Firenze Sage writes: Rice Krispies are anti Chinese …. or is it cultural appropriation …. or maybe it is just breakfast?
December 27, 2017
The current method: Can you add? Know some basic division? Then maybe you can become a teacher … Questions for wanna-be teachers ask for a bit of basic addition and division.
Here’s some examples of typical questions.
Here’s a question from a recent test given to college students in Michigan planning to become teachers: “Which of the following is largest? a. 1/4, b. 3/5, c. 1/2, d. 9/20.” Another question: “A town planning committee must decide how to use a 115-acre piece of land. The committee sets aside 20 acres of the land for watershed protection and an additional 37.4 acres for recreation. How much of the land is set aside for watershed protection and recreation? a. 43.15 acres, b. 54.6 acres, c. 57.4 acres, d. 60.4 acres”.
The Arizona teacher certification test asks: “Janet can type 250 words in 5 minutes, what is her typing rate per minute? a. 50wpm, b. 66wpm, c. 55wpm, d. 45wpm.” The California Basic Educational Skills Test asks the test taker to find the verb in the following sentence: “The interior temperatures of even the coolest stars are measured in millions of degrees. a. Coolest, b. Of even, c. Are measured, d. In millions”. A CBEST math question is: “You purchase a car making a down payment of $3,000 and 6 monthly payments of $225. How much have you paid so far for the car? a. $3225, b. $4350, c. $5375, d. $6550, e. $6398.”
December 22, 2017
Maybe that 20 year old son, daughter or young relative does better to get a full job and go back with some work experience under their belt? Probably true for many.
What’s happening: According to the Wall Street Journal, it’s back to college for many older students over 24 and there’s lots of options! Lots of choices are out there! Roughly 40% of the 18 million students enrolled in 2 and 4 year colleges were over the age of 24 this spring. Many of these older students work full time, have families and are looking for flexible courses with online components.
And there are lots of options for older students. Colorado State University-Global, launched in 2008, now has 19,000 students.
Purdue University bought for-profit Kaplan University which will add about 30,000 students to Purdue’s base.
Western Governors University — an online university based in Utah — and Arizona State University as well as many tiny liberal arts colleges are scrambling to enroll students outside the 18-24 range.
Comment by Aptos Psychologist: Whereas Obama’s policies were to close down and put out of business many “for profit” colleges — under Trump universities’ policies are changing for the good. There’s many more options out there for older students over the age of 24. Education coupled with work experience is the way to go for more and more students.
December 14, 2017
Where to bed your cell phone? Not next to you — or near your bed — so we hear.
The California Department of Public Health has warned the public long-term exposure to cell phones could cause health concerns, advising citizens to take steps such as keeping devices away from their beds at night.
In a statement, state public health officer Dr. Karen Smith declared, “We know that simple steps, such as not keeping your phone in your pocket and moving it away from your bed at night, can help reduce exposure for both children and adults.”
“Children’s brains develop through the teenage years and may be more affected by cellphone use,” Dr. Smith continued, adding, “Parents should consider reducing the time their children use cellphones and encourage them to turn the devices off at night.”
According to a report earlier this year, 45 percent of US children between the ages of ten and twelve own a smartphone with a service plan, while another report revealed that “42% of US children 8 and younger now have their own tablet devices.”
Movies: For those who want to watch movies on their I-Phone, try the Criterion Channel which is part of FilmStruck so says the New York Times.
Sleep hygiene issues? A regular bed time and no noise and little light the hour before are standard assists for sleep. Yes – turn off that cell phone.
December 13, 2017
Does he rub your back OK? What over diner do Mueller’s FBI agents Page and Strzok –involved in the Trump investigation — say to spouses? ‘Pass the peas?’
What do FBI agents Strzok and Page — both married to different people — say to their spouses over dinner tonight (Dec. 13, 2017) now that it comes out what they have been doing [having a sexual affair] and sending text communications back and forth about their dislike of Trump. And how to save the country from a possible President Trump.
Do Page and Strzok say, ‘Pass the peas?’ On Wed. FBI agent Page and her husband Barrow left their home to do what they do, i.e, get children where they have to go.
Clearly, Special Investigator Mueller did not check out the political bias of those he put on his crack team. Clearly Mueller did not do his homework. Now it’s unraveling … Why did Mueller put the lead FBI agent Stzok involved with the Clinton emails [he sat in on the interviews and recommended changing the language so more supportive of Clinton] also on the team investigating Trump? That was Mueller’s bad decision.
How does the Page/ Strzok sexual affair and their communications back and forth impact the image of the FBI and USA federal government. Both Strzok and Page were and are pro-Clinton and anti-Trump and have been so for a long time.
And – very importantly also — how does the publicity about all this impact their children and their families?
Yes – this info may impact the Mueller investigation of Trump.
Right now it is such good drool humor about the inner workings of the prior Obama administration …. please keep more of it coming. Please don’t kill this investigation. Somewhere it will surface that Obama had a hand in all this.
written by Cameron Jackson
November 20, 2017
How help starving Venezuela children? How get milk and food to starving children? See various links below you can contact.
The grim reality facing mothers in Venezuela: “They say their children cry all day and they can only give them water. They are dying.” So says Maritza Landaeta coordinator of Caracas based non-profit Bengoa which works to aid Venezuelans in food and nutritional needs since 2000.
In some parts of the country 50% of the children have left school because of hunger. The website Estimulo reports that the average person in Caracas Venezuela has lost 30 pounds since the beginning of 2016.
The Catholic aid organization Caritas Venezuela estimates that 14.5% of children under age five suffer from moderate or severe malnutrition.
Food is controlled and votes are bought. To receive food rations Venezuelans must carry a government issued license available only to those approved by the regime.
The above is based on an article 11/20/2017 in the Wall Street Journal by Mary O’Grady Venezuela Is Starting Its People.
Cameron Jackson email@example.com
November 12, 2017
Minus 454 degrees — that’s really frozen — is ‘toasty warm’ says ‘the science guy’ Bill Nye. Redditers were not fans of the answers Bill Nye “the science guy” gave in an AMA.
Bill Nye held the AMA on Wednesday to promote his upcoming documentary. Nye says his goal is to end “anti-scientific thinking,” but Reddit users were left less than satisfied with answers “the science guy” gave to their questions.
November 11, 2017
A defrocked Catholic priest trains to be a Psychoanalyst. Per article in the New York Times, the Roman Catholic Church recently lists the names of eight priests, defrocked for child abuse, who might – as they are alive – pose a danger. One of them is Christopher Coleman.
Other defrocked priests include James Lara who lost his job a couple days ago as professor at Arizona State University and Charles M. Mangini, age 79; he is retired and lives in Old Bridge, N.J
On his Twitter page, Christopher Lee Coleman (brchris8) states that he is a ‘Psychoanalyst in Training’. On his Linked In page, Coleman lists training starting in 2012 at the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies. A minimum of 400 hours of clinical supervision is part of the training for Psychoanalyst at the Center.
Does the Center for Modern Psychanalytic Studies know that Coleman is a de-frocked Catholic priest?
What image comes to mind when thinking about Freud and psycho-analysis? For some, a couch comes to mind. written by Cameron Jackson
October 25, 2017
When is a corn pop not a corn pop?
Kellogg’s will be redesigning Corn Pops cereal boxes after a complaint about racially insensitive art on the packaging.
The Battle Creek, Mich.-based cereal and snack maker said on Twitter Wednesday it will replace the cover drawing of cartoon characters shaped like corn kernels populating a shopping mall. The corn pop characters are shown shopping, playing in an arcade or frolicked in a fountain. One skateboards down an escalator.
What struck Saladin Ahmed was that a single brown corn pop was working as a janitor operating a floor waxer. Ahmed, current writer of Marvel Comics’ Black Bolt series and author of 2012 fantasy novel Throne of the Crescent Moon, took to Twitter Tuesday to ask, “Why is literally the only brown corn pop on the whole cereal box the janitor? this is teaching kids racism.”
He added in a subsequent post: “yes its a tiny thing, but when you see your kid staring at this over breakfast and realize millions of other kids are doing the same…”
Kellogg’s responded to Ahmed on the social media network about five hours later that “Kellogg is committed to diversity & inclusion. We did not intend to offend – we apologize. The artwork is updated & will be in stores soon.
October 23, 2017
Students today know nothing important some say.
According to Paglia, teachers at elite institutions are unable to see this decline in knowledge because their students often come from private schools and wealthy homes, which presumably still retain some elements of rigorous education.
The great majority of students, however, can be described in the following way:
“What has happened is these young people now getting to college have no sense of history – of any kind! No sense of history. No world geography. No sense of the violence and the barbarities of history. So, they think that the whole world has always been like this, a kind of nice, comfortable world where you can go to the store and get orange juice and milk, and you can turn on the water and the hot water comes out.
“They have no sense whatever of the destruction, of the great civilizations that rose and fell, and so on – and how arrogant people get when they’re in a comfortable civilization.
“They now have been taught to look around them to see defects in America – which is the freest country in the history of the world – and to feel that somehow America is the source of all evil in the universe, and it’s because they’ve never been exposed to the actual evil of the history of humanity. They know nothing!”
Learning how to think is more important than “facts” and correctly circling the right answer on a multiple choice test.
October 9, 2017
Where to go if you are undocumented, ‘homeless’ or need to ‘double up’ to keep housing costs down?
Go to East Palo Alto — just three miles from Stanford University. The East Palo Alto school district provides it all for ‘homeless’ students and their families: 3 meals a day, groceries, showers and overnight parking in a church lot.
East Palo Alto even provides an Uber or taxi if you need a ride to school.
Families doubling up to keep housing costs down has long been a way of life in California. Now, with the possibility of ICE enforcement more ‘homeless’ youth and their families are ‘doubling up’ these days in the Bay Area.
East Palo Alto has the largest number of ‘homeless’ youth who are English language learners.
the above is written by Cameron Jackson. Below is the complete story available in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
“The San Francisco Bay Area, with its Teslas, tech start-ups and $3,700 one-bedroom rents, is one of the most affluent regions in the country but also home to nearly 15,000 homeless children.
“Most of the students are in the urban areas, but they also live in the wealthy enclaves. They’re in Menlo Park, they’re in the San Ramon Valley, they’re even in Ross in Marin County, where the median household income tops $200,000. And they’re most certainly undercounted: parents report to schools whether their family is homeless, and they have plenty of reasons not to admit to it: fear of deportation, fear of the government taking their children away, and shame.
“According to the Department of Education, “homeless” means living in a car, motel, campsite, shelter, on the street or doubled up with other families due to financial hardship. In the Bay Area, most of those children are doubled up with other families, although in San Francisco hundreds are living on the street or in shelters.
The Bay Area has 420 school districts, charter schools and county offices of education in its nine counties, spread over 6,900 square miles from Cloverdale to Gilroy. But almost none have a higher percentage of homeless children than the Ravenswood City Elementary School District in East Palo Alto.
The Ravenswood district is less than 3 miles from Stanford University, yet has one of the highest percentages of homeless students in the state. More than 37 percent of the district’s 3,076 students are homeless, and of those, 96 percent live “doubled up” with other families, sharing a home or apartment or even a garage.
Nearly 88 percent of Ravenswood students qualify for free and reduced-price lunch, and 64 percent are English learners.
The district receives some federal grant money to help these children, but “that’s just a drop in the bucket. A Band-aid,” said Superintendent Gloria Hernandez-Goff. “Paying for these services ends up being a huge encroachment into the general fund. But we do it because kids can’t learn if they’re hungry, if they’re tired, if they’re distracted or worried. Our schools need to be a safe place where families know their children are cared for.”
The district also gets extra funding under the state’s Local Control Funding Formula, which steers money to schools to serve high-needs students, including those who are homeless, low-income, English learners or in foster care.
“It’s expensive, but we patch things together,” she said. “The bottom line is, the thing that has always unified this country is public education. Schools have always stepped up to address the needs of students. It’s not just about books — it’s so much more.”
In Ravenswood, most of the homeless families are Latin American immigrants living with other immigrant families. But in San Francisco, state data show, roughly half of the city’s 1,984 homeless students live on their own: teenage runaways escaping abusive homes or violence elsewhere.
No one knows exactly where these students live in San Francisco, but 300 a night sleep at the Larkin Street Youth Services shelter. Hundreds of others sleep in parks or under freeways, on friends’ couches, or trade sex for a place to sleep, according to Larkin Street’s executive director, Sherilyn Adams.
Amazingly, some find a way to get to school every day.
“A lot of these kids are not visibly homeless, and they often don’t want you to know they’re homeless,” Adams said. “Adolescence is a time of blending in, not standing out. So these kids face a lot of shame, a lot of isolation. Trying to do school work while figuring out where they’re going to sleep every night — they have a lot on their plate.”
In addition to the shelter, Larkin Street provides medical and behavioral services, street outreach and a drop-in center. Another nonprofit, Hamilton Families, contracts with San Francisco Unified to provide after-school tutoring and activities, field trips, bus passes, uniforms and other services to more than 800 children annually in the city.
In the East Bay, Oakland Unified saw its number of homeless students shoot up from 400 in 2014-15 to 635 in 2015-16 to 901 in 2016-17, largely due to the escalating cost of housing, the district’s homeless coordinator, Trish Anderson, said.
“Those numbers are real,” she said. “Rents are too high, and people are losing their homes.”
Oakland Unified provides a one-stop shop of services for its homeless families, including food, referrals to shelters and help enrolling in Medi-Cal. The district also provides immediate enrollment to homeless students, allowing them to waive much of the paperwork, and bus service to school. Like San Francisco, Oakland has a significant number of homeless youth who aren’t living with their families. Some find emergency shelter at DreamCatcher, an eight-bed shelter that provides a range of services for students as long as they remain in school.
Just north of San Francisco, San Rafael City Schools in Marin County goes to great lengths to identify homeless children and train teachers to accommodate them. In 2016-17, the district reported 625 homeless children at its eight elementary schools, one of the highest rates in the state.
As is the case throughout California, lack of affordable housing is the primary cause for the high homeless rate in the area. Immigrant parents working in the restaurant, housekeeping or landscaping sectors cannot afford to rent an apartment, so they share space with other families. Median monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment in San Rafael is $3,080, almost three times the national average.
“We definitely have affordable housing issues. Unfortunately, that’s not something officials are moving very quickly on,” said Julia Neff, accountability coordinator for San Rafael City Schools. “But it’s the school district’s responsibility to meet these students where they are. We do what we can.”
written by Cameron Jackson 10/9/2017 DrCameronJackson@gmail.com