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About safrisri

I was a school teacher until retirement. I have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. Now I'm the guy sitting on the porch with an opinion on everything.

Two Curves To Consider For COVID-19

It may be that most of us will eventually get COVID 19. It is beginning to appear that many of us have already had the disease and did not recognize it. We hear a lot about flattening the curve. Flattening … Continue reading

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Politics as Usual

Here are some observations concerning American politics. 1.  During the State of the Union Address Nancy Pelosi had the high ground and the news cycle firmly in hand after President Trump failed to shake her hand. Instead of recognizing that … Continue reading

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Cognitive Dissonance , Gun Violence and Facebook

As defined by Encyclopedia Britanica (bet you haven’t seen that source for a while) “Cognitive dissonance is the mental conflict that occurs when beliefs or assumptions are contradicted by new information. The unease or tension that the conflict arouses in … Continue reading

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Defining Racism

I have been watching with concern the stories and posts about  a high school teacher and a college professor here in Iowa  being pilloried over “racial slurs” which did not have any racially motivated intent.  They simply used a word … Continue reading

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NCAA Caves

I believe that the NCAA knew they were going to lose the endorsement fight so they cut their losses. It does not matter that NCAA stars are already paid for their skills, it’s called an athletic scholarship. free food, free … Continue reading

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Thinking and Boxes

We often hear the phrase, ” Thinking outside the box.” The phrase usually means being creative but in politics it means something else. It too often means that anyone outside of your box is wrong and incapable of thinking. I … Continue reading

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Metaphorically Speaking

“The pen may not be as powerful as the sword.” English teachers deserve a special place in Heaven. I came across this list in a file on my computer. Having never taught Language beyond 5th grade I would imagine an … Continue reading

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Multicultural?

Some years ago we made a semantic mistake when we called our goal, ” multicultural diversity. ” In fact it would have been much more valuable if we had called the goal,” multicultural unity.” We used to be the world’s … Continue reading

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Throwing Money at Education

What Schools Need The answer is simple and it is not only money it is respect and discipline. Teachers need to respect their students and students and parents need to respect their teachers. As to the idea that more money … Continue reading

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1984 +35

George Orwell published, “1984” in 1949, around 70 years ago. I was forced to read it in high school and thought it a fairy tale. I re-read it recently and found George Orwell was remarkably prescient if off by a … Continue reading

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