about testing from The New York Times

Questioning those priorities can bring reprisals. During the search earlier this year for a New York City schools chancellor, Education Secretary Arne Duncan lobbied against Joshua P. Starr, the superintendent of schools in Montgomery County, Md., in part because he had proposed a three-year hiatus on high-stakes standardized testing. Last year, Mr. Duncan said that opposition to the Common Core standards had come from “white suburban moms who realize — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were.” He has...
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Imagine : John Lennon in the homily of the Bishop of Shrewsbury…

  Methinks the man in a dress wearing a pointy hat and carrying a big stick doth protest too much. The Bishop of Shrewsbury, in his homily at Midnight Mass, described as “heart-chilling” the vision of singer John Lennon in the 1975 song Imagine of a supposedly peaceful “world with no hope of heaven and no fear of hell”…I suppose I should not have been surprised that a Benedict XVI appointed bishop should see such a vision in Lennon’s iconic song. Like John I was born, less than two years after him, and raised in Liverpool (Bootle to be precise) and grew up with the music of the Beatles. I was...
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from an English friend

From an English friend… A Nun Grading Papers   CAN YOU IMAGINE THE NUN SITTING AT HER DESK GRADING THESE PAPERS, ALL THE WHILE TRYING TO KEEP A STRAIGHT FACE AND MAINTAIN HER COMPOSURE! PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE WORDING AND SPELLING. IF YOU KNOW THE BIBLE EVEN A LITTLE, YOU’LL FIND THIS HILARIOUS! IT COMES FROM A CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEST. KIDS WERE ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS. THE FOLLOWING 25 STATEMENTS ABOUT THE BIBLE WERE WRITTEN BY CHILDREN. THEY HAVE NOT BEEN RETOUCHED OR CORRECTED.INCORRECT SPELLING HAS BEEN LEFT.     IN THE FIRST BOOK OF THE...
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