Sunday, September 04, 2005

Things I Am Wondering (Or, Don't Ever Come To Me For Your News)...

  • Have any of the teachers within the sound of my keyboard gotten refugee students? Wanna tell us about it?
  • How will their test scores count? A teacher friend of mine told me about a nightmare she had where we all had an extra thirty kids in our classrooms when we go back on Tuesday. I suppose their scores would be disaggregated as transient, but I just wonder...
  • A few thousand refugees are being transported to Falls Creek, the gigantor Baptist youth camp. I attended an SBC Church this morning, and was moved by the speed with which arrangements were made, but I wonder: will mass be held in addition to the worship services?
  • The pastor this morning didn't say Kat-rina, but Kat-a-rina. It made her sound like a Russian gymnast, maybe that's not so bad...
  • Will Justice Rehnquist's replacement also wear the stripes?

7 comments:

eatmisery said...

I just heard John Roberts is being named Chief Justice. Did you hear that, too?

Wasp Jerky said...

Roberts has indeed been nominated for Chief Justice, proving once again that Bush is a uniter, not a divider.

Greek Shadow said...

We (Albuquerque) just got 6000 regugees. Not as many as other cities. We have a couple of high schools underenrolled and I hope that any students will be sent there. My school is so overcrowded I don't know where we would put them.
Roberts has been on the bench for less than two years and has not even sat on the Supreme Court. How will this unite the country? Another crony moved to the top like the bozo's running FEMA.

educat said...

The whole Roberts thing makes me wonder too...why not another of the conservative Justices?

And we still don't know about the stripes.

Greek Shadow, keep us posted on the distribution of refugees. Falls Creek is about an hour South of OKC, and the call came out from a Church yesterday for teachers, so I suppose the schools in the FC area won't get those kids.

My mom was shocked that I was thinking of test scores---don't we just want to help those people!? Of course we do! This is the same sort of guilt I feel when I jump a bit faster to get the kid with a 2nd grade reading level out of my class...before testing. It's a sad, sad, by product of our times.

McSwain said...

I'm changing careers- working on my teaching credential. Lots of talk from my professors, and from teachers I've worked with, about the test scores. Low scores now have such negative ramifications for your school and for you as a teacher- unfortunately you HAVE to worry about them.

Scott Jones said...

You know that Rehnquist added the stripes after seeing HMS Pinafore (or some other Gilbert & Sullivan, but I believe that one).

Greek Shadow said...

I got my numbers mixed up. Albuquerque has only received around a hundred refugees so far. Gov. Richardson said we can take up to 6,000. They are in our Convention center right now. My wife works for the Baptist Convention of New Mexico and most of the ladies she works with were down there today as volunteers helping to feed them. They took clothes, but the idiot from the Red Cross wouldn't let them give them to the people until the clothes were sanitized. The refugees are going to be given vouchers to take to the Salvation Army where they can get clothes for free, and they were told to give the clothes to them. Will the Salvation Army sanitize the clothes -- I don't think so.
I imagine a number of the schools will be getting students in a day or two. Right now it looks like most of the kids coming in are elementary level, but that could change in a day or two as more come in. From what I've seen on the news the bulk of the refugees are going to Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, and from what I've read here Oklahoma is getting quite a few more than we are.