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  1. The Changing Nature Of Education

    No I'm not going to rant about how teachers don't get paid enough, how tests are bad, how the IQ of america is somewhere between a small rock and the average cockroach, mostly because I'm tired of hearing about it. I would like readers to consider the changing nature of information and how it affects how we think about school. Consider how much information is available at our fingertips, I'm not just talking about Wikipedia, though I think it is a large part, I would just like to ask when was ...
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  2. Chronic Complaints

    It seems, to me, that these day's political discussion seems rife with the, "America is being ruined", which is rather the political version of the "Things today aren't what they used to be". The remarks that the "America isn't what the founders intended" also hold little ground. Why should they get a vote, they're dead, England doesn't run on what Henry VIII or Elizabeth I wanted, Russia sure doesn't care what Czar Nicholas would have thought, Italy isn't bothered ...
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  3. I survived the second round of layoffs in my area this year...

    Since 2001 the company I work for has been laying people off (I didn't work for them then, I was a contractor with a team of employees. I sold the contract and secured employment at the company for my team after the second round of layoffs. So far we're all still here). We haven't gone one month since the first layoffs without hearing about another round somewhere in the company.

    This year, in our area alone, there have been two layoffs, this last one got about 7% of the people ...
  4. If I had a flag I would wave it.. I think.

    Today is 29th April. Where I live the mountain mist shows no sign of disappearing, indeed ‘they’ have forecast rain for today.

    Today is significant for a couple of things. First, ‘er indoors and self, are going to spend the time watching TV and movies and maybe some fooloing around on the computers. Second, there is a Royal Wedding.

    Now I am in favour of our monarchy, it sets us apart and gives our American friends something else to be jealous of. It also provides them ...
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  5. A slightly irreverent look at stuff.

    In the furtherence of improvement to American education it falls to me to introduce another of our ‘wondrous’ festivals.

    Today is ‘Ching Ming’. Despite having been here since almost the dawn of time, I still find Ching Ming something of a mystery. I mean I know what people do to celebrate the festival and I know how all consuming is the day in Hong Kong, but it’s the ‘why’ bit that rides roughly. Let me explain.

    Today, thousands of people will head for the mountains ...
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