Author Archives: tdurrie

About tdurrie

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

GIVING ORDERS

How is it that some people think they can make other people be and do what they want by just giving orders? Like the teachers I hear saying Sit up straight! Be quiet! Pay attention! They have to keep saying … Continue reading

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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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