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Entries by Gary Stager from 05/2008

The Surge Against First Graders

| Posted 05.08.2008 | Politics

When overseas colleagues criticize American foreign policy, I've been known to respond, "If you like Iraq, you'll love what the Bush administration has done to public education."

Spelling Porn

| Posted 05.31.2008 | Media

Spelling bees are a vulgar spectacle masquerading as education. The ability to properly spell guerdon is a cheap parlor trick demonstrating the most mechanistic and trivial expression of intelligence.

When the Jumbotron says, "Read," You Read!

| Posted 05.31.2008 | Healthy Living

Driving past the local "cash-strapped" high school's humongous color jumbotron the other day (the one in violation of zoning laws and with a larger ca...