Molly Ivins, too.
Columnist and wit Molly Ivins has passed away after a valiant battle with breast cancer.
Today is also the one-year anniversary of my Dad's death. I'm really beginning to hate January 31st.
Damn you, cancer.
An Okie teacher banished to the Midwest. "Education is not the filling a bucket but the lighting of a fire."-- William Butler Yeats
Columnist and wit Molly Ivins has passed away after a valiant battle with breast cancer.
right here at Carol's place celebrating median sibness. There are some great new faces on the midway whom you do NOT want to miss.
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Dear Clueless AP:
Welcom to Movie Madness Monday, the movie quote trivia game. I give you quotes, you respond with a quote of your own from the same movie. We do not reveal the name of the movie until Monday, so that everyone can play. Even those who are not members of the Dead Dad Girls' Club.
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Just got back from substitute coaching My Beloved Offspring's 1st grade basketball team.
1. I was in too much pain from the tattoo I got last weekend. Wanna see it? (Last May-- and girl turns around to show me her lower back before I frantically try to stop her. It was infected, by the way.)
2. The window in the back of my car was broken in the last hail storm. It rained this morning, but I had left my notebook in the back seat, and it got ruined. (September 12)
3. I put the assignment in the back of my truck, and it flew out on the highway. (October 20)
4. I was in the emergency room all night with a sinus infection. (October 30, December 15, January 8-- same kid)
5. I didn't do my research paper because last night was my mom's boyfriend's birthday, and they made me go out to eat. (Paper had been assigned for three weeks, last November 7)
6. I left my jumpdrive at home. (January 22)
7. Our printer is out of ink. (Every. Single. Week. At least twice a week.)
8. I got food poisoning at Taco Bell. (November 27. And hasn't everyone?)
9. I emailed it to you last night. Whaddya mean, it didn't get here?! (September 26)
10. My mom refused to bring it up to school. She is so mean! (December 13)
11. I let my friend borrow my book, and I put my homework in it. (December 18)
12. I can't get my locker open. (November 13 and January 12)
13. I lost the internet at home last night. I then tried to email one of my friends, but email didn't work either. (last April)
Links to other Thursday Thirteens!
4. Mr. c
5. Jess, the computer diva
7. Tour Marm
(leave your link in comments, I’ll add you here!)
So there I was at Checkpoint Cornelius, and this young man was standing next to me eating some ersatz nachos. He was a young fella who needed a lot of correction so I was attacking one problem at a time:
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Janet at The Art of Getting By asks the ultimate tech question: Mac or PC?
Well, here we are.... again. Time for another Movie Madness Monday, the movie quote trivia game. This week's film just seems so darned-- appropriate! I can't resist.
And no, I'm not talking about "pro wrestling,"either. I was standing near the gym, eyeballing three boys who were acting like knuckleheads, when along came "Pee-wee." He looked down in the mouth. Every week he asks if he can pass Checkpoint Cornelius where I guard the hallway and its bathrooms from dirty deeds so that he can go weigh-in to find out if he can eat lunch and drink some milk. Not when, not how much, but IF.
13 Things I Hate About Winter:
1.There is no baseball during winter. This proves, indubitably, that winter is accursed.
2. There is even a nasty little period in the winter where there's no baseball, AND there's no football. That really is brutal.
3. I go to work in the morning, and it's dark.
4. Snow. And snow days. I would rather be in school when it's crappy outside, and get out of school when it's warm and sunny.
5. The way people drive in the snow and ice. Now, in Oklahoma, we only got ice, and everyone knows you really can't drive on ice, and we acknowledged that and stayed home. See, we're descended from people who survived winters on the prairie, so nature has self-selected hardy, survival-oriented types. But here? People think that driving a huge SUV means you're bulletproof. Which is fine if they would just slide off into a ditch without nearly annihilating others.
6. Sunlight deprivation. I think I have a touch of seasonal affective disorder, except that I get grumpy instead of sad.
7. Putting on layers of clothing to keep warm makes one look much fatter. Just the other day, I was blamed for influencing the tides at Lake Michigan. I'm probably the reason why Pluto was downgraded to a planet-in-waiting.
8. My nose is cold, but I'm sweating.Disgusting almost to the point of getting a botox injection-- but not quite.
9. Ice. I hate ice.
10. When one flake or ice pellet hits the ground, everyone within 100 miles dashes to the grocery stores in their big SUVs and buys up all the bread, milk and eggs. Because, after all, they might run out and not be able to get to the store if we get that quarter-inch of snow. It's as if everyone thinks that the ingredients for French toast form some kind of talisman against the cold.
11. Darkness at 5 pm. That's just wrong.
12. Blustery northern winds.
13. The field mice come into our school with a vengeance during winter, and they like to leave little presents all around. Can anyone say, "Hantavirus?" I thought you could.
Links to other Thursday Thirteens!
1. Jess, the Computer Diva
Dr. Homeslice serves up a little piece o' heaven as he hosts the 102nd edition of the Carnival of Education. All kinds of great stuff is here, along with a dry side of wit. Read it!
Nebraska state legislators are struggling with what to do to improve education in Omaha:
State lawmakers on Wednesday introduced several bills aimed at resolving issues facing the state’s largest school district, Omaha Public Schools.
The plans follow a decision last year by the Legislature to break the district into three parts and put the 11 school districts in Douglas and Sarpy counties under a governance umbrella called a learning community. Lawsuits followed the law, and a judge has put the law’s implementation on hold.
One bill introduced Wednesday (LB547) aims to ensure the breakup never happens. Introduced by Sen. Gail Kopplin of Gretna, the measure would also maintain current boundaries of school districts in both Douglas and Sarpy counties. It has the backing of 10 superintendents in Douglas and Sarpy counties.
Sen. Ron Raikes of Lincoln, meanwhile, introduced several bills related to OPS, including one that would create a new governing structure with the goal of giving seven high schools in the area more local control. The schools would be grouped into so-called education centers with elected boards. Each board would then have representation on the board overseeing the entire Class V district.
Another bill (LB473), introduced by Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha, would maintain the planned breakup of OPS but merge one district, Westside, into the Omaha district.
What would you do if your dog attacked your elderly mother? What would you do if that same dog later KILLED your elderly mother?
A plastic surgeon spent three hours sewing up Linda Mittino's face after her son's dog first attacked her in November.
But she insisted the 7-year-old German shepherd, called Bear, deserved a second chance.
On Monday, the animal lover's loyalty cost her her life when the dog once again turned on her — this time attacking in her bedroom.
"She called him her protector. She loved that dog," said her son, Joe Mittino, the dog's owner.
"I don't know what happened. My mom isn't here to tell me and the dog can't talk."
...Bear, whose registered name is Baron von Valentine, was the seventh German shepherd the family had kept as a pet over the years. Linda Mittino also kept a greyhound and eight cats.
Joe Mittino said Bear was always aggressive about protecting his owner and territory.
"I took him to obedience school, but we didn't do too good," Joe Mittino said.
His sister, Lisa Boenzle, said she feared the dog, especially after it attacked her husband, who went to the hospital with serious bite wounds last year.
"You always had to keep an eye on him," she said. "You couldn't know for sure what he was thinking. The dog needed to be put down after the first attack," Lisa Boenzle said. "But my mom didn't want to take the dog away from my brother."
Joe Mittino said he intended to get one-on-one training for Bear after the attack. He scheduled an appointment to have the dog neutered Jan. 25. He hoped the procedure would curb his temperament.
Police said they expect no criminal charges from the attack, since the animal killed one of its owners, the first such case in memory in St. Louis County.
Most family members insist that the dog should be euthanized now.
"He needs to be put down. He killed my mother," Lisa Boenzle said. "He's a threat to every human."
Officials were holding the dog Tuesday at St. Louis County's animal control shelter. Delores Gunn, director of the St. Louis County Health Department, will determine if the dog should be euthanized after a hearing if the family does not request it to be put down.
But Joe Mittino wondered about other options Tuesday. He said he wished the dog could live in seclusion in rural Missouri.
"I bet he'd be OK there with no one around," he said. "I'd keep him in a pen."
I got tagged with the "Five Things About Me" meme and have had loads of trouble getting it done, what with my ISP going down in the storm and all, but now, mea culpa, I'm getting it done.
Now this proves that five questions is not enough to make these kind of emotion crushing decisions.
|You Are Most Like George W. Bush|
So what if you're not exactly popular? You still rule the free world.
And while you may be quite conservative now, you knew how to party back in the day!
|You Are Most Like Bill Clinton|
No doubt, your legacy may be a little seedier than you'd like.
But even though you've done some questionable things, you're still loved by almost all.
Welcome back to a holiday edition of Movie Madness Monday, the movie quote trivia game! I hope you are all enjoying the day off, and not dealing with powersurges and periodic blackouts thanks to our local power monopoly, which I like to call ConnEd (I think it's run by a subsidiary of KBR). Actually, I guess we could say that we are experiencing a lot of power successes that haven't happened yet.
I saw her today at the reception....
For the past two years, our school has been spending staff development time talking about the minority achievement gap. Did I say that we had accomplished anything tangible? No, I did not.
The 101st edition of the Carnival of Education is up and running at I Thought a Think, put together by our esteemed compatriot The Rain.
Janet at the Art of Getting By poses a question this week that is once again intriguing. I do o love the music questions! She asks, "What are the best satire songs?"
Can any amount of money fix NCLB?
Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., and Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. -- who chair committees overseeing education -- said they urged the president to propose funding increases for the law. Bush made no commitments, according to a congressional aide who was briefed on the discussions and spoke on the condition of anonymity because the meeting was private.
Democrats, who won control of Congress in November, say the administration and Republican lawmakers have underfunded the law by about $50 billion, compared to what was originally called for. Republicans say it is common practice for legislation to be funded at less than the full level.
While partisan sniping over the law has been common in recent years, the lawmakers attending Monday's meeting struck a bipartisan note and pledged to work together to get the law renewed for five more years. The united front is part of a strategy to fend off critics who want to see the law scrapped or drastically changed.
"This issue now has its detractors and those that are opposed to it. That's true in the Democratic party and the Republican party," Kennedy said.
Spellings listed a few areas of concern that came up during Monday's meeting. They included how to test special education and limited-English speaking students, a desire to give schools credit for progress even when they fall short of annual targets and ways to get students access to high-quality free tutoring.
Movie Madness Monday, and we're going to go back in time to my college days.
This picture has apparently been floating around for a while. No one knows what its significance is, or who the man is. It was taken in Sheboygan somewhere between 1876 and 1884. He's dressed awfully nice for someone sitting on a dead horse.
Okay, here's the scenario: A parent has asked that all of a (16 year old) student's teachers call him if his daughter's grades drop below a B. By the way, the grades are available over the internet, and the parent has internet access. Yet another parent has requested that she be called any time her offspring does not turn in an assignment, with the same caveat regarding grades and the internet.
Thanks to a tip from my pal NYC Educator, I ambled over to the Washington Post and found that Jay Mathews mentioned A Shrewdness of Apes as a favorite blog in a contest he called "the Class Struggle," which I see is a pun on the name of his column.
As I sit surrounded by my
You can't find "Abraham Lincoln: His Speeches and Writings" at the Pohick Regional Library anymore. Or "The Education of Henry Adams" at Sherwood Regional. Want Emily Dickinson's "Final Harvest"? Don't look to the Kingstowne branch.
It's not that the books are checked out. They're just gone. No one was reading them, so librarians took them off the shelves and dumped them.
Linda Schlekau, manager of Woodrow Wilson library in Fairfax County, says she discards about 700 books a month.
Along with those classics, thousands of novels and nonfiction works have been eliminated from the Fairfax County collection after a new computer software program showed that no one had checked them out in at least 24 months.
Public libraries have always weeded out old or unpopular books to make way for newer titles. But the region's largest library system is taking turnover to a new level.
Like Borders and Barnes & Noble, Fairfax is responding aggressively to market preferences, calculating the system's return on its investment by each foot of space on the library shelves -- and figuring out which products will generate the biggest buzz. So books that people actually want are easy to find, but many books that no one is reading are gone -- even if they are classics.
"We're being very ruthless," said Sam Clay, director of the 21-branch system since 1982. "A book is not forever. If you have 40 feet of shelf space taken up by books on tulips and you find that only one is checked out, that's a cost."
Books on the Chopping Block in Fairfax
The following books have been weeded from the shelves of various branches of the Fairfax County Public Library system or haven't been checked out in 24 months and could be discarded. In parentheses are the branches where the books are endangered. The same title might be available at another branch.
The Works of Aristotle, Aristotle (Centreville)
Sexual Politics, Kate Millett (Centreville)
The Great Philosophers, Karl Jaspers (Centreville)
Carry Me Home, Diane McWhorter (Centreville)
The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner (George Mason Regional)
The Mayor of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy (George Mason Regional)
For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway (George Mason Regional)
Desolation Angels, Jack Kerouac (George Mason Regional)
Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak (George Mason Regional)
Remembrance of Things Past, Marcel Proust (George Mason Regional)
Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well, Maya Angelou (Chantilly Regional)
The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams (Chantilly Regional)
Writings, Gertrude Stein (Chantilly Regional)
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte (Chantilly Regional)
Doctor Faustus, Christopher Marlowe (Chantilly Regional)
Great Issues in American History, Richard Hofstadter (Chantilly Regional)
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, Gertrude Stein (Chantilly Regional)
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Pohick Regional)
Babylon Revisited: And other stories, F. Scott Fitzgerald (Reston Regional)
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee (Reston Regional)
The Aeneid, Virgil (Sherwood Regional)
The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot (Fairfax City Regional)
Movie Madness Monday comes out a bit late today because I forgot it was Monday-- sad, sad, but true. And no, it's not because I partied too much last night, since Mr. Cornelius hasn't taken me out for New Year's since we were engaged, which was like the Reagan era.