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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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By luvmy8catz on Dec 24, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Thanks for the Christmas greeting and the same to you!

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By littleAPC on Dec 24, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Hai Serapis! Hope yu hav a very merry Christmas. Haven't seen yu for awhile. Hope all's good.

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By cataff on Dec 22, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Thank you very much, Friend, and the same to you! http://cheezburger.com/8407843072

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By cataff on May 25, 2014 at 6:57 AM

In my experience I have found the old adage, "Honesty is the best policy," to be true. I like your approach and love your statement about "make my mind, not make up my mind." You may want to add a statement of what you feel education is after the sentence that ends with "one moment in time to another" to solidify your philosophy for the reader. The "in" before "which we comprise" isn't needed. In your mind replace "comprise" with "make up," and you will understand why. "Values were" needs a question mark after it as does "Who we were." Even rhetorical questions still require that mark. You have done a marvelous of presenting your introduction! It hurts my heart to say that if you plan to send this to any schools in the US, you will need to be sure they are private schools. The government here, with its present philosophy of using standardized testing as the end all be all method of evaluation for students and school systems, has taken from educators the ability to adhere to any philosophy like yours, and it is as frustrating and saddening and frightening as anything I have ever known.

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By PresterJohn on Dec 26, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Thank you, merry Christmas and happy new year to you too!

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By MJKittyMom on Dec 25, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Thank you! To you too!

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By Razuli on Dec 25, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Christmas hugs and smoochies, Serapis! An' Hapee Neu Eerz too!

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