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(no subject) [Dec. 18th, 2008|03:07 pm]
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Today reminded me why I'm glad that I only occasionally sub for paraeducators, and am not one professionally. I was working with a guy named Scott, who has serious prolems (not the least of which is his impaired hearing and vision). He's a senior, who reads at a fourth grade level if reading means being able to mumble the words on the page out loud. If you're talking about understanding what he's reading, or remembering it by the time he's finished, then no. And when he worked on the worksheet that I was supposed to have him do alone--that, according to the notes left by his usual tutor, he is supposedly completely capable of doing by himself--he completely misunderstood what he was supposed to do, and didn't really get it without me walking him through every question. He drools. His nose never stops running. And his afternoon class with a woman who comes in and teaches him cooking (perhaps so that he can one day function semi-independently) seems to consist of him pacing around the room, staring out the window, etc, while she cooks and tries repeatedly to get him to focus. He does not know how to focus on anything for more than three seconds unless it's a jigsaw puzzle. And he isn't allowed to get on the computer without strict supervision, or else he goes on Youtube to watch videos and gets so zoned out he doesn't even here you telling him to get offline. First thing this morning, I had to force shut-down the computer just to get him away from it when he jumped on the net despite being told no.

I'm sorry if I sound insensitive or intolerant or anything, but it's so frustrating to be pretty much a glorified babysitter, to spend my entire day straining not to do all the assignments myself becase he won't pay attention or doesn't get it...when I was in school I was always a tad impatient with other kids who didn't grasp things as quickly as I did. I don't have the patience required to teach people who don't get anyrthing. And consequently i'm grumpy and stressed out today.

I realize of course that this kid has legitimate problems, real reasons for his difficulties, but part of me honestly feels that he should not be on the cusp of graduating high school given the level he's currently at. Frankly, I think it sort of devalues everyone else's diplomas if they're doing well, trying hard, and getting into difficult subjects, and he gets te same rewards for barely being able to read, and being unable to do math without counting on someone else's fingers. There I go sounding like an asshole again though. But here's an interesting thought: kids with severe learning disabilities are pushed through because arents otherwise protest that their children are being treated in a fashion detrimental to their emotions, psyche, etc, and that instead these kids should not feel different than everyone else. How much, though, is that actually the parents worrying about how their kids perceive themselves, and how much is the parents themselves wishing they had a "normal" son or daughter? But again, I'm probably being over harsh because I had a shitty day. I think the one thing that bothered me the most is how often he tried to get me to let him do what he wasn't supposed to, or do his share of the work for him. It's one thing to be challenged, it's another thing to try to use it as a way to weasel out of what's expected of you.

Well, one positive note: if all things go to plan, I should be meeting up with Mssrs. James Young and A. Sammis this weekend while they're visiting family in the Wolcott area. And soon next week going home. The kids around here have school right up until Christmas Eve (the 24th is their first day off), but my cousin has Monday-Wednesday off I think, and in any case I'm not worknig after Sunday night, until January 4. At which point my hours get weird because she's switching to days after Christmas, which means I'm worknig in the mornings, getting them on the bus and everything, and being there when they get home around 3ish...But yes, a visit from the partnership of Sammis & Young is something to look forward to. And going home for a couple weeks. Luckily the big family Christmas isn't until New Year's Day, so I have time to finish making my flavored syrups for goody boxes...

Well, enough from me. Hope y'all are doing well. I'll try to p[ost again before I leave. If not, Happy Holidays.

Snyrt
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(no subject) [Dec. 5th, 2008|03:18 pm]
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[mood |chipperchipper]
[music |"Gold," from the "Once" Soundtrack]


So, in looking over an interesting book at People's Academy Middle Level this afternoon, I discovered that there are apparently a number of respected political scientists who have argued that American citizens participating in large numbers is actually detrimental to the success of democracy. Apparently because they assume that real, people-based democracy is not the real thing, and too much of that gets in the way of government officials telling the populace what they can do and expect. Which, incidentally, is not democracy--just ask Frank Bryan.

Watching Dan Curtis's movie Burnt Offerings this week has made me lose a little more respect for Stanley Kubrik. On occasion I've railed against the liberties Kubrik took with Stephen King's novel The Shining in his 1980 film. Though I've never faulted him for making a bad movie. I still don't. But what I originally credited as Kubrik throwing in some interesting bits of original thought into the picture, I now see as quite the opposite: a number of elements (mostly of dialogue, cinematography, and characterization--not plot) not found in the novel can be traced pretty strongly back to Burnt Offerings, which appeared in 1976. Jack Nicholson's repeated insistence that they can't leave because of his responsibilties, his facial expressions, and the final shot (the picture in the hallway) all seem to come almost directly from Curtis's earlier movie, with some differences (placing the pictures on a table, rather than a wall, for instance). Of course, Curtis's ending (which differed, apparently, from the novel of Burnt Offerings) is itself very similar to the end of his earlier movie Night of Dark Shadows, uncomfortably so. But the point is, nobody credits Dan Curtis with being an amazing, original, world-class director of startling originality. Kubrik, meanwhile, has done nothing that has completely satisfied me, from what I've seen; and now I find out that the best work I've seen him do is in fact a pretty clear mixture of Burnt Offerings and King's novel. Not exactly orginal there, is it?

It's been an odd week. More perhaps on that later. For now, I must away.

PS--Seriously, see the movie Once. Absofuckinglutely amazing.
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(no subject) [Nov. 16th, 2008|07:44 pm]
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Huh. A lot of people have been questioning of late how much right Congress actually has to bail out corporations or even to regulate industry. So, tonight I went looking, and I discovered this, from Article I, Section 8 (Scope of Legislative Power), among Congress's rights:

To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes

So, in other words, yes, Congress has the right to regulate the business of American corporations as they exist today, for they are no longer limited to single-state trade, and most are international. Whether or not this means bailouts count as regulatory measures, I'm not sure. I don't like em, though...
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(no subject) [Nov. 13th, 2008|10:40 am]
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Can you believe this shit?

I wanted the Burlington Free Press article, but couldn't find it online--so this will have to do I guess. Seriously, people, can we maybe all get in tuoch with our reps in Congress and tell em no? Please?
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Two-sentence book review. [Nov. 11th, 2008|10:54 am]
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Paper Towns is teh AWESOME. Seriously.


PS: http://snyrtfile.blogspot.com/
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(no subject) [Nov. 5th, 2008|06:44 pm]
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I was gonna hang out at the library tonight and watch Alice's Restaurant for the first time in my life, but instead I think I'll go back to the Bee's Knees and listen to some modern jazz and enjoy the atmosphere. Slightly more participatory, and i'm not really up for passive entertainment tonight...though I'm not a big fan of modern jazz, either...
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(no subject) [Nov. 5th, 2008|11:37 am]
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[mood |contentcontent]

So, I expect this post is redundant, because it's on most people's minds after last night, but, um,

squeeee. 
Spent the morning observing classes at the elementary school. It went well. I will post more on that at a time when election-y things abate a bit and stop towering over everything in my personal life.
 
 
But yay, maybe we can fix this country before it totally collapses.
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(no subject) [Oct. 31st, 2008|12:41 pm]
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If anyone wasn't already aware, a tip: Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns is Fucking Awesome!

Happy Halloween.
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(no subject) [Oct. 30th, 2008|10:49 am]
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I only ask of God 
That i am not indifferent to the pain,
That the dry death won’t find me
Empty and alone, without having done the sufficient.

I only ask of God 
That i won’t be indifferent to the injustice
That they won’t slap my other cheek,
After a claw (or talon) has scratched this destiny (luck) of mine.

I only ask of God 
That i am not indifferent to the battle,
It’s a big monster and it walks hardly on
All the poor innocence of people.

I only ask of God 
That i am not indifferent to deceit, 
If a traitor can do more than a bunch of people, 
Then let not those people forget him easily.

I only ask of God 
That i am not indifferent to the future,
Hopeless is he who has to go away
To live a different culture.

I only ask of God
That i am not indifferent to the battle,
It’s a big monster and it walks hardly on
All the poor innocence of people.



OK, so, not a great translation. But a powerful song nontheless.


And if anyone hasn't seen this video-- metalclarinet.livejournal.com/60526.html --then you should.
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Of cabbages, kings, babies, books, marx and harvey [Oct. 22nd, 2008|11:20 pm]
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Cabbages & Kings: Overview of a Crazy WeekCollapse )Babies!Collapse )

Books: Thoughts on a feminist textbook's introduction and a review of sorts of A.G. Scott's ChildmareCollapse )
Marx, Engels, Harvey: A Consideration of the Text and Context of the Communist ManifestoCollapse )
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