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Pop Quiz: Balance

Like many this was my first week back to school and like always my life changes.  I go from a laid back relaxed existence where time is not really all that important, to a clock centered world where every moment is filled with some brain absorbing task. Luckily I get …

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Pop Quiz: E-Readers vs Paper Books

In yesterday’s Required Readings Librarienne posted a link to a story from The Guardian which reported on a study involving reading comprehension on e-readers compared to printed “pocket” books.  The study which is yet to be published claims that there is a decrease in a person’s ability to reconstruct the …

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Education

Pop Quiz: August Anxiety

At the beginning of every August as my summer draws to a close and the first day of school approaches the dreams start.  They come once or twice a week at first, but by this time halfway through August they are every night and usually multiple times a night.  They …

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Pop Quiz: School Funding -Smoke ’em if you got ’em

In Pennsylvania there is a huge brouhaha about funding in education. The news is full of how Governor Tom Corbett has drastically cut funding to the schools, which like many things in politics is both true and false at the same time.  So while the pundits yell back and forth …

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Pop Quiz: Indulgence

For me summer is a time for vacations and to indulge myself.  At different times in my life different things have been the height of indulgence.  A week vacation away from everything, a well-made meal, and a trip to the masseuse have all been on the list, but recently I …

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The Great Didactic: All the young of both sexes should be sent to school

Chapter 9 – All the young of both sexes should be sent to school I was going to clean up my language when I published this post.  I wrote the original a week ago and then set it aside.  During that time my anger subsided and I really was going …

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Education

The Great Didactic: A.K.A. The Great Slog

Chapter 7 and 8: The Title Pretty Much Says it all Recently I was thinking about the foundation of our education system and its philosophical underpinnings. As I was doing this it dawned on me that I have only ever really read about this philosophy and I never read the …

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Pop Quiz: The Hockey – Football – Grammar connection

If you are living under a rock you may not know that the FIFA World Cup is taking place in Brazil, but for many people in the world it is something that has dominated their lives for the past few weeks.  I must admit that I was not a football …

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Education

The Great Didactic: Teachable Animal

Chapter 6: If a man is to be produced, it is necessary that he be formed by education Recently I was thinking about the foundation of our education system and its philosophical underpinnings.  As I was doing this it dawned on me that I have only ever really read about …

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Pop Quiz: Gut vs Mind – What’s your woo?

My house is currently overrun with ants, tapinoma sessile to be exact.  (As I type one just ran across my desk.) My husband and I have been battling these arthropods every year since we have moved into our current home.  Every spring the ants emerge and we deploy our arsenal.  …

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