The American Family Association-affiliated organization published the following statement on their website:
Unfortunately, children are now being exposed to same-sex marriage in a toy store. This is the last place a parent would expect to be confronted with questions from their children on topics that are too complicated for them to understand. Issues of this nature are being introduced too early and too soon, which is becoming extremely common and unnecessary.
As I’ve said before, Riverdale is a safe, welcoming place that does not judge anyone. It’s an idealized version of America that will hopefully become reality someday. We’re sorry the American Family Association/OneMillionMoms.com feels so negatively about our product, but they have every right to their opinion, just like we have the right to stand by ours. Kevin Keller will forever be a part of Riverdale, and he will live a happy, long life free of prejudice, hate and narrow-minded people.
In 2001, historian Roger Ekirch of Virginia Tech published a seminal paper, drawn from 16 years of research, revealing a wealth of historical evidence that humans used to sleep in two distinct chunks.
His book At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past, published four years later, unearths more than 500 references to a segmented sleeping pattern - in diaries, court records, medical books and literature, from Homer’s Odyssey to an anthropological account of modern tribes in Nigeria.
Much like the experience of Wehr’s subjects, these references describe a first sleep which began about two hours after dusk, followed by waking period of one or two hours and then a second sleep.
"It’s not just the number of references - it is the way they refer to it, as if it was common knowledge," Ekirch says.
Georgia’s newest public scholarship was intended to benefit all of the state’s best and brightest college-bound students. At least that was the plan when Gov. Nathan Deal created the Zell Miller Scholarship last year.
Instead, it favors those students who live in Atlanta’s affluent suburbs.
Those most likely to afford college without the state’s financial help are benefiting the most from the full-tuition scholarship, while students from low-income homes and the first in their families to attend college are least likely to get it, according to an analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Me: Okay, I’m looking at your account and you have NO books out. Patron: That’s what I thought… Can you renew it? Me: What? Patron: Can you renew the book? Me: …I thought we just agreed you didn’t have a book out? Patron: I don’t, I returned it. But I got an e-mail saying it was going to be due soon, so can I renew it? Me: There was probably a delay in the e-mail being sent out, you are all set, your account it completely clear. There is nothing to renew. Patron: But I need to renew it! Me: But you already returned it! Patron: I just need to renew the book. Me:…Okay I renewed it, you’re all set, don’t have to do anything. Patron: Okay, thank you!
High expectations are not the answer. I thought they were back when I knew nothing about the community I’d be teaching in. “High expectations” was a mantra I could get behind because it fit into my misguided view that minority students were underperforming as a result of the internalized racism of teachers that caused them to, subconsciously or not, lower their expectations for kids of those populations.
This is an interesting post. I suggest my fellow teachers everybody read it.
Why is it important that alleys in America be better used?
It depends on the city and the time. I don’t think our population densities can afford doing that to every alley in America, but in cities that do have a strong alley collection, we should start addressing all of that space. Chicago has a program that’s turning some of them into greenways. And even in Detroit, there’s a beautiful alley that has transformed an entire block. It’s become so successful that people are getting married there, there are parties, people are taking it back.
Me too! I’ve even had the school computer person check it out and she had no suggestions….? What the heck?!
I think that part of the problem is that this issue is sort of hard to explain. There’s not an error message associated with it. It’s hard to google, you know? If I ever find a solution, believe me - I’ll share it.
I keep having a problem with my Macbook connecting to the internet. I think it must be a problem with the computer because it happens at different places. Usually turning off the AirPort and turning it back on fixes the problem. But not always. Sometimes time is the only thing that solves it.
The indicator in the Menu Bar shows that I’m picking up the Wifi signal, but there’s no internet connection. From searching the Google, it seems like this is a common problem. Anyone else experience this?
That’s the nitty-gritty. The fun part of this is that Obama just pulled a fast one on Republicans. He drew this out for two weeks, letting Republicans work themselves into a frenzy of anti-contraception rhetoric, all thinly disguised as concern for religious liberty, and then created a compromise that addressed their purported concerns but without actually reducing women’s access to contraception, which is what this has always been about.
My guess is that they’ll take their knocks and go home, but a lot of the damage has already been done. Romney was provoked repeatedly to go on the record saying negative things about contraception. Sure, it was in the frame of concern about religious liberty, but as this incident fades into memory, what most people will remember is that Republicans picked a fight with Obama over contraception coverage and lost. This also gave Obama a chance to highlight this benefit and take full credit for it.
My wife and I (mostly her) have this super conservative couple as friends. The man is the head of the house and the wife is his servant kind of shit. We recently learned that they don’t want their children calling their genitals by their typical names. Apparently they are too vulgar.
We will start with their daughter since she is the oldest. They want her to call her vagina her “taco.” Her motherfucking taco! Well, they would never say motherfucking. How is taco less vulgar than vagina? I hear this and think ” holy shit, you are going to grow up to be an uneducated, cheap hooker.”
Now to their son. They want him to refer to his penis as his taliwacker. I don’t even know if I spelled that right but you get the point. That makes it sound like he plays with it constantly for some reason. Don’t know why but it does. I mean, you couldn’t pick anything else? I hate the term ding dong but it is a hell of a lot better than taliwacker. Shit, now my iPad knows that I am typing taliwacker after I enter the w. I’m screwed now.
This is yet another reason why I don’t understand the conservative portion of this country.
One of the annoyances about being a librarian is the shelving. It’s not necessarily difficult work, but it sure is tedious, especially when I have other things to do, like grading. The tedium is compounded when students, and not just the really little guys, don’t put books back in the proper place. I know they know how to do it, but they’re just careless. If it was just a matter of putting a book in the wrong section, that would be annoying, but there have been several instances when students pushed books in and ruined/ripped the pages because they actually shoved that book into a space in which another book was occupied. Considering I have a budget of $0 this year, this is incredibly frustrating.
Because of all the mis-shelving that has occurred, I have no choice but to re-shelve all of the non-fiction. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve looked up books in the catalog for students and gone back, only to find them missing. I’m getting tired of it and it’s not helpful to students, so until I’m done, the students can’t check any non-fiction out, unless teachers specifically request it and even then, I’m going to pull out the books that they need.
This weekend, I’m planning on hitting up Home Depot or other similar store and picking up some paint stirrers. I saw another librarian do this when I observed her. She would distribute the paint stirrers to the students and they would use them to mark the places where they pulled out the books so that they could return the materials to the proper places. Though I’m sure my older kids will be mortified that they need to use aids to put items back correctly, I’m going to make them use them until they can prove to me that they can be trusted to treat the books carefully and respectfully.
For other librarians out there, what are some things that you’ve done that have worked?
First, I have to say that I loved reading your post. I know exactly what you’re talking about. I definitely don’t enjoy shelving. That’s especially unfortunate because I think I’ll soon be losing my parapro. And mis-shelved books? My students are constantly putting books on the wrong shelf, smashing them into other books already on the shelf, facing the spine in, or just leaving books on the floor. I really should include regular reminders in my lessons. But here’s the disappointing part for you - we use sticks.
My students do pretty well marking their spot to replace a book after they look at it. The problem I see is when they change their mind after continued browsing. This is the point at which they’ll just do anything with their first choice. My para had a good idea today. She suggested having a “changed my mind” table for books students have decided against. I hate to encourage them, but it’s better than having lost copies or picking up books off the floor.