Happy Forced Affection Day!
Yet another faux consumerist holiday built on male terror of 'getting it wrong' (or is that just me?) To be fair, it's also a wonderful opportunity to belittle those without a 'significant other' and suggest they're in some way inadequate or doing life badly based on our cultural need to demand reproductive rituals of all 320 million of our neighbors right damn now!
Last week, Anthony Purcell of Random Teacher Thoughts issued an edu-blogger challenge which he kindly initiated by responding to his own questions. It concludes by asking the respondent to name five people he or she would love to see complete the challenge as well - making this a blogger pyramid scheme of sorts.
You may remember less than two months ago when Oklahoma Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger proudly announced the initial wave of the state’s budget woes - $900 million less projected revenue for the next fiscal year and a massive “revenue failure.”
Sometimes lyrics just speak to you...
Way back in 1875, President Ulysses S. Grant called for a Constitutional amendment that would mandate free public schools and prohibit the use of public money for “sectarian” purposes.
A few weeks ago, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister tweeted something about cursive being part of the revised ELA standards. Being me, I responded semi-snarkily about Morse code or quill pens or such. It was friendly, but I was oddly annoyed in a way I wasn’t quite ready to confess.
You might think that these open ‘Edu-Blogger Challenges’ could be received as a task, or a distraction. I find most of them quite the opposite.
The freedom that comes in being asked questions or assigned a topic and a word limit may be paradoxical, but it’s freedom nonetheless.
Those of you who are not Sunday-go-to-meetin’ people may have to excuse me for a moment. So might those of you who are, but who live it like a calling rather than wielding it like a cudgel.