Open Back-to-School Thread: Let’s Have Show and Tell

24 08 2009

Okay, I know a bunch of Thinking Parents who sent kids including unschooled daughters (looking at Nance and Lynn!) off to campus today. Many others saw kids start a new college term this week, Betty and Meg and I that come to mind as I’m running out the door to see how FavD’s first day went . . .

So let’s hear the stories! Show and Tell. What are the kids doing, how was their day, what happened? I already know that FavD’s poetry teacher got in a car crash on the way to class and had to be checked out at the hospital so no first day for her, but you don’t have to be able to top that. 🙂

I want to hear everything, old teacher and teacher’s pet that I am. So scoot into the circle and let’s share —

p.s. If you school at home or still unschool all day, that’s cool too. You are in the circle and you get your turn! How was today?

Back to School: First Church-State Skirmish Already?

24 08 2009

Do you know the Friendly Atheist, Hemant Mehta? He is a highly evolved thinker and human being imo. 🙂

And he is a high school teacher, which makes him a crazy-parent whipping boy. Crazy is catching — and as we say in the South, he’s catchin’ it right now! It’s as if the current strain of town hall crazy were catching and now spreading like swine flu, into the schools with everything else good and bad about society.

Dale has the whole story, with links at the bottom to the course of the infection as it developed.

Please go read it and ahem, spread the word.

Zombie Government-is-Bad Fundamentalism

24 08 2009

Nobel Laureate economist Paul Krugman today:

“We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals,” said Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1937. “We know now that it is bad economics.”

And last year we learned that lesson all over again.
Or did we? The astonishing thing about the current political scene is the extent to which nothing has changed.

The debate over the public option has, as I said, been depressing in its inanity. . . .

So why won’t these zombie ideas die?

. . . President Obama. . . famously praised Reagan during the Democratic primary, and hasn’t used the bully pulpit to confront government-is-bad fundamentalism. That’s ironic, in a way, since a large part of what made Reagan so effective, for better or for worse, was the fact that he sought to change America’s thinking as well as its tax code.