LORI'S WORLD OF THE WIERD AND WONDERFUL

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Re: LORI'S WORLD OF THE WIERD AND WONDERFUL

Postby Lori Koonce » Mon Mar 07, 2011 12:50 pm

Barber wrote:This seems the appropriate thread.

Life, out there.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110306/ts_alt_afp/usspacebiologyastrobiology_20110306163636



They aren't just in space ya know. They have found a subspecies of those buggers in Mono Lake. The Lake is high in aresnic, and the bactiera have developed a taste for the stuff.

As they say, truth is often stranger than fiction.

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Postby Ezra Lb. » Sun Mar 27, 2011 7:53 am

“We must not always talk in the marketplace,” Hester Prynne said, “of what happens to us in the forest.”
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Re: LORI'S WORLD OF THE WIERD AND WONDERFUL

Postby FrankChurch » Sun Mar 27, 2011 11:54 am

Interesting how people stopped talking about UFOs.

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Re: LORI'S WORLD OF THE WIERD AND WONDERFUL

Postby cynic » Sat Apr 02, 2011 3:44 pm

FrankChurch wrote:Interesting how people stopped talking about UFOs.
gee frank,
what do you think that might mean?

do you want to talk about ufos frank?
it sure is interesting.
please tell us why.
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Postby Lori Koonce » Sat Apr 02, 2011 5:14 pm

Watch this and then hug the first teacher you can get your arms on!

http://tinyurl.com/4wf6eu7

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Postby cynic » Sat Apr 02, 2011 6:13 pm

sounds like my youngest brother, a bit. just not quite so loud, bitter and twisted over not getting enough respect.

Summer standup would be a cool gig if you could get it.
Screaming indignation sells consistently, if not particularly well.

three other immediate family members are teachers as well.
and given their student's records of academic improvement, the percentage of scholarships, and even coaching records; I don't doubt their drive, and I boast of their accomplishments.

but they each have deep misgivings of the abuse that tenure position has brought some of their colleagues.
I'm guessing much of it is personaly motivated; but the consensus is that 70% of the union tenured need a slap upside the head.

I know i'm biased about my family, but know this; two of them i despise, but we have all discussed this subject ad nauseam.

i will compare the situation to the manner in which i reduced Rob's sense of Verizon(?).

The union is the best game in town; but don't trust them with your wallet.
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Postby Steve Evil » Sun Apr 03, 2011 4:35 am

Lori Koonce wrote:Watch this and then hug the first teacher you can get your arms on!



Hugging is frowned upon in the modern education system. Young children frequently break this rule however. . .

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Postby Steve Evil » Sun Apr 03, 2011 5:02 am

The situation here in UK is different, but back in Ontario the Teachers Union is very powerful, and while that makes it hard to break into the profession, teachers would be quite fucked without it.

Back in the early 90's, the Premier of Ontario Mike Harris waged a Public Relations war against teachers that was so sucessfull, that Teaching is now one of the most reviled professions in the province. If most Ontarians had their way, teachers would barely make minimum wage and get sacked on a regular basis. The union offers some measure of security against this defamation.

More importantly, it is the only mechanism by which teachers maintain any amount of control over their jobs. So many of the key decisions - everything from curriculum to classroom management - are made by people outside the profession, by boards of governors and politicians with no classroom experience. Someone else decides what's taught, how it's taught, where it's taught, how its measured and assessed, which books are used, which equipment is used, what values are emphasised, what skills are encouraged. . .the union's key battle is just to do the job!

Though alot of people have serious reservations about it, few dispute that the union is necessary.

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Postby cynic » Sun Apr 03, 2011 6:20 am

Steve E.
the administration aspect in the states may be similar.
there fewer teachers per administrator here every year.
someone mentioned canadian schools are more private in canada.
never really went bigtime public in the first place.
i never looked into it.

is that the case?

(sorry to jack the thread lori :oops: )
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Postby Steve Evil » Sun Apr 03, 2011 7:51 am

[I promise to post an extra wierd and extra link afterwards, lest we get too off-topic, because I just can't resist talking education when it comes up. But there are many things that are incredibly wierd, and undeniably wonderful, about education :wink: ]

cynic wrote:Steve E.

is that the case?


I'm not an expert, but I wouldn't say they're necessarily more "private". There are plenty of private schools, and the government is always trying to bring in more, but there aren't that many of them, not yet. Funding used to be determined municipally, but that's all changed now. Catholic schools of course get public money, but this has more to do with historical English-French relations than with religion.

From what I've seen so far, administrative intrusiveness seems to permeate the whole of the English speaking world, and is probably not going to change any time soon.

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Postby cynic » Sun Apr 03, 2011 8:18 am

i should have used ""local funding" or "municipal" rather than "private".
federal funding is a considered source, along with county taxes in the states.
again, something i am lacking in the basic points, provincial government is relatively powerful in canada? in the states the feds have more power (relatively).
thanks for the input steve

hope i can offer "weird" to make up as well. :)
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Re: LORI'S WORLD OF THE WIERD AND WONDERFUL

Postby FrankChurch » Sun Apr 03, 2011 11:52 am

Lori, what do you do for fun?

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Postby Steve Evil » Sun Apr 03, 2011 4:51 pm

cynic wrote: provincial government is relatively powerful in canada?


Oh yes; so much so, folks often wonder what they need the federal government for. Education is one of the areas that falls under provincial juristiction.


What's Lori do for fun? She comes here and hangs out with us! What could be more fun than that? :wink:

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Re: LORI'S WORLD OF THE WIERD AND WONDERFUL

Postby cynic » Mon Apr 04, 2011 3:53 am

dated, you likely know it already, but it is sweeet.

helloo betty
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rZrgu-8mw0
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Re: LORI'S WORLD OF THE WIERD AND WONDERFUL

Postby FrankChurch » Mon Apr 04, 2011 7:32 am

What's more s&m then my tongue lashings..haha.


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