Book bank closed

Sad story here, detailing how an old school that served as a free source of texts for Philly teachers has closed.

The real tragedy is that most suburban high schools have closets full of texts and materials Philadelphia teachers would happily use. Textbooks aren’t the only answer — I would have happily traded all my textbooks for a high-speed copy machine with a real service contract — but they’re a start.

Hopefully not me

AUSTIN, TX—University of Texas professor Thom Windham once again furthered the cause of human inquiry in a class lecture Monday, as he continued his longtime practice of finding connections between things and other things, pointing out these parallels, and then elaborating on them in detail, campus sources reported.

The Onion

Studies on ADHD and Troublesome kids

Cool article describing some data that shows that kids with behavior problems do not necessarily remain troubled.

“I think these may become landmark findings, forcing us to ask whether these acting-out kinds of problems are secondary to the inappropriate maturity expectations that some educators place on young children as soon as they enter classrooms,” said Sharon Landesman Ramey, director of the Georgetown University Center on Health and Education, who was not connected with either study.

Especially as elementary classrooms become more academic (smirk) these sorts of studies will be crucial.


The brouhaha about NYC’s “grading” of public schools produces yet another politician describing the ability of students to transfer as a result of a poor performing school.

Just once I’d like a reporter to hold one of these politicos’ feet to the fire and demand direct answers about where these kids might transfer: the well-protected middle-class magnet? The suburban rancher with a carport and low class-sizes?

Sorry, family, these schools are C-L-O-S-E-D to you.

Tim O’Brien Quote

A true war story is never moral. It does not instruct, nor encourage virtue, nor suggest proper models of human behavior, nor restrain men from doing the things men have always done. If a story seems moral, do not believe it. If at the end of a war story you feel uplifted, or if you feel that some small bit of rectitude has been salvaged from the larger waste, then you have been made the victim of a very old and terrible lie.

Cited in Robert Pinsky’s powerful review of Elizabeth Samet’s book in Sunday’s Times.