"All I’m asking in return - as a president and as a parent - is a measure of accountability. Surely we can agree that even as we applaud teachers for their hard work, we need to make sure they’re delivering results in the classroom. If they’re not, let’s work with them to help them be more effective. And if that fails, let’s find the right teacher for that classroom."
I’m all the way on board with the accountability part, but support =\= money. Teachers need data, goals… And politicians need a more wholistic view of education. Test scores are not the only thing that needs raising.
Via Deeply Problematic: “Actual teenagers are just as likely to be insightful and witty as the next person - and that’s what they are, people. Not mutant people, or incomplete people. Just people, at a vulnerable stage of their life.”
This is why I’m a high school teacher. Please read the full post. It’s definitely worth some thought.
Where are you going for your honeymoon? (Sorry if you've mentioned this before and I've forgotten.)
I don’t think I have mentioned this! Probably because it actually is a bit up in the air right now. We’re not doing a typical honeymoon right after the wedding, as we’re getting married in October and we’re both teachers with summers off - so vacation time means something a bit different to us.
We took a much needed vacation to San Diego at the beginning of the month after we moved in together and called it our pre-wedding honeymoon. Smartest decision we ever made. It was really nice to get away from the moving and the planning for a week. After the wedding, we’ll have Monday off for Columbus day, so we’re spending Sunday night at a local winery’s bed and breakfast, which is super awesome and elaborate and luxurious. (The night of the wedding, we’re staying at the same hotel as our friends and family.) Then, next summer, we’re going to try to save up all our money and go to Europe. We want to hit Ireland (because he’s Irish… like really, really Irish) and then some other places with really good beer. :) (Brewery tours are sort of our thing - we’ve been to several in the Midwest.)
Hopefully, though, this will be less of a honeymoon plan and more of a lifestyle choice with lots of travels and adventures in our future!
I’m really excited to see photos of Chelsea Clinton’s wedding this weekend. Here’s to hoping some glossy (Vanity Fair, perhaps?) snags official pics. Generally celebrity weddings are over the top by nature and completely overdone in some or many senses (Carrie Underwood, I am looking at you and your hot pink mess), but I think the Clinton-Mezvinsky wedding will be something to see. I’ve always admired Chelsea’s grace in growing up in the public eye, attending Stanford, and avoiding causing trouble (Jenna, and Barbara, I’m looking at you now). Ms. Clinton has always done a remarkable job of supporting her parents publicly and yet maintaing a relatively private life. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that I think her mother is a complete badass (who should have won the primaries, and the presidency…).
Anywho, keeping my fingers crossed for photos! And naturally, wishing the new couple much success and happiness.
So, I must live under a rock because I had no idea Chelsea Clinton is getting married this weekend. And now I can’t stop seeing it EVERYWHERE!
It just makes me wonder, really, if celebrities are as stressed out about their weddings as us normal people. Are they butting heads with future family? Are they upset and set back because there are flies swarming over the cakes at the bakery they were sent to by their venue? Are they stressed out because the people who are printing their invites can’t get their act together to follow a simple deadline even though you gave them TWO MONTHS to print the d*mn invites? (What? These are normal issues to have two months before your wedding, right?!) Or do fame and money really make these problems just go away?
But YAY WEDDINGS! And yay to a wedding and marriage of a woman who has always carried herself with poise and presence. Here’s to hoping she has a wonderful and happy and productive marriage ahead of her.
People who spent money on experiences-such as traveling, eating out, or attending concerts - were happier with their purchases than those who bought possessions, regardless of the amount spent, according to a recent study at San Francisco State University.
A Mississippi school district has agreed to pay a recent high school graduate $35,000 in damages and adopt a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, according to a statement released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union.
You know what. At first I groaned. Librarians! We are so twee! And we can be sexy too! Ugggggggggggggh. But then I was like whatever gets us money and attention.
Whatever, you know? Hipsters have money. That’s how they get to be hipsters. They get to look poor ironically. Come to the library and I will share information with you! For free! Now buy some coffee from my little cafe bar so I can afford my collection budget next year. Thanks!
Whatever, as long as libraries stay open. Now about university Humanities…
except that, you know, twee hipsterfied libraries tend not to be quiet
So, not only did The Knot eat my wedding website that I set up less than a year ago (I cannot be the only bride that has set up a site on The Knot a year before her wedding) and sent out to all my family and friends to keep them posted on the site, but now their customer service is giving me the runaround asking me all those stupid questions like I have no idea what I’m talking about.
MY INVITATION PROOFS ARE DUE IN A MATTER OF DAYS. I DO NOT HAVE TIME FOR THIS.
I’m this close to setting up an Ashley&Tim.com site (or something like that; I have no idea if that already exists) and using that since it will a) probably take up less of my time and b) be easier to maintain because I will be maintaining it. Oh, and c) will take all of my business away from The Knot on principle because I hate them and their gender policing, bridal stereotype inducing, name and number selling, fit-into-this-little-box-so-we-can-promote-our-home-and-baby-sites-too! policies.
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Today, we are finally getting curtains for the bedroom and then deciding how we’re going to finagle money from our various accounts to pay for our furniture, move, and the vacation we just took. sigh Oh yea. And wait for Comcast to fix our cable. Yay.
“Do not put such unlimited power in the hands of husbands. Remember all men would be tyrants if they could… If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by the Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation.”—