Monday, October 20, 2008

Why is this so difficult to understand?

I'm really irritated by all of the focus on higher education, both in the US and abroad. They all wonder why enrollment is down, why students don't do well, why it takes five and six years to get a bachelor's. I don't know if they've figured it out, but the longer you're trying to change the trajectory of a child's education, the more of a chance you have to get them to succeed. So no, stepping in during their freshman year of college isn't the best use of my money or your time.

How many children are in high school and can't read? How many children in the third grade can't write their own names? The number of functionally illiterate people in a place that touts itself as a land of opportunity is astounding. Imagine what would happen if states actually took control of their own destinies and enacted education reform that meant something. What would that even look like?

Sunday, October 5, 2008

She says she went to grad school, but I won't bat an eye when she ends up working at Fast Eddie's...

Laughed out loud. Posting this to read and laugh out loud in the future.

oh man so i went to the craziest talk to a professor here

tell me

you know when profs get to a certain tenured age, they are just allowed to be as crazy as they feel like? only a certain adherence to societal norms prevents them from going pantless around campus. anyway, this one very old, very eminent native americans scholar gave all of us first-years a talk supposedly about his research on animal symbolism, instead, he told us all these stories about him hunting possums in west virginia he may also have claimed that he once fought a bear. at the climax of the story, he paused like he was going to say somethig important
we all leaned in, riveted

me: i love where this is going

Xiao-bo: then, he busted open the front of his snap-button shirt and inside he was wearing this t-shirt with a picture of a possum, and the words, "possums: the other white meat"
and that was the end of his lecture. AMAZING.

Monday, September 29, 2008

My life is an SNL skit...

Anonymous Friend: You're dating one person with two different spellings.
Anonymous Friend: Fuck.

Why even bother?

Article in the Post:

Most infuriating part: Not everyone is convinced that D.C. teachers are the problem. They reason this way: All low-income neighborhoods have relatively low achievement in reading and math. All low-income neighborhoods have large numbers of children whose parents did not do well in school when they were young. Maybe these parents and their children are just not up to it.

I know no one reads this blog, but a message to people who feel this way: if that's how you REALLY FEEL, then why be a teacher in Washington, DC? Why even show up to school in the morning? If all you're expecting is your kids to finish the school year as behind as they started it, why do you even keep up the appearance of calling yourself a teacher. It disgusts me. You're not a teacher. You're a babysitter. You SHOULD be fired. It's one thing to make an effort, to believe in your kids, and still not see a result. You can ask for extra training, seek ways to make yourself better; but if you simply accept that nothing will change in your classroom then I don't know why you went to college, why you chose education, and why you complain that people want to fire you. You are lazy. What's worse than that is that you consciously sought out a place of employment where you hoped no one would notice your lack of results, and what's worse, you counted on no one caring.

I apologize for the cliche, but there's a new sheriff in town. I think Michelle Rhee should continue kicking ass and taking names because that's the only way DCPS has any hope.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

It just makes you want to make them miniature-sized and put them in your pocket...

I saw the CUTEST old couple (old means late 60s, early 70s) on the metro on the way home. They were all dressed up -- obviously having either had a big day or night on the town -- and they were just so adorable. The wife hustled her husband into the metro car and kind of directed him toward a seat and they just kept whispering like little kids the whole way home. Precious!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Ridiculous sentiments to get us through the day

Unidentified CRM: Cheer up Sarah, it's all for the little ones...who will never know who we are...we're like martyrs!

Typical day on G-Chat?

Friend: Fine! (you never let me have any fun)
Me: I know, I'm a killjoy. Why are we friends?
Friend: Because you're smokin' hot and I'm hopeless

I mean, really, what do you SAY to that?

Monday, September 22, 2008

There's a reason it's called "under"wear

I'm all for the scandalous fashion choices a girl might make when she hits the club, but the office? Really?

I saw this woman walking down the street looking respectable and then she walked, the slit in her wrap dress opened too much, and you could basically see her whole garter. Even stranger: not wearing stockings. Just random garter action. Really? Downtown DC at 6 PM? That's how we roll?

I do not think so.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Why My School is Better than Yours

"Traditions don't begin overnight, they begin at happy hour."

Our new Alumni Association president (already love him way more than the last guy) is hosting these events on Friday afternoons at the alumni house for alumni to hang out and drink. I love that we just accept that alcohol increases the bonding.

This makes football weekends even more intense. Start with Thursday night happy hour, get up, go to the one class you have on Friday, stop by Potbelly's around noon for nickel beer pitchers, maybe grab some grub at a Po' Boys, head over to the Alumni Center, home for a shower and change (gotta be fly to go out), dance dance dance, sleep. Then Saturday comes! Official tailgating starts five hours before kick off and post-game activities last until Monday really.

I. Cannot. Wait. For. Homecoming.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Relatively speaking, NYC is not crowded...

Authorities are telling people in India to avoid crowded places due to the recent string of bombings in cities. Really? Avoid crowded places? That's your advice? The population of India is about 1,123,866,154. Does anyone else see the flaws in this advice?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Cailin on dating in the city

"Isn't it so awkward peacing out of a date and hitting up the metro? Like, are we going to awkwardly kiss for the first time in front of this glowing green globe? Or what about the awkward, 'We may have made out at a bar -- and now we are in front of the subway and kind of sober.'"

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

I guess we all have to have SOME kind of personal mission

Context: I firmly believe that everyone can and should dance because it's fun. Being self conscious is stupid.

Mariyam: One day...Mariyam...will dance...

Well, she has a goal. Awesome.

Monday, September 8, 2008

I love my job.

Me: What time zone is Australia?

Yamit: End of the world +4

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Am I missing something?

I just got an email with the subject line, "Trend Alert for Fall: Pants." Really? Pants are a trend? I thought they were pretty much a permanent staple...

Friday, September 5, 2008

I think it's weird that you can study divinity. I understand the coursework, I just think they should call it something else.

Location, Location, Location

The closest liquor store is 15 minutes away by car, but DO NOT FRET, I live right next to the Dept. of Alcohol Regulation.

This was poor real estate planning on my part.

Your obnoxious music makes me want to throw you off the metro.

If I have my iPod on and your iPod is drowning out my music, then your iPod is TOO LOUD.

Thursday, September 4, 2008


There is nothing like walking around all day in heels and arriving at a metro where the escalators are undergoing "modernization."