On Are The Startup Fellas Hellbent On Destroying Education Even Literate?

One could really go a long way to improving education by just taking all the money that is being thrown at the Common Core, "education policy makers", and high stakes testing in general and just giving it to the schools to spend on hiring and retaining teachers and fixing the school itself and textbooks, etc. I'd be willing to be there would actually be a lot of money left over not to mention an improvement in school performance. The solution probably isn't more money but really the better spending of what money there is now.

But people who make education software, education testing, the hardware to run it, etc, see a huge money making opportunity and they have the lobbyists to ensure they become the gurus instead of people who actually teach. And Politicians who think unions are the devil and teachers are ungrateful jump at the chance to throw taxpayer money at these glittery programs and charter schools that do no better than public schools. Well really you could just read Diane Ravitch's blog to get even more angry about all of this.

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 4:09 pm 1

On Lyme Disease Is All, "Hey, Don't Forget About Me!"

I love it when anecdotes make data.

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On Why Won't You Racists Let Us Talk During Movies?

@deepomega I have to admit I question their hip tech credibility if they have to wait several months to see the movie and don't already have an excellent TV and sound system.

Posted on August 8, 2013 at 4:17 pm 0

On Why Won't You Racists Let Us Talk During Movies?

Is this because young people in the tech industry never actually go home and thus do not know that they have something called a "living room" that probably have big screen TVs where they would watch whatever movie they want, text, smoke, update twitter, talk loudly, etc. etc.? I'd go on but I need to get some kids off of my lawn.

Posted on August 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm 1

On Coffee Articulate

I await the revival of the percolator and the rapturous descriptions about Folgers Crystals and then my grandparents will laugh in their graves.

Posted on June 19, 2013 at 3:16 pm 1

On Gays Tear "Mad Men" Apart, Put It Back Together

I've been reading them for at least 3 seasons now. It's the only minute detailed analysis I read where I don't go "Good lord, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar."

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 4:47 pm 0

On Benghazi Tweeters' Shocking Secrets

Could someone tell me if I need to care of Benghazi? I have relatives on Facebook where it's the only thing they post about like it's as bad as 9/11/2001 but they're all rather crazy and think Obama is a socialist.

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 2:59 pm 1

On Twitter Is Your New Resume

I don't think I'd ever hire anyone ever again if I had to rely on Twitter for resumes.

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 11:39 am 0

On The United States, In Order Of Their Contribution To American Music

As someone who lives in Vermont and loathes Grace Potter and Phish, I thank you.

Posted on October 31, 2012 at 3:23 pm 0

On How Many Booker Prize Nominees Have You Read?

I know the Will Self hasn't even come out yet so I think you can count that one if you'd like.

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 8:34 am 0