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Sat May 16, 2015 at 10:20 AM PDT

What was you senior class gift?

by houyhnhnm

It is a tradition for the graduating high school senior class to give a gift to the school.  Plant a tree, give a plaque, a display case, a painting.  I don't remember exactly what my class gave.  It was a name plate for the front of the school, something like that, anyway.

The point is, it's a gift from the seniors to the school.

Last night I attended the graduation ceremony for the school from which I am retiring this year.  The senior class gift: Swag bags for the principals.

Does this strike anyone else as inappropriate? Or am I just old and cranky?  Have you ever heard of such a thing?  What was your senior class gift?


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Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 08:30 AM PST

Creationists at it again in Missouri

by houyhnhnm

Rick Brattin, Missouri state representative from district 124 (Cass County) has introduced a bill that goes way beyond the teaching of creationism in high school science classrooms.

He wants to reinvent the definition of science:

‘Scientific theory,’ an inferred explanation of incompletely understood phenomena about the physical universe based on limited knowledge, whose components are data, logic, and faith-based philosophy.
He would force this pseudoscience into college and university life science courses, as well.

Missouri Kossacks, please sign the Move-On petiton.

Edit: Here's a link to the text of the bill.
Mo HB1227

You can read for yourself such gems as

Hypothesis", a scientific theory reflecting a minority of scientific opinion which may lack acceptance because it is a new idea, contains faulty logic, lacks supporting data, has significant amounts of conflicting data, or is philosophically unpopular. One person may develop and propose a hypothesis

I was watching Up with Chris Hayes this morning. David Cullen, author of Columbine was talking about how people built up false narratives about the Columbine tragedy based on misinformation that circulated immediately after the shootings.

For example, people still believe that the Columbine shooters were "Goths", that they were retaliating against those who bullied them, and that they targeted athletes selectively.  According to Cullen, none of these is true.

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Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 03:34 PM PDT

"Are we taking a test?"

by houyhnhnm

I was finally able to check out a laptop cart today, the first day of the eighth week of school.  We have no computer labs in my school, but we do have three laptop carts.  It's a lot of work setting them up since I have to move all the tables around so I can plug in power strips and hook up AC adapters.  The batteries won't last all day.  It's worth it, though, because there are many good virtual labs online that I can't do otherwise.  Inspiration is so much better for making concept maps than pencil and paper.  

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Tue Dec 27, 2011 at 09:42 AM PST

Help I'm being poisoned

by houyhnhnm

Does anyone know anything about the use of styrene as a sewer sealant.  A company called Insituform is working in the street in front of my house.  My whole house just reeks.  My head aches.  This is what an OSHA web page has to say about styrene.

Health effects from exposure to styrene may involve the central nervous system and include complaints of headache, fatigue, dizziness, confusion, drowsiness, malaise, difficulty in concentrating, and a feeling of intoxication. The National Toxicological Program’s (NTP) 12th Report on Carcinogens classifies it as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen." The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies styrene as a potential human carcinogen.
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Mon Apr 11, 2011 at 03:20 PM PDT

Final Exit from sanity

by houyhnhnm

One of my my students showed me a field trip permission slip and asked me if I was going. I read the prospectus over rather quickly.  I said I'd never heard of a haunted house open in the spring.  The girl told me it wasn't a haunted house. I read it again.  “You’ve been to a haunted house, but you’ve never been to Hell.”  Something didn't smell right. I tried googling at school and got the Sonic Wall. I tried again at home and discovered my instincts were right on.

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Sat Aug 08, 2009 at 09:42 AM PDT

Coffee with Cleaver

by houyhnhnm

The poor Rev. It wasn't a town hall. It wasn't even supposed to be about health care reform, just Coffee with Cleaver.  Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver has these events about once a month in various coffee shops around Missouri's fifth district. It is supposed to be a chance for constituents to sit down with their representative in Congress and have one-on-one conversations about things that concern them. This one was a little different.

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Tue Mar 24, 2009 at 06:39 PM PDT

A Good Day

by houyhnhnm

There've been a lot of education diaries lately. They mostly leave me feeling tense and stressed whether I agree with the diarist or not.  I thought it would make a nice change share something funny that happened today. It is something I really should write down anyway before I forget and Daily Kos seems a good place to start.

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Wed Jul 02, 2008 at 06:29 PM PDT

MSNBC rewrites Nicaraguan history

by houyhnhnm

The lead story on Countdown tonight dealt with John McCain's temper, specifically an incident related by Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran and diaried here.

I was astonished to hear Rachel Maddow state that according to Senator Cochran, John McCain had assaulted a Sandinista rebel.

Rachel, I am disappointed in you.  A correction is in order. A brief history of U.S. - Nicaraguan relations between 1978 and 1987 follows.  To make up for the sketchiness I have included a couple of links where you can read more.

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