#028–What POSITIVE purpose does standardized testing have?

Let's face it--if you've ever talked with a teacher, parent, student (or better yet, pretty much anybody with a shred of connection to education and isn't paid by the textbook companies), the issue of "standardized testing" comes up eventually...and never with a true smile. I became a certified teacher in 2008. When training in college, … Continue reading #028–What POSITIVE purpose does standardized testing have?

#026–How much power has Congress given away to the Executive Branch?

This is a question I've been wanting to ask for years, because the older I get, the more I'm scratching my head going "wait, isn't Congress supposed to do ______?" I find it a bit dismaying that the leaders that are supposed to most closely represent our wishes at the highest levels of government seem … Continue reading #026–How much power has Congress given away to the Executive Branch?

My 1st 25 questions: the ponder-able & crazy, silly & serious that made the band.

Considering how lengthy the list will become, it made sense to post a general page with links to the previous blog posts every "quarter mile." I chose 25 because it seemed like a good place to start (and admittedly, I'm still working on #26, so there). So, to recap, here's the 1st 25 questions I … Continue reading My 1st 25 questions: the ponder-able & crazy, silly & serious that made the band.

#025–Do couples who live & work together have a work-life balance, & how do they do it without going crazy?

(Title edited because I forgot how to count) This is a question that's been bugging me for many years. In the age of sexual harassment seminars and iffy rules on dating in the workplace, it still amazes me that some people do date someone from work and may eventually get married. I guess when you've … Continue reading #025–Do couples who live & work together have a work-life balance, & how do they do it without going crazy?

#024–Is it okay to ban kids from certain restaurants (or at certain times)?

DISCLAIMER: I am not a parent, so I will humbly request that you put your pitchforks &¬†torches away for a few minutes...or at least go sharpen the blades in a quiet corner. Thanks. I don't know how I ended up reading or researching on this a couple of weeks ago--I just know it's an intriguing … Continue reading #024–Is it okay to ban kids from certain restaurants (or at certain times)?

#023–How are we supposed to realistically protect ourselves & our identities online?

I guess this weekend's events are still taking up space in my noggin (see yesterday's post), because I know I had other questions I could've asked today. But damn it--with our everyday lives being forced online, how the hell are we realistically supposed to be protected and protect ourselves? Now, some might be of the … Continue reading #023–How are we supposed to realistically protect ourselves & our identities online?

#020–Does anybody actually use Miracle Whip as a “salad dressing” on actual “salad?”

And by salad I mean a bowl/plate full of spinach or lettuce with other assorted crunchy veggies and a trillion other possibilities. I can't help it. Ever since I saw that little red printing on the label, under the huge letters¬†proudly proclaiming MIRACLE WHIP, well, I've wondered...why the hell isn't it a "sandwich spread" instead … Continue reading #020–Does anybody actually use Miracle Whip as a “salad dressing” on actual “salad?”