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Reality check on teen sexual activity and development May 8, 2007

Posted by Administrator in Cultural Pessimism, Education, Liberal Hypocrisy, Liberal self-loathing, Mechanistic Relativism.
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SNAP.

The basics: Kids from intact families develop sexual habits at a more reasonable (and appropriately delayed) rate than their blended-family peers, and that delay in the development of sexual activity makes for a generally happier life.

Wow. Whodathunkit?

via SC&A.

Updated links:

SC&A

Mamacita.

Reductio Ad Absurdem April 30, 2007

Posted by Administrator in Cultural Pessimism, Drama, Education, Idiots, Liberal Hypocrisy, Liberal self-loathing.
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Indoctrinate U.  A film by Evan Coyne Maloney.  Exposes the rigors of PCspeak on today’s campuses, and the jackbooted, knee-jerk response to anyone who dares to challenges the gospel truth of PC thought and language.

Visit the site, see the trailer, and sign up to get a screening in your area.  This sounds like an extremely important film that people concerned with speech issues in the US MUST see.

Review here.  Blurb by Anchoress here.

Carnival of Education #116. April 27, 2007

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Here. Lots of goodness.

Carnival of Education #114 April 12, 2007

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The latest is up over at The Education Wonks, and I highly recommend it to anyone remotely involved with education; teacher, parent, students, administrator, supporter or curious observer. It is chock full of thought-provoking goodies this week. I will endeavor to get this reminder up every week.

More day care means more behavior problems. March 26, 2007

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YA THINK????

The more time that children spent in child care, the more likely their sixth-grade teachers were to report problem behavior.

(snip)

The findings come from the largest study of child care and development conducted in the United States. The 1,364 children in the analysis had been tracked since birth as part of a study by the National Institutes of Health.

In the study’s latest installment, released Monday, researchers evaluated whether characteristics observed between kindergarten and third grade were still present in fifth grade or sixth grade. The researchers found that the vocabulary and behavior patterns did continue, though many other characteristics did dissipate.

The researchers said that the increase in vocabulary and problem behaviors was small, and that parenting quality was a much more important predictor of child development.

Should file under a new category: “Masters of Obvious come to grips with phenomenon that ocean is wet.”

This is so basic we should not even be having the discussion. I had a kid at the school I used to run that had daycare or school for 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. Then the parents wouold complain that we closed to early and didn’t open early enough. And this kid was a basket case. I am sure that part of this came about from feeling abandoned by his parents.

This article needs to be used as Exhibit A for why we should NOT have state-sanctioned and supported child care. We’ll be raising a generation of malformed nitwits if we do.

Rant, Mark III March 26, 2007

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So they had a major fundraiser at the school this weekend.  I did not go as there has been something involving either the school or my kids for the last 6 weeks, and my wife and I wanted a weekend just to ourselves.

I come in today, and find:

  • My office full of canned food.
  • The wall between two classrooms left open
  • Classrooms desks throughout the school completely disarrayed
  • CRAP all over the floor, all over the place
  • Another desk freshly broken

So, I start dealing with this, fuming, because I had plans on entering grades and some advanced lesson planning. . .but instead I am playing janitor.

When I confront my boss on this, he shoots back that “If you had BEEN THERE you would have known this had to be done.  The people working this were exhausted.”

BEEN THERE?  That’s all I already am to this place, is “being there.”  And this is how I am repaid?  Having a colossal mess to clean up upon entering the school on Monday?  Apparently now I am being expected to attend these “volunteer” functions, in a mandatory sense.

In English, that’s called an “oxymoron.”

I wish my boss would stop treating us hired help like second class citizens.  Whenever the needs of the classroom educator come up against the moneyed aristocracy, the aristocracy wins out every time.

/Rant

Textbook Companies seeking to pick even more pockets March 9, 2007

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Textbook companies are the great cash cow of the publishing industry. There is nothing better than having a captive audience. And in students, particularly college students, the publishing companies have them by the short hairs, and they intend to squeeze this particular captive audience for all its worth. (more…)

Momentary grouse March 6, 2007

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What do you do when your boss keeps hijacking your job. . . and then making a mess of it when he does so, and finally leaves you to clean up the mess?

On Incarceration, Drinking from the Well of Truth, and Mules February 15, 2007

Posted by Administrator in atheism, Blogging, Cultural Pessimism, Education, Idiots.
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Sounds like a deep if odd-sounding post? Sorry. Really, all I was doing was musing upon the following saying:

You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.”

Due to Mark Shea’s fine ramblings.

Which then led me to the following aphorism (I know of no one else yet who has used it):

You can lead an Atheist to Truth, but you can’t make him think.”

Which if course, reminded me of my mindless adversary, Prof. Myers. I find out that I have been put in “the Dungeon” over there. Which leads to the question: In a hapless, sunken den of iniquity, is what exactly can the “dungeon” look like when said den already resembles a dungeon?

Setting that aside, I find being put in prison by the execrable estimable Dr. Myers something of a badge of honor.

Why am I there?

Being tedious, repetitive, and completely boring; putting the blogger to sleep by going on and on about the same thing all the time (said thing being the Horde’s unrelenting Christian bashing and refusal to consider rational argument), (and) Making only disparaging comments about a group; while some of this is understandable, if your only contribution is consistently “X is bad”, even in threads that aren’t about X, then you’re simply slagging, not discussing (OK, so I lost my temper in the end and started suggesting that Myers and His Horde were nothing but a bunch of caterwauling infants bellowing into an echo chamber).

What he fails to mention -he really is very good at avoiding those issues that reflect poorly upon him- is that there had been innumerable efforts at engaging genuine debate. Any effort that did not support his party line was ruthlessly shouted down by Myers and his sycophantic horde, sometimes through name-calling and much more commonly through ad hominem argument. I got tired of repeating myself, so I started getting snarky.

It is amusing, though to read the list of reasons people might get banned from Pharyngula. With the exception of spamming, virtually all of the reasons for banishment can easily be interpreted to mean people who dare to post against the Pharyngulist party line.

Meanwhile, I don’t know whether or not to be offended or secretly pleased that he uses less invective in describing me than any other of his Dungeon dwellers.

Oh well. There are some places where it is a good thing to be on the PNG list.

My only real fear is that this clown is a teacher, and is affecting young minds in Minnesota.

Then again, it is Minnesota, and the odds are quite good that the old Scandinavian Protestant low-bullshit threshold will maintain its course and limit the little mule’s impact.

UPDATE: I can’t imagine why, but Myers the Berserk included a link for this site in his commentary upon me in his dungeon.

And so members of his cute little Sycophantic Horde have been stopping by for a peek.

ATTENTION HORDE MEMBERS: Please feel free to look around and, once you’ve convinced yourselves of your superiority, return to Your Master to bask in the glow of deluded self-righteousness.

Good luck with that.

Grades a mark of mastery? Or simply an indication that the student was present and breathing? February 6, 2007

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OK, I cannot find the original post.  But if you look around Mamacita’s excellent blog The Scheiss Weekly you just may stumble upon it.

Specifically, an excellent rant on the entitlement parents feel nowadays in meddling in the grades of their students.

The primary gist of the article was revolving around an unusually spineless public school principal who caved to the demands of a rich dentist parent to allow his kid’s clearly plagiarized paper to stand as a legitimate piece of work, thereby allowing his kid to stay in the running for valedictorian.  Which this cheating kid eventually won.

Then some months later, the spineless principal did the exact same thing, this time with the kid of the school district’s lawyer.  Exact same scenario; this kid also got to make the valedictory to his class.

Obviously, the only lesson these kids have learned is that one may cheat and get away with it.  No character formation took place; no benefit of one’s own hard work was obtained.  The kids in question were both rewarded for stealing.

I would be curious to see how the district lawyer would react when his kid is apprehended for stealing his favorite CD from Hastings.  Probably get the charges dismissed.

Why am I writing this?

Because we have a kid at the school I work at who struggles- mightily- with the work of the school.  Part of this is due to his poor listening skills.  Part of it is also due to the fact that he simply isn’t the brightest bulb in the light string.  But unlike other kids, he does not work hard enough to overcome this deficiency.  He relies more upon a combination of a)  winning smile and b) a seemingly cultivated persona of a lovable fool, hoping that both will excuse him come grade time.  And when all else fails, he c) calls in his parents.
Well, it didn’t work for him this past semester, as he did fail a class.  Finding that a and b had failed him, this fellow resorted to c.

And the parents came in, not discussing what the kids could do to make up his work.  They opened with arguing with the principal about how some teachers didn’t LIKE their little boy, and how he did not like some of them.  Then -the story goes- they finished with stating that grades are all important, and demanded that the grade be changed to a passing grade, with no additional work on the part of the kid.

My principal, a man of short temper, unpredictable behavior and substantial backbone, pretty much told them to forget it, that wasn’t going to happen.

So, in the end, they withdrew the kid.

In fairness, I must state that I was not present when these demands were made, so it is possible that the representation of the parents above is not correct

But the real sad part is that it can so easily BE correct in this degenerate Age of Enablement that we currently live in.   We no longer live in a West where the children are held accountable.  Instead, Boomer parents, accustomed to having their every whining need met without effort, believe their children need ot be raised in the same fashion, one devoid of personal responsibilty.

It is through these quiet, seemingly insignificant tussles that the Republic eventually doomed itself.