Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Faster than a speeding bullet...

go the hours in my days!

Between transitioning from Faulkner to Fowles in my literature class (by way of degenerate art), finding eighteen 45-minute conference times each week for the students in my expository writing class, figuring out next year's school options for Small Child, and finding time to wipe my snobby, ubiquitous - ummm - self, I've dropped the blogball in a big way.

If you're at all interested, here's what's brewing in my writerly brain:

1) Something about why defense lawyers are absolutely necessary, even when their clients are such obvious scum that even a squishy liberal like me wishes that bad things would happen to them (the clients, not the lawyers). A very disturbing assault case -happened just around the corner - has set me to thinking. Lord knows that's dangerous.

2) I gave my writing students a prompt about the American flag as a visual text. Every time I talk with one of them about the prompt, I find myself all twisted up over the way the image has been appropriated as an icon for war support. Just makes me steam.

3) How does one create pleasure?

4) For the last ten days, Small Child has been "enjoying" various standardized tests, among them the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. Pretty normal stuff, I know. But every frigging day for WEEKS her homework has involved coloring in circles or ovals on scantrons. No Child Left Behind = Every Child Left Behind. But when one is constitutionally unsuitable for homeschooling or Private Christian Indoctrination, what remains?

And I'm just getting started......

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hmmm. On #3, have you left the word "itself" or "another" off the end of the sentence or did you mean create instead of creature?

Lori V. said...

I hope you meant "create" and I hope you find the answer. And then you will share it with me. :-)

bluelikethesky said...

YIKES! Thanks to you both for pointing out my now corrected typo!!!!!

RedMolly said...

I am looking forward to your thoughts and insights on this wide variety of subjects.

bluelikethesky said...

Today's news from the Supreme Court keeps #1 on the front burner. If insomnia strikes tonight....

Anonymous said...

Kelly, it's a shame what's happened to the ed system. An alternative is private, non-sectarian school which is what I did with my older daughter. Although it is frightfully expensive, that was the only real choice for her. I don't have a solution for the bigger picture. Only found one for my own daughters. The hell of it is the options I had or didn't have.
Brent