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  •  When those letters were sent home when I (7+ / 0-)

    was in high school, we had quite a fine time with our English teacher mocking them mercilessly.

    "Make sure your youngster has a good breakfast, but don't force your youngster to eat if he or she doesn't want to."

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Mon Mar 07, 2011 at 10:49:24 PM PST

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    •  I 'love' the way the public schools (3+ / 0-)
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      where I grew up do it.

      The schools with the low scores (highly transient student body, many living in apartments) have signs outside with the 'sleep' and 'have breakfast' warnings, as well as reminding the parents of when testing is and don't you dare let your kids stay home sick that week.

      The schools with the higher scores (stable student populations, most living in suburban homes in good neighborhoods)? 'Testing this week. YOU CAN DO IT!'

      Yeah. Methinks telling one group of kids to control outside influences so they fail less badly and another that they can pass it they just show up with a #2 pencil might just affect student performance. And the buses go right past these signs, so the kids getting the 'eat breakfast or fail' implied threat may be testing less than an hour after seeing the sign (and with the incomes in that area, breakfast may not have actually been available that morning).

      Hoping and praying that the empty chairs and empty tables in th4e Middle East and Northern Africa when all is said and done are as few as possible.

      by Cassandra Waites on Tue Mar 08, 2011 at 09:52:08 AM PST

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