Maggie A's Meanderings




 Mar 9, 2014

The Notebooks of Maggie A
Part Nine

Establishing a true republic is hard for a population that's never had one. Look at the Russian people. They've tried twice in a hundred years and failed twice, ending up with dictatorships both times.

Having an outdoor cat is not conducive to peace of mind.

Estimates are in 500 million to one billion years, the Earth will become unlivable for complex life due to the expansion of the Sun. This is given as a reason for government funding of space exploration.......because we'll need a place to go when that happens. I hate to be the one to break the news, but our species is going to be extinct long before then. (Average lifespan for a mammalian species is only 1 million years.)

The American fondness for lynch mobs hasn't faded. The methods have just changed. The mentality is still the same.

 Whatever happened to being an American first and a party member second?

When the 1% buy 99% of the goods and services in this country then they can call themselves the "job creators." Because it's the customers who create jobs, not the business owners.

There's a tradition in the Catholic Church where you can light a candle and offer a prayer. When you light the candle, you can choose to make a donation, but it's not mandatory. But now some churches have switched from actual candles to coin operated electric lights ----- meaning you have to pay to pray. The cynical part of me says that at least the Catholic Church is showing its real motives.

When a man is asked to take out the garbage and says, "After the game" what he means is after the game and before the heat death of the universe (or trash day --- whichever comes first). What a woman hears is "As soon as the game is over."

Since when did cars stop having back seats so that a couple that has a baby trades in their car for a minivan or SUV?

The current view seems to be that teaching is something that happens to children instead of teaching being a process that children are equally responsible for participating in. So when children do poorly on test scores everyone is held responsible --- the teachers, administrators, parents, even society in general. Everyone is held responsible.........except the children themselves. I call b.s. on that. When I was 10 years old in 5th grade, I had a teacher who believed in giving homework in every single subject, every single day*. So at the end of every school day I would gather together every single school book because I had homework from each of those books and lug them home ---- every day for the entire school year. But I would look around at my classmates as they walked out of the classroom with one or even no books. That was the other children's decision. No one else was responsible for it besides my classmates. Oh, you can try to blame the parents, but ultimately it was the children who were there and the children who decided not to bring home their books to do their homework. Even as a 10 year old I understood that concept. Yet it's a concept that most adults seem to have forgotten ----- that when you were a child, you were capable of making your own decisions. You decided to pay attention in class or sit there goofing off. You decided to bring your books home. Children, in a very large degree, are responsible for their own education, because the children decide if they're going to participate or not. Parents can influence that decision, but ultimately it's up to the child.
*I think that teacher was wrong in assigning that much homework. It was an obscene amount of work. I got up at 6 and got back from school around 4. I was allowed 30 minutes to play and had family dinner. 
Every other evening hour was frequently spent doing homework, sometimes until 10 PM (an hour past my bedtime).Every other evening hour was frequently spent doing homework, sometimes until 10 PM (an hour past my bedtime). Experts recommend that children have 10 minutes of homework per grade level. For fifth grade, that's 50 minutes of homework, not 5 hours.

Notebooks of Maggie A

For more Notebooks of Maggie A, read "Part One," "Part Two," "Part Three," "Part Four," "Part Five," "Part Six," "Part Seven" or "Part Eight."

For more of my lists read "15 Important Legal Points I've Learned from Watching "Law & Order"," "7 Scary Things You Didn't Know about Your Pet's Food," "10 Reasons Why the Best "Boyfriend" I've Ever Had Is My Cat" or "My Illustrated Astronomy Definitions."

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