Educational Concerns

In response to this post which I linked to on a mailing list I’m on, I recieved this reponse from a public high school teacher.

I looked over your reading list and chuckled. I had to read most of these
same things in college. The irony of this is that NOW, my high school kids
have these same selections in our anthology and are expected to handle this
material just as I did in college. I think sometimes we are pushing our
kids too far, too fast. This is a problem with states where testing is the
end all, be all marker for education. Now it’s hard to get my kids to read
at all because they were so burnt out in middle school.

I understand where this teacher is coming from. The class that I took this quarter was marked as a sophmore level college course for a reason. You have to have some understanding of literature and how to interpret older language style into modern day terms just to be able to understand it.… [Read More]

Your ISP is Watching?

Your ISP as Net watchdog | CNET News.com

Okay, so let me get this straight. I’m sitting around on IM, having netsex with my husband and the federal government thinks they have some kind of right to force my ISP to hold copies of log files of this and let them look at them whenever they want? Why in the heck would I want the FBI or anyone else looking through my windows unless they’ve got a court order to do it?

Where’s the provision to have these records available to the government bodies, only by order of a court?

The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution States: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

So..… [Read More]

Terri’s Autopsy Report Released.

And it says what we thought pretty much all along.

It’s all here.

There was irreparable damage to her brain. Her vision centers were dead, so she could not see to track that mystical ballon that she supposedly watched. Her brain weighed approximately as much as the brain of a Giraffe. It was also impossible for her to recover. The massive loss of neurons was impossible to recover.… [Read More]

Ouch..

Stern criticism of special interest groups and politicians in California.

And Dude’s got a point.

I find it very surprising and refreshing to read something out of a newspaper in California (particularly one based in LA) that doesn’t have a liberal bend to it. Kudos to whoever wrote this column for telling it like it is.

Of late I have noticed that republicans have taken more and more to using the same tactics that the dems have used for decades and ofcourse, the dems cry foul every single time. It’s like watching young siblings argue with each other. “He took my sock!” “Well she said I was stupid!”. It’s all the same thing, childish behavior.

When are we going to get some grown adults in politics?… [Read More]

The Anime Collection Doth Expand..

Release dates for titles I plan to purchase this year, in order starting with July, not all release dates for these series are available as yet, this is just what has been announced so far:

DNAngel Vol. 6 (My daughter earns discs of this with good grades and harder than normal household chores). 7/19/05
Ghost in the Shell: SAC Vol. 7 7/26/05
Samurai Champloo Vol. 4 7/26/05
Phantom 8/16/05
DNAngel Vol 7. 8/26/05
Gravitation OVA: I love lyrics 8/30/05
Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2nd Gig Vol 1. 9/20/05
Samurai Champloo Vol. 5. 9/27/05
Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2nd Gig Vol 2. 11/22/05

I suspect that Samurai Champloo Volume 6 will come out in November, and volume 7 will come out in January of 2006, but that’s just a guess based on Geneon’s release pattern for the series.

There are a couple of interest that I haven’t purchased as of yet.… [Read More]