Produced by Gary Drevitch
AT OUR PS, THERE'S NO PTA. NOR IS THERE A PTO. WE GET BY WITH A PA - WHICH APPEARS TO MEET ON THE QT. BUT AT LEAST IT'S NOT IN THE POCKET OF THE NEA.
Rita Kramer's op-ed in the Journal the other day strays pretty far to the right,
but it's still worth looking at to pick up some trivia - for example,
most schools call their parents associations " the PTA," but membership
in the actual PTA (formerly known as the National Congress of Parents
and Teachers) has declined steadily over the years, and it now actually
receives some of its funding from the NEA.
PRESIDENT BUSH WILL INCORPORATE HER IDEAS INTO HIS "NO GRILLED CHEESE LEFT BEHIND" PROGRAM
Star restaurateur Alice Waters has admirably devoted a great deal of her energy and wisdom in recent years to devising ways to make school lunch healthier and more appealing at the elementary, secondary, and college levels. In the Times the other day, she called for "a delicious revolution," in which universal physical education would return to schools, and "lunch [would] be at the center of every school's curriculum." Waters argues, "It's time for students to start getting credit for eating a good lunch. . . . Schools should not just serve food; they should teach it in an interactive, hands-on way, as an academic subject."
What the -- ? Does she realize that the average elementary school class has social studies 20 minutes a day, 3 days a week, if that much, and she wants to make LUNCH a class? She sure does. After all, she says, removing herself from reason, it worked "here in Berkeley."
IS THIS REALLY A DARK VISION OF THE FUTURE?
Communal living for small groups of retirees sounds lovely, intellectually, physically, and spiritually, but one thing's missing from this long piece - Isn't anyone on these communes getting visited by their kids?
YOU MAKE THE CALL
Here's our "You Make the Call" challenge for the day: You're a prominent state senator up for re-election and widely mentioned as a candidate for lieutenant governor, if only you'd focus on the upcoming election, join the ticket, and begin campaigning. But there's a problem: Your 17-year-old basketball star daughter has somehow wound up on "American Idol," and now you're jetting back-and-forth from Massachusetts to Hollywood to make sure Randy Jackson doesn't hit on her. So what do you do, hotshot: Foist your girl off on an aunt, hoping that she'll be able to fend off the rotund Romeo, or abandon your political future and hand-hold at the American Idol Arms? Let's find out what Massachusetts State Sen. Scott Brown decided.
March 1, 2006 | Permalink |
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