Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
"The child and the school are accountable to the state for test performance, but the state is not held accountable to the child or his school for providing adequate educational resources."
- Linda Darling-HammondSo true... NCLB makes children, their families, teachers, school administrators, and school boards accountable for so much and yet what is the government doing to help? We discussed questions we have about NCLB today and mine came from a deep place of anger... there are schools in my district who are in program improvement, have been there for years, far beyond the number of years it takes to be "taken over". Well, NOW WHAT? Those kids are still not getting what they need. This is a DAILY occurrence. We cannot wait until there is a new president. We cannot wait for NCLB to be renewed. WE CANNOT WAIT. The time is now.
Monday, July 28, 2008
- Is the testing culturally relevant?- Honestly, have you looked at some of those passages. They aren't really accessible to kids who live in the inner city, much less new immigrants.
- What about other types of assessment?
- Are we assessing kids on standards that will help them be successful in the 21st century?
- So I found out today that the written legislation is over 1,000 pages long... so WHO REALLY READ IT BEFORE THEY VOTED ON IT? Bi-partisan, my ass.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
"I have cherished the idea of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunity... It is an ideal for which I hope to live for. But, my Lord, if it needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."
"Integrity, as I will use the term, requires three steps: (1) discerning what is right and what is wrong; (2) acting on what you have discerned, even at personal cost; and (3) saying openly that you are acting on your understanding of right from wrong." (from Integrity, p. 7)Many folks think they have integrity, but I believe it really is difficult to attain. Step 1 seems easy enough, but only in some situations. Consider the multitude of difficulties involved with step 2. True integrity requires action. And not covert action (see step 3.)
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
I've managed to raise over $4000 for the fight against breast cancer, and all before the deadline. I'll walk my 60 miles in the beginning of September with my friends (Team BFF- Breast Friends Forever.)
Raising money for a worthy cause has taught me a few things about folks:
- If you JUST ASK, the worst they can do is say "no". OK, there's much worse, I'm sure, but I haven't come across it. Not even many "no's" really. (Phew!)
- The hardest part is asking. Once you do it a few times, it gets easier.
- If it's a truly good cause, and it's already well-known and well-publicized, raising money is pretty easy. (Now, I wonder if I should take my fundraising know-how and pick a more difficult cause to raise for.)
- It makes it easier on me if I can offer them something. Like a chance at winning something. Something nice...
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
I am from casseroles and dim sum
Corn fields and sugar cane
Golden hills with swaths of black
Temporary humidity, more-constant fog
I am from the sweet smell of plumeria and sweet peas
Daily rain and weekly thunderstorms
Dairy Queen and Matsumoto’s
A couple of continents’ worth of cicada song