Wednesday, October 31, 2001

A Few Links

Reinventing the World

Habits of Mind

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Tuesday, October 30, 2001

New Dimension to Poetry

You've got to look at this one by one of the students in my graduate class at the University of Baltimore. It opens up new dimensions in poetry!

Zahra Safavian

Friday, October 5, 2001

You're Boring Me!

For the first time in my life, my students are boring me so I know it's time to quit. Things have become so bad that I'm merely grading them on following directions. That's my goal this year. If I can get them to put their names on every paper and to follow directions for format, I will have taught them something.

And the parents are becoming crazier than ever. I called a mother today to talk about her son's poor behavior on Wednesday (I wasn't in school on Thursday) and her response was that I need to call the same day and she will not punish her son for something he did two days ago. I was silent, mostly because I was surprised and didn't know how to respond, and she thought we had lost connection.

Does this mean that if your child steals but isn't caught until a week later, s/he should not be punished? Does this mean that if you are raped and the rapist is caught next week, that he shouldn't be punished?

Tuesday, October 2, 2001

Children Do Think

Today David, now in the 8th grade, came to talk with me after school. He's quite brilliant, stands out from the rest of the students, and reads and speaks on an adult level. He said that at first, with the topsy-turvy state of the world (ala September 11), he thought it would be interesting to tell his grandchildren about the interesting times he lived through at this period in history. But then, after thinking more, he's not sure he will live to have any grandchildren. Then he wanted to know if I believe in God and he expressed his uncertainties about his own belief.

All this a reminder that life happens on so many different levels--and it is all important, depending on who you are.