Alfie2.0 Has A Major Milestone

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Alfie has discovered the little lizards that abound in Florida.  Alfe is also hunting them.  He’s definitely getting his dog on.  It’s good to see him enjoying dog type activities.  It also indicates where he is developmentally as a “rescue” dog.  It’s like baby’s first steps.  We have had him for around five months now.

 

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A Dirty Little Secret

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Privatization’s dirty little secret is that it cuts out the end consumer.  For example our city privatized it’s waterworks.  Any complaints?  Too bad.  As long as the city manager is happy with his perceived savings, the public be damned.

After all, the provider gets his money from the city; he owes the citizens nothing.

Turn the electric utility over to the electric company, guess what?  You get charged to pay your bill by credit card.

When your politicians talk about “privatization” providing savings, ask them where the consumer’s voice is.  The voters do not elect the board of directors of a company.  Therefore, they have no voice.

No Time Off For Good Behavior

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In most, if not all, of the states in the United States education is mandatory for all children of a certain age. Generally, students between the ages of six and eighteen must be receiving education whether public, private or in the home.

They proceed year by year through the system grouped by age and having completed the previous year’s work in English, math, science and social studies. Because of the “promotion by age” process, the academic strengths and weaknesses of individuals cannot be addressed efficiently or at all. No matter how quickly a student masters the subject matter, they must complete twelve years of schooling, Ergo, twelve years with no time off for good behavior or for that matter chance of parole. No matter how hard you work in school, no matter how many extra courses you take, the bottom line for the ninety-nine percent of students is that they have to serve their twelve year sentence.

Stop sentencing our children to twelve years without the possibility of parole or even time off for good behavior.

Make education about competency not “doing their time”.

Think about all those times when you sat through a lesson that you already knew and were bored to tears.

Think about all those times when you could have used to go a little slower to get a lesson but couldn’t.

Think about all the time wasted when the teacher had to discipline fellow students who were bored and acted out.

Think about the highly motivated and talented students for whom there was no hope of advancement because they weren’t yet old enough yet to proceed to the next competency.

Think about the economic advantages.

Think about teachers teaching highly motivated students.

Think about the students who will benefit from their hard work by being able to complete school early and begin their careers.

Think about the parents who will have children who will want to go to school.

After you have thought this through, ask your board of education to justify their current method of promoting students. If they have no good justification, push for “true” competency based education; not competency based in name only.

 

And He Rolled the Stone Back

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Exactly three hours after the end of Easter Sunday I received the following email from a Christian acquaintance to her Christian friends:

Bud Lite…

A Mexican (an undocumented Democrat), a Black (a documented Democrat), a Muslim and a Redneck were walking together on a beach when the Black stumbled over a bottle in the sand. He picked up the bottle, rubbed the sand off it, and a Genie appeared.
“I can only grant four wishes,” the Genie said. “Since there are four of you, you may have a wish apiece.” Pointing at the Black, he said, “Since you found the bottle, you may have the first wish.” The Black thought for a moment then said, “I wish for a fleet of ships so that I can gather all my people and take them back to our homeland, Africa .” Poof! It was done! Thousands of ships appeared on the skyline.

The Mexican said, “I weesh for enough Cheby peekups to take all my peoples back to our homeland, May-he-co!” Poof! It was done! Row after row of Chevrolet pickups appeared on the beach.
The Muslim said, “I wish for a hundred thousand camels to take all of my people away from this horrible country loaded with infidels so we can live in peace in Muslim countries and serve Allah.” Poof! It was done! A hundred thousand camels suddenly appeared on the beach.

Turning to the Redneck, the Genie asked, “And what is your wish?” The Redneck watched as the loaded pickups began moving toward the border, then looked out to sea and watched the loaded ships sailing out into the sunset, then he looked at all of the Muslims getting on top of the camels and riding off.
The Redneck said, “Just give me a Bud Lite. It don’t get no better than this!”

And Jesus looked around, hung his head in shame at what he saw, went back into the cave and rolled the stone back across the entrance.

I can’t wait to hear what was on the Easter Sunday talk shows!

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