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  1. janinabarnes commented on JumpStart 5 days ago

    Wash the mattress cover on hot and scrub out the wastebasket. Don’t ask how I know that.

  2. janinabarnes commented on Frazz 6 days ago

    I agree with your premise that the “dumber” and less-athletic characters are sometimes treated as losers. I don’t like it either.

    I think the idea that most people want to punch know-it-alls is a big exaggeration. It’s not unheard of, but I hardly think it’s the dominant attitude. To the extent that it’s true, that would make the main characters underdogs. I find the characters likable enough, though not always believable. I even smile at Caulfield’s antics, though I pity the teacher who gets stuck with him.

  3. janinabarnes commented on Calvin and Hobbes 27 days ago

    REI has a video showing an innovative method of learning to ride. You remove the pedals and put the seat as low as it goes. The kid starts by walking the bike around, then pushing and pulling feet off the ground for a bit, then navigating obstacles while coasting. Once balance and steering are learned, you put the pedals back on.

  4. janinabarnes commented on Baldo 27 days ago

    1) Your argument is more that students continue to be dumb, rather than that the students get dumber.
    2) Colleges adore remedial classes. It puts more dollars in their pocket. Some colleges don’t even bother to test the students before placing them.
    3) Sometimes even students who are good at a subject perform poorly on exams. I was an honors and AP student in the 90s. I did very well in math, but I didn’t take calculus during my senior year because I had 2 other AP classes and was worried it would be too much load. When I tested for math placement in college, I didn’t think to study for the exam, and found my skills were a little rusty. I passed the three remedial classes they assigned me to in just over a month. The material wasn’t challenging at all, it just reminded me of a few details I had forgotten.
    4) The percentage of students attending college has risen substantially over the past few decades. In the past, college tended to be limited to well-off students on a college prep track. Logically, that means that “regular” students who were not taking honors classes are now a larger percentage of the college body. The jump in difficulty from standard HS courses to college is just as big as it ever was, but more people are being asked to make it now.

  5. janinabarnes commented on Luann 30 days ago

    Deferring to someone who is upset is not emotional blackmail. The people involved can always talk it out properly when everyone is calm. If, at that later time, one person threatens to break down if their demands are not met, then THAT can be emotional blackmail – or it can be a warning of a trigger area.

    However, it is healthiest in a relationship to realize that some things are much more important to one person than the other. Sometimes it warrants a change of approach, or even a change of direction. My husband and I have an agreement that we mostly take turns being upset. That is, when he is upset, I put my emotional reactions on hold while I listen fully and supportively to his concerns. He does the same for me. We try to deal with solutions later. It works for us.

  6. janinabarnes commented on PreTeena about 1 month ago

    Jeri, don’t sit there by the phone. Go invite someone if it’s that important to you.

  7. janinabarnes commented on Broom Hilda about 1 month ago

    Now you can buy five penny horsey rides at the grocery store, Broomie. Or you can save it.

  8. janinabarnes commented on Frazz about 1 month ago

    It’s always possible that the lost individuals were overlooking the sign, rather than being unable to read it. My dyslexic daughter who is just starting third grade in a public school has no trouble reading the word “manager”.

  9. janinabarnes commented on Non Sequitur 2 months ago

    God is infinite, so each line is 1 individual long and progresses at light speed. :-)

  10. janinabarnes commented on Frazz 2 months ago

    My daughter is dyslexic and all the rules other people learn by absorption have to be actively taught to her. I never realized how awful our spelling/reading is to learn until she started school.