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Ideological Wars

July 30, 2011

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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 […]

Biophilia

July 26, 2011

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“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

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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

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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 […]

Business in the front, party in the back

July 19, 2011

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It seems that education is under scrutiny all the time. It seems that a lot of people outside of the actual classroom want to blame teachers. Yet, whenever serious headway is to be made, and when serious reforms are laid out, no real educators are invited to the discussion. In reality, it is business that […]

Memories Conjured By Confused Child

July 18, 2011

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“Hang it up,” we said. “How do I hang it up?” The Girl asked. She was holding the hotel phone. The cord sagged between the cradle and the child. She looked at the receiver and back at us. The Girl enjoys grabbing things and asking about them, playing with them, and generally finding out all […]

I’m Not Just a Teacher

July 10, 2011

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I’m also a student. Since I graduated with my Master’s degree, I have taken almost a dozen workshops and courses through various online graduate and extension programs. I’ve always been a proponent of continuing education.  If I expect my students to be perpetually inquisitive, how could I not model that behavior? I’ve taken courses on […]