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Teacher’s Pest

Posted in education, villain on July 21, 2010 by Qritiq

Business Week has an article on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Gates spent hundreds of millions destroying large U.S. high schools to make them smaller, only to discover that student body size has little effect on achievement.

Now Gates is spending big bucks to tie teacher’s jobs and pay to the standardized test scores of their students. Maybe he could use some of that dough to bring his (abominable) China-based customer service back to the U.S. and give some Americans some jobs.

Gates is also pouring money into non-unionized “charter” schools (private schools), and encouraging districts to funnel public funds to these private concerns (corporations that often operate without the same district regulations as the public schools.)


Religious School Grads Likelier To Have Abortions

Posted in education with tags , , , , , on June 26, 2009 by Qritiq

Unwed pregnant teens and 20-somethings who attend or have graduated from private religious schools are more likely to have abortions than their peers from public schools, according to research in the June issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

The research study examined how personal religious involvement, schoolmate religious involvement and school type influenced the pregnancy decisions of a sample of 1,504 unmarried and never-divorced women age 26 and younger from 125 different schools. The women ranged in age from 14 to 26 at the time they discovered they were pregnant. 25% of women in the sample reported having an abortion, a likely underestimate.
Results revealed no link between a young woman’s decision to have an abortion and her religious involvement, frequency of prayer or perception of religion’s importance.
Rates of abortions were higher for women educated at private religious schools. The type of religious school was not a factor – Catholic schools had similar rates as other religious schools.
Data for this study came from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), a school-based study of the health-related behaviors of students in grades 7 to 12. Add Health was funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and several other agencies.

Oh Where Oh Where Did The Free Market Go Oh Where Oh Where Can It Be

Posted in crisis, Doh!, education with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 19, 2008 by Qritiq


Hi – could y’all please call your president and congressmen and tell ’em to stop throwing our money down a black hole?  Thanx!

(I just heard George Bush say that all fraudulent short sellers will be caught and “persecuted”.)

Hey here’s a crazy idea: why don’t we take those trillions of tax dollars and invest them in tech, green energy, and education.  And actually get a return on our investment.


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Palin Promotes Ignorance Amongst Our Teenagers

Posted in education, evil with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2008 by Qritiq


Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin has said that she does not believe in sex education.  This philosophy has left her own teenage daughter open to contracting and spreading AIDS and actually having an unwanted pregnancy.

Do we really want a politician with such poor judgment and poor moral quality in the White House?

How to Succeed in Math

Posted in education, math, solutions, teenagers with tags , , , , , on February 28, 2008 by Qritiq

VerrillMinimalSurface   I’ve noticed that some readers are looking for ideas on how to improve kids’ math scores, so here are some answers. These apply to teens as well as younger kids.

-kids generally need at least 9 hours of sleep a night. Teens too; their bodies are still growing and their minds are still growing. Make sure you (if you are the kid in question) or your kid (if you are the parent in question) gets enough sleep every night.

-make sure the student eats breakfast. And not cereal or pop-tarts. Get your ass out of bed and make them or buy them an egg McMuffin or some fruit and cheese, or minute steaks with peppers. With a large glass of milk. They must have protein in the morning. Make them eat at least some of it. It’s also a good idea to pack a lunch for them. Such as:

1. Peanut butter (or almond butter) with banana on whole wheat, grapes, celery sticks, a large thermos of milk

2. Sardines with lettuce on whole wheat, some cherries, some baby carrots, Hershey’s kisses, a large thermos of milk

You get the idea.

Also, provide an after school snack such as nuts and raisins or yogurt with fruit or brown rice crackers with cheese. Always have plenty of milk in the house. Stop buying beverages that contain sugar.  Kids (and adults too) need sunshine or they get sluggish; get them to spend some time out-of-doors daily, weather permitting (don’t forget the sunscreen.)  If you live in a cold or rainy area, spend school holidays in a sunny climate.

-make sure your kid gets to school ON TIME. Get your ass out of bed a half hour earlier if you need to in order to accomplish this. Lead by example and practice what you preach.

-make sure your kid has a quiet spot to do homework in. This spot should be free of siblings. This should be a comfortable, clean, organized, nicely decorated, well-lit, and pleasant work space away from distractions. Music is ok while studying for some kids (for some it is actually beneficial); tv is not.

-have your kid explain their math homework to you every night that they have homework. If (and only if) you know your stuff, help them out.

-If you understand the material your kid is studying, work with them one hour a day on it. And don’t be pissy with them. It should be a pleasant part of the day.

-ignore excuses and rationalizations like “the teacher hates me”, “I have a bad teacher”, “I’m a math-phobe”, “I can’t concentrate”. They’re probably all true; so what? The kid still has to pass math. So instead of wasting a lot of time delving into all these PROBBBLEMMMMS, just help the kid to get their homework done.

-play games with your kids like chess, checkers, Othello, bridge, scrabble, anything that uses logic. If their school or library has a chess club, encourage them to join.

-introduce your kids to different kinds of music, bring them to galleries and museums.

Breaking news; semicolon used correctly.

Posted in education with tags , , , on February 18, 2008 by Qritiq

Stop the presses; Roberts’ scoop is also shocking in that he has uncovered a creative writing major who is gainfully employed.

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By SAM ROBERTS for                    Rob Dunlavey Illustration

It was nearly hidden on a New York City Transit public service placard exhorting subway riders not to leave their newspaper behind when they get off the train.

“Please put it in a trash can,” riders are reminded. After which Neil Neches, an erudite writer in the transit agency’s marketing and service information department, inserted a semicolon. The rest of the sentence reads, “that’s good news for everyone.”

Semicolon sightings in the city are unusual, period, much less in exhortations drafted by committees of civil servants. In literature and journalism, not to mention in advertising, the semicolon has been largely jettisoned as a pretentious anachronism.

Americans, in particular, prefer shorter sentences without, as style books advise, that distinct division between statements that are closely related but require a separation more prolonged than a conjunction and more emphatic than a comma.

“When Hemingway killed himself he put a period at the end of his life,” KurtVonnegut once said. “Old age is more like a semicolon.”

In terms of punctuation, semicolons signal something New Yorkers rarely do. Frank McCourt, the writer and former English teacher at Stuyvesant High School, describes the semicolon as the yellow traffic light of a “New York sentence.” In response, most New Yorkers accelerate; they don’t pause to contemplate.

Semicolons are supposed to be introduced into the curriculum of the New York City public schools in the third grade. That is where Mr. Neches, the 55-year-old New York City Transit marketing manager, learned them, before graduating from Tilden High School and Brooklyn College, where he majored in English and later received a master’s degree in creative writing.

But, whatever one’s personal feelings about semicolons, some people don’t use them because they never learned how.

In fact, when Mr. Neches was informed by a supervisor that a reporter was inquiring about who was responsible for the semicolon, he was concerned.

“I thought at first somebody was complaining,” he said.

One of the school system’s most notorious graduates,David Berkowitz, the Son of Sam serial killer who taunted police and the press with rambling handwritten notes, was, as the columnist Jimmy Breslin wrote, the only murderer he ever encountered who could wield a semicolon just as well as a revolver. (Mr. Berkowitz, by the way, is now serving an even longer sentence.)

But the rules of grammar are routinely violated on both sides of the law.

People have lost fortunes and even been put to death because of imprecise punctuation involving semicolons in legal papers. In 2004, a court in San Francisco rejected a conservative group’s challenge to a statute allowing gay marriage because the operative phrases were separated incorrectly by a semicolon instead of by the proper conjunction.

Louis Menand, an English professor at Harvard and a staff writer at The New Yorker, pronounced the subway poster’s use of the semicolon to be “impeccable.”

Lynne Truss, author of “Eats Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation,” called it a “lovely example” of proper punctuation.

Geoffrey Nunberg, a professor of linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, praised the “burgeoning of punctuational literacy in unlikely places.”

Allan M. Siegal, a longtime arbiter of New York Times style before retiring, opined, “The semicolon is correct, though I’d have used a colon, which I think would be a bit more sophisticated in that sentence.”

New York City Transit’s unintended agenda notwithstanding, e-mail messages and text-messaging may jeopardize the last vestiges of semicolons. They still live on, though, in emoticons, those graphic emblems of our grins, grimaces and other facial expressions.

The semicolon, befittingly, symbolizes a wink.

KGB Lives

Posted in education, evil with tags , , on January 27, 2008 by Qritiq

Interesting link submitted by charly re office spying software that (freakishly) measures a worker’s physiological functions

I guess it’s not enough for Bill Gates to spend, spend, spend to do away with New York City kids being permitted to get free vocational training or to be allowed to go to their neighborhood schools, he wants your boss to spy on you too.

So remember kids (with a little help from Bill Gates) Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength, and Big Brother is Watching You! (and measuring your heart rate as well)


Ten ways to improve U.S. ability in Math

Posted in crisis, education, math on August 19, 2007 by Qritiq

U.S. woefully poor in Math

1-3. Students must be held accountable for disruptive behavior and disciplined immediately with detention and suspension. When students are disruptive, no-one in the class learns anything. If this one thing were upheld, U.S. math scores would be GREATLY improved.

4. Transfer teachers who are not competent in Math to another subject. Require that all Math teachers have an undergraduate degree in Math.

5. It is not necessary to pay Math teachers more than other teachers. What IS necessary, is to have the workday end by 3 PM sharp every day without fail, and to not require Math teachers to do anything unrelated to teaching Math (lunchroom duty, proctoring, detention monitor, calling parents of unruly students, etc.) You could pay a math major a ton of money, but if their job is not fulfilling and their lives are not manageable, many will leave.

6. Stop requiring Math teachers to have a Master’s degree in Education. It is not that useful and keeps competent people from entering the field, since math majors have many other more lucrative options that do not require an advanced degree. Of course, training in lesson planning and curriculum should be offered.

7. Technology in the math classroom is generally unnecessary unless students are being tested specifically on technology. The high school curriculum is not rocket science. It’s more important for students to understand math concepts and to apply them, than to learn how to use a computer program. Certainly technology can aid in learning, but it should be viewed as an extra, not a requirement.

8. Understand that “teaching to the test” is not all bad. Ideally, students should get 4 days a week of straight curriculum, and 1 day a week of Math games or projects for exploration.

Anybody have ideas for numbers 9 and 10?