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Happy Birthday Snoopy

Posted by mcm0704 on August 10, 2015 |

Good Monday Morning. I hope where you live you have had some cool weather. It is hot, hot, hot here in Texas. Thank goodness we had all that rain in the spring, and I look back on those days with fondness. First up today is the birthday celebration for Snoopy. I had fun drawing Snoopy, […]

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Friday’s Odds and Ends

Posted by mcm0704 on May 17, 2013 |

   A student in a Dallas suburban school didn’t like the assignment he was given, so he mouthed off to the teacher, and now the teacher is on administrative leave, while school officials cleared the student of any wrong-doing. What is wrong with that picture? Apparently the video of the rant by Jeff Bliss, an […]

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Friday’s Odds and Ends

Posted by mcm0704 on September 21, 2012 |

In reviewing a play, “I am a Teacher”, by Dallas playwright and actor, David Marquis, Dallas Morning News columnist, Steve Blow commented that we no longer just have standardized testing in education today, we have standardized education. “It’s a rigid, regulated, one-size fits all approach to teaching. But schools are not factories and kids are […]

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Friday’s Odds and Ends

Posted by mcm0704 on June 1, 2012 |

A Texas jury gave Kimberly Cargill a death sentence after she had been found guilty of first degree murder for killing her babysitter and setting the woman’s body on fire. Full story here:  Kimberly Cargill sentenced to death   No matter what one thinks of the despicable crime, is the death penalty the best choice? […]

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School Bullies – And They are Not Students

Posted by mcm0704 on February 24, 2012 |

I read a distressing column in The Dallas Morning News the other day about reports of abuse at an elementary school in the eastern part of the city. Apparently the incidents of abuse were frequent enough that the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) prepared a 269 page report that was supposed to shed some light […]

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Monday Morning Musings

Posted by mcm0704 on February 6, 2012 |

There was an interesting column in The Dallas Morning News last week that was written by a teacher, Jay Riven. He wrote about how troubling it is that children are given trophies at the end of a losing season in soccer or baseball. He mentioned how many trophies his young daughter had just for participating […]

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Monday Morning Musings

Posted by mcm0704 on January 23, 2012 |

I read an interesting column by Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times about the worth of good teachers. His column was actually about great teachers and reported on a study that showed that “the difference between a strong teacher and a weak teacher lasts a lifetime.” He quoted some statistics that indicate a student […]

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Monday Morning Musings

Posted by mcm0704 on April 25, 2011 |

My day started late this morning. Woke up to some pretty good thunderstorms and had to unplug my computer until the sound and fury subsided. Not that I minded all that much. Here in Texas we are desperate for rain, but unfortunately, this morning’s storm had less precipitation and lots more lightening and thunder. If […]

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Monday Morning Musings

Posted by mcm0704 on March 28, 2011 |

The headline caught my attention: Music is a lesson in “Yes, you can” By the way, I liked headlines better when they looked like headlines, not a sentence that someone forgot to punctuate. But I digress. The headline was for a column in The Dallas Morning News written by Tracy Begland, a freelance writer and […]

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Friday’s Odds and Ends

Posted by mcm0704 on March 25, 2011 |

Somebody recently opined in a letter to the editor in The Dallas Morning News that teachers are overpaid. He said the average pay is $53 thousand and change, and that there is little to show for it. First of all, that figure is not the norm. Most teachers make between $30 and $40 thousand – […]

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