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Surprise

I surprise myself by posting more than a couple times in as many weeks. Whether I can continue through the year at this accelerated rate is left to be seen. Still, I plan to stay on top of it. However my best laid plans are often laid out and trampled upon.
Stupid Schools, Stupid Students: Get Smart is set for its release date of February 7th, 2019, and a box of my copies arrived on Friday! They do look smart and I’m not feeling too stupid. This week the task is to continue my unabashed promotion of this “Stupid” book. I just need to get smart about making contact with any contacts I can think to contact.
While I wander around Gainesville, Florida, America and the World at least on a circular track in my mind, I can simultaneously email a few local contacts who will; hopefully, extend a more realistic circle outward. This coming from someone who can barely walk and chew gum at the same time. Oh, yeah, I don’t chew gum: a very big pet peeve of mine and I won’t even mention pickles. A Pet Peeve Category is in the works.

What is Stupid?

Stupid Praise:

Back from Too High to Go to Woodstock: Reflections on my life and times, Sarah E. McIntosh in Stupid Schools, Stupid Students: Get Smart once again reveals her intellect, wit, and directness. This time she takes on the world of standardized testing. Listing dozens of examples of “stupid” phrases written by well-intended (though, apparently, under-educated students), McIntosh substantiates the point that standardized testing has done more damage than good in educating America’s children. Teachers, administrators, and parents will whole-heartedly relate.
Valerie. M. D’Ortona, Big T’s Heart’s in Me!

Enjoying Ove

As a lover of books, I want to share some of the ones I’ve been moved by, been scared by, learned from, and/or enjoyed. Some grab my attention immediately, others make me nibble a bit before I take the bait, but once captivated, I often find it hard to leave the story at the end.
Fredrik Backman’s book, A Man Called Ove, had an interesting premise but I just wasn’t all too sure it was the type of book I’d care to read so when my book group chose it, I felt ambivalent but obligated to read it. Reluctantly I began to read and more reluctant was I to let go when I closed the book. I wanted to stay in the lives of the people who created the story. Far from characters, these were people I wanted to dislike, like, change and push and pull into the roles I thought they were to play. But this mish-mash of characters who didn’t appear to have anything in common, took on roles that I could not have foreseen. Good they weren’t guided by my hand.
I had to have another Backman fix, so picked up another of his books: Britt Marie Was Here.
Britt Marie is not always the most lovable character, but knowingly or not shares tidbits of wisdom that make me take note. One such tidbit had me grab a pencil (I hadn’t figured out taking pictures of things with my cell phone…maybe because at the time I didn’t have a cell phone) and jot down the insight shared by Britt Marie:
Sometimes it’s easier to go on living, not even knowing who you are, when at least you know precisely where you are while you go on not knowing.
Thanks Britt Marie and Fredrik Backman for reminding me that I can go on living without knowing who I am no matter where I am. Hey? Where is I be?

Educational snippet

At the latter part of the 1800’s Cuban poet, Jose Marti, said “The only way to be totally free is through education.” At the early part of the 2000’s my version is: the only way to be totally free of thought is through education.