Playing In The Hourglass

Friday, June 23, 2006

Maybe We'll Learn Something...

Three days after the groundbreaking ceremony attended by President Bill Clinton to erect a monument to those who died at Columbine High School in 1999, Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink on June 19 announced that it was time that the diaries of the killers be made public. However, he added, the... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

At Least She Isn't Copulating With Her Students For Artistic Purposes

An art teacher in Texas has been suspended and her certification threatened with revocation after school officials found out she had topless pictures (posted by a boyfriend) on the internet. When asked to explain them, she said they were 'art' and didn't have to be explained or apologized for. And... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Quoting Hitler Is Not The Act Of A Child

Here are two quotes: "Strength lies not in defense, but in attack." "The great masses of people... will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one." Both of them seem innocuous enough. Both quotes are from a book that changed millions of lives forever. Both quotes were made by Adolf... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Why Aren't There More Nerdy Girls?

Secretary of Education Margaret Spelling is trying to answer a very good question: Why do girls begin to lose interest in mathematics and science? A related question: When? Why is this important. Well, according to Spelling, if the United States wants to remain competitive in a globalized market, it... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

The New York Schools Cell Phone War

The 1.1 million student school system of New York City is at war. The students and their parents are facing off against the public school system itself over the use of cell phones during school. School Board officials have banned the phones outright. Parents and students are protesting, defying the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Not One State Meets Qualified Teacher Status

Four years after the Bush administration and the Department of Education set qualified teacher guidelines and goals under the No Child Left Behind program, not a single state has met them. Not one. Nine states will have federal aid witheld for failing to make enough of an effort to comply with the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Missouri Virtual School To Begin Operating In 2007

If Governor Matt Blunt signs the legislation into law in the next couple days, Missouri will have an internet-based curriculum available for homebound students, homeschooled children, and as an alternative educational choice for others. Giving creedence to the state slogan "Show me", this program,... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

The Choice Of The New Generation -- Water, Juice, And Diet Sodas?

In an unprecedented announcement today, soft drink beverage executives announced that, in a deal they negotiated with the Clinton Foundation, they would voluntarily pull all soft drinks from public schools in the coming months and replace them with healthier drinks like water, juices, and diet... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

It's Not A Shooting Range... Yet

New York City officials announced Friday that by April 26 they will have ten mobile metal detector units operational within the city to use at random sites. the devices will be set up at middle and high schools. It is an idea offered to help diminish the number of weapon-realated incidents in the... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

There He Goes Again, Leaving Children Behind

In his latest State of the Union Address, our education-minded cheerleading president rah-rahed the idea of training 70,000 teachers to promote science and mathematics in our public schools. Let's see. Maybe that's not such a bad idea, except he can propose to train as many people as he wants and it... Sign in to see full entry.

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