Sunday, April 20, 2014

As a libertarian/anarchast/borderling Randian/Cardcarrying NRA member and TEA party function attendee, there is often a question bounded around. 

"what's your favorite Federal program?'

Now the reason for this is that it is to make people think. "The government should..." fill in the blank.  Then to stop and think.  Are there things that "the gov'ment should" that cannot be done at the state level, or the local level,...or does not need government at all.

Back to the question.

My favorite Federal programs.

NASA  it took the collective will, force of the American people to do this.  You can argue Cold War or Space Race and I will not argue.  But I remember watching the Moon Landing. I just wish the thing would be given a decent budget and vision again.  We developed so many things as a result of this.  New Technologies were created.  Inovation and dreams were developed.

Highway Program.  This definitely fits into the Role of the Federal Government as interstate travel.  Railroads might work in Europe, but roads are American.

GI Bill.  My understanding is the college part was an afterthought.  In which case this is a rare case of the Feds having something great from something small.

The other point about these is they do not over reach.  Clean Air Act is pretty cool, and is of the Fed, after all wind does not recognize state borders.  But the people keep giving themselves more and more power. 
last week was some kind of "silence against bullying against LBGT" or some such.

My first statement was "if you want to get rid of bullying, you do not do it by being silent."  My second was "I'm against bullying, anybody...."  My third was "I can give you a list of students that should be silent...."

Sunday, April 6, 2014

students lie

There might be one I have never heard before....

Saturday, March 22, 2014

sell out

I am pursuing my national certification.  Some students still have not signed the permission slips that let me film (which makes camera angles awkward).  I reminded them before spring break to please do so.  Or if they have an objection to being filmed let me know.  "Or I will show up at your house with permission slip in hand."

smart alec.  "you can't find my house."

"its a small town, I can find you.  Don't try me, another student tried.  Google maps is useful."

"well where I live is strange, you can't find it."

*sigh*....just because I have to have the last word.  "John"  *buddy next to him* "you play football with Smart Alex right?*nod from student*  "I'll give you five points extra credit if you will show me where he lives."

John brightens up "okay."

"I told you, don't try me.  Besides I have your slip and your mother works in the next building."

(that's unethical, but I'm sure that chocolate  or such could get the same results.)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

fine girl

In all fairness he was trying to pay a compliment.

We went shopping, my daughters and I, in a nearby town and stopped at a pawn shop that has a large gun collection.  My youngest is an Army veteran, possesses a Bachelors, considering buying an older house to fix up, teaches high school english, working on her master's and is skilled in several crafts.

She is thinking about buying an AR15 for defense and I suggested she look here.  A elderly gentleman commented that it was nice that a young girl knew how to shoot.

Good thing it wasn't loaded.

Monday, February 24, 2014

technology again

the counter on the school's copier says I am out of my ration for copying.  I have no idea what it is. The reason we are not given the amount is because there is concern that we will try to use it all.

I talked to the principal whom I told "surely in February I have not used more than I did last year."

So he will look to see if the count can be reset.

So I spent time loading my web page with assignments.  I needed to anyway.  I will be using projected tests and Ipads to get tests done.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

I make lists in my sleep

This is good.

How to plan stuff.  Many forms on how to plan.  I have a stack of them for my students who need help planning.