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A planned safety drill

Fucking idiots

Patrick from Popehat has the story. As only Patrick can. From the post:

And for extra credit:  Assume for the purpose of this question that the murder rate in Chicago is approximately equal to that of smaller cities such as Aleppo, Fallujah, and Mogadishu. Explain, in symbolic logic, the utility to the city of using police officers to conduct murder drills in one of the few areas of the city where actual murders are not occurring, rather than deploying said officers to areas where genuine murders are taking place.

Go read the whole post.

Four Resolutions from Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Four Resolutions from Pedagogy of the Oppressed « Cooperative Catalyst.

I can’t believe people that believe this sort of thing are allowed anywhere near children.

From the article, written by a student teacher (?):

I resolve to make my classroom one that challenges the status quo, that takes sides on issues of social justice, that encourages students to create their own visions of reality. I resolve to take student opinions seriously, to continue passing out surveys, to more deeply discuss their input in classroom and school culture. And finally, I resolve to take a more active role in the struggle for education justice – to end poverty, inequality, and oppression – and to support allied struggles in the U.S. and around the world.

I’m glad my children won’t run into her.

Video game addiction cure?

Father hires online snipers to virtually kill son.

Not too surprisingly, the tactic didn’t work. I’ve posted this here because SWMBO doesn’t read The Instapundit.

This is something I might have tried if I had thought of it before reading the article. Now having thought through it, I think the Deuce would have doubled down on his efforts to win. Yes, he would have spent even more time online playing games, trying to overcome these new adversaries.

I notice I don’t really have a category for a post like this. Maybe I need to add gaming as a category? I think it will come up more often in the future. I used the lower education category because the Deuce is in high school.

Can you teach a baby to read?

It’s the latest obsession for pushy parents.

Given that this is the photo accompanying the article:

At least he's learned to avert his gaze.

I would probably have a little trouble concentrating.

School Lunches in Marin County

“We’re from the government, and we’re here to help”.

Fancy school district in Marin County. PTA runs the school lunch program. “Profits” from the school lunch program support other programs the PTA volunteers run at the school.

Some parents are disappointed in the quality of the food being served.

They complain to the government.

The result is not likely to be what they desire.

Via: Bookworm Room. HT: Bird Dog at Maggie’s.

There is too much truth here

This video is funny, but there is just enough truth in there to make it a little uncomfortable:

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I really am struggling right now with recommending college to the Deuce. He just doesn’t enjoy school. Not that I blame him. He’s smart enough to know that school has very little to do with learning anything worth knowing.

HT: Gerard

Again with the Higher Education stuff…

I keep seeing these articles: Finishing School.

I know there is a business opportunity in here somewhere. Both high schools and colleges are doing such a poor job with so many kids. They just don’t know how to work.

I also know that if I wait until everything is in place, the opportunity will be gone.

Private Schools

Sonic Charmer makes some good points about this stupid post by Yglesias.

As the parent of a high school sophomore in a private school, I’d like to add the following:

I’m certain the Chicago has a few public high schools that are of the quality of the magnet schools here in Dallas. It is from those schools where the scores are generated to pull up the mean that Ygelias points out. For example, here in Dallas the Townview High School is a highly rated academic institution. It’s tough to get into. It’s also in a part of town that is a total bitch for me to get my kid to on a daily basis. I’m certain the time and money spent commuting to that school from my home is worth more than the tuition we pay for our son to be in a private school.

I also know that my parenting of the Deuce, who is fifteen, is largely done and that the biggest influences in his life right now are his peers. So I really work hard at keeping the knuckleheads (they are after all fifteen year old boys) he hangs around with in the “right” category. I know I don’t want my kid travelling to and from that school on buses and trains with the typical Dallas sophomore. Nor do I relish the idea of the other commuters he might become friends with away from the Sauron like gaze of his father.

We are pretty lucky in that the Deuce seems to be enjoying his high school experience. The private high school worked for the Ace, and it appears that the same will be true for the Deuce.

Even with their “Gifted and Talented” programs (which are pretty much where all the white kids are in the Dallas public high schools), the typical Dallas public high school is a very tough place for a skinny white kid that likes computer games and the drama club. There just isn’t enough of them in those schools for the boys to be able to get through the day peacefully.

I’d never send my kid to the typical Dallas high school.

Education and Technology

For anybody interested in where higher education is going to go, Arnold Kling has some interesting thoughts.

I’ve been lightly following the efforts to bring technology to the classroom and bring greater efficiency to education overall. I believe the most important element of the effort is to break the credential cartel of the accrediting institutions. Once someone can have their knowledge certified independent from a school, there will likely be a number of new education models.

The Ace Graduates!

Commencement was last night. It was a beautiful ceremony.

That’s the Bishop behind her to the left.

You can see all the photos I took yesterday at my Flickr page.