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I was in fourth grade.

My friend's older brother died from a bleeding ulcer. He was only 17 and so handsome. My mom took me to the funeral home and I can remember crying all night.

My brother and I are both working artists.

My sister was a musician and scientist! No one knows where any of it came from.

One of my sons is very artistic but chose not to pursue it. He is a writer instead! The other son is an excellent prose writer (he even published some articles) but was really interested in music and sports. I always did art with them when they were little.

It's like someone put the genes into a cocktail shaker and strained out certain talents/abilities/interests into each child.

Yes! I can see the shapes and color variations easily.

No problem! LOL

Sen. Edward Kennedy, 1980 concession speech:

"For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die."

I miss him and wish he had lived to see ACA.

It is 82 degrees here and I have to close the windows!

A perfect day, partly sunny, low humidity. The day we have waited for for six months ..... and some a-hole is out there burning garbage.

It isn't just "merit pay", there is more to it.

Districts are adopting horrific evaluations systems that are being hawked by the likes of Pearson, ETS, and Gates. There is a lot of money being spent to get rid of teachers who have become expensive to keep on, in terms of salary and retirement benefits. Veteran teachers seem to be targeted for unsatisfactory evaluations after years of receiving excellent ones.

I would love to see figures on what it costs to implement one of these evaluation systems vs. what it costs to keep veteran teachers on the payroll!

I don't know where Permian is, but I can assure you that this is happening nation-wide.

I am in Pennsylvania and our new state-mandated evaluation system is being used to force retirements and resignations. "Hit list" is an excellent term for it.

I know this because I see it happening in my own district.

This is the part that drove me out of teaching:

"A teacher assessment system requiring teachers to document their success, which is time-consuming and involves arbitrary ratings."

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/susan-sluyters-resignation-letter-sums-up-common-core-concerns-2014-4#ixzz2y2G1ZemH

I would add that the evaluation system is conducted by clueless bureaucrats who in some cases have never taught in a classroom.

The schools are really f*cked up, people! I'm glad I don't have young children anymore.
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