Don’t you just love it when you’re having a great day — not a birth-of-children, I’d-like-to-thank-the-Academy day, but a solid winner just the same — and you get a call from your spouse, and that spouse is having pretty much the opposite? Because, say, your new dog peed on the bed and then the floor drain in the basement backed up?
It still wasn’t enough to wreck my day. That’s how good mine was.
Any other dog owners have a bed wetter? How’d you fix it, beyond closing the door to the bedroom? The internet isn’t being very helpful.
The sewer problem was fixed in the usual fashion. All while I was in Ann Arbor. The day simply couldn’t get any better.
I don’t want to dump this stuff on Alan, but it so often happens during my shift that I can enjoy not being there for one minor disaster.
A fascinating WashPost piece on a kid who was homeschooled, wished he wasn’t, and had to fight to go to a public school and try to catch up with his peers:
Powell was taught at home, his parents using a religious exemption that allows families to entirely opt out of public education, a Virginia law that is unlike any other in the country. That means that not only are their children excused from attending school — as those educated under the state’s home-school statute are — but they also are exempt from all government oversight.
School officials don’t ever ask them for transcripts, test scores or proof of education of any kind: Parents have total control.
Powell’s family encapsulates the debate over the long-standing law, with his parents earnestly trying to provide an education that reflects their beliefs and their eldest son objecting that without any structure or official guidance, children are getting shortchanged. Their disagreement, at its core, is about what they think is most essential that children learn — and whether government, or families, should define that.
While some national advocates fight for the right of parents to educate their children at home, Powell thinks children — most urgently, his siblings — should have the right to go to public school, too.
A story you don’t read every day, that’s for sure.
Indiana voters sent Tony Bennett — not the singer, the state school superintendent — packing last year. And now the good stuff is coming out:
Emails obtained by The Associated Press show Bennett and his staff scrambled last fall to ensure influential donor Christel DeHaan’s school received an “A,” despite poor test scores in algebra that initially earned it a “C.”
“They need to understand that anything less than an A for Christel House compromises all of our accountability work,” Bennett wrote in a Sept. 12 email to then-chief of staff Heather Neal, who is now Gov. Mike Pence’s chief lobbyist.
I look forward to seeing how my former employer’s editorial writer will figure out a way to call this “troubling,” but ultimately be OK with it.
Pot found on Justin Bieber’s tour bus at the Detroit-Windsor crossing. By my recollection, that makes two — someone in Rihanna’s entourage was nailed for the same thing a while back. Don’t any of these people talk amongst themselves?