Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Almost Famous

Well, not really.  But my blog did get a mention in the Huffington Post today!  My name isn't in it but it links to my blog:

An elementary school teacher who blogs about her work (http://www.tigerthegecko.blogspot.com/) reinforces this: "Parents don't necessarily read the paper, but the television is on all the time. I have had kids who have gone to stay at a relatives' house, not because the water or heat was out, but because the cable TV was down."

(note: I put in the apostrophe correctly even though it ended up being incorrect.  That is important to me.)

The article talks about how kids get their news.  The author points out that Weekly Reader (do we all remember that!) used to be used in most classrooms but now budgets and time constraints cause kids to not really learn about current events in school.  Very true and not a great idea in the long run, I think.  I'd rather have kids learning about what's going on in the world so they can make decisions and vote and be informed than have them take useless standardized tests.  But nobody asked me. 

I did have kids change houses when the cable TV wasn't working.  Television was such a staple of their parents' (usually a single mother) lives that when there was no TV, the house was not considered habitable.  It's really easy for me to condemn that but then I think about how long I'd stay in my house with no Internet access. 

One year ago: But Those People Have Such Funny Names

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