The PARCC Test: Exposed

Outrage on the Page

The author of this blog posting is a public school teacher who will remain anonymous.

I will not reveal my district or my role due to the intense legal ramifications for exercising my Constitutional First Amendment rights in a public forum. I was compelled to sign a security form that stated I would not be “Revealing or discussing passages or test items with anyone, including students and school staff, through verbal exchange, email, social media, or any other form of communication” as this would be considered a “Security Breach.” In response to this demand, I can only ask—whom are we protecting?

There are layers of not-so-subtle issues that need to be aired as a result of national and state testing policies that are dominating children’s lives in America. As any well prepared educator knows, curriculum planning and teaching requires knowing how you will assess your students and planning backwards from…

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NJWeedman’s Joint Raided: NJWeedman Arrested With ‘Joint Boys’

#FreeNJWeedman

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raid 3 Trenton crowd witnesses police raid on “NJWeedman’s Joint” and “Liberty Bell Temple III” on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Photo from NJ.com.

NJWeedman opened “NJWeedman’s Joint” on June 15, 2015.  His smile became contagious on opening day as he stared directly across the street at City Hall and welcomed every type of customer who entered – locals, fans, medical marijuana patients and City Hall employees. He had so much faith in the “Joint“, despite opening up shop in the deserted end of State Street, with both sides of his restaurant touching vacant, run-down buildings.  NJWeedman’s fame and appeal, however, actually made it possible for a viable business to run smoothly in the poor Trenton area.  A “joint resolution” was signed by state Sen. Shirley Turner, Assemblyman Reed Gusciora and Assemblywoman Liz Muoio, declaring in support of “NJWeedman’s Joint” opening: “The grand opening represents the culmination of an extensive planning and building process, which has been brought…

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My thoughts while watching Outlander episode 201

  1. Shouldn’t she be more pregnant?
  2. I like what they did with the theme song.
  3. Die, Frank!  Die!
  4. Loving her bitchiness, ignoring Frank
  5. Good.  She sees the BJR in him.
  6. Yay!  Rev W.  Such a kindly man.
  7. And Mrs Graham. Kindly woman.
  8. Love Claire’s vocab. lol
  9. Omg I love Mrs G.  For believing Claire.
  10. Love the pale faces and colors. Or lack thereof.
  11. Claire’s thought bubble:  You are SO not Jamie.
  12. Ok.. maybe Frank’s not so bad. Just boring old Frank.
  13. I like him much more as Frank than as BJR.
  14. Ew. Tobias has British teeth. Gross.
  15. P-p-p-pregnant. Yeah, Frankie boy.  Whoops. There goes your inner BJR.
  16. Ok. Tobias is a good actor. Still think he’s unattractive. And Frank’s boring. And BJR… of course.
  17. Didn’t men have any different clothes in the 40s besides 3 piece suits?
  18. WEE ROGER!!!!
  19. 2 years. I thought she was gone 3.
  20. Flog.
  21. Were Claire/Cait’s eyebrows always so sparse?
  22. Cait, you’re breaking my heart.
  23. Leave the past behind. Now I have the Fates Warning song in my head.
  24. Don’t you dare take off Jamie’s ring!
  25. What’s the other ring?
  26. Burning it?!  It should be in a museum!
  27. Pan Am
  28. Skyscrapers
  29. Oh thank god we’re back to Jamie.
  30. And Claire’s happy
  31. Lol but not Murtagh.
  32. Poor PTSD Jamie.
  33. “Fronce.”  British accents are silly.
  34. Omg he’s so cute. Frank is such a stuffy old man in comparison.
  35. Indeed. What the hell ARE you going to tell Murtagh?
  36. Perceptive Murtagh.
  37. Mmmmm Jamie hair.
  38. Those back scars sure come in handy.
  39. Oh Jamie, my lad, you are a wheeler dealer.
  40. Oh no. Here comes small pox dude.
  41. The comte’s face looks fake.
  42. Our Claire. Speaking the truth and making enemies everywhere she goes.

Outlander Stars Reveal What’s New in Season 2

I love these two together even when they’re not Jamie and Claire. When Sam spoke, Cait looked at him and politely paid attention to what he was saying and then he did the same for her. They are both charming, polite, and respectful.  Can’t help but love them!

And they’re both nice to look at.  😉  Love her dress.  Wish I could see the lower part of it.  Hopefully we’ll get a standing pic of her in it another day.

She Divorced Me Because I Left Dishes by the Sink

Must Be This Tall To Ride

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It seems so unreasonable when you put it that way: My wife left me because sometimes I leave dishes by the sink.

It makes her seem ridiculous; and makes me seem like a victim of unfair expectations.

We like to point fingers at other things to explain why something went wrong, like when Biff Tannen crashed George McFly’s car and spilled beer on his clothes, but it was all George’s fault for not telling him the car had a blind spot.

This bad thing happened because of this, that, and the other thing. Not because of anything I did!

Sometimes I leave used drinking glasses by the kitchen sink, just inches away from the dishwasher.

It isn’t a big deal to me now. It wasn’t a big deal to me when I was married. But it WAS a big deal to her.

Every time she’d walk into the kitchen…

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An Off Leash Dog Ruined My Life: A Service Dog’s Story

Even dogs are “precious snowflakes” now, too. If there’s a leash law, obey it. Your “friendly” woof-woof doesn’t get a special pass.

notes from a dog walker

Service Dogs need space to work. But they’re not getting it from us. Turns out, off leash dogs and dogs on retractable leashes, not to mention humans with no boundaries, are an epidemic for people who depend on Service Dogs.

The intrusions range from minor (people who want to pet their Service Dogs) to major (loosing their balance and falling when their Service Dog gets chased by a dog on a retractable).

And then there are life altering encounters.  Attacked by a “friendly” off leash dog, Kristel and her Service Dog, Murphy, had their world turned upside down in a single moment.

This is their story:

“Murphy has been prepared for service work since he was a young puppy. He was well-socialized and exposed to all manner of weirdness from the time he was about nine weeks old. He went to puppy-kindergarten, met lots and lots of new people and had a group of dog-friends with great social skills. He was easy to train, well-mannered and confident. He…

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