Friday, June 10, 2011

Panic and Stress

Ever had one of those moments where you just had to laugh hysterically?  It just bubbles up, boils out… and you know it’s retarded to laugh but you just. can’t. stop?

Yeah, I had one of those earlier this week when the doctor said I need an MRI for my brain.   Why?  For nothing less than the fact that I might have a clot or a tumor or something else structurally wrong. 

How did we come to this conclusion?  Migraines.  Repeated, painful, migraines. 

They’re weird ones too.  They start deep behind the left eye as a throb… and then they burst into these painful, sharp stabs that wrap around the back left side of my skull. 

It’s awful.  Light.  Sound… I can’t stand any of it when they hit.  And MOST of the pain is always on the left.  Sure, I get the occasional throb on the right… but 99% of it is on the left. 

I would not wish this pain on anyone.  It’s that bad.

Let’s face it… statistically, the chance of me having something wrong in my head is low.  But just the fact that he hesitated SO long before deciding to do it freaked me out.  And now I get to sit here, twiddling my thumbs while I wait for radiology to contact me with an appointment for my MRI.

Waiting.  I hate waiting.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Schools and Education

It has occurred to me that America has a bit of a crisis going on, one that is often paid little to no real attention.  What is this crisis?  Education, or the lack thereof.

That article speaks of how charter schools are fought tooth and nail by some students and teachers, and of how some charter schools have had dramatic increases in performance within a few very short years.

Now, I am not saying every poor school should become a charter school, I’m truly not.  What I am saying is that we should look at good examples, and find a way to apply those principles to our public schools.

One of the issues, I believe, is the lack of discipline in public schools.  I’m not talking about pulling out a paddle, folks.  I’m talking about mental discipline.   This discipline isn’t just lacking in the students, it’s lacking in the parents AND in the teachers.  There are too many safety nets for students and teachers who truly don’t deserve such nets.

In a Charter/Private school, when you talk back to the teacher you are reprimanded.  IF you continue to have a poor attitude, you are kicked out.   Education is important, and this must be drilled into our students’ heads.  It must also be drilled into the minds of the parents. 

Right now there is a terrifying lack of discipline in most public schools.  Students know that they will graduate eventually, because schools can’t just kick them out.  Parents expect the schools to bend over backwards for ridiculous requests.  They also expect it to be done with a minimal amount of effort from the parents.

Teachers realize that with their unions and their seniorities, they are relatively safe from being fired.  This allows shoddy teaching to continue.

This must stop.

Teachers MUST be evaluated yearly to determine their effectiveness.  Any students they have issues teaching should be reported by them to their administrators, and efforts taken to bring the student up to speed.  A teacher should not be held responsible for students that flat out do not want to learn, but they SHOULD be judged based on the performance of those that are doing their best to learn under that teacher.

Communities, young and old, must be willing to support the schools in their areas whether they have children attending or not.  Students must be taught that only through decent education can they do anything better than burger flipping their entire lives.  We must Inspire.  We must Encourage. 

And most of all, we must NOT fail.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Life and Living

So I know I’ve been MIA, and I do apologize for those that follow.  Life has been absolutely hectic, and rather complete hell.  To sum up!

Children were sick.  Breeanna’s hyperactivity went through the roof.  Then I got sick.  YAY!

After a while, it just gets to the point where having to do things that aren’t necessary is too hard, and so I let other things slide.  Absolutely infuriating.

But now I’m on my way back up.  Climbing up the wall, so to speak.  Huzzah!