Monday, February 20, 2012


Well, we almost got to the end of February without finding our Education 'Tool' for the month. Luckily, Rick Santorum came to the rescue. Great article I found today at Crooks and Liars.

Thanks Rick for all of your help. I really hope this guy gets the Republican nomination.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Our new science teacher, Munthelda Münchausen, looked a bit distraught in the faculty lounge at lunch today. In fact, she was displaying an obvious facial tic that I hadn’t noticed before. I asked her if everything was OK. She told me that Billy Ray Throdd, a 9th grader in her earth science class, asked her how to tell if a rock is a male or a female!* Taken aback by the young lad’s question, she asked him how he ever got the idea that rocks have gender. Billy Ray replied, innocently enough, “Well Ms. Münchausen, then where do pebbles come from?”

Feeling the blood actually draining from her skull and unable to offer young Billy Ray a reasonable answer that even he could understand, she unfortunately
heard the words ‘you friggin’ hillbilly moron’ spew from her mouth.

Her appointment with Human Resources is scheduled for next Tuesday.

*Based on a true story. The names were changed to protect the innocent. Or, like, whatever.


For some reason, many of my young scholars choose to use my art classes as ‘study’ halls, where they can work on assignments from other, ‘real’ classes, text their friends from the secretive confines of their backpacks strategically placed in front of them on the table, or just sit there and drool into their left shoe for fifty minutes each day.

Yesterday, I overheard two math geniuses discussing their
homework. One of the Einsteins asked another, “What is eight times nine?” His multiplication-challenged friend answered, perfectly sincere, “Forty-five!” I wasn’t really sure if that is what I heard, so I asked them to repeat themselves. Yep, they were both happy with the answer, and Einstein number one dutifully placed the answer into his worksheet.

Both of these mathematicians have passed the High School Exit Exam and are ready to be unleashed on an unsuspecting American public in June.

Wow, just . . . wow!

Friday, February 3, 2012


Went into theSpawn of Satan (WalMart) down in Hog Lick Corners a few days ago to pick up some supplies for the classroom. After making my way through the hordes of ‘interestingly dressed’ customers, I found what I needed and placed them in my handy shopping basket. For some reason, I wandered into the electronics department. They had micro-SD cards for sale. 8GB for $14.88. I needed one for my digital recorder, so I placed one in the handy shopping basket too. It was, of course, locked up in a plastic security box. When I got to check out, the clerk attempted to free the SD card from the security box. No luck. She called a co-worker to try her luck. She was not successful either. I let them try every conceivable tool at their disposal (BIC pen, nail file, screwdriver, etc.) to get the card out. Nothing. After ten minutes of this nonsense, I decided I really didn’t need that SD card after all and told them, “Have a nice day!”

ALEC Education "Academy" Launches on Island Resort | Truthout


ALEC Education "Academy" Launches on Island Resort Truthout

MY FAVORITE PART . . . ALEC's education bills encompass more than 20 years of effort to privatize public education through an ever-expanding network of school voucher systems, which divert taxpayer dollars away from public schools to private schools, or the creation of new private charter schools with public funds, and even with private online schools (who needs actual teachers when you can have a virtual one?). The bills also allow schools to loosen standards for teachers and administrators, exclude students with physical disabilities and special educational needs, escape the requirements of collective bargaining agreements and experiment with other pet causes like merit pay, single-sex education, school uniforms, and political and religious indoctrination of students.