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  1. bherbert commented on Wizard of Id 8 days ago

    Well said, cdward. Standardized tests have multiplied like rabbits, to the point where they are a major intrusion upon a teacher’s opportunity to present much of the content that makes courses more interesting.
    And, apparently, based on the criticisms from so many on the right, the testing regime isn’t working. (Just about anyone who has ever taught could have predicted THAT outcome.)

    Conservatives love to point to the "good old days (the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s) when education was “so much better.” They might be correct. We valued teachers more highly, offered more programs, and did far less standardized testing. Maybe there’s a lesson there for advocates of “education reform.”

    Of course, back in those “good old days,” critics yearned for the halcyon days of the 1940s and 1950s.

  2. bherbert commented on The Barn 10 days ago

    I hope the world IS ready for “Rory Gates” and has been for some time. Rory John Gates, Bill and Melinda Gates’ son, was born in 1999..

  3. bherbert commented on Drabble 14 days ago

    Or he will run and hide.

  4. bherbert commented on Non Sequitur 27 days ago

    Diner Shore? (People under the age of at least 40 will probably need to have someone explain the reference to them.)

  5. bherbert commented on Animal Crackers 30 days ago

    You’re waiting for an end to narcissism? Don’t hold your breath.

  6. bherbert commented on Peanuts about 1 month ago

    With the Stanley Cup playoffs just starting, I’m a little surprised that they’re not running a series of strips featuring Snoopy the hockey player. Especially since there’s a Beagle playing for one of the teams.

  7. bherbert commented on Non Sequitur about 1 month ago

    I get those kinds of letters every so often. Lawyers push these because they get big payouts. Shareholders seldom get much of value, if anything. The rationale is that, if the corporation has to pay out lots of money, it will act better in the future—regardless of who gets the money.

  8. bherbert commented on Get Fuzzy about 1 month ago

    Let me throw in two other miscreations: “alot” instead of “a lot,” “cause” instead of “because.”

    Then there’s the one that really tees me off: “bated” instead of “abated.” “I wait with bated (or baited?) breath.” Awful. It has actually become accepted usage because it has been used so badly and so often, but it’s just plain wrong. “Abated” is the correct word; “abate” means to stop or cease, which is what one’s breathing is supposedly doing. I don’t even think “bate” is a word, and is certainly doesn’t mean to stop or cease.

  9. bherbert commented on Doonesbury about 1 month ago

    I take it you don’t watch Fox News. It’s embarrassing the way they slobber over Putin. If the right were voting between Obama and Putin, ol’ Vlad would get at least 99% of those votes. Right wingers clearly wish Putin were our President. They make no secret of their admiration for him.

  10. bherbert commented on Pickles 3 months ago

    The "government’ doesn’t—and doesn’t need to—do anything to keep the majority of the population uninformed. Far too many people are complicit. They’re more than willing to remain ignorant. Just look at the ratings for Fox News.