Category Archives: EDUCATION

EDUCATION and REALITY?: The Holy Grail

I like the new GEICO commercial, where the little kid gets hung up in the basketball hoop. It’s an irony that will go over the heads of many who will chuckle perhaps, completely missing the heavier story that underlies it. … Continue reading

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EDUCATION: English at the College Level

One of the best articles I’ve read on the situation of college students not being proficient in English grammar. Kim Brooks, a professor and writer tells of her frustrations and her efforts into researching the problem. Death to High School … Continue reading

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EDUCATION & WRITING: The Need for Guidance in Writing Flash

So now the trend is short story, flash fiction anywhere from 140 characters to abide by twitter-fic, to as much as 1500 words or so, depending on whose definition of flash versus short story we’re using. Love it. However…somebody back … Continue reading

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EDUCATION & NEW MEDIA: Some Very Good Answers for The Libraries

In (of all places) PC World, a suggestion to bring libraries some income instead of relying on pubic funding alone and the subsequent pain of budget cuts: “Library staff would be hired based on their creative talents as well as … Continue reading

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EDUCATION & CURRENT AFFAIRS: Employment

While every teaching position lost is regrettable due to the personal loss of income for the individuals as well as the impact on students and faculty, I was surprised to see such a low unemployment rate among Connecticut teachers. 1200 … Continue reading

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EDUCATION & CURRENT AFFAIRS: Yes, Every Mom, EVERYBODY Has to Go to College

This page is just too funny to let pass: “80% of Grads Move¬† in With Parents” And this statement, from a new graduate who sounds more like a Miss USA contestant: “There are a lot of, like, openings, especially with … Continue reading

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EDUCATION: Too Expensive or Free, one or the other

There is greed in all sectors: Will Higher Education Be the Next Bubble to Burst? I feel that same old song playing as the middle class gets the short end of the stick.

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EDUCATION: Literature and Writing for the Youngsters

Stumbled across this site called “Interactives, Elements of a Story” that may be a very useful tool for teachers to reach students via the internet in helping them learn about, for one thing, the elements of a story as in … Continue reading

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EDUCATION: What Teachers Teach, and What They May Learn

UPDATED: Charles has posted his thoughts on students: “The ones that get away are the ones that haunt you.” Sometimes you get a sneak peek inside the soul of a professional and that flash reveals the reason why they do … Continue reading

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EDUCATION: Graduation

Congratulations to all graduates this year on achieving your goals, along with good wishes for your continued success in the pursuit of higher learning or with the beginning of exciting careers. So as not to offend or cause damage to … Continue reading

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EDUCATION: Congratulations!

Proud to pass the word that Lonnieann received two awards the other night: Leadership & Service for the Art Club, and the Academic Discipline for Visual Fine Arts Program. Lonnieann will be going on to SCAD in Georgia. Good work, … Continue reading

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EDUCATION: Standards

Just happened to read a couple student essays; how do these kids get into college much less graduate?¬† Repeatedly ‘there’ for ‘their’ and ‘are’ for ‘our’, ‘your’ for ‘you’re’, and forget tense and punctuation. We all make mistakes; we each … Continue reading

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EDUCATION & LITERATURE: Using One Within the Other

One of the best articles I’ve read recently on learning and literature, from The Chronicle, “Against Readings”: Everyone who teaches literature has probably had at least one such golden moment. I mean the moment where, reading casually or reading intently, … Continue reading

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EDUCATION & WRITING: Congratulations!

To Mary Ellen for winning a prize on one of her excellent short stories. She will be receiving recognition on Honors Day at Trinity College (Hartford, CT).

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EDUCATION: Updating Old Curriculum

For all the English Professors out there, McSweeneys “Internet Age Writing Syllabus and Course Interview” is just too funny: Week 1: Reading is stoopid This fundamental truth may seem obvious to today’s youth, but this wasn’t always the case. Students … Continue reading

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