Category: education

Betsy DeVos gets an "F" on 60 Minutes

  Washington (CNN)Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos stumbled her way through a tense interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes” Sunday night, struggling to answer some basic questions about schools in her home state of Michigan and admitting that she does not “intentionally” visit underperforming schools. “It [cabinet position] cost her $115,000 in personal donations to... Read more »

What on Earth? Kyrie Irving's flattened view

  “While Irving admitted he was taught the earth is round, he believes it has caused much of humanity to be brainwashed. His argument points to the fact people are taught the earth is round from an early age without a chance to form their own opinion.”  [nypost.com]   The NBA star Kyrie Irving Contends... Read more »

Betsy Devos: A Head without knowledge

  So now we are stuck with a Betsy Devos And worse over public schools she is the boss. Proficiency, Growth, She’s confused about both And besides, IDEA* puts her at a loss. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act  
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Michael Lewis uncovers student bewilderment over Trump's political success

    “There they were, eight extremely bright, well-informed young people trying as hard as they could to imagine some event or action that would prompt the American people to compel their elected representatives to acknowledge that Donald Trump was unfit for office—and they were stumped.” [“Donald Trump and the Rules of the New American... Read more »

Trump would have been Mrs. Malaprop's favorite president

  Trump’s not a grammarian proper and prim; In the sense of semantics he misses the rim. Perhaps he was tired When this tweet was fired. Nonetheless I would like to unpresident him.  

My Favorite Quote

    I  could fill many spiral notebooks with my favorite quotes. And I did so  over the many years I taught in parochial and public schools. Here is one I especially like because of how the author.,Ashley Montagu,  answers the perennial question, Nature or Nurture? “The evidence strongly suggests that it can no longer... Read more »
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An Enrichment Course in the Chicago Public Schools

  A contract’s not bid on  to SUPES While  outsiders must   jump through the  hoops. The Board strings along As if nothing is  wrong. You’re surprised that  we’re  taken for dupes?

Presidential words to live by

During my years in the classroom, I had my students keep journals of daily quotations.  Here is a collection of inspiring (or at least intriguing) words from the Oval Office. 1. “We are citizens of the world; and the tragedy of our times is that we do not know this.” [Woodrow Wilson] 2. “Gambling is... Read more »

Are you a stoner? Take this test and find out.

On the wall near my computer is a chart I bought at Hobby Lobby entitled “Minerals of the World”.  Pictured on it are 40 common minerals.  Can you identify 10 of these?  If you can get 5 or more, you earn the right to be a stoner first-degree. 1. If it glitters, it may not... Read more »
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Teachers I Won't Forget

  I could write  a book about the teachers I  had.  I’m sure I  learned something from each of them. If it were only  how not to teach. That was important , you see, because I went on to become a teacher myself. And for that I could appreciate all of them and what they... Read more »