Archive for June 2006

Free speech does not extend to home computers.

Friday, 30 June 2006

Student Suspended Over IM Icon

Chris Reimer writes “C|Net News.com is reporting that a 15-year-old student lost a lawsuit over having an instant messenger icon that represented a death threat against an English teacher on his personal computer that another student reported to school authorities. From the article: ‘His parents sued, claiming that the icon was protected by the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of speech, that the school district failed to train staff in proper threat assessment and that the school board violated state law in not following proper procedures. [The judge] Mordue rejected the free-speech claims.'”

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Wasn't this said of the Post by Nixon?

Thursday, 29 June 2006

New York Times Unofficially Accused of “Treason”

George Bush and Dick Cheney are calling The New York Times a disgrace. Republican congressmen say it is guilty of treason and demand the prosecution of the Editor, while a right-wing radio presenter suggests most of its readers must be “jihadists”.

God and Politics

Wednesday, 28 June 2006

A Weak Reed

Why Christian conservatives are souring on the GOP.

One Nation, Under God

Tuesday, 27 June 2006

Interesting article from Slate about Christian Nationalism:

Cracks in the Christian Ascendancy

Why it’s too soon to panic about an American theocracy.

Just when you thought you'd forgotten Bruce Willis

Monday, 26 June 2006

Huge Asteroid to Fly Past Earth on July 3

An asteroid possibly as large as a half-mile or more in diameter is rapidly approaching the Earth. It’s not gonna crash into us, but the space rock will make an exceptionally close approach to our planet early on Monday, July 3, passing just beyond the Moon’s average distance from Earth

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How to measure NCLB

Thursday, 22 June 2006

F FOR ASSESSMENT
By W. James Popham

For the last four decades, students’ scores on standardized tests have increasingly been regarded as the most meaningful evidence for evaluating U.S. schools. Most Americans, indeed, believe students’ standardized test performances are the only legitimate indicator of a school’s instructional effectiveness. Yet, although test-based evaluations of schools seem to occur almost as often as fire drills, in most instances these evaluations are inaccurate. That’s because the standardized tests employed are flat-out wrong.

F FOR ASSESSMENT

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Longest Day of the year…for DLST Indiana

Thursday, 22 June 2006

From my local paper:

Sunset will arrive tonight later than it has in decades due to Indiana’s change to daylight-saving time. The extra hour of light brought by daylight-saving time means the sun rose at 6:09 a.m. today and will set at 9:22 p.m., making today the longest day of the year.

The Goshen News


And, in case you haven't been up on the controversy, here's a light-hearted look at the change.

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