Saturday, May 09, 2009

Quick Thoughts

Since the site is called Top of My Head, I thought I'd post some items truly off the Top of My Head.
  1. The Governor of Texas thinks that Texas should be its own country. Well, I agree. Think about it -- nothing good has ever come out of Texas. Let's all get together, take a vote and vote Texas off this island called the United States of America. But, don't let Texans come and try to invade the rest of us. Make them get Visas before they're allowed to cross the border. And, instead of building a huge fence across the Mexican border, let's build it at the Texas state line. Besides, they only joined up with us in the first place because Texas couldn't live peacefully with Native Americans. Texas being annexed into the United States was one of the causes of the Mexican American War. Let them go and this time, don't let them come back.
  2. Any television station that actually gives the octomom her own reality show should never be watched by anyone ever again. The show should tank and we should all refuse to watch any show on that network, until it's network president agrees to be spanked on national TV because of his or her bad decision.
  3. Friends shouldn't let friends sing Karaoke if the friend truly can't sing. I don't care how much you like the song. Also, friends should not put in songs under other people's names. It isn't funny. It rarely goes well -- unless said friend truly can sing and is just shy. And, it annoys those of us who can sing and are waiting our turn to watch some drunk man or woman screech through a song they don't know. Knock it off, people. Karaoke is serious business.
  4. Lewis Black is a comedic genius and we should all listen to him.
  5. Cheryl should allow me to get a new kitten and, if you know her, please tell her so. I miss Mr. Mann more than I thought I would and we need to have three cats in our house. I know the new kitten could never take his place or even act like him, but she has taken over the other two cats in our lives and now, I feel as if I'm catless.
  6. I just lost yet another diamond out of my grandmother's rings. Does anyone know a really, really good and rebutable jeweler?
  7. Does anyone know if you have to be a Veteran or a government employee in order to get a job with the government? There's openings everywhere, but I can't understand all that job rating stuff.

God Bless

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Friday, September 19, 2008

An Nation of Underachievers

The school Distict in Dallas, TX has changed its grading policy and it is a sad day for education in America if the rest of the nation follows. (see article) Now, let me tell you why this is a bad idea.

When I was in school, I was a lousy student. I couldn't sit still - rarely stopped talking - and was nothing but a headache for my teachers. On the flipside of this, I was a nice kid who didn't get into any real trouble, but I did spend my fair share of time in the Principal's office. Flash forward thirty years and it turns out I'm ADHD, but that's no excuse for my poor performance. Yet, I was never held back. I didn't flunk classes and I was always passed along -- to be the next teacher's problem. This went on for all of grade school and junior high.

Then, I reached high school. For a reason I don't understand, I decided I wanted to take Russian History my freshman year with Miss Willis. Wow, that was a huge slap in the face. I didn't do my homework, I scored poorly on my exams and guess what -- I flunked.

Flunked! Who dare flunk me?

A teacher and a very good teacher. Miss Willis taught me a lesson I haven't forgotten in the twenty plus years since I sat my butt in her class. If you don't try, you won't pass. If you don't pass, you don't learn. If you don't learn, you won't get ahead.

Now, I'm not going to lie and say that I've been the world's greatest student since then. I do all right. I graduated in the top half of my high school class and I've gone on to obtain a college degree. And, I've failed or succeeded because of choices I made. If I studied hard enough, I passed. (Even in Math, which is my worse subject. I worked my butt off to get that C+!)

In Dallas, they always want the student to have a second chance. That isn't teaching their students the life lesson they're going to need in life. It certainly wouldn't have flown in Miss Willis' Russian History class.

So, Miss Willis, who taught history at Waukegan East High School between 1981 and 1985, I don't know where you are, but thanks for flunking me. It's served me well in the 27 years I've lived since then.

God Bless

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