More from My Homework

I had fun with this exercise- thought you might get a kick out of it:

4) Describe the educational approach of learning strategies. Choose a mnemonic strategy that is particularly appealing to you and explain why you would use it and how you would use it on a group of children with LD or with ADHD/ served as LD. Note: learning strategies are not appropriate for children with MR. (4 pts.)

Mnemonic strategies have gotten many students through preparing for a final biology exam on the six types of classifications of plants and animals: (Kathy, Please Come Over for Ginger Snaps: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Genus, Species. I canÃt believe I remember that—) Additional strategies include using word associations to remember state capitals (¦To peek under canvas²- Topeka is the capital of Kansas) and rhymes-( ¦I before e, except after c,² to remember to spell receive and believe differently. )

As a prospective history teacher, I think that it is important to teach kids to see patterns in the development of nations- I am thinking that there must be some clever rhyme or mnemonic strategy that could describe this process. Something like: Bloom, boom, room, then lust, bust, dust.

Cultures in fledgling nations 1. Bloom- The Rise of Ancient Rome, the Renaissance, Victorian England, ¦The American Century,² that is, they have advances in education and culture that allow them to make some major social advances. Then they have a 2. Boom of development and technology- they rapidly build and advance to the edges of their territories, then they need 3. Room, so they expand beyond their borders. 4. Lust for more cropland or for cheaper labor or warm water ports cause them to spread out far beyond what their infrastructure can support when the boom begins to ebb. As the cost of maintaining the empire rises and the empire itself stagnates, these expansionist powers experience a 5. Bust, where the empire collapses or folds in on itself. WhatÃs left of the empire 50 years later? 6. Dust. A shadow of the empireÃs former greatness and the favor of the world reflects how graciously they did or did not leave the stage when the music stopped.

Rumsfeld’s Newest Work

“I guess the reason I don’t use the phrase guerrilla war is because there isn’t one,” Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said.

An updated, minimalist version of this Viet Nam era chestnut, which itself was a parody of a poem by Hughes Mearns:

As I was walking up the stair
I met a war that wasn’t there.
It wasn’t there again today
I wish, I wish it would stay away.

Somos Mas Americanos

I have gotten some comments and an email asking me about my teacher preparations- I am in school. I am taking all sorts of classes about how to give classes. I have just completed an assignment on multicultural education, and I thought that I would throw the question I was assigned and my answer up here. I have another half a semester to go, and I have to admit, I am still not the world’s greatest student. I wish I was more disciplined, but I’m just not. Homework has been my own special torment since I was seven years old. Oh, well, you gotta take the bitter with the sweet…

Here’s that assignment:

5.5 Discuss the need for multicultural and diversity programs and how might technology bridge the SES (socio-economic status) and cultural gap?

As I have said before, ¦If you think multicultural (or bilingual) education is expensive, you should try ignorance.² The shape of the American demographic has always been dynamic. From the First Americans to cross the Siberian Land Bridge to the European Invaders, from the forced immigrants from West Africa to the Irish economic refugees, and from the refugees of wars in Latin America and Viet Nam to those seeking better lives working here; every autumn brings a new set of challenges to the front steps of American Schools. Embracing and educating these kids is the heart of what it means to be American, and denying this fact is to live in denial of what makes this country great. Every wave of immigrants from Europe has eventually tried to close the door behind themselves, which is selfish and xenophobic. In the American West, populations of Hispanics predate European-Americans. Trying to shut these people out of public education is not only impractical, itÃs immoral. In the words of the Mexican-American band Los Tigres Del Norte, ¦Somos mas americanos- yo no cruce la frontera, la frontera me cruzo.² (Which means, ¦We are no less Americans- I didnÃt cross the border, the border crossed me.²)
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Rain Good, Rain Bad.

Well, if you just tuned in, there’s been about 34″ of cumulative rainfall here this year. This is good and bad if you are farming. Peaches have been better this year than they have been in 30 years, according to peach farmers that I talk to. I gotta say, the ones that I have eaten have been incredible. I can’t believe that I’m not eating five a day right now. I need to get on that. (Had my first bowl of homemade peach ice cream that I’ve had in twenty years on July 4th. It was so good it made me dizzy.)
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Get OUTTA here!

Did anyone else know that Strom “DixieKKKrat” Thurmond had a black daughter? No foolin’, folks. Read all about it.

Some excerpts:

In all the words spent on Strom Thurmond’s life and times since his death last week, I have seen no acknowledgment of the most interesting of his sundry racial legacies. She is Essie Mae Washington Williams, a widowed former school teacher in her 70s, living in Los Angeles. Presumably she did not show up for any of the obsequies even though Strom Thurmond was almost certainly her father. Williams is black.

We need not dwell on the obvious mind-boggling hypocrisies here: that someone who ran for president on an anti-pool-mixin’ platform was party to an integrated gene pool. Or that Thurmond’s other signature political achievement?the 24-hour-without-bathroom-break filibuster against the Civil Rights Act of 1957?was done in the name of sparing the South from “mongrelization.”

This is too rich! The story I have linked to has some more details, for example, that the mother was his former housekeeper, that sort of thing. Oh, my, my, my….

Donald Rumsfeld- Modern Poet

I bet you had no idea that guy was so well rounded- Here are some excerpts from briefings given at the Department of Defense. I wish that I had noticed the Post Modern genius of Mr. Rumsfeld first, but I can’t take credit for it- Slate Magazine carried this first. Seriously, as muddleheaded as these make him sound, they really work as poetry. I’m kinda touched *sniff*:

The Unknown

As we know,
There are known knowns.
There are things we know we know.
We also know
There are known unknowns.
That is to say
We know there are some things
We do not know.
But there are also unknown unknowns,
The ones we don’t know
We don’t know.

�Feb. 12, 2002, Department of Defense news briefing

Glass Box

You know, it’s the old glass box at the�
At the gas station,
Where you’re using those little things
Trying to pick up the prize,
And you can’t find it.

And it’s all these arms are going down in there,
And so you keep dropping it
And picking it up again and moving it,

Some of you are probably too young to remember those�
Those glass boxes,

But they used to have them
At all the gas stations
When I was a kid.

�Dec. 6, 2001, Department of Defense news briefing
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Monsoon Advice

Jivha, and Anvita, I am calling on you personally to help me out here… After reading Jivha’s post “Jokan-nostalgia bit me!” I realized that you might be able to offer me a little advice. Here is the excerpt that got my attention:
“In our first year during the rainy seasons(the rainy seasons in Calcutta can get *pretty rainy* if you know what I mean! Ask Anvita – she lives there!) the lakes overflowed and there was knee-deep water all through the campus. We had to literally wade from place to place and while doing so would see fish, crabs, water spiders etc. swimming around on the roads on which we were walking. Even an occasional water snake would glide by!”

Well, it’s already been a really rainy year here, and here is the weather forecast for the next week. I am going a little stir crazy- I have a garden to tend, a dog house and a chicken house to build.

What am I supposed to do with myself if it’s always, always, always RAINING?

More on Ann Coulter

My brother lost his cool about Ann Coulter over on his blog. Read all about it. I had to throw in my two cents:

let’s just say that you can be assured that if ann coulter looked like linda tripp, she would languish in the obscurity she so richly deserves.

what kind of moron fails to see a distinction between the Roosevelts and the Rosenburgs?

A glaring example of the failure of private schools to effectively educate America’s children….