Hi5Mr.Ford

Education, comics, politics. A Dumping ground for the mind of Bennett Ford

Michl Hartny.: I Just Wrote This To DC Comics

michaelhartney:

Hi, DC!

My name’s Michael Hartney. I’m as big a Superman fan as you’ll ever meet. I have bought Superman comics every Wednesday since I learned to read, which was nearly 30 years ago. Superman was the subject of my blog and my one-man show. My name is tattooed on my arm in Kryptonian, for Zod’s…

Anti-gay writer given the keys to the Fortress of Solitude. One fan’s response to DC.

englishmajormade:

Here we go, Common Core. I have to admit, these DoK (Depth of Knowledge) levels are pretty awesome. I like the focus on increasing “cognitive rigor” to emphasize critical thinking instead of just fact learning. I’m scared for the shift away from fiction to make room for more nonfiction (in an English classroom). However, all of the examples I’ve seen for math, science, and social studies classrooms are fantastic, in my opinion. 

englishmajormade:

Here we go, Common Core. I have to admit, these DoK (Depth of Knowledge) levels are pretty awesome. I like the focus on increasing “cognitive rigor” to emphasize critical thinking instead of just fact learning. I’m scared for the shift away from fiction to make room for more nonfiction (in an English classroom). However, all of the examples I’ve seen for math, science, and social studies classrooms are fantastic, in my opinion. 

(Source: englishmajorinrepair)

Community season 4 episode 1: Harmonless, did it work?

Well, one episode in and I’m a bit worried. It was great to see the Greendale gang again (it has been a looooong hiatus), but without the mastermind of the past 3 seasons, I fear that the magic may be lost. It felt like the writers lept too quickly into the surreal, whereas Harmon always built his stories on a foundation of character and honesty. Last night the story dove headlong into batshit-crazyland from moment one, and it felt like they missed a step. I still love the whole cast, and look forward to each new trip to planet Greendale, but I hope they get it together in order to gather the audience they need to survive another year opposite Bigbang Theory.

jonnyetc:

Community returns in one day!

Community Pogs. Its what the world needs right now.

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Review: Injustice #1

So, I’m pretty sure DC comics hates me and all it’s readers and wants us all to give up comics forever. End of review.

Okay, lets try this again.

Megan Amram: Ayn Randers

meganamram:

Dear Ayn,

I’m dating a man who I think I love, but I’m afraid he’s having an affair. He comes home late, he acts suspiciously, and he even has red lipstick on his collar. Should I confront him or just hope for the best?

- County Af-fair

Dear County,

Red lipstick? Your husband is a…

Don’t bother reading Atlas Shrugged. Megan Amram sums it up for you.

Taking a Stand For Public Education: a Letter from a BC Teacher

Hey teachers and teacher supporters, here’s another letter to be shared. From a teacher here in Kelowna.

Taking a Stand for Public Education

I’m a teacher at Mount Boucherie Secondary School, where I work with so many wonderful colleagues and exceptional students. I chaperone school dances, help out with the grad ceremonies, sponsor clubs, provide tutorials, attend sports events as the athletic director, coach at least one school team (this year, two teams), and teach five blocks of English, mostly at the Grade 12 level. My job is demanding, but I do it well. And since 2002, when the Liberal government began to make serious changes to our collective agreement, my job has become progressively more difficult. However, I persevered because I care about my students and felt the need to maintain our school’s standards of education despite the nagging weight of legislation that increased class sizes and removed so many teachers from the classroom.

However, now that Bill 22 has been introduced, I’ve hit my breaking point. I’m a professional with 5 years of university education; I’ve been trained by some of the best teachers in the province, right here in our district; I’ve grown as a teacher in so many ways, through professional development with colleagues; and I’ve managed to give so much of myself while being a parent to two children, one of whom has significant special needs and will require lifelong care for her extreme cognitive impairments. All I ask is that I be respected and valued for what I do. Bill 22 does none of that. It mandates that my professional development be determined by the Ministry, that I undergo a yearly evaluation by someone with the power to dismiss me for having an off day, that I teach limitless classes as deemed “suitable” by district staff, and that I have no say in the composition of my classroom or how to most adequately meet my students’ needs.

For me, this is not about wages — it’s about my rights as a professional, and it’s about a government that is waging war on the families in BC as it moves towards reducing funding for education. I see firsthand every day what happens to students who don’t receive the support they need, and it’s extremely frustrating. Bill 22 affects all parents and students in this province. Make no mistake — my fight for working conditions is a fight for my students’ learning conditions. They’re intrinsically linked.

So I’m serving notice that when this so-called cooling off period ends, and the finalized legislation is introduced, I may just make the personal decision to withdraw my extra-curricular endeavours in protest of this crippling legislation. While part of me can’t help shake the feeling that I may be doing exactly what the government wants by removing my volunteer time and decreasing the activities that students can participate in at our school, thus making the public system less desirable, I have to consider the big picture. Teachers deserve better. Parents deserve better. Students deserve better.