at-home instruction […]

HOW WE CULL THE COLLEGE-STUDENT HERD…?

August 21st, 2016

Bread and butter. Chocolate and peanut butter. Drinking and college. Anyone who thinks that making the drinking age 21 will keep 18- (and even some 17-year-olds) from drinking on campus is blind to a very simple reality. There’s a reason high school juniors and senior quietly shortlist party schools when they’re looking at colleges. After […]

SCHOOL STARTS ON MONDAY…

August 16th, 2016

WE ARE ALL WITH STUPID…

August 12th, 2016

[Update @ 0937 on 13 August: When we assume that someone we disagree with, or dismiss, is stupid, this is what happens.] Recreationally this summer I’ve been watching Glee on Netflix and I’ve heard the comment that so many of the students are really stupid. I’ve take exception saying the kids are ignorant, an easily […]

MATT TAIBBI PULLS DOWN SAFE SPACE WALLS…

April 11th, 2016

I’m a firm believer in ensuring that schools are safe spaces, for minors. Once you’re 18, when you’re an adult, then the time has come to grow up and deal with the scary place known as reality. Matt Taibbi, opining in College Kids Aren’t the Only Ones Demanding ‘Safe Spaces’ for Rolling Stone crosses over […]

THE FEEL-GOOD SCHOOL SHOOTER STORY…

March 12th, 2016

When I walked into my school the day after this incident there were no grief counselors on hand, no special assembly to reassure the students that everyone would be OK; I didn’t find anyone who was even aware of the shooting. We’re over school shootings. They are the new norm. Via Mano Singham…

THIS IS CALLED GRAVITY…

January 28th, 2016

HUSSY, MADAM, COURTESAN, SPINSTER, WENCH…

January 28th, 2016

George Carlin famously gave us the seven dirty words that you can’t say on television: shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits. The Oxford University Press, in an exercise of collocation, went Carlin one better and gives us eight words that indicate English (or for we secessionists on the other side of the pond, […]

THE WAY SCIENCE WORKS…

January 20th, 2016

That which will kill us is not what we don’t know, but what we believe we know that is false.

ROLDO RIGHTS ON BARBARA BYRD-BENNETT
LEARNED TO LIVE LARGE HERE IN CLEVELAND…

October 18th, 2015

Cleveland is where Byrd Bennett learned how to screw the youngsters she was well paid to educate. Education seemed far from her desire. I guess it caught up with her in Chicago. “Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett faces up to about 7 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to steering multimillion-dollar […]

SEN. SANDERS TENDERS END TO COLLEGE TUITION…

May 19th, 2015

Dear Friend, We need the best-educated workforce in the world if we’re going to compete effectively in the global economy. To do that, we must make certain that every person in this country who has the ability and desire can get all the education they need—regardless of the income of their family. That is why […]

FOR THE CLASS OF 2015…

May 18th, 2015

A FINE SHARED FAMILY EXPERIENCE…

April 29th, 2015

MEET MUNIRA KHALIF AND HAROLD EKEH…

April 9th, 2015

Munira Khalif and Harold Ekeh have the distinct honor of receiving acceptance letters from all eight Ivy League colleges. That they both have exemplary academic achievements is accepted. What makes them different? Khalif is one of just nine young people from around the world to receive the UN Special Envoy for Global Education’s Youth Courage […]

I’D SKIM UNTIL I COULDN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE

March 24th, 2015

One of my nephews, upon graduation from high school, proclaimed that he would never have to read another book again. That is bad, but I know there are people who will think this 5 minute and 28 second video too long and boring to watch. From Nancie Atwell, the first recipient of the $1 million […]

ABU GHRAIB COMING TO YOUR SCHOOL…?

March 20th, 2015

I thought schools were all about being bully-free zones. So, this is what I think the rule should be: if you expect a student of a criminal act—assault, theft, possession, &c.—then first, sit the student down in a safe place, second, call the adults responsible for the student and do absolutely nothing else until that […]

SILHOUETTE MAN IS VERY ANGRY…

March 15th, 2015

Then of course, there was George Carlin’s take on educational debt…

WHAT DOES THIS EARTH REQUIRE OF US…?

March 13th, 2015

BILL MOYERS: Welcome. In this broadcast you will meet an effervescent man who still believes we can make democracy work. Later we’ll talk about those people in Washington who refuse to let it work, but first Wendell Berry. A master of the written word, he rarely appears on television. For one thing, when he’s not […]

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