Monthly Archives: January 2012

Things that Make Me Smile

As I age I discover that seeing or remembering  things from my youth makes me smile. Here is a list of things that you don’t see that much anymore that either have or would  make me smile. If you are … Continue reading

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Thoughts on a Suicide

Our relatively small school district has been racked by two teen suicides in the past 48 hours.  I have always felt that the main job of our hormone ridden growth spurt addled teenagers was to do nothing that would permanently … Continue reading

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Homework, Back packs, and The Weight of a Thought

I was working with my grandson on some pre-algebra problems this morning. Like many kids in 7th grade today  he has a certain impatience built into his  being that sometimes gets in the way of  the standard processes of  math. … Continue reading

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Equality In The Boiler Room

In almost all school systems now  smoking is not allowed anywhere on school grounds. In many cases teachers are not even allowed to smoke in their cars in the parking lot although some do and I am pretty sure that … Continue reading

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No Fudge Budget

I was wondering how to solve budget problems within our government. I would suggest a paradigm shift in which we pay the budget in arrears. At the end of each fiscal year any deficit would be computed by February 15th … Continue reading

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Too Late To Ask, “Say It Ain’t So, Joe”

Shakespeare tells us in Julius Ceaser that, “The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones” Let it not be so, for Joe Paterno. I am conflicted about what is right and wrong about … Continue reading

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Teachers, Fire Preventer or Fireman(Firewoman) – Fireperson Sounds Too Much Like an Arsonist

I have previously freely admitted that I am a dinosaur when it comes to modern  educational thought.  I believe that you learn to be a good teacher by doing the job by observing those around you, choosing/having a mentor or … Continue reading

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Cougars, Chargers, and PC’ In The Wild

A Canyon City Utah school board has apparently overridden the student choice of “Cougars” for the new high school mascot saying they did it because the term was offensive to women. They summarily replaced the student choice, selected by a … Continue reading

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Death of the Twinkies

I survived the endangerment and eventual near extinction of the pay phone. This species is now only found hiding in small habitat niches  in train stations, air ports, bus stations, convenience stores and jails .  They used to be so … Continue reading

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Teachers and The Geometry of Discipline

At the present time  our schools hampered by political correctness, permissiveness and “open minds”  are rarely capable of either producing or following laws and rules that make common sense. Often making zero tolerance utterances and rules by fiat based on … Continue reading

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