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JKRisSuperior
Mediwizard

USA
694 Posts

Posted - 08/08/2006 :  12:17:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi everyone! Siobhan, did South Carolina get the storm Maryland had last night? I couldn't get on here earlier today.
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AMC
Mediwizard

1710 Posts

Posted - 08/08/2006 :  13:00:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Uh-oh! Siobhan has me on "ignore", sniff. You know it's bad when the site admin won't read your posts.

P.S. () - doesn't that smilie look cute with arms?


And I love you, I love you, I love you.
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Myf
Confunded

571 Posts

Posted - 08/08/2006 :  18:10:15  Show Profile  Visit Myf's Homepage  Click to see Myf's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
AMC, you ARE barmy.

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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 08/08/2006 :  18:28:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by AMC

Uh-oh! Siobhan has me on "ignore", sniff. You know it's bad when the site admin won't read your posts.

P.S. () - doesn't that smilie look cute with arms?

Huh? (Don't I sound like a local?) As admin I can't ignore anyone. Likewise no one can ignore me-- I'll try not to be obnoxious.

About the schools, remember that senate race a couple years ago when one candidate stated that he felt that teachers who were unwed mothers shouldn't be teaching "our" kids (bad role model, I guess was what he was getting at). National news picked it up as another indication that SC is retarded because he was elected. No one mentioned that the opposing candidate was the state education director. We had a severe lack of choice in the matter. Yeah, our schools suck. "Hooray for Mississippi (or whomever is 50th in the US)" isn't what I consider a great education motto. What is strange, though, considering the state our schools are in, is that everyone assumes that the only reason anyone homeschools their child is religion based. EEEEK

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AMC
Mediwizard

1710 Posts

Posted - 08/08/2006 :  18:29:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes, I am.. it's so "me". It's like when I was Voldemort's Lackey under the last system - it just feels right.


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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 08/08/2006 :  18:33:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by JKRisSuperior

Hi everyone! Siobhan, did South Carolina get the storm Maryland had last night? I couldn't get on here earlier today.

Sorry, just saw this.
No storm last night, just the usual thunder bumper in the afternoon. Had one today too. Don't know why you couldn't get on the boards. Will ask Mad-Eye.

Nope, Mad-Eye says it wasn't on our end-- perhaps somewhere in the middle had a connection problem.

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AMC
Mediwizard

1710 Posts

Posted - 08/08/2006 :  19:02:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
LOL - We're number 49 and trying harder?


Fun with smilies and parentheses:

() I'm mocking you

() throwing my arms up in confusion

() overwhelmed with grief

( sword fighting stance


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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 08/08/2006 :  19:23:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by AMC

LOL - We're number 49 and trying harder?
I think it's more of a "thank goodness for" thing than that they are trying harder. I do realise that out of 50 states someone has to be at the bottom of the list. I just wish it were more of a 5 or 6 way tie for those last spots. What's worse is that about two years before we were 48th in SAT scores. It has managed to get worse! And, no, I don't think it is really a matter of another state improving faster.

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Jokelly
Barking

USA
1509 Posts

Posted - 08/08/2006 :  20:47:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Siobhan, I know up here that SC and NC have terrible reputations in how they treat teachers in addition to academics. That's one reason nobody wants to leave here. I've heard horror stories of first-year teachers getting fired because their students didn't achieve a certain level of scores on the NLCB state tests. It doesn't matter about all the other teachers that child had before he got to that first-year teacher's classroom.

If I had kids and had enough money to not have to work I might consider homeschooling. I have mixed feelings about it because of the socialization aspect, but it's proven that kids who are homeschools on average do significantly better on standardized tests than their public school counterparts. If I did it would only be for a few years and not their whole career.

On the school note, my certification is pending with the Commonwealth of PA. I can check the status online and since Friday I get "Assigned/Hands On". Hopefully it will got through quickly because there are a few high school positions open until the first week of September that I'd like to apply for and I can't apply without my certificate.

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AMC
Mediwizard

1710 Posts

Posted - 08/10/2006 :  02:24:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good Luck, Jo!

We're off on our annual trip to the American Southwest tomorrow so I won't be around for the next 11 days... Since the village is uninhabited I don't even need someone to watch the sweets shop.. but someone keep an eye out anyway, okay? You never know when Simon's old camel mght wander through..

I really like this one:
() I think it adds so much to the smilie.


And look! It's a Pirate-Wizard duel! Just what the HP series needs:

(

Okay, okay.. I'm going, I'm going...


And I love you, I love you, I love you.
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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 08/10/2006 :  10:32:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
He, he, he... the Sweets Shop is left unattended! That means free chocolate, doesn't it?

Jo, when it comes to schools here I have very little choice. Public school is not an option because of quality of the education and safety. Private school is out because of money. Homeschool is a great way to go for us. As Daughter is not particularly shy, socialisation isn't much of an issue. And just to be on the safe side, she takes karate where she has lots of friends of all ages, genders, races, etc. She plays with any child she meets. Parents often comment on how nice she is (especially to other children), which surprised me the first time I heard it. I had to wonder aren't children supposed to be nice? She runs across kids she doesn't like and kids who are unkind to her on occassion, and it does bother her, but she works it out. It's all comes down to the individuals involved in the homeschool. I would not recommend doing it to everyone who asks, but would recommend honestly considering it.
The way teachers are treated is an indication of how desperate the states are to improve their numbers (not necesarilly the quality of the education system). NC schools are generally better than SC schools. The problems are tough to correct, and no one seems to be able to make and stick to a plan for fixing them that works. Our school board members seem to be more interested in themselves and consolidating their power than in actually achieving anything real for the kids. It is just one big political mess.

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JKRisSuperior
Mediwizard

USA
694 Posts

Posted - 08/10/2006 :  14:18:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How old is your daughter, Siobhan? Will you be homeschooling until she's ready for college?
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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 08/10/2006 :  16:07:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
She'll be ten on Severus' next birthday.
I haven't decided about how long I will homeschool. It will depend greatly on what she wants to do, but also on the availability of a solid curriculum. I use Core Knowledge, partly because there's always the chance we may move to Washington. I just felt that she would be better prepared for that contingency if I used a nationwide accredited curriculum. But what I have runs K-8. Luckilly, if we do stay at home, Husband can strengthen my weak spots. So far there have been no problems. I will say that the high school she would be going to here is huge-- new, but huge! The first year it was open there was an "isolated" fight that turned into a riot (they had to call in the police) before they knew what was happening.

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Jokelly
Barking

USA
1509 Posts

Posted - 08/10/2006 :  18:03:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Part of the major problem of our educational system is the dissolution of the neighborhood school. They're thrown in with 1,000 other kids in their grade and treated like prisoners. I went to a small high school that had about 400 kids total in the whole school. Everyone knew everyone else and if you were slacking off the teachers, who probably grew up with your parents or were distantly related to you, told your parents.

Siobhan, you mentioned your daughter in karate, in PA it's mandated that the child has to have so many hours of physical education a week, such as karate, gymnastics, swimming, etc. Also, homeschoolers are allowed to play on any school sports team in their district. I don't know if other states do this or not.

One thing that's gaining popularity up here are cyber schools. Online schools taught by real teachers through computer technology. For some types of kids I think this is great. Alot of teachers are against both homeschooling and cyber schools, but kids are so different in their learning styles and traditional schools just aren't reaching a portion of our community. The important thing is that the child is getting a meaningful education.

It's going to be quiet here with AMC gone for two weeks. Who will cause trouble in her absence?

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JKRisSuperior
Mediwizard

USA
694 Posts

Posted - 08/10/2006 :  22:44:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Do you think we could pull something off?
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MrBen
Barmy

Australia
284 Posts

Posted - 08/10/2006 :  22:45:43  Show Profile  Visit MrBen's Homepage  Send MrBen an AOL message  Click to see MrBen's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Whoa, I didn't think this was that kinda forum! Why not just distract yourselves with something from my Muggle Artifact Emporium?
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Jokelly
Barking

USA
1509 Posts

Posted - 08/10/2006 :  23:47:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm almost afraid to ask what you stock in your Muggle Artifact Emporium. But that doesn't stop my curiosity.

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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 08/11/2006 :  11:06:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Jokelly

Siobhan, you mentioned your daughter in karate, in PA it's mandated that the child has to have so many hours of physical education a week, such as karate, gymnastics, swimming, etc. Also, homeschoolers are allowed to play on any school sports team in their district. I don't know if other states do this or not.
SC has very loose homeschool laws in some respects and rigid in others. Homeschool students are generally (I characterise it as such because of district control) not allowed to play on public school teams. However, there are lots of sports leagues outside the schools that they can play on. As a homeschool we are required by law to teach reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies K-6, adding composition and literature in 7-12. Anything else is up to the parents. Our kids are not allowed to take the state's standardised tests, but the debate rages on about how to ensure that homeschooled students are truly learning. I think the fact that homeschooled students are seen publicly as doing considerably better academically than their public schooled counterparts is part of what has left the push to regulate homeschools rather weak.

quote:
One thing that's gaining popularity up here are cyber schools. Online schools taught by real teachers through computer technology. For some types of kids I think this is great. Alot of teachers are against both homeschooling and cyber schools, but kids are so different in their learning styles and traditional schools just aren't reaching a portion of our community. The important thing is that the child is getting a meaningful education.
I personally favour a mixed approach-- using cyber schooling along with more traditional methods. By the time our kids are in college they are going to have to be able to cyber-school to some extent so learning now can't hurt. I know lots of teachers are divided on these issues. For me it comes down to the student and our commitment to teach them to learn (as opposed to providing them with an end product "education"). I instruct in all the areas required and some not required. I share the same basic knowledge as other teachers. My goal is to produce an individual who can think and learn on her own-- not provide an out of the box, *ta-da*, education. With the pressure on to improve test scores, it seems that real learning is going the wayside in favour of regurgitation-- all the life and interest that can be found in any subject is wrung out in order to get the facts and move on to the next set of facts. All in all, though, the reason I homeschool comes down to quality. If our schools were turning out lots of truly intelligent, informed, well-spoken people who can think for themselves and function in other parts of the world as equals, that's where Daughter would be going. As it is, no child gets ahead-- they strive for mediocrity.

OK, I'm down off my soap box.

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diricawl
Looney

United Kingdom
1078 Posts

Posted - 08/15/2006 :  03:35:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm not wrong, am I?

I've been having an... interesting conversation with a fellow over on JKR's IMDB board. Apparently he is of the opinion that JK doesn't actually write the Harry Potter books, since she never answers any questions about upcoming books and therefore must not know what happens. Or something.

Anyway. After attempting to reason with him, he launched into a rant against the UK, so I asked him, quite naturally:

quote:
You're an odd person. What's with you and the British anyway? Did your British nanny shake you when you were a kid?


To which he replied:

quote:
Did your's rape you?


Blinking, I wrote back:

quote:
I wish. She was gorgeous. And "yours" doesn't have an apostrophe in it.


and just received this reply:

quote:
Who was your grammar teacher? You're killing me man!


Now, I am quite certain that "yours" does not have an apostrophe. I suppose it could have if he were referring to a person called "Your," but then the "Y" would have to be capitalised. Now, the reason I ask is that, if he thinks I had a bad grammar teacher, I can only assume that HIS grammar teacher must have taught him differently. Which implies that there is an entire culture behind that person, all of whom have decided that this is, in fact, the correct usage. So was I wrong to bring it up? Is it merely a dialectical difference of which I had previously been unaware, much like "honour" vs. "honor"?

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JKRisSuperior
Mediwizard

USA
694 Posts

Posted - 08/15/2006 :  09:22:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm positive that yours doesn't have an apostrophe.

Edited by - JKRisSuperior on 08/15/2006 09:23:30
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Bee
Mediwizard

846 Posts

Posted - 08/15/2006 :  09:40:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Me too... at least, as far as I know.

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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 08/15/2006 :  10:56:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You are correct, diri. Perhaps he was trying to make a jab at you for having corrected his grammar. Rather a poor way of going about it as he was clearly in the wrong, but if he's noticed you correcting others this may be his "beef." In any case he's ended up with coddled egg on his face and running down his chin, so I wouldn't worry about it.
People tend write/type ill advised things on the internet, secure in the belief of their annonymity. There is an individual that finds his way onto Husband's forums that is a particularly good example of this. He just posted (from someone else's computer, no doubt)a photoshopped image of a bottlenose dolphin. I won't describe the damage purportedly done to the animal, but let the fact that the federal government called Husband (as administrator of the site) asking for all information regarding this person's identity. My guess is that there will be a visitation.

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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
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Posted - 08/18/2006 :  18:43:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello, tea drinkers!
I'm bored!

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Eeyore
Barmy

USA
311 Posts

Posted - 08/18/2006 :  18:50:33  Show Profile  Send Eeyore a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
As usual, diri, you are correct. But my question to you is why do you bother with people like that? I have entered several interesting conversations at IMDb--mostly having to do with Alan Rickman [:I]. Perhaps that's the difference--no one really wants to argue; we just all oooo and ahhhh and drool a lot over his different movies and interviews.

Now, I know that AR is not your cup of tea, but there must be some delightful actress out there that would cause fewer distressing grammar discussions. (More than likely, the git was asleep when someone was trying to teach the grammar lesson that covered the word "yours", which has no apostrophe because it's not a contraction.)

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diricawl
Looney

United Kingdom
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Posted - 08/18/2006 :  19:04:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Not really. Males tend to be obnoxious whether they like an actress or not. And anyway, the only actress on my favourites list is Emily Watson and hardly anyone ever posts there. Recently some guy showed up to claim that "she's the reason movies suck," which prompted me to ask if he meant all movies, even the ones made before she was born.

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Jokelly
Barking

USA
1509 Posts

Posted - 08/18/2006 :  19:43:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Siobhan

Hello, tea drinkers!
I'm bored!


Me too.

Argh. I just typed out a paragraph and got deleted somehow.

Siobhan, do you homeschool your (notice no apostrophe ) daughter during the summer? I've always wondered if homeschoolers had the summer off.

I checked online and my teaching certifications finally went through. Now I have to wait for them to mail my certificate. I'm tutoring a high schooler in Algebra this fall, so I'm hoping that will get me used to the older kids once again. I'm used to kids under 11 because I won't sub in high school. It's just not worth the stress of dealing with 17 year olds who know you're going to be gone tomorrow and are not their regular teacher. Second graders, for the most part, are still too young to question your authority.

I kinda see the Alan Rickman appeal, but he's still not someone to drool or get excited over.

I don't think I've ever seen any films with Emily Watson in them.

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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 08/18/2006 :  19:59:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I try to stick close to the public school schedule so that Daughter has time with her friends, but I could teach through the summer if I wanted to. The state requires 180 days. My association requires that I complete the school year by 15 June (so they can get their reports to the state). All states have different requirements, though, so some homeschoolers may be in school all year. Frankly, I don't know how I'd get anything done if that were the case here.

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Myf
Confunded

571 Posts

Posted - 08/19/2006 :  02:24:01  Show Profile  Visit Myf's Homepage  Click to see Myf's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
This homeschooling thing is really interesting. I don't think it happens much here - I certainly don't know of anyone who's been or knows someone who was homeschooled - unless you count the kids who live thousands of km from anywhere, out on the cattle stations - they get taught by the School of the Air, which is via radio and not via aeroplane as I originally believed.

Are primary schools really badly thought of in some states? I'm sure the education quality varies here, but I'd never have considered not sending a child to school. It's an alien concept.

In other news, I survived a very important and very intimidating meeting with some research professors last night. It had been worrying me for months (literally) but it all ended OK. Hooray!

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Jokelly
Barking

USA
1509 Posts

Posted - 08/19/2006 :  18:30:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm going to be sunburned. My neice's cheerleading squad had all day competition outside today and we had to sit through 3/4ths of it. We left early so I have no idea how her squad placed. Her brother, at a football game, possibly dislocated his shoulder so we had to leave early. Good thing we did because it started pouring rain right after we got in the car. This is my nephew's last year playing ball and is the main runner so I hope he isn't out the rest of the season. It would break his heart.

We saw a woman, looked to be in late 30s, in a outfit so inappropriate that every eye in the stadium was on her. She was skinny and fit enough to wear it, but it was not a proper outfit to wear to a school event. If she wore a handkerchief on top it would have covered more. Her pants weren't decent either. It might have even been too skimpy to wear to a club. The cheerleaders in their little skirts and shirts were more dressed than she was. It was just one of those "omg, look at her" moments.

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diricawl
Looney

United Kingdom
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Posted - 08/21/2006 :  05:08:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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I don't think I've ever seen any films with Emily Watson in them.


Emily doesn't tend to make accessible or popular movies; that's one thing I love about her. Her biggest Hollywood exposure was in the last Hannibal Lecter flick, Red Dragon. She was also the love interest in Adam Sandler's stab at respectibility, Punch-Drunk Love. As a rule I don't recommend Emily's movies to people, because she tends to make movies people either love, hate, or just don't know what the heck to think about. Still, everyone should see Breaking the Waves at least once, whether they end up liking it or not.

Regarding your subsequent post: Do you have a photo?

Sorry about your nephew. Hope he's OK.

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