I don’t watch MNBC – never have, but I thought it was supposed to be some sort of news channel, not an infomercial. Does NBC still have a stake in this farce? Does Microsoft?
Just in time for parents to decide whether to foot a tuition bill, there’s this, from Hampshire College
AJ sends along this tidbit of inanity:
You just know that Dollar Bill’s going to gather the children around the cold hearth Christmas Eve and make them watch this video
Greenpeace frightens children by announcing the cancellation of Christmas because of global warming. When you’re a fundamentalist, there’s no room for frivolity in religion.
407 Round Hill Road (I’m using an expired listing from the old system here, while I work out the new one) has sold for $2.3 million. Interesting history for this parcel of 7 acres with a moldy tear-down on a rear lot and sporting a cell tower in the front yard. WaMu extended a $3.375 loan on the place in 2004 and another chump tossed in an additional $1.240 in 2006. WaMu foreclosed its mortgage, now grown to $3.9, in 2009 extinguishing that second mtg, then sold the whole thing to the current seller for $1.8 that same year. I suppose there may be some profit here for the seller, despite making some improvements and carrying it for five years but if so, it won’t be much.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar* is now named among the top 10 favourite books of 14-16 year old girls. Julie Gibbings from the National Literacy Trust says research indicates that “children are reading less and are holding more negative attitudes towards reading. Nearly a quarter of children are embarrassed to be seen reading, while others believe that their parents do not care if they spend time reading.”
According to this week’s Ofsted annual schools report, “pupils don’t receive enough encouragement to read widely for pleasure.” That means they miss out on the knowledge and understanding reading stealthily imparts. “Schools can be distracted by national tests and examinations,” it goes on, “which do not always assess pupils’ wider reading skills well.” It also offers a stark warning. “Research shows that unless children have mastered the basic skills by the age of seven they find it difficult to catch up”.
Here in Greenwich, our Hartford-mandated Core Curriculum, with its emphasis on non-fiction reading, will doubtless achieve the same result.
Funniest story of the week – New Zealand boy launches world-wide search to locate American girl who told him “find me”, and succeeds!
A lovelorn New Zealand man who asked the Internet for help finding the American girl he met in Hong Kong last year on New Year’s Eve has found her – and she doesn’t seem too happy about it.
Reese McKee, 25, gained thousands of followers when he posted a picture of ‘Katie’ and his story of dancing the night away with her last December. She left him only with a first name, a hint that she lived ‘in D.C.’ and the alluring request: ‘find me.’
He has now revealed that online sleuths did, indeed, find her. And the mobbed her with so many messages that she deleted every single one of her social media accounts within hours.