In contrast to this vision, I strongly believe that genuine, critical education cannot be confused with job training. At the same time, public schools have to be viewed as institutions as crucial to the security and safety of the country as national defense. If educators and others are to prevent this distinction between education and training from becoming blurred, it is crucial to both challenge the ongoing corporatization of public schools, while upholding the promise of the modern social contract in which all youth, guaranteed the necessary protections and opportunities, were a primary source of economic and moral investment, symbolizing the hope for a democratic future.
In short, those individuals and groups concerned about the promise of education need to reclaim their commitment to future generations by taking seriously the Protestant theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s belief that the ultimate test of morality for any democratic society resides in the condition of its children. If public education is to honor this ethical commitment, it will have to not only re-establish its obligation to young people, but reclaim its role as a democratic public sphere and uphold its support for teachers.” —
Sometimes when I think about the 30+ years ahead of me as a public educator I feel very overwhelmed.
I think I might home school my kids…….
- Physics …
- Sell Back Books - Check
- Abnormal Psych Final - Check
- Dishes… - Half Check
- Room Clean - Check
- Filter water for my fish - Check
- Physics …
- Eat lunch - Check
- Recycle old papers …
- Genetics …
- Biochemistry …
- Start Packing … - Half Check
- Design more of Alan’s Train …
- Look into how to sell things on Amazon …
- Don’t go crazy … Half check
5 more days of finals… Freedom, I’m on my way…
But there is one grammatical mistake that I particularly enjoy encountering. It has become almost fun for me to come across people who take the phrase “a lot” and condense it down into one word, because when someone says “alot,” this is what I imagine:
The Alot is an imaginary creature that I made up to help me deal with my compulsive need to correct other people’s grammar. It kind of looks like a cross between a bear, a yak and a pug, and it has provided hours of entertainment for me in a situation where I’d normally be left feeling angry and disillusioned with the world.
For example, when I read the sentence “I care about this alot,” this is what I imagine:
Similarly, when someone says “alot of _______”, I picture an Alot made out of whatever they are talking about.
If someone says something like “I feel lonely alot” or “I’m angry alot,” I’m going to imagine them standing there with an emo haircut, sharing their feelings with an Alot.
The Alot is incredibly versatile.
So the next time you are reading along and you see some guy ranting about how he is “alot better at swimming than Michael Phelps,” instead of getting angry, you can be like “You’re right! Alots are known for their superior swimming capabilities.”
Who are you rooting for?
I enjoy every bother! Btws- we should eat together sometime or something.
Natalie Woods and Elizabeth Knowles were able to sign the birth certificate of their newborn daughter, Lily-May Betty today. Woods gave birth to Lily-May, and thanks to new laws in Britain, her partner, Knowles, was able to appear on the birth certificate instead of her father, a sperm donor.
Partner papers with shitty-ass partners who go MIA the night before the paper is due…
I am EXTRA mad now!!!! I don’t have her phone number, so we’ve been communicating through email, facebook, and when we see each other in class. SHE’S BEEN ON EFFING FACEBOOK UPDATING THINGS SINCE I’VE SENT HER THE MESSAGES ABOUT STUFF!!!! WTF!?!? This paper is worth 45% of our final grade and you don’t have the decency to finish your section?!
I only know how to bitch slap one way. And let me tell you…it’s not going to leave a hand print on your face…
But trust me… you’ll be scarred for life…