Trust me, if I thought we could get away with it, my people would
currently be talking to Leon's people, non stop!! :)
There are damn few twenty something males in this culture today that
aren't total doofuses ...
(My initial thought when meeting most of them is to reach over, grab
them by the collar, and slap the shit out of 'em to start as my
I didn't look it up. By "doofuses" do you mean glued to their
technology, have too much moose in their hair, that they are
pre-occupied with video games, or something else? I don't know enough
20-something males to offer much of an opinion.
I agree with you that "parental involvement" is key. You and your wife
were obviously were very thoughtful parents!
As far as the balking, I don't know anyone who enjoys more legal
involvement in his or her life. Helping a student is one thing, helping
a student with a lawyer standing behind him or her feels like
another--even if it shouldn't. It might feel like having a police
officer drive with you to work everyday. In short, the balking was
probably, hopefully, just human nature. I think in truth, some teachers
give his or her all, and some give much less--just like people you'll
find in every profession.
I think it really is quite fair to say that a 7:00-3:00 job as a middle
or high school teacher can be highly-taxing. I see what it does to my
wife... BTW, I know from her experience that student performance is
high (off the charts, really), where parental involvement is very high.
And much lower where parents, perhaps due to their concern about putting
food on the table, are not as involved. This raises a whole can of
worms as to how to "fix the educational system".... Maybe the
educational system begins long before the student enters a school?
Maybe we should require people to get some training before they have
children? Would there be any political objection (ha! ha! ha!)?
Hey, I don't two beers to brag. I'm proud of my 3 girls. 2 of them
are playing with nuclear generators and the youngest off to college
next Sept. She just aced her grade 11 final in math.... MUCH to our
Angela just finished her Masters so the academic atmosphere has proven
fertile grounds for the youngest to give it an extra push. Monkey see
Chrome? You mean the nascent browser produced by Google?
Not a chance. If it were worth beans, Microsoft would have bought it.
And don't think my evaluation is biased just because I own a shit-load of
Actually Chrome has higher compatibility with the current release of
HTML5 than does Internet Explorer.
Microsoft hasn't bought it because Google isn't trying to sell it, and
Microsoft is not big enough to buy Google.
Give it a shot, you'll be surprised at how good it is. I was. The fact
is that the past few releases of IE have been pretty well hosed.
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