Saturday Cartoon Fun: Fight! Edition


Song Of The Day: I Can't Stand The Rain

Angeline Ball

I actually like the rain. But I like Angeline singing about rain more.

Friday Bonus Cartoon Fun: Lying A-hole Edition

Friday Cartoon Fun: Next Rat Edition

The EdReform Shell Game

Doug Noon, who you should have in your reader, points out that what the reformers say contradicts what the reformers say. (You read that right.)
...So, being college-ready is a step to realizing a person’s full potential, except for teachers with master’s degrees, which are worth nothing. Kids should go to college, but teachers should not. Teachers are important, but we should only recognize them for their ability to raise test scores. We will insist on the very best and make sacrifices, as long as those doing the insisting control the conditions of employment, and teachers make the sacrifices. Kids need to go to college so they can get an education which may or may not help them advance their station in life, because results are all that matters – unless you’re an education reformer, in which case you find other people to blame for your own ill-conceived policy recommendations....


Thursday Bonus Cartoon Fun: Junk Touching Edition

Remember Haiti? They're Getting Cholera And Shot Dead

More than a thousand people have died of cholera in Haiti over the last few weeks. Now, a couple more have been shot dead by the UN peacekeeping force, MINUSTAH, during protests that erupted earlier this week. Rumors that the disease, never present in the country before, was brought in by Nepalese UN troops were exacerbated by a CDC announcement that the strain resembles South Asian cholera. The protests the peacekeepers are trying to keep under control are against the peacekeepers themselves....

Thursday Cartoon Fun: Apples Edition


Charter School Emulates Prison, Thinks It's A Good Thing

Strict rules at Crown Heights charter school put 16% of students in detention every day

...Some behaviors are considered so bad - rolling their eyes, sucking their teeth or complaining after getting a demerit - students get an immediate 45-minute detention for committing them.

On an average day, one in six kids - about 50 - in the 300-student school stays after class, Achievement First officials said.

"We have high expectations, and we're really confident that what we're doing is in the students' best interests," said Principal Wells Blanchard, who instituted the policies when he took over the school this year.

Charter school advocates say the strict rules maintain order for kids.

But a group of parents with children at Achievement First Crown Heights say the rules are overkill. More than 20 of them met last week at the Crown Heights public library to discuss protesting the policies.

The group agreed to speak out at the school's next board meeting Nov. 22.

"I understand that schools need to have rules, but this is like Rikers Island," said Sarah Dickens, who said she will be at the board meeting to protest her fifth-grade son's daily detention for things like dropping a pen and failing to address a teacher as "ma'am."

"They've gone too far," Dickens said.

Education experts say charter schools with tough rules are a growing trend....


Song Of The Day: Tramp The Dirt Down

I saw a newspaper picture from the political campaign
A woman was kissing a child, who was obviously in pain
She spills with compassion, as that young child's
face in her hands she grips
Can you imagine all that greed and avarice
coming down on that child's lips

Well I hope I don't die too soon
I pray the Lord my soul to save
Oh I'll be a good boy, I'm trying so hard to behave
Because there's one thing I know, I'd like to live
long enough to savour
That's when they finally put you in the ground
I'll stand on your grave and tramp the dirt down

When England was the whore of the world
Margaret was her madam
And the future looked as bright and as clear as
the black tarmacadam
Well I hope that she sleeps well at night, isn't
haunted by every tiny detail
'Cos when she held that lovely face in her hands
all she thought of was betrayal

And now the cynical ones say that it all ends the same in the long run
Try telling that to the desperate father who just squeezed the life from his
only son
And how it's only voices in your head and dreams you never dreamt
Try telling him the subtle difference between justice and contempt
Try telling me she isn't angry with this pitiful discontent
When they flaunt it in your face as you line up for punishment
And then expect you to say "Thank you" straighten up, look proud and pleased
Because you've only got the symptoms, you haven't got the whole disease
Just like a schoolboy, whose head's like a tin-can
filled up with dreams then poured down the drain
Try telling that to the boys on both sides, being blown to bits or beaten and
Who takes all the glory and none of the shame

Well I hope you live long now, I pray the Lord your soul to keep
I think I'll be going before we fold our arms and start to weep
I never thought for a moment that human life could be so cheap
'Cos when they finally put you in the ground
They'll stand there laughing and tramp the dirt down

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