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Cheat. Just Don’t Get Caught

January 16, 2012


Incredibly, some teachers have actually encouraged students to cheat. The Death of Honesty by William Damon (Senior Fellow and member of the Virtues of a Free Society Task Force) The failure to cultivate virtue in citizens can be a lethal threat to any democracy. For a number of reasons, people do not always stick to the truth […]

2011 in review

January 1, 2012


The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,600 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people. Click here to […]

Fast and Furious

August 6, 2011


How far did we go in one single night? We were possessed with the notion of leaving Florida behind. So here we stand looking at some history, while putting some history behind us.

Ideological Wars

July 30, 2011


We aren’t fighting a war against terrorists to win the hearts and minds of the Middle East. We are fighting it to end the threat of terrorism. Victory can’t be achieved with bullets and bombs alone. This is, at its core, an ideological war. Just as we defeated communism by defeating the communists’ ideology, we […]


July 26, 2011


“The troubles of modern life come from being divorced from nature.” Isaac Asimov Her first fish was a Red Ear Sunfish. Standard ultra light rod and reel.  4lb test monofilament.  Small hook and live earthworm.  2 foot lead from small red/white bobber. She had trouble casting over the edge of the railing, so I cast it […]

Teaching To The Test

July 25, 2011


The results are in. I’m above average. Or rather, my students tend to be. This year 405,000 students took the AP English Language and Composition exam “globally”. I had 64.  Two classes.  Average of 32 students per class. I don’t even teach math! How do I do that? Anyway, I was positive that my “passing […]

I Told You So

July 21, 2011


Remember when I said that rewarding mediocrity would bring down our nation? Or something like that? I’ve always believed that educating children requires hard work and some uncomfortable feelings.  Anyone who thinks that education should be all hugs and kisses and warm fuzzy green colored charts is just insane.  We’ve reduced our elementary school kids […]