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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Midweek Meandering 

It is midweek and things are going pretty darned well!

We babysat little Aidan last weekend and it is amazing to see him grow and change so much in a matter of weeks. It has been a long time since I’ve had an infant around and it is very enjoyable.

The little guy is spoiled and wants to be held all the time. Of course, many of us are guilty of doing the spoiling!

The father of several of my students passed away suddenly, apparently of a brain aneurysm. Perfectly healthy…..and then gone. Such things make you refocus again on the fragility of life and how we need to not put important things off. It is so sad for those kids and I hope we are able to provide them the support they will need going forward.

I may write more about the economy in a later post, but the shakiness out there is very unsettling. One of the features of the American system is a confidence in the foundations of the economy…the stock market, banks, investment houses, and other institutions. When that confidence isn’t there a crisis could loom. We should all be paying close attention to this.

The election looms near. I used to be a fairly good prognosticator, but this election has too many factors involved to make any predictions at this point.

I think Patrick has already spent his next paycheck…probably more than spent it all. His desires certainly have high limits. Of course, he wouldn’t have the nice chunk of money he has in the bank right now if I allowed him to fulfill all those desires, but it doesn’t stop him from trying.

I have a tentative plan for my dissertation. My proposed research question is….what programs/strategies/interventions that schools employ make high school students feel part of the school and reduce mobility? The negative effects of student mobility on achievement and graduation are well documented. What can a school do to keep students there? The question needs to be honed and focused, but that is the general direction I want to go with my research.

I was wearing my Pink Floyd “Dark Side of the Moon Tie”. I walked past a group of students in my office and one asked…”is that a rainbow on your tie?” They all wanted to look at the tie, but none knew what it meant. I turned to a parent who was waiting and said, “I’ll bet HE knows what this tie is.” He did. Only one of the kids had heard of Pink Floyd and thought they sung, “Stairway to Heaven”. Sigh. Kids!

So how is YOUR week going?

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Midweek Meandering 

It is midweek and I just need to catch my breath. Busy times!

This is perhaps the busiest time of year for me with all of the fall activities going on right now as well as college classwork.

With what I spend for gas each week I wish that Ford would sell these in the U.S.

Football season is in full swing. My beloved Dallas Cowboys won their first game in convincing fashion. I won’t get too excited until they actually win a game or two in the playoffs!

The presidential election is also in full swing. For an old political science major such as myself, the historic nature of this election is quite exciting. No matter how it turns out, will things ever be the same again?

The kids are comfortably back in the school swing of things and both seem to be doing well. Patrick is working part of the day as he did last year and eagerly awaits his first paycheck! Aubree is excited about being asked to join the honor choir. I know I am prejudiced, but her voice really is quite beautiful.

There was a tragic shooting this past weekend in Tulsa. Even in a large urban area the echoes of the shooting reverberate all over town. Many of my students were acquainted with some of the victims of this senseless tragedy.

How many shopping days until Christmas anyway?

So how is YOUR week going?

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