Doesn't he care about people?
Posted by aogFriday, 16 November 2012 at 14:31 TrackBack Ping URL

What with all the companies cutting back hours and benefits due to POR-care, why doesn’t President Obama give them waivers? He’s handed out thousands already so what is a few more, if it saves some jobs? Just a stroke of the pen and hundreds (thousands?) of jobs are saved. Just too busy golfing to care apparently.

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Stevi Quate Wednesday, 16 January 2013 at 22:07

Dear “Annoying old man,” I’m working on a book about challenge and would like to use a quote that you made on “joanne’s blog” back in 2008. Here’s what we’re writing:

Why challenge? Why not rigor? Clearly, this notion of challenge is ripe in educational circles. But often it’s couched in the language of rigor. Not quite comfortable with that term, we turned to the internet to find out what the buzz was. On Joanne Jacob’s blog, Linking and Thinking about Education (), we read her readers’ responses to her question about rigor. Cynical often and funny sometimes, the teachers responded: Annoying Old Guy said: Rigor is having fixed standards and requiring students to measure up. It’s only weakly related to the difficulty of the material. The essence is teaching students that many things have requirements that can’t be evaded, compromised, or glossed over. “Rigor”, in PRACTICE, leaves most, but for the ‘gifted’ student population, behind. Rigor has become a convenient buzzword for holding all students accountable for the same level of learning, even though students learn at different paces, have different abilities, often come from disengaged families, and high-level material is simply beyond their developmental level (is Piaget passe?). Rigor, in my school district, has come to be a substitute for common sense and teaching expertise. Expectations have become unrealistic and guarantee failure for many students, starting at the elementary level. Not everyone can, or should, go to college. There is an elitist attitude that somehow, lawyers, doctors, sociologists and other ‘professionals’ are inherently more valuable to society (and gain more status) than plumbers, mechanics and electricians. Bring back vocational ed.–that’s also rigorous, in its own ways. ‘Nuff said. Robert Wright added: Thanks for the heads-up. I haven’t heard that word yet. I’ll locate my earplugs. Curious about the dictionary definition of rigor, we turned to Merriam Webster and found the following definitions of rigor: 1 a (1) : harsh inflexibility in opinion, temper, or judgment : severity (2) : the quality of being unyielding or inflexible : strictness (3) : severity of life : austerity b : an act or instance of strictness, severity, or cruelty.

If you’re okay with having us include your qutoe, would you email me so I can get to you the official permission slip? Thanks! Stevi Quate (

Annoying Old Guy Friday, 18 January 2013 at 06:28

Sure, feel free to use it.

I agree that that trades are quite unreasonable denigrated. The trades are not for everyone, but neither is college. But apparently the one thing we can’t have is real diversity like that.

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