Teacher Investigation



The local headlines around here are filled with the news of a high school coach under investigation for having sex with a student.

Sigh. Sadly, that’s not really news anymore is it?

Dr. Troy Hutchings, one of the country’s leading researchers on the abuse of students by teachers, says that the problem is even more prevalent because of the digital age. (We didn’t really need a researcher to tell us that, did we?)

The Washington Post reports that in 2014 alone, there were 781 reported cases of teachers and other school employees accused or convicted of sexual relationships with students.

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About that Cone of Learning



Don’t take The Cone too seriously.

That was the advice of Edgar Dale, the creator of the Cone.

By now – if you are the critical reader I know you to be – you are wondering: What’s the Cone? 

The Cone is one of those graphs that educators use (and sometimes misuse) to suggest that learning has a heirarchy and that the old ways of teaching something aren’t as dynamic (or as effective) as the new ways of teaching.

Dale, an educator whose interest in film earned him a position with the Eastman Company (yes, that’s Kodak), came up with this Cone of Learning, which suggests reading is a passive activity in which very little lasting learning occurs.

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The Fires All Around Us

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We were outside Madras, Oregon today, driving home after visiting our daughters in Bend, when the problem started. I’ve only experienced this one other time, about a year ago while leaving my daughter’s home in Wenatchee, Washington.

My throat tightens up and I begin to have a difficult time swallowing. The first time it happened, I was driving by myself. This time Tim was driving, and we were a bit more prepared. The air vents in the car were closed.

The first time it happened, I turned the car around and drove back to my daughter’s. Fortunately, I wasn’t but a couple of miles down the road. She got me into a shower and got me some meds to help open my airways.

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Stories in My Mother’s Bible

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There are stories in my mother’s bible. The bible I have. She had several. She wrote in all of them. Of all the things she wrote, this is my favorite:

Walk straight on my son, do not turn your head, do not look back. You are going to the land of our Lord.

Mama wrote that the quote came from I heard the Owl Call My Name. 

I had never heard of that book, so I looked it up. It’s a novel from the 1960s, by the writer Maragret Craven. Perhaps you know it?

Native American mythology says if the owl calls your name, death is imminent. Young Anglican vicar Mark Brian is gravely ill, but doesn’t know it, yet. His bishop, knowing that the young vicar is unlikely to live more than a couple of years, assigns him to the most difficult parish, a group of remote Indian villages on the British Columbia coast, among a people who are also waiting for the owl’s call as their culture slowly dies.

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Donald Trump’s Grammatical Error



I was out-of-town the day the news over Donald Trump’s reportedly misogynist statement about Megyn Kelly broke. I did not hear his statements first-hand, so I could only judge by the context provided me by news reporters.

Which is a problem.

Perhaps Trump’s  brouhaha can be marked up to poor grammatical style?

It has been reported that Trump said: “She gets out and she starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions,” Trump told CNN’s Don Lemon. “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”

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