In the real news...
- The Flight From Conversation from The New York Times. Cell phones and texting are really starting to bother me. I used to take my oldest to the park when he was just a little guy, and I'd actually talk to people, even though I'm an introvert. It just naturally happened, since we were all sitting around staring. Now, no one even makes eye contact.
A 16-year-old boy who relies on texting for almost everything says almost wistfully, “Someday, someday, but certainly not now, I’d like to learn how to have a conversation.”
- Illiterate Reading from Pressing Save.
After almost two decades of teaching, I have to agree with Sayers’ observation that “It is common knowledge among school-teachers that a high percentage of examination failures result from not reading the question.”
- Dehydration by Brian Phillips. I think this gives insight into the infamous "me-time" debate.
You cannot feed the souls of your students while starving your own.
- Militant Virtue from Femina. Read this if you appreciate the use of clever metaphor.
But here is the deal: there is a way to be the girl who is the fire hydrant on the corner. Nervous laughter, eager attention whenever he starts to tell you something, always being there for a conversation, lots of interested eye contact. These things do not make you a serious intention, they make you an easy target. And honestly, the whole fire hydrant situation never was about the fire hydrant. It was about how conveniently located it was to show the other dogs you have been there. When young men do this kind of thing, it is often not even about you. It is about them, and about the other guys.
- Assessment and the Regular Child by our beloved Cindy Rollins.
A funny thing happened as families were reading, thinking and growing together- test scores went up. Homeschoolers started to score higher than public and private schools in national averages. The collected homeschool conscious seemed to say, “If we are doing this well without even trying, imagine how amazing we could be if we tried even harder?” We began to keep one eye on the mirror.
- The Bad News About Homeschooling by Misty Krasawski. So true.
#1. You will have to school your children at home.
Have a great Monday, folks.