Friday, March 31, 2006
Found on education wonk's site http://educationwonk.blogspot.com/2006/03/spellings-report-congressional-fun-and.html
"While we're sleeping every night, accountants in India do our taxes. Radiologists in Australia read our CAT scans. And technicians in China build our computers."
No, this is not from the Onion, it's from Washington Post.
"Praying for other people to recover from an illness is ineffective, according to the largest, best-designed study to examine the power of prayer to heal strangers at a distance.
The study of more than 1,800 heart-bypass patients found that those who had people praying for them had as many complications as those who did not. In fact, one group of patients who knew they were the subject of prayers fared worse."
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
http://dcist.com/ (scroll down aways)
And my favorite episode from last season was the passion of the christ/bra episode.
WASHINGTON, March 27 — American intelligence agencies and presidential commissions long ago concluded that Saddam Hussein had no unconventional weapons and no substantive ties to Al Qaeda before the 2003 invasion.
But now, an unusual experiment in public access is giving anyone with a computer a chance to play intelligence analyst and second-guess the government.
Under pressure from Congressional Republicans, the director of national intelligence has begun a yearlong process of posting on the Web 48,000 boxes of Arabic-language Iraqi documents captured by American troops.
They are here fmso.leavenworth.army.mil/products-docex.htm
You might need to know some Arabic (a few are translated in English, includes such gems as [Include a handwriting, which means: God has shown mercy on such a
human, whom he has led me to recognize my faults])
And the page is difficult to work with--if you open a document this page fmso.leavenworth.army.mil/products-docex.htm disappears and you have to recopy it into your browser.
Again, I am probably being domestic spied on right now.
Monday, March 27, 2006
They may or may not be true, but if they are... With proficiency per dollar spending DC is still at the
bottom for proficiency rates.
The Massholes slip (it's humbling) to second in reading/dollar behind Kentucky and
fifth (oops!) in math/dollar, with Minnesota taking the lead.
In case you were wondering.
DC has the lowest (and they spend over close to twice as much per student).
Check it out here: http://www.humaneventsonline.com/article.php?print=yes&id=13458
PS Props to Minnesota for coming close.
I think this is a good idea--but those who watch Fox nonstop might get their skivvies in a twist.
Friday, March 24, 2006
http://www.boston.com/news/education/k_12/articles/2006/03/24/katrina_refugees_score_lower_on_tests/ (Katrina Refugees Score Lower on Tests, AP)
OK now, isn't social promotion exactly what is pushing these kids farther back on standardized tessting. Wouldn't not holding them back exacerbate the situation? No really, this doesn't make any sense to me, except that Texas is going to double stuff the New Orleans kids who already got fucked by their school system and Katrina.
Wow, Texas, you idiots, never cease to explain away the state of the country now do ya?
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
(Read the author's response to TFA.) Found in ASCD PD Smartbrief.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Damon Has Tendinitis in Left Shoulder
The Associated Press
Wednesday, March 15, 2006; 2:30 PM
TAMPA, Fla. -- Johnny Damon has tendinitis in his throwing shoulder, and the New York Yankees star will not be available to play the outfield for the United States on Thursday night against Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.
The Yankees sent Damon to be examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum in California on Tuesday, and the speedy leadoff man was cleared to pinch-run for the U.S. squad if needed. Whether Damon can hit will be determined before Thursday's game, but he will not play in the field.
"I spoke to Johnny yesterday," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday. "He's not worried. He just needs to get it calmed down, so that's why he's not a defensive player for them right now."
Damon had an MRI exam. His sore left shoulder is the same one that hindered him late last year with Boston and weakened an already inferior throwing arm.
Cashman said the injury flared up while New York's biggest acquisition of the offseason was working out with the U.S. team.
"It happened there," Cashman said. "Right now, he's OK to stay out there and try and help the U.S. team obviously in a limited way now."
There is no timetable for when Damon will resume defensive drills. Cashman plans to speak with Yocum again before Thursday's WBC game.
"I don't have a final report yet. I'll have one before Thursday's game," Cashman said.
Cashman said right now he's not worried about Damon's status for opening day.
"This is something that should calm down and should be able to get out of the way in time for our season to start based on what I have been told by Dr. Yocum," Cashman said.
Damon, who signed a $52 million, four-year contract with the Yankees during the offseason, has played in four of the Americans' five games in the inaugural WBC, going 1-for-7. He sat out Monday night's 7-3 loss to South Korea and was a pinch-hitter in Sunday's 4-3 victory over Japan.
His ailment is exactly the kind of issue New York owner George Steinbrenner was referring to when he spoke out against the Classic.
"I'm not concerned about him based on the fact he pinch-hit the other day, plus the fact Cash talked to him," Torre said, referring to Damon. "Hopefully, it appears to be in the spring training-type feeling.
"To me, Johnny knows what's important. They want to win there, but he knows that he has to get himself right to help whichever club he's playing for. He knows that they're playing the Classic, but it's still a time when you get yourself in shape and you have to look out for yourself."
Obviously they do, just not the kinds of schools other DC students are going to.
People should be outraged. But the white students are doing okay, so ehh whatever.
And Andrew Mathas really does: http://thephoenix.com/article_ektid6038.aspx