Billy! Is It True, Are You Sorry You Left Us?

3 06 2007

Orlando Sentinel, 10 minutes ago

Billy Donovan may want to come back home to the Gators before he even moves away!

UPDATE Monday morning, 10:43 am – talk about a picture being worth a thousand words. Poor guy. Just trying to do the right thing for his family and fans, and his own career, and with the world by the tail, success beyond his wildest dreams, look at that face. And this was taken at the hoopla announcement of his leaving for the NBA job, is this the face of an unconflicted man?? ! One of those Paradox of Choice moments?


When Should a Kid Start Kindergarten?

3 06 2007

. . .asks the New York Times Sunday Magazine.

It may break your heart to read this longish piece, but you should do it anyway:

. . .Two, one boy and one girl, had been redshirted — the term, borrowed from sports, describes students held out for a year by their parents so that they will be older, or larger, or more mature, and thus better prepared to handle the increased pressures of kindergarten today. Six of Andersen’s pupils, on the other hand, were quite young, so young that they would not be enrolled in kindergarten at all if North Carolina succeeds in pushing back its birthday cutoff . . .
Gaps in achievement have many causes, but a major one in any kindergarten room is age. Almost all kindergarten classrooms have children with birthdays that span 12 months. But because of redshirting, the oldest student in Andersen’s class is not just 12 but 15 months older than the youngest, a difference in age of 25 percent.

I wrote about academic red-shirting of little kids and the school sports mentality teaching kids (little or big) some very wrong lessons here and here. . .

Religion News Is To School News

3 06 2007

At the Revealer (real journalism about religion) I think two of the three basic principles of writing about belief also fit our discussions about schooling, homeschooling and unschooling news coverage. (Not to mention political news coverage but we can get into that another day.)

Education like religion, is tough to categorize and too often it’s written about in silly, superficial ways that obfuscate, more than illuminate, what’s really happening and why it all matters so much. . .

#2 —

The press all too frequently fails to acknowledge religion, categorizing it as either innocuous spirituality or dangerous fanaticism, when more often it’s both and in-between and just plain other.
#3 —

We deserve and need better coverage of religion:

sharper thinking; deeper history; thicker description; basic theology; real storytelling.

Dunno Where Greg Laden Was Going With This —

3 06 2007

. . . YouTube video, “A Day in the Life of a Homeschool Student” but I gave it my own best interpretation and I guess we’ll just see what “evolves” in comments here and there. 😉