I swear a lot, and I’m polite, so I found these cholorpleths interesting:
I grew up in Buffalo in the 80’s, and I think it was a lot swearier than they show it to be. And, my first (professor) job was in Alabama; I actually got negative comments on my evaluations that I had sworn in class. Both these things make me think the map is somehow inaccurate.
FWIW: When I was a young slacker I had a summer job as laborer in a high school. The head custodian made up new swear words. One time he was calling me out in front of the whole crew for some problem with a painting job. And he screams "You paint like a dogfuck!" That wasn’t even one of his better ones, but it got to me, and I started laughing uncontrollably. He tried yelling more, but eventually he started laughing too and just walked away shaking his head.
Both are intended to give K-12 teachers more time out of the classroom … for all things they do outside the classroom that are more important than the kids in the classroom: “… Because there is so much pressure placed on educators as the result of legislative mandates and board rules”.
This new policy was passed at a little-attended school board meeting over the summer. I’ve yet to meet a single person not on the board who knew this was coming (including more than one principal).
vX acquaintance Pete Akins makes an excellent point:
[Superintendant] Dulaney said the school day for the district’s high schools and middle schools would begin later every Wednesday to make time for the teachers to have their collaboration time in professional learning communities. …
Dulaney said in schools with high-functioning professional learning communities, policies and decisions are made mutually by all stakeholders, which includes students, teachers, paraprofessionals and families. …
After providing a brief outline of the plans for implementing late-start days at each secondary school in the district, parents and teachers weighed in on the subject.
Parent Pete Akins shared his concerns on how the proposed schedule changes could impact families.
He cited Dulaney’s statement that in high-functioning professional learning communities, all decisions and policies are made by stakeholders.
“If this decision has already been made, but has not been made with all of the stakeholders … it’s difficult to believe that all further policies would include all the stakeholders,” Akins said. [emphasis added]
Pete should take a run around the bases for that one … although its pithiness will matter little to the bureaucracy.
Of course, as I re-read this, it occurs to me that perhaps the superintendent doesn’t really intend her professional learning communities to be “high-functioning” at all. If she was just talking figuratively about the abstract, then she’s in the clear not to consult stakeholders at all … which is pretty much what they did this past summer.
Kudos to the vXwife, who thought up a name for our 2002 girl that’s lovely, and not to be seen on the map.
Funny though, how Ashley starts cropping up in 1983, gives Jessica a run for its money all through the 80’s, peaks in 1991-2, and is gone by 1999; while Madison starts out in 1996, peaks about 5 years later, and then fades out. Ashley Madison is, of course, an online service that hooks up willing young women with potential sugar daddy’s. I guess it wouldn’t have worked if they’d dubbed the site Mary Lisa or Jennifer Jessica: that would’ve signaled someone much older.
Here’s a little plug for some alumni. Trent* and Janelle Brown came to the our business convocation this past spring to talk about the success of their small business One Sweet Slice.
This is a bakery in Salt Lake City, specializing in cupcakes and wedding cakes (voted best in the city for each). And they won the show Cupcake Wars on the Food Network (see their blog). Here are some links to videos with some recipes:
* Trent took my Principles of Macro class in Fall 2004. My vivid memory of him is that he and Nate Janes convinced me to show one of the original JibJab videos, about the positions of presidential candidates Bush and Kerry, in class.
I have a friend who’s an independent insurance agent. You know … the people the government thinks are such a rip off that they’re paying them close to nothing for signing people up (paying a professional with a degree and experience $12 gross for a process that could take a couple of hours is … umm … just stupid).
Anyway, the sort of people she signed up for private health insurance for years are the sort of people who can’t fill out a form, much less a web form. Most of this is just that these folks are dysfunctional across wide swaths of their lives.
And, a good deal of her work time is actually filling out the forms for them, coaching them to find the information she needs, and following-up when they’re too dysfunctional to produce it on their own.
Alternatively, I have bunches of students who’ve gone onto the health exchanges just for the heck of it.
I guess I shouldn’t really be surprised that the sort of control freaks that think they can reinvent healthcare haven’t actually asked the questions they need to. You’d need professional project managers to do that, and those people all get priced out of the public sector because the private sector knows how much they’re actually worth.
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