A Return To Educational Segregation

Huh… A nearby school system plans to segregate sexes.The administrators say the research they have reviewed says boys and girls learn better in different environments: 1) Girls need quiet time. 2) Boys need to express themselves.

Probably the Hawthorne Effect will cause scores to increase for the first couple years. 😀 So they will stick with it. The parents will buy that it is working.

If not, then this school board will be voted out very quickly.


Before we react to the lower amount of reading, what exactly is the problem we seek to solve?

Is the problem declining student reading scores? We need to improve reading comprehension. Students may need to learn how to read more effectively so increasing the quantity may not help that much.

Is the problem half of adults read no books in a year? Is that really a problem? What adults do seems to be the canary for pointing out how we are a culture going to collapse soon. Two, three generations later, we are still here… More wealthy and concerned about a wider variety of issues.

Howard Gardner has an interesting article in the Washington Post about how the form of reading has changed over time. Just because we read out of books in the 18th to 20th centuries doesn’t mean books will remain the primary form ideas will be delivered in the 21st century.

Another Doppleganger?

I have a universal face. People confuse me with others.

  1. In elementary school, a kid thought at first I was in another grade. My classmates attested to my proper grade. Turns out he confused me with someone a couple grades ahead.
  2. In 2000, Le Ann wanted to know the name of the girl she saw me kissing on a street corner. Yeah, that wasn't me. I was at work.
  3. In 2002, I stopped going to Blimpie because an employee insisted I worked for SAFT. She refused to believe I did not or had not.
  4. In 2005, at a Cracker Barrel in Mississippi on a trip to Arkansas, a guy was staring at me. Eventually he came over to say "Hi" to his friend. It wasn't until he was a few feet away that he realized I wasn't his friend.
  5. In 2008, a coworker "saw" me in Atlanta while I was actually at work. I don't think she has been convinced it wasn't me. 🙁
  6. Also, in 2008, a hostess is sure I work at a local library.

Obviously I am not distinctive enough.

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Marbles in the Mouth

Dava Sobel on John Harrison in Longitute:

Harrison, according to those who admired him most, never could express himself clearly in writing. He wrote with the scrivener’s equivalent of marbles in his mouth…. The first sentence [of his last published work] runs on, virtually punctuated, for twenty-five pages.

I propose we call long winded typing which no can understand the point “Marble keys”.