Monthly Archives: January 2012

Review shoots down report’s claims that teachers are less intelligent and overpaid

Teachers are overpaid and are less intelligent than other college graduates. Did that get your attention? That’s exactly what two conservative think tanks are hoping to do via a recently released “study” asserting that teachers are overpaid when compared with … Continue reading

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Where’s That Gate Keeper When You Need One?

You can think anything. You can say some things; some modicum of self-control would be recommended, depending upon your audience. However, when you put your ideas and beliefs into writing, or when you say things that you know will be recorded or captured in … Continue reading

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Ya Gotta Have Grit

Not in your oysters. Not in your spinach. Not between your teeth. The other kind of grit–TRUE GRIT, like the movie version. Perseverance. Resolve. Determination. Stick-to-itiveness. Doggedness. Tenacity. Mettle. Backbone. Fortitude. Resilience.  Maybe moxie–but not the liquid version–at one time … Continue reading

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What is wrong with math education?

This is why I get very little accomplished on weekends. I poke around on the Internet, on blogs, etc. I keep reading and stumbling on one link after another; finding new sites; revisiting old friends like Valerie Strauss’s The Answer … Continue reading

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Rise As One

I love this song. I was introduced to it by a good friend and union activist. I grew up in the 60’s, and I was a huge fan of folk music and protest songs. So, I am no stranger to this … Continue reading

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I Am Not Yet a Curmudgeon

Jerry Seinfeld made a fortune by asking questions in a funny way about ironic circumstances. “How about those little old ladies that dress their dogs up in costumes? What’s with that? I mean–a poodle dressed like a pirate, with an eyepatch and … Continue reading

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Goodnight Moon

I should stop right now, and just put myself to bed. Have some warm cocoa. Read a nice bedtime story. “Goodnight room. Goodnight moon. Goodnight cow jumping over the moon. Goodnight light, and the red balloon…” Nah. When you got the itch, … Continue reading

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