Posted by: bkivey | 15 January 2012

Here And There

Fun With 13

A couple of days late, but it turns out that the Friday 13th just past is one of three this year (April 13 and July 13). The Friday 13th’s are also all 13 weeks apart.

Great Moments in Education

From the “What the Hell were they thinking?!” department, it seems that nine teachers in the Gwinnett County School (GA)  system distributed math worksheets to third graders with slavery related word problems. Some examples:

“Each tree has 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?”

“If Frederick got two beatings each day, how many beatings did he get in one week?”

The worksheets were handed out in the same school, Beaver Ridge Elementary, which the article informs us is 60% Latino, 28% black, 5% Asian, and 4% white. The names and race of the teachers weren’t released. (Note: the online version of the article is much shorter than the print version.)

As poor as the judgement of these alleged professionals was in distributing the worksheets, the response by the school district is worse, if not entirely unpredictable. In response to calls for the firing of the teachers by the NAACP, the district is calling for leniency, citing the pressures of the teaching profession.

Really? Are we supposed to believe that an adult wouldn’t look at those examples and not think “Hey, that’s inappropriate.”? At best, the teachers are guilty of very poor judgement, and at worst, they’re irredeemably incompetent.

“Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart”

If you need a heart transplant, you may not want to have it done in Mexico City. The Associated Press informs us during a recent transplant procedure, the heart was spilled out of the cooler and into the street during “a rapid, precision maneuver.” I would hate to see a slow, sloppy maneuver.


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