Open thread: Thoughts for a rainy weekend

We need more men who have the courage and the commitment to stand up and say things like this.



Please watch this

It is a call to action for all of us who spend too much of our lives as bystanders.

This idea is covered directly about halfway through when Katz speaks to the bystander approach, a concept that applies to each and every one of us each and every day.

Martin King said it this way: In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

And in case you haven't noticed, they bystander approach applies especially to leaders like the current occupant of North Carolina's governor's mansion and to Phil Berger and Thom Tillis. These are men in powerful positions who are failing to act to right some of the most grievous wrongs in our culture.

Caring deeply is not enough

I made a promise to myself a few years ago to not remain silent when exposed to sexism and bigotry. And that includes casual conversation amongst friends. Or friends of friends, which turns out to be pretty enlightening. Most of the people who know me well don't go there anymore, but when I meet someone else they hang out with who does, some sort of confrontation occurs. And sometimes I get the distinct feeling it was a set-up.

What I don't know for sure is: was the intent of the set-up to change me, or change the other person? Of course I hope it was the latter, but I'm probably expecting too much.

What a sad commentary on human beings

Last day with students, let's count the days of testing ...

We spent 7 days at the end of each semester testing - 14 days a year ... times 4 for a total of 56 days of testing for the 4 years of high school. Add in ACT, PLAN, ASVAB (or current equivalent), WorkKeys and another day or two of other tests I can't think of right now and it is very easy to see that 60 days of a high school student's career are spent taking a test.

Let's add in the EOG's that students take from 3rd to 8th grade. They practice and they take the real thing. I think that's about 6-8 days a year. Let's say 7/year for the six years involved for another 42 days of testing.

This totals out to just over 100 days of testing that students and teachers must endure these dark days. Out of the 10 years of school from 3rd to 12th grade a student will spend over half a school year Just. Taking. Tests.


Madness indeed

I can't imagine how frustrating this must be to our public school teachers.

Speaking of madness

How about this blast from the past. $4995