One guy sang about “Them Changes” while playing the drums in my favorite three-piece band ever. The other taught me how to say, if not comprehend, big words when I was a kid. Buddy Miles died recently.William F. Buckley, Jr. died yesterday. One guy sang about changes, while the other guy was left behind by… Read More Comparing the Recently Departed: Buddy Miles and William F. Buckley, Jr.
“..Instead, districts will give their students “short-cycle assessments” in ninth and 10th grades, which will consist of a series of three exams throughout the year, McKernan said. The districts will use them internally to diagnose their students, finding out what they know and what they need to learn. All those assessments, McKernan said, should also… Read More Let’s Play Spot That Fallacy!
You can literally sense the boredom in the air as another six-day grind of standardized testing begins at my beleaguered middle school. Yeah, that middle school. The one, apparently the only one, where the kids don’t write good. As my school and the inability of its students to express themselves in a written form has… Read More Drawing Out the Absurdities in Standardized Testing
In the graphic above, Ralph Nader would represent which of the pictured elements? If you said, “thin scummy layer of soil which helps prevent the plant from breaking through to the surface” you’re right! (insert remainder of deeply profound photosynthesis/Election 2008 metaphor here) Ralph Nader announced today that he is still alive on “Meet The… Read More Still No Word From Gus Hall or George Wallace
I briefly mentioned “JeffersonMSlbadwritersGate” earlier today (irritating viewing of ancient Journal sports ad required), but did not anticipate the shocking news that 6th graders can’t write well would eclipse Obama/Clinton, McCain/Shady Lobbyist Lady, and Burning American Embassy/Serbs in news coverage, at least in Albuquerque. Having returned home from a day spent in the cesspool of… Read More Butt Wut About The Childrens?
Evidently the ABQ City Council meeting was so boring last night it busted the ABQJournal website. Okay, maybe that is specious reasoning. But it was really darn boring. The whole Council looked and sounded (at least what I watched before I almost fell asleep myself from ennui) like it just wanted to go home and… Read More The Only Newspaper We Will Ever Need
I’ve been instructed by a good friend to write shorter posts. Something one could read while urinating, if one could arrange to have a laptop installed at a proper height above a toilet (or other logistical configurations). With that in mind, I will dispense with the scheduled 5,000 words comparing the obvious hatred between Governor… Read More Family Feudin’ NM Democrat-Style and A Republican Sheriff Doesn’t Get It