Friday Distraction 4.29.11: Stan Getz Loses the Bossa Nova

I contemplated jazz the other day (riding the bicycle, naturally) and came, once again, to the conclusion that my birth somehow led to the genre’s eventual decline. It is all about me, doubtlessly. For it was around 1961 that Coltrane went more obtuse and Ornette Coleman helped throw the train off the tracks.  And then… Read More Friday Distraction 4.29.11: Stan Getz Loses the Bossa Nova

They Paved Paradise and Put Up Yet Another Instructional Coach

So, near as I can tell, my school is going to lose a Science teacher next year while still replacing our soon-to-retire Instructional Coach. No snark or satire needed here.  That is just plain messed up.   It’s wrong-headed for so many reasons.  If I start listing those reasons, nothing good can come from the… Read More They Paved Paradise and Put Up Yet Another Instructional Coach

Satan Demands Gay People Invade School

Distant “Big City” headline take on attempts by small-town “America” to avoid getting a “straight-gay” club at their high school: “Clovis May End Student Clubs” Small-town “America’” headline take on this attempt: “ACLU Backs Formation of Gay-Straight Alliance Club” Seems like the students themselves in Clovis, gay folks included, have no say in the matter.… Read More Satan Demands Gay People Invade School

Friday Distraction 4.22.11: Dinah, “Ronnie” and Louis

The Internet will end up being the cause of it all as we track back to rule by cockroach and ant overlords, but it’s not all bad. In one of those convoluted start-with-Emmylou-Harris, end-with-Dinah-Washington jags last night, I came across this piece o’ TV Americana including: A very faux relaxed introduction by “Ronnie” Reagan; Interaction… Read More Friday Distraction 4.22.11: Dinah, “Ronnie” and Louis

Grading the Albuquerque Journal SBA Report

This morning the hard-hitting, invariably precise local paper of record published its now annual SBA scores by elementary school teacher classroom.  But does the Journal’s information and analysis itself “meet proficiency”? To find that out, let’s use a spiffy table comparing the Journal’s work with the acknowledged ne plus ultra (i.e. “proficient” and/or “slightly meaningful”) when… Read More Grading the Albuquerque Journal SBA Report