Friday, March 04, 2005

Educashun on the Buss

Hi All!

Thursdays and Sundays are my favorite days these days on account of those are the days I can wander away from home for treatment and religious worship and AA. Oops that was redundant :-)

Best part of going free is indulging in my newfound joy in public transportation. Cheap to get around and plenty of free entertainment.

I like to sit in the back of the bus just to irk the brothers who are pretty possesive about that area. Ironic that after the long struggle for Civil Rights, blacks still sit in the back of the bus.

Yesterday on the 50 (University Avenue Limited Stop) there was a middle-aged American Indian sitting next to a young black women who looked to be a UofM student with a backpack filled with books. The morning runs of the 50 are popular with UofM students so I feel pretty confident that I am making the right assumption.

The older guy is filling out some sort of application and asks the young lady how to spell "partial." She generously offered "P-A-R-S-H-A-L." I usually keep to myself, but I couldn't let that stand.

"Excuse me, but I believe it is spelled "P-A-R-T-I-A-L" The gentleman thanked me, noting that it had been a long time since he went to school, but that sounded about right.

The reaction of the young lady to my correction was an incredulous look and "Where'd you get THAT?!" I think I mumbled something about seeing it in a dictionary once. Guess she must be in the General College.

As humorous as it was, the sad part is that we are becoming a semi-literate nation. When I related the story to my counselor, she said that I would be depressed with the stuff people write down on their intake forms.

I guess it must be right that we aren't throwing enough money at our fine Education Establishment.

I've always had a desire to teach, but I don't want to go back to school. Wouldn't it be great if a person could qualify for a public teaching position based on life experience and aceing a test? Alas, even the private schools require degrees. Think of all the bored, intelligent retirees or people like me who could offer so much yet are not welcome to The System.

I could have explained how to remember the spelling of "partial" by understanding what it means. I actually believe that the young woman had no clue. I should have told her.

Cheers!

2 Comments:

Blogger JerryC said...

Heya Paul-

edukashon!! Just what the liberal, left-wing, pinko doctor ordered for us all starting somewhere back in the late 60s.

Back then, grown up kids, who had recently given up Mickey Mouse ears and Beaver Cleaver were now protesting on campuses for a better more lovable world without war and all the nasty little things of life. Yeah, baby! Let's all just feel the love and everything will be perfect. And, why should we bother to JUST teach the three R's anymore when we can teach love! Oh, gawd forbid we hurt the poor baby's feelings by flunking his lazy ass when he doesn't make the grade.

To grab onto a comment you made: "throwing more money at edukashon". Well.. you and I know each other well enuf to understand that the root of the problem is just that: Liberals throwing money at edukashon and failing to deal with the root of the problem: The Educators!

If tomorrow our national education system just dumped everything they are doing and reverted to teaching the three R's of 50 years ago.. oh.. and bring back corporal punishment (kinda teaches some responsibility from an early age, doncha think?).. well.. I have no doubt whatsoever, that our system would stop cranking out half literate dolts who can get into college and still don't know how to spell 'partial'.

Well.. I'm sure that you and I are birds of a feather in understanding the root of the problem. Liberal, pinko minded politics have ruined education and continue to erode at basic moral values. Thank GOD that I went to school at a time when each day started with the Lord's Prayer, a Bible verse, and pledging allegiance to the US flag, prominently displayed on the wall of every single classroom! If a kid didn't learn to spell 'partial', at least he understood who he was and where he was and what it was all about!

(rant mode off)

Damn good to know you are hanging in there. I feel a need for some phone conversation up to 'flyoverland'. I'll do that.

Carlisle is gonna be HUGE this year! My convoy will have upwards of FIFTY cars at current estimates! Perhaps it would be a reward for you to be entrusted to my custody in St.Louis about June 1st and ride at the front of the convoy to Carlisle!

take care..
-Jerry
Best regards from St. Louis, Misery & New Kazoo, Pa
BEEN TO CARLISLE 8X AND CONVOYING AGAIN IN 2005! THE ROADTRIP OF A LIFETIME!!!

6:08 AM  
Blogger JerryC said...

Heya Paul-

edukashon!! Just what the liberal, left-wing, pinko doctor ordered for us all starting somewhere back in the late 60s.

Back then, grown up kids, who had recently given up Mickey Mouse ears and Beaver Cleaver were now protesting on campuses for a better more lovable world without war and all the nasty little things of life. Yeah, baby! Let's all just feel the love and everything will be perfect. And, why should we bother to JUST teach the three R's anymore when we can teach love! Oh, gawd forbid we hurt the poor baby's feelings by flunking his lazy ass when he doesn't make the grade.

To grab onto a comment you made: "throwing more money at edukashon". Well.. you and I know each other well enuf to understand that the root of the problem is just that: Liberals throwing money at edukashon and failing to deal with the root of the problem, The Educators!

If tomorrow our national education system just dumped everything they are doing and reverted to teaching the three R's of 50 years ago.. oh.. and bring back corporal punishment (kinda teaches some responsibility from an early age, doncha think?).. well.. I have no doubt whatsoever, that our system would stop cranking out half literate dolts who can get into college and still don't know how to spell 'partial'.

Well.. I'm sure that you and I are birds of a feather in understanding the root of the problem. Liberal, pinko minded politics have ruined education and continue to erode at basic moral values. Thank GOD that I went to school at a time when each day started with the Lord's Prayer, a Bible verse, and pledging allegiance to the US flag, prominently displayed on the wall of every single classroom! If a kid didn't learn to spell 'partial', at least he understood who he was and where he was and what it was all about!

(rant mode off)

Damn good to know you are hanging in there. I feel a need for some phone conversation up to 'flyoverland'. I'll do that.

Carlisle is gonna be HUGE this year! My convoy will have upwards of FIFTY cars at current estimates! Perhaps it would be a reward for you to be entrusted to my custody in St.Louis about June 1st and ride at the front of the convoy to Carlisle!

take care..
-Jerry
Best regards from St. Louis, Misery & New Kazoo, Pa
BEEN TO CARLISLE 8X AND CONVOYING AGAIN IN 2005! THE ROADTRIP OF A LIFETIME!!!

6:20 AM  

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