Aphorisms of public school

Aphorisms of public school

I just finished having a quite interesting conversation with a group of science teachers. It was a marvelous example of what I find to be so very wrong with science education in this country.

It began with one of the teachers saying that they were annoyed with kids who ask questions and having to ‘dignify reactionary challenges to their science’ with an answer. He went on to say that if the evidence is good, which ‘it must be in order to be science,’ then answering student questions on these topics is a ‘waste of time better spent teaching’ science.

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Huc accedit Santus Nicholas

Huc accedit Santus Nicholas

It’s almost time for that wonderful morning when the children leap out of beds around the world and tear open bits of paper in search of some special treasure. For me it is the time of year when I get to break out with the one real great excuse I have to speak in Latin to myself.

It’s not as if there are a great many people around who share that particular interest.

My all-time favorite Latin Christmas carol is Silent Night, possibly because I remember all the worlds without fail each year, and quite possibly because I can actually sing  the song decently.

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Obamacare questions that never get answered

Obamacare questions that never get answered

I was recently reminded of how people are always claiming they don’t know something, never knew it, and still don’t understand it.

Even if you’ve told them a million times.

I’m certainly not innocent of doing this. My memory lapses are notorious in my family.

For most people we can assume that sometimes it’s forgetfulness, other times… well… let me give you an example.

This was a somewhat hilarious and simultaneously frustrating exchange on Facebook recently:

Jane: I guess I’m still somewhat confused about Obamacare.

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Where the time Goes

Where the time Goes

I suppose I always thought of myself as a ‘book-a-day’ reader, but it appears I’ve been misleading myself! Since I’ve been keeping track of it better recently, I’ve noticed I actually read about 1/3 less than I thought I did. It looks like it’s about 60 for this most recent quarter, which I’ll post later. Of course, I suppose I can console myself with the reminder that I don’t limit myself to reading books only, being rather voracious in regard to news blogs and general information sites.

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Today is Homemade Bread Day

Today is Homemade Bread Day

According to my strange holiday calendar, today is Homemade Bread Day. Well, I Loooooooove homemade bread. In fact, the only reason I don’t make it more often is that I would gain a hundred pounds in the first month. We all would. Any time we make homemade bread, everyone can smell it and comes rushing out to grab a hot slice right out of the over slathered with butter. Or maybe two slices, or three… and then poof! We need to make another loaf 😛

Well today is homemade bread day so I have an excuse to make bread and eat it today!

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Treat a Girl Special Today

Treat a Girl Special Today

Today is International Girls Day.

I think they’ve got a pretty excellent message to get across, and that is that girls often don’t have the confidence they should have. We can blame media, parents, society, and argue over who is at fault, but in the end – it is reality that girls often lack confidence (particularly about image issues).

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