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By cataff on May 26, 2015 at 5:40 PM

Can you go through an American embassy to set up the exam? I hope so. That's great that you have a job. Congratulations!

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By cataff on May 25, 2015 at 5:25 PM

My plan was to have all my work done so I could veg, and that's what I did. It felt good. I hope things are going well with your efforts to move.

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By cataff on May 15, 2015 at 8:28 PM

Thank you very much for the marvelous Birthday LOL! I love anything Egyptian.

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By NCcharmer on May 10, 2015 at 4:21 PM

It is so like how I think of you.

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By NCcharmer on May 10, 2015 at 10:58 AM

Love the photos. They remind me of you.

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By cataff on Apr 26, 2015 at 5:44 PM

I assure you that you are not the only one worried. You are welcome.

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By cataff on Apr 26, 2015 at 8:37 AM

The US has its share of schemers claiming to prepare people for various tests but only filling their own bank accounts. There are sham colleges too whose "diplomas" aren't worth the paper they are written on, but folks fall for the scheme and throw away their money. It's all disgusting. As to the high stakes testing, this article expresses what I've seen very well: http://www.eval.org/p/cm/ld/fid=76 I didn't know the terms "extraction" and "extrusion": but understood them immediately. I have no theater background, but I've given that kind of writing assignments in my classes with good results as far as what is expressed. No one suggested this to me, but I always assumed that all English teachers do this from time to time. There is little time for it now that everything we do is dictated by whoever puts the state tests together, tests for which we have no input at all as to what is tested or how. I think your colleague with the "Zombie invasion" idea is right. All of this testing was preceded by a campaign in the media to discredit educators and rally people to question everything schools were doing. Then it was easy to bring on the tests to "force accountability and high standards" on schools while dictating curriculum with no regard to what is actually best for kids because that is not what's wanted. The real powers that be in the country want to eliminate the troublesome (to them) middle class, and the way to do that is to keep people from learning. Their goal is to have only the elite and the rabble, who will be their slave labor. That's my theory, and I'm sticking with it. Many don't see such a plot and think the testing is the result of having non-educators (politicians) making the decisions and that they have simply made some mistakes. Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion.

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By cataff on Apr 25, 2015 at 6:45 PM

You aren't imagining it. It is totally disgusting and frustrating, and I'm counting the seconds until June when I will walk away from all of it and not go back. The injustice we are being forced to impose on children is reprehensible.

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By cataff on Mar 1, 2015 at 11:20 PM

Send them on. Peeps here could benefit from seeing them too. Sounds like a great idea to present the test that way!

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By raekathy on Feb 24, 2015 at 3:10 PM

There's nothing quite as sad as this, to find you're canned by Serapis! A cheez frend's heart can really ache, until you find it's a mistake! It's great to be ur frend again, and I rate you ten out of ten. Ur very witty, I can tell, each time I read ur LOLs!

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By cataff on Feb 22, 2015 at 5:33 PM

The students are being trained to use their native language in a grammatically correct manner and to write argumentatively without errors in logic. That is what is expected of them on the state writing test in two weeks. I don't think it's asking a lot, but for this particular group it is because they have never bothered to learn the most basic tenants of English grammar, and there is no other way to know them. They have had horrible writing test scores from the primary grades on up to high school, and they are making no effort to do better now. They don't seem to believe or care that they cannot graduate without passing this test even though they could be moved along even with failing scores at the lower grades.

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By raekathy on Dec 31, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Happy 2015 to you, too!

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By littleAPC on Dec 29, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Serapis try this site and just look around. You might find something useful: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/

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By cataff on Dec 29, 2014 at 6:57 AM

If it's the history of the English language, someone has uploaded an excellent BBC documentary on that topic to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsVz5U76kX0. If you are interested in the history of the country, here are BBC documentaries on that: http://shop.bbc.com/us/video/documentary/icat/videodocumentary#esp_cf=CategoryTitle&esp_filter_CategoryTitle=British%20History&esp_hitsperpage=48 I have found the great majority of BBC documentaries to be excellent. I didn't look on YouTube for any of these, but some may be there. I have used the history of the language more than the history of the country for classes. I teach juniors. It's the senior classes that get into the country's history. I hope this helps you some.

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By MJKittyMom on Dec 25, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Oops, guess I wished you twice, LOL!! Oh well, we could all use good wishes!!

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By MJKittyMom on Dec 25, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Merry Christmas to you too!!!

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By CollardGreens on Dec 25, 2014 at 6:55 AM

Ai am rite glad tu heer it, Miz Serapis! Merry Christmas! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E40flcEcW58

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By MJKittyMom on Dec 24, 2014 at 8:40 PM

...and a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too! ;-)

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By raekathy on Dec 24, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Have a great Christmas, Serapis!

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By 2katmom on Dec 24, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Hi Serapis! hope you have a wonderful Christmas and that the New Year is better than the last. ****hugs**** kris ( hoping all is well and you are just busy busy but with good good stuffs!)

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