Howdy, friends. It’s just another gorgeous, clear, warm, sunny, dry, earthquake-free, hurricane-free, and (of course) tsunami-free autumn day here on the High Plains Desert. The crickets are chirping happily, and there are a few lawnmowers humming in the distance. I’ve got a stack of student essays to mark while I sit outside trying to extend the tan on my gams, but here’s some fun links to keep you amused if the weather (or something else) is keeping you indoors. To wit:
- The Denver Post apparently has reporters who listened to Grace Hood’s story last week on KUNC radio, as they went out and either plagiarized or simply replicated her reporting on the K12 Inc./Colorado Virtual Academy online schools. Guess what? No accountability and high dropout rates, but K12 Inc. is making big money on their for-profit hinky schemes! I’m glad the only surviving major Colorado daily has picked this up–but I’m kind of stunned by how closely the DP story hews to Hood’s reporting. Then again, as we noted last week, the results of online education are pretty predictable and repeatable, wherever you look.
- Notorious Ph.D., Girl Scholar has some funny (as in LOLSOB!) reflections on her days as a server and remembrances of “the verbal tip,” and how this is curiously relevant to Excellence Without Money.
- I believe Squadratomagico made it back alive from Burning Man–but she hasn’t posted a report on this year’s festival yet. What gives?
- I for one sure as hell hope New Jersey Governor Chris Christie doesn’t run for president, not because I completely disagree with him about pretty much every political and policy position (and you know I do), Continue Reading »