Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The third car I learned to drive was a 1963 Rambler American 330 station wagon. The way it worked was that Mom drove the Pontiac to work and back, Dad drove the Rambler, Bruce and I fought over who would drive the Olds, he usually won that argument since he was a Senior and I was a Sophomore.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
- There's three good reasons to be a teacher: June, July and August.
- Schools out for now and I'm on my long (unpaid) vacation.
- Grinnygranny and I went to see the Star Trek movie. A wife who enjoys all the incarnations of Star Trek means I married well. We enjoyed it. There's a number of other movies out or coming out we'd like to see at the theater, but not sure we'll get to all of them. All you have to do is wait six months and they show up on DVD, PPV or premium channels. When we got home we watched Marley and Me on PPV. I didn't expect it to have such a sad ending.
- Mom came over to get a bud off my rose bush, it reminds her of a rosebush Dad used to have at another house.
- Had a nice round of golf with my golfing buddies this morning and am now taking it easy.
- Grinnygranny and I have a tee time tomorrow morning.
- Summer is getting off to a good start.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
When I was fifteen we were eating at a restaurant across the street from a used car dealership. After dinner we walked across the street to look at the cars and came across a pink '58 Oldsmobile Super 88. When Dad asked how much the guy said $100. Taking it out for a test drive the first thing we noticed was that it had a really powerful engine. The only real problem was that the odometer was stuck. Dad bought it. About a month later we took a trip down to El Paso. When we got to the motel and Dad added up how long it took to get there, he figured we averaged over a hundred miles an hour. The one thing about this car was that at a hundred mph you didn't know you were going any faster than 40. It only got ten miles per gallon, but when gas only cost forty cents a gallon it wasn't too bad.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
The experimenter was lying.
The experimenter was drunk.
The experimenter was insane.
The experimenter was hallucinating.
The experimenter was tricked by some specific (but unproven) ruse.
The experimenter was tricked by some unknown ruse that may be determined in the future.
The experimental protocol was flawed in some specific (but unproven) way.
The experimental protocol was flawed in some unknown way that may be determined in the future.
The equipment malfunctioned.
The photos (or videotape, etc.) were faked.
The witnesses were in cahoots with the experimenter.
The experimenter was in cahoots with the test subject.
The results were a meaningless fluke.
What struck me by this list is that just about the same reasons those objectivists who worship Ayn Rand use for rejecting Evolution, global warming, etc. They have their minds made up don't confuse it with facts.
I'm not much into psychic healing, communicating with the dead, premonitions, and other kinds of mysticism, but this list is about denial not skepticism.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Friday, May 08, 2009
- Lower entry barriers for incoming teachers
- Set up longitudinal data systems to evaluate teacher performance
- Use outcome based measures to assess teachers
- Assess and document impact of probationary teachers
- Makes tenure based on progress measurements and assessments
- Bonus and merit pay for teachers in inner-city schools and hard to find subjects like science and math
- Tenured teachers periodically reassessed on student achievement