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How the Hell Did Pearson Get So Powerful?

Stay tuned, would-be teachers, for this outfit is trying to force national licensing procedures. No way is this ever going to fly.There is already the bullshit National Board Certification, whereby teachers spend thousands of dollars to get it and where good teachers "fail" the "rigorous" exam while lousy ones pass with flying colors.Sixty-seven of the 68 students studying to be teachers at the middle and high school levels at the Amherst campus are protesting a new national licensure procedure being developed by Stanford University with the education company Pearson.The UMass students say that their professors and the classroom teachers who observe them for six months in real school settings can do a better job judging their skills than a corporation that has never seen them. ...more

Interesting conversation about teaching and technology

I had a very interesting conversation with a colleague the other day ....more

Cheerleading turtle-burners against women

This weekend, a truly astounding anti-feminist  letter was published by the newspaper of record in glamorous Fargo, North Dakota.*  Its author, one Michael A. Ross of Hawley, Minnesota, believes he not only knows the root of our societal suffering, but he also has the cure for what ails us all. It’s cheerleaders.   No, really!  Sit down, pour yourself another cup of coffee, and prepare to have your mind blown! Mr. Ross begins: ...more

Speak Up As Though Your Future Depends On It

There are some times in our lives when we just need to speak up. No amount of rationalization (someone else will do it or one person won’t matter) will suffice. We feel compelled to say or to do something to make a difference. This is one of those times for our country. Americans are still suffering in so many ways—unemployment, foreclosures, inadequate healthcare, and the ongoing war in Afghanistan, to name a few. Now, more than ever, we need to tell our politicians what WE need and want. Quite frankly, they need our guidance....more
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Been Busy, But We’ll Be Back

Life’s a little busy, but we’ll get back to blogging soon. In the meantime, you can visit us on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter. Have a great week.   Source: fip.typepad.com via Hello_Ladies on Pinterest ...more

Trash Pickers

Every day I see trash pickers on the street: Men and women, often homeless, searching for cans which can be recycled. There are even movements to eat for free with discarded food. Generally, these people are seen as industrious poor... so long as we're talking about nickel recyclables and day old food. So would it be just, would it be right to start arresting these trash pickers? What if what they picked up was a million dollar lottery ticket? ...more

Is Electrocution a Treatment to Autism?

In recent years, we have heard the term of Autism more than usual. In fact according to cdc.gov, 1 in 88 children has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). That is an increased of 23 percents since CDC’s last report from the year of 2009.  What is Autism? If you may....more
 @elaineR.N. Thank you Elaine for your insightful comment. I really appreciate it and I couldn't ...more

Mother’s day Handcrafted gifts ideas!

Appreciation for a Mom: We’re reminding you of Mother’s day again and again as Mother’s Day happens to be just around the corner, and we hope you’ve decided on a gift to appreciate her.We’re here to help you by providing few great handcrafted gift ideas! http://vdoodle.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/mothers-day-handcrafted-gifts-id... ...more

The Loneliest Woman on the Planet: Obama’s “Julia”

The Obama presidential campaign released a snazzy slideshow of a faceless composite woman named “Julia” and how her life would be helped, from age 3 to age 67, if Barack Obama is re-elected. As I was reading the “Julia” promo, I was extremely saddened by something that’s neither economic nor gender-based, but entirely social. “Julia” (and thus, Democrat Party’s Ideal Citizen) is the world’s loneliest woman. There is no mention of her family and friends, no social groups who ...more

Gay Advisor’s Departure from Romney Campaign: Homophobia or Just More Hypocrisy?

Regardless of which label one chooses for Richard Grenell’s departure from the Romney campaign ranks, the result is the same. And can anyone tell me why in the world a self-respecting gay person or a woman would ever support the Republican candidate in the first place? Politico Arena Asks: Mitt Romney’s foreign policy spokesman Richard Grenell announced he was resigning from the campaign this week. Grenell, (an occasional Arena contributor), was the first openly gay spokesman for the Romney ...more