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April 3, 2011 at 4:00 pm in reply to: The best April Fools Joke I’ve seen in awhile #24462
This article appeared on the army home page this morning. The pictures are the best, especially the one with the dog. Stetson hat to be new Army standard headgear
When I saw this on the news I was encouraged; better than chinese made berets. Too bad it turned out to be a joke, imho.April 3, 2011 at 3:57 pm in reply to: What is the proper response? #24448
Well said and kinder than the A-hole deserves.March 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm in reply to: The real St. Patrick #19629
Yes, I think it is clearly imbued with symbolism of St. Patrick bringing Christianity to Ireland in lieu of paganism. Whether St. Patrick had something to do with real-life snakes, I do not know. One wonders how they could not be reintroduced into the isle over time. I would think that the climate is fine for things such as garter snakes.
Daniel's post is spot on. Snakes, as you say, is likely a pagan symbol from the white and red dragons of the Celts... often tagged "worms" in the old times.March 11, 2011 at 3:58 pm in reply to: Should everyone go to college? #22027
So did a B average….February 17, 2011 at 3:38 pm in reply to: What do you all think about the teacher ripping on her students? #24047
She just said, in blog form, what is the general discussion in every school staff room in the nation.
True that!February 11, 2011 at 5:39 pm in reply to: Should 18-year-olds go to college? #23975
Isn't this how the whole "magnet school" thing got off the ground?
To some degree, however, the concept doesn't fly well in small rural counties (and we still have many of those nationwide) since there aren't enough kids to split them out by areas of talent or interest. Need to be comprihensive... something for all not pick an option. I taught in such a district and, when flavor of the month became AP classes, anything tech or vocational suffered.
I suppose there is some truth to this. I wasn't big on math in high school (aside, perhaps, from geometry), and in all my years since there are only a few basic mathematical formulas that I use for practical purposes. I think there is a case to be made that all students should learn math that helps them in practical situations, but perhaps not more advanced concepts within algebra, trigonometry, etc.
You learn lots of math in woodshop or machine shop... just not formulas that have a red box around an "X" value at the end but a correctly proportioned bookcase or a bearning race that fits. Practical application is something we seem to be short on; we come up with a concept and hand it off to a tech to flesh-out and then ship it to the third world to produce (while we have folks just as capable as the thrid world sweat-shop types... but maybe not as hungry... no welfare in the third world). What's wrong with this picture?February 10, 2011 at 10:32 pm in reply to: Should 18-year-olds go to college? #23971
You are talking equality of result versus equality of opportunity?
I'm a believer in equality of opportunity... what we were founded on. Getting equality of results won't happen as long as we try to put all students into the same programs. As a student demonstrates that they are good at math, sure, encourage math and science; however, if the kid is failing math but draws very well... then let's think art not giving them a couple of extra hours of math to prep them for "the test" that they will likely blow off anyway.As a teacher I had much more success "coaching kids" at things they had an aptitude and liking for than "teaching kids" things just didn't give a crap about or felt no personal stake in.February 9, 2011 at 3:56 pm in reply to: Should 18-year-olds go to college? #23967
It all goes back to the one-size-fits-all mentality getting confused with giving people choices… coupled with a confused need to “show the world” we have the best education system in the world, we are missing the point.Other countries are very selective about advancement in their educational systems and have alternate pathways readily available for those that aren't academically strong enough (or so inclined) to continue at any given point... trade and tech training are something we seem to be missing.The major point I'm hinting at is that in our zeal to provide everyone a quality education we don't... failing to understand that it isn't college for all. We score poorly in tests (against the rest of the world) because we test everyone... they test only those headed for higher education. The little French detective would say, "A clue!" Our I/C's in education need to get one.February 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm in reply to: Founding Fathers Quiz #23947
Washington….February 1, 2011 at 10:26 pm in reply to: Should breaking wind in public be a crime? Some African Nations think so. #23862
I predict that if this law is enacted the ownership of Boston Terriers will skyrocket. ;DDecember 25, 2010 at 5:38 pm in reply to: Who wants to buy a tank? #23467
Especially when applying !
Hell yes! Or better when I turned in my retirement papers... they'd have then understood. 😮December 25, 2010 at 5:35 pm in reply to: Lies my history book told me in the 4th grade #22870
Indeed, welcome.Term papers over Christmas was the norm where I came from... 🙂December 25, 2010 at 5:31 pm in reply to: Merry Christmas-Early #23477
MERRY CHRISTMAS! (or have based on annual calendar variations) the best of your personal traditions… Happy Hanukkah, a Cool Kwanza? a Rockin? Ramadan? a Cool Yule, or a great ?whatever? seasonal event you, and yours, hold dear!?December 2, 2010 at 3:29 pm in reply to: Opting out #23183
.... To me it smacks of a presumption of guilt on the part of all air travellers.
For me: better to profile and only assume the guilt of a portion of air travellers.