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Here is an essay about a professor leaving academia

I went to U of I.  There were parts of it that I enjoyed, and the culture wasn't that bad.  But I can see parallels.  For me it was more a matter of looking at the way education was going, and deciding not to get involved in public education as a teacher.  It was obviously going down the tubes, and that was decades ago; it's infinitely worse now.  So too, many colleges.  :/  I couldn't stop it.  I could sure get the hell out of the way.
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Students who binge-learn do better than those who don't.  In addition to the reasons listed, when you consume mass quantities of data in a short time, your retention is better while reading the later chapters so you're more likely to draw connections than if you read it later and had forgotten some of the earlier stuff.

Also, this isn't new.  It's just easier now.  If I want to chug a subject I can just get online and read until my vision blurs.  I don't have to deal with a librarian saying there's a 3-book limit per subject or a 12-book limit per week.  I've always had a tendency to inhale whole topics.  How else am I supposed to load a database?
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This poem came out of the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ellenmillion. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] daisiesrockalot. This poem belongs to the Torn World project.

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Here's an article about school segregation, which is still a problem.  There are two things it doesn't talk about, though.

1) Forcing children to travel to a distant school instead of one close to home burgles their time.  Children are largely powerless to prevent this type of abuse.  They get little enough time of their own regardless; it is wicked of adults to steal even more of it. Of course, as children grow, they gain more power -- and one thing they do if they don't like the school they're shoved into is first skip it and then quit it.  This is a serious and growing problem.

2) You can make something happen, but you can't make it work.  You can trap people in an enclosed space with people they hate, but you cannot force them to like each other, to become friends, or even to be civil.  It has been tried and has failed miserably; as soon as you lose the ability to use force, they spring apart like two north magnets.  If you want to desegregate society, you cannot simply dump people who hate each other into the same place and expect it to work.  You have to teach not just tolerance, but cultural awareness and teamwork -- how to get the advantages out of diversity, and minimize the disadvantages.  Without those skills, people constantly rub each other the wrong way and hate it and look for ways to escape. It is possible to promote diversity and multicultural society, but the ways America has tried on a large scale are neither effective nor popular.

We should be looking for better solutions than trying to force people back into a situation they wish to flee.
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Thanks to an audience poll for the general fund and [personal profile] ng_moonmoth chipping in the remainder, "A Hope and a Promise" is now complete.  Aidan and Saraphina explore the roof garden.
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, there are 15 new verses in "A Hope and a Promise."   Mrs. Ozenne and Aidan talk about school and play options.  Saraphina talks about her terrible past.  (Toddler phrasing, but graphic description of witnessed violence.)
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Thanks to an audience poll, there are 6 new verses in "A Hope and a Promise."  Saraphina's first aid lesson has some unintended humor. 
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This poem is spillover from the January 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "sensory" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Danso and Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Note: This poem features detailed description of beginning sensory therapy for a toddler. It's almost entirely a positive experience for Nathaniel, but readers with sensory issues and/or crappy experiences of therapy may wish to consider their tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Meet Julia

Apr. 14th, 2017 12:28 pm
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Sesame Street has introduced Julia, a Muppet with autism.  For a while now she has appeared in some of the background materials, but recently made her first appearance on the show proper.  Read about Julia and watch part of the first episode.

I think they did about as well as neurotypical people can do on a first attempt.  What I would really like to see is people sending in examples of what autism means for them, or how  they/their kids have interacted with autistic friends.  Using that to inspire Julia's character development and plot dynamics would help her authenticity.  But even in this first clip, I see a lot of things that I recognize.  :D 3q3q3q!!!
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This poem is from the March 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] callibr8, [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] redsixwing, [personal profile] alexseanchai, and [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the "why" square in my 12-1-16 card for the iPod Shuffle Music Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features teen shenanigans, adult bullying of an innocent teen, abuse of authority, culpable bigotry, undermining the fire department's professional objectives, despair, outrage, frustration over lack of superpower awareness, and other angst. However, two adults stick up for the targeted teen. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem is spillover from the November 8, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] sweet_sparrow. It also fills the "recreation" square in my 10-4-16 card for the Games and Sports Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Cassandra thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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[personal profile] gingicat tipped me to this online resource for Jewish teaching and special needs.  In addition to helping Jewish families with special needs, this is also useful for anyone who has Jewish friends.
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 I found this fascinating article on the history of tactile maps for vision-impaired people.
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 Often it's not about education anymore.  And yet people are still pressured to attend, whether they can afford it or not.
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The pool from the Holiday Poetry Sale didn't come out perfectly even, so I put $10 into "A Hope and a Promise" for 4 new verses.  Aidan and Saraphina discover a new toy.
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This poem came out of the May 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alatefeline. It also fills the "the mole" square in my 1-1-16 card for the Spies, Secret Agents, and Noir Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.

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This poem is spillover from the October 4, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] gingicat and other readers under "Through Infirmity of the Flesh" regarding changes in CPR practice; and folks with whom I've discussed how to modify first aid training for people with disabilities. Note that it takes serious digging to unearth solid references for the latest practices: I have now done this for you, with help from those recently-trained readers. This poem also fills the "successes" square in my 8-1-16 card in Group Dynamics and Character-Building. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] daisiesrockalot, and [livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Extra perk: Anyone with a current CPR card, or now in training, speak up and you can reveal a verse of any open linkback poem.

Warning: This poem contains graphic descriptions of CPR training, and other intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features messy medical discussions and demonstrations, disability issues including the awkward process of adapting to a new one, poor self-esteem, educational challenges, struggling with learning modes, frustration, self-recrimination, body dysphoria, flashbacks, reference to previously losing someone to a drug overdose, discussion of sensitive issues about skin tone and first aid, challenges of soup care, minor physical overstrain, and other issues. For the most part, though, it's an upbeat poem and it takes a close look at how an adept teacher modifies a class to accommodate the learning needs of a diverse student body. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart talking about grapefruit spoons and [personal profile] alatefeline egging us on. Yes, really. It also fills the "apology / forgiveness" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest, and the "feast" square in my 7-1-15 card for the Winter Fest in July fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem is a celebration of fresh fruit from the perspective of someone who's had a crummy relationship with food. It's likely to make people hungry, so you might want to read it when you can go grab some fruit. People with food issues of their own may find it touchy. Please consider your tastes, headspace, and the contents of your kitchen before reading onward.

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