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About tdurrie

An aging radical with thoughts about society, education, arts, politics, and food.

BROKEN PROMISES

THE BROKEN PROMISES OF SCHOOL Most parents send their kids to school. They do this because they believe it is a necessary and valuable part of every child’s growing up. It is what they call “education”. You’ll never get anywhere … Continue reading

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ANNALS OF TABASCO

The label on the 5 oz, (59 ml.) Tabasco Sauce bottle has changed little or not at all since its introduction, as produced by Edmund McIlhenny, in 1868. The familiar perpendicular square with the majestic TABASCO appears on the front. … Continue reading

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VIRTUAL REALITY, A TEACHER’S DREAM

VIRTUAL REALITY, A TEACHER’S DREAM The fact that I can virtually take them some place we’d never be able to visit is just a teacher’s dream,” she explains. But that dream is just not affordable for many schools. –Rebekah Henick, school … Continue reading

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ME, MYSELF, AND I, E.G.

My friends, here is a most extraordinarily awkward avoidance of “me”, from an announcement of an AGM delivered today via e-mail: “… receive and approve our Treasurer’s Report, receive and discuss reports from myself, our Artistic Director, and … ” Huh?

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THE DREAD OF SUMMER LEARNING LOSS

Imagine, studies show that during the summer break kids forget a whole lot of what they were taught in school. According to On Line College, scores in standardized tests are lower in the fall than they were at the end … Continue reading

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WHY THE FRASER INSTITUTE LIKES PRIVATE SCHOOLS

In the previous post (FRASER INSITUTE SAYS PRIVATE SCHOOLS ARE OK), I pointed out how we were told repeatedly that any notions we might have of private schools as expensive and elite were uninformed, misguided, and incorrect. Furthermore, private schools … Continue reading

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FRASER INSTITUTE SAYS PRIVATE SCHOOLS ARE OK

The Fraser Institute has released a study (A Diverse Landscape: Independent Schools in Canada, June 29, 2016) The study informs us that private—they prefer independent—schools are really just for regular folks who happen to think their kids should not mingle … Continue reading

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