“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt
We used to call groups that act like current Unions, Mobsters.
As Americans gathered to remember the victims of the most cowardish act of war on America, ABC News was more concerned on if the damage had been done by some preacher that wanted to burn a Quran. The mosque at ground zero is a freedom and a right, but wanting to burn a book is bad. Really ABC that’s what you chose to report about?
I just read that Texas is one of the lowest performing states in reference to the SAT test. It takes very little research to find out why. Texas schools spend the vast majority of their time teaching students to take at test called Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills.
I know exactly what you are thinking; what dumb ass went to the time and expense to develop a test to assess knowledge and skills when there are good test already out there. I mean isn’t that what the SAT test is supposed to do in determining if you should get into college.
It takes even less research to find the dumb ass(es). Meet the Texas Legislature and the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Heaven forbid if we are going to teach our kids a test, why not at least teach them one that will help them get into college. TAKS Burns My Toast!
News papers, news shows, six o’clock news, ten o’clock news, etc., have all been talking and writing about the Rhode Island school district that was firing its teachers for the “under performing” schools. Rhode Island is not the only place firing teachers for the performance of students. Its a phenomena that has been taking the country by storm.
Before the Recession, the idea was to give bonuses to excellent performing teachers, now that moneys tight, we fire teachers that have under performing students. I’m sure this is just a coincidence on the change from bonuses to firing. Don’t get me wrong, teachers should be held accountable for their performance. Notice I say “their” performance.
Back in the nineties a university did a study on school performance. The majority of the study was conducted in the parking lot and the school pickup and drop off lines. Their hypothesis was that they could identify school performance by the number of sport utility vehicles (SUV) that delivered and picked up kids at the different schools. They hypothesized that schools that had a high number of SUV’s observed, would also be higher performing schools.
Guess what? The study found a correlation between SUV’s and performance. They confirmed the hypothesis. Does a SUV make a smarter student? Of course not! It does say something about the parents. Now the study couldn’t be heavily publicized, because its just not politically correct. Rich kids are not smarter than poor kids. I know this, along with the researchers that conducted the study.
What the study does prove is that the parents are a much bigger factor in school performance than teachers. Is this politically correct? Why not! Now I know it would not be politically correct to conduct a study where we take the teachers from the high performing schools and flip flop them with the teachers of the low performing school. If we could, I would hypothesize that the high performing school would stay a high performing school and the low performing school would stay a low performing school.
So is it right to fire teachers at low performing schools? I say absolutely not! When you fire a teacher based solely on student performance, then you are also firing the teacher based on the students’ parents.
School administrators, boards, and legislators its time you start focusing on the illness and not the signs and symptoms. If you continue to treat the symptoms, you will never cure the illness. You will end up with great difficulties in filling teacher positions in low performing areas. Kids will continue to be at the losing end of your failure.
Do we hold parents accountable for their kids performance? To some degree yes! If you are going to have kids, you should support them, love them, be a role model, give them structure, support their school, provide consequences for misbehaving, etc. However, there are many other factors that come in to play that is not necessarily the parents fault, but more a fault of circumstance.
Regardless if its parent fault or circumstance, we should focus on filling those gaps and supporting the students. The consequences can be dire. Did you know that over seventy percent of offenders in prison never finished school? Course we could use the current methodology, I guess, and hold the teachers accountable for that too.
Firing Teachers for the wrong reason burns my toast!
Okay, in the name of the rant, here I go. On a recent business trip to Austin, I couldn’t help but notice that the traffic was bad! I mean bad like Houston, LA, Chicago, etc. The trouble is this town “aint near that size.” It didn’t take to long to figure out the problem. The majority of Austiners believe the lefthand lane (passing lane for the rest of us in most other areas) was made specifically for them. They will do what ever needed to be in this lane and once there, will drive at what ever speed they want.
I realized (understood) why Texas has a law and numerous signs that say “Left lane for passing only.”
Austin drivers have burnt my toast!
No, this shout out doesn’t go to all the politicians that have used the disaster in Haiti for some face time in front of the camera to show the world how great they are. Once again fellow Americans have reached into their pockets and given in a time of need. Unlike some countries that are always ready to give their opinion, but not much more (France comes to mind). Americans have responded to the call for help. The oil rich countries that have criticized the good old USA, have become strangely quite both in their words and their giving in this time of need. My fellow Americans, you are a great Nation under God for what you do time and time again around the world when you are called!
God Bless the USA
Course France still burnt my toast
I’m a Starbucks addict. I can’t help it. It makes no logical sense, but I must have my Grandi, Extra Hot, Extra Stirred, Peppermint, Nonfat, Mocha, with Whip every day; sometimes twice. It’s ridiculous I know, but I need it. When it’s prepared right, it makes everything okay in the world. When Starbucks screws up, hell has no fury like someone who just paid around four bucks for crap! My peeve for which I write about today is when it’s done wrong! Lately its seems like it’s prepared wrong about 40 percent of the time. I mean really, come on people, your job is to make a $4 cup of coffee, so make the damn thing right! I’m not talking about a special way that I came up with all on my own. I’m talking about making the cup like I ordered from YOUR available options and I’m paying a premium so follow the recipe. Oh and I know the recipe, which is four pumps of mocha, four pumps of peppermint, two shots of expresso, steamed nonfat milk, stirred and topped with whip cream. That’s right, I want four pumps, not two, not three, and certainly not five, but four, no less, and no more. Sounds simple, I know, but I’ve made a point of watching and I’m telling you that a short pump does not count as a full pump. I don’t care that you just like two or three pumps and think four is just too much; yea I’ve been told this by an employee making MY drink and that was her excuse for not following the recipe.
It amazes me that I can go to McDonald’s and buy a cup of iced vanilla coffee and the burger experts can make it right almost every time and you, the coffee experts, can only make it right a little over half the time for twice the amount of money. Please explain this to me? Is this your new business model, our hope for the perfect cup will keep us coming back until you finally do it right? Come on make my mocha right!
Starbucks, you may have burnt my toast for the last time!
Or at least until tomorrow morning when the people I know, that I see everyday, makes my perfect cup, I hope.
Have you read any “small print” on product labels these days? I mean really read the warnings and limitations of the products you are buying. I am amazed (or should I say dismayed) at some of these warnings. We are use to the warnings like on ladders that say don’t stand underneath or don’t stand on the top rung, and I can live with this (I guess).
I’m talking about warnings that have gone to the extent to basically tell you not to use the item! Do we need to know that an iron gets hot? We can debate that and maybe bring up some points where this is useful. But where do we draw the line? Take a look at RinkWorks.com. They do a great job of listing some consumer warnings and I think you’ll understand what I’m talking about. I love the bathroom heater that is not to be used in the bathroom.
We could end this madness with tourt reform. Congress could pass the common sense law! If basic common sense would indicate that you shouldn’t, then hell, YOU SHOULDN’T and guess what; if you do and it doesn’t turn out your way, don’t take’m to court, turn around and kick your own ass!
Course Congress would probably need common sense before they could do that.
Excessive consumer warnings have burnt my toast!
Okay, I have to admit, for better or worse, I don’t need any help finding topics to talk about in reference to rants, raves, and pet peeves. However since I have to hear about my wife’s pet peeve with Victoria’s Secret I thought I would share (plus she makes a good point).
I don’t have an extensive knowledge on the subject of bras, but I do know (mainly from Victoria’s Secret commercials) that one of their selling points is the ability to make you look like you have more than God gave you. This is particularly beneficial for those in the smaller sizes that want to stay real. So here’s the deal; except for the teen section, Victoria has decided to stop carrying “A cup” size bras in the store. The clerk did say that, for now anyway, these smaller sizes could be ordered via their online store. Of course shipping will be added to the price (so they are really not doing you any favors).
Now lets go back to the selling point for many of their bras; being that they enhance your size. Would that not be even more important for those individuals that fall into those smaller sizes? What is Victoria saying? I’m guessing she’s thinking there is no help for you “A cups.” Are they telling these ladies that are lighter on top to go visit your local plastic surgeon and then check back with us? Not to mention the message this sends to our daughters.
Victoria burns my toast!