Monthly Archives: April 2012

High-Tech Was A Box of Colored Chalk

It’s Sunday evening and last year at this time I would have been thinking about and working on my school work for the upcoming week. But for now, retirement has allowed me to look at some things on my desk … Continue reading

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AT First I Couldn’t Spell “ACT” But Now I Get To Take One

Our state education director in the face of challenges to a new law requiring all 11th grade students to take the ACT decided to take the test himself. A task that I would not easily have undertaken. He scored a … Continue reading

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Joe Friday Law – The facts Ma’am, Just the Facts

A local newspaper ( Des Moines Register) in an editorial on libel suits, states that libel/slander suits filed by one candidate against another will stifle political debate. I wondered how truth in political advertising and vigorous political debate could be … Continue reading

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Darrel Issa – Yogi Berra Reincarnate

In response to the problems of the Secret Service in Columbia Rep Issa, R-Calif., “chairman” of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “Things like this don’t happen once if they didn’t happen before,” … Continue reading

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Who’s Praise/fault is it?

I had a letter to the editor published this AM in The Des Moines Register. It questions why superintendents get the praise when student scores go up and teachers get the blame when they go down or stay the same. … Continue reading

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Sanity Breaks Out in Sioux City Iowa

A Happy Note in the Paper this morning! In Iowa, one politician and political party have sued another politician and political party in state court and won. The suit claimed slander and libel based on inaccuracies flimsy facts and fanciful … Continue reading

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Divorced from Reality

When I started teaching, students of divorced or single parent families were a definite minority, possibly 10% at the most. For better or worse that number has changed dramatically, particularly in high poverty schools where the divorce or abandonment rate … Continue reading

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