Archive for February, 2009

Stick This In Your Pipe and Smoke It

February 28, 2009

Check out this article from CNN.  It can be read in it’s entirety here.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Those lazy days of summer may become a thing of the past if the new secretary of education has his way.

Arne Duncan, the Cabinet secretary charged with overhauling America’s educational system, is studying programs that keep kids in school longer to boost their academic achievements.

“When I go out and talk about that, that doesn’t always make me popular with students. They like the long summers,” Duncan said in an interview Wednesday with CNN conducted in the Education Department’s library.

But Duncan said American students are “at a competitive disadvantage” because the United States has shorter school years than other countries such as India and China.

I don’t think that longer days and longer years are the answer to America’s education problem.  What Mr. Duncan needs to address is not how long we are in school.  Instead of a matter of time, we have a matter of culture on our hands.  In order to overhaul our education system, a major cultural shift is going to need to take place how our students and especially parents view education.  As a teacher I see the lack of support from parents regarding their children.  Without this support, the mindset of our students will continue to be one that holds education in the lowest regard.  Yes, let’s take a look a countries such as India and China, but rather than focus on how long they go to school, let’s focus on how important education is in their homes.

I have students of Indian decent in my classes.  Clinton High School is actually home to many cultures, especially Indian and Chinese.  I see these students consistently outscoring their peers in all academic areas.  Our public school system is not failing them.  They come from families that appreciate and support the education system.  Their families demand excellence from the school system while demanding that same excellence from their children.  A demand for excellence on the part of the parents is reflected in the student’s behavior, level of respect for teachers and peers, and of course in their grades.

Something to think about, Mr. Duncan.

Just look how sad this sun is without a summer!

Just look how sad the sun would be without a summer!

Yes, Please!

February 27, 2009

Umm, anyone have $400,000 I can have to purchase this?

(CNN) — After being hidden away for years, a copy of the original “Superman and Friends” comic book will make a comeback — at a price of about $400,000, a comic expert said Thursday.
Starting Friday, comic book collectors and Superman fans will have the opportunity to bid on a comic classic — an “unrestored” copy of Action Comics No. 1, said Stephen Fishler, owner of Comic Connect, an online liaison between comic book buyers and sellers. The book’s owner is not being identified.

You can read the entire article here.  In case anyone is wondering what I would like for a graduation gift, you couldn’t do much better than this-haha!

pictured: Bradley Reid Freeny II (He's the one holding the car.)

pictured: Bradley Reid Freeny II (He's the one holding the car.)

The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham

February 26, 2009

Tonight’s episode of Lost was INCREDIBLE.  Just finished watching it.  I don’t watch it when it airs because we have our church small group on Wednesday nights. I record it and watch it later.  It’s late now, but totally worth it.  One of the best episodes of the season, and it happens to be about my favorite character–John Locke!  Any fellow Losties out there want to share their thoughts on the episode?

Dead Locke

Dead Locke

I’m a Lostie

February 24, 2009

As most of you probably know, I am a huge Lost fan.  I do believe it is one of the best television shows ever produced.  Since it is such a great show, it has become something of an obsession.  I cling on every word of every episode.  I analyze everything.  Between episodes I visit Lostpedia and listen to great podcast dedicated to the show.  If you are into Lost, you should really check out the Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack.  They provide an insightful look at the latest episode of Lost, but they never run the risk of taking themselves too seriously.  Really, that would just be nerdy . . .

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Creepy

February 22, 2009

I was perusing the coupons today (a Sunday routine of mine) and I came across one of the creepiest ads I’ve seen in a while.  It is especially creepy in light of a recent even involving a renegade chimp.  Here is the image–judge for yourself.

Creepy Chimp

Creepy Chimp