Reading While Eating for December 6: Holiday Lights and Teddy Bears

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A sledger's boots are visible in an explosion of snow during an attempt to jump a ramp at the Queen Elizabeth country park near Petersfield in southern England December 3, 2010.

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Start the week out right with a link-filled energy boost.

Health Scare: America’s obesity epidemic has had disastrous health effects. This interactive map of the rise of diabetes in the country is pretty frightening, especially for the South. (Slate)

Comic Champ: The real king of late-night television? No, it’s not Coco or Leno — it’s Jimmy Kimmel. Here’s why. (Salon)

Bully Battles: Cyberbullying is a new and scary phenomenon. And it’s one that parents don’t know how to fight. (New York Times)

Twinkle Twinkle: Getting into the holiday spirit? See photos of spectacular lights around the world. (LIFE)

Nerdy Love: Want to give that math geek in your life something special for the holidays? Have a theorem named after him. (via Boing Boing)

Funny Games: For a good chuckle, British humor legends Monty Python will The Ministry of Silly Games on Facebook. (Kotaku)

Elsewhere on TIME.com: Get them stuck in your head and get it over with — check out the top 10 overplayed Christmas songs.

Must See: This cat does what NewsFeed wishes it could have done this morning. We’re seething with jealousy. (via Videogum)

12 comments
fredmein
fredmein

Instead they increase religion in education. For this worthless? 

fredmein
fredmein

This people want stay stupid. 

samziam
samziam

The Common Core standards are not requirements--merely proficiency targets.  The federal government isn't dictating what schools should teach. Education standards across the US are very uneven.  This is yet another right wing reaction to a sensible approach to enhancing educational quality.  American schools were once the envy of the world, but no longer.  They are in the middle of the pack--at best--and the long-term consequences will have a substantial impact on US competitiveness.  Massachusetts, where I live, long ago adopted high standards for school achievement--and the result is that Massachusetts students, as measured by international testing protocols, rank with the best schools in the world.  Indiana and Oklahoma can only fantasize about this level of achievement--but, at least, they are keeping the guv'mint off their backs.



Zinnson4
Zinnson4

“I believe when we reach the end of this process there are going to be many other states around the country that will take a hard look at the way Indiana has taken a step back, designed our own standards and done it in a way where we drew on educators, we drew on citizens, we drew on parents and developed standards that meet the needs of our people,” Pence said.

Oh yeah, the kids may be undersocialized and alienated in conforming to prevailing modes of thought and reasoning, but hey,  they have maintained their solipsism. 


unbelievable.

sictransit5
sictransit5

The Georgia legislature also addressed this issue - in spite of several lawmakers pointing out that Common Core was a STATE initiative, and that Georgia was a primary force behind the project, meaning Georgia educators put a huge amount of effort into arriving at these standards. As you can imagine, teachers were less than thrilled. But then they were no more unhappy than they, college administrators and professors, and ministers were about the law passed to allow guns to be brought into churches, college campuses, bars, schools, and all public buildings not secured by security screenings of all visitors. They also made the Obamacare Navigators illegal in Ga., in spite of there only being two of them for the whole state since there was already a law they must become licensed as Insurance Brokers to work. Now they're just plain illegal. Yes, the Georgia legislature does address the cutting edge issues of our day. I never did hear if the law allowing drivers to be ticketed for backing up traffic in the left lane, even if they're already at or above the speed limit, finally passed.

namro
namro

The problem with allowing individual states to set their own curricula is that some may choose to teach creationism as science, take an anti-human rights agenda, teach bad history (eg. have Newt Gingrich as a founding father while eliminating Thomas Jefferson), and other nonsense.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@samziam  We will see, over time, that the Common Core states will have the greater number of National Merit Scholarship finalists and those who elect to encourage low standards will be left with their kids being lower on the acceptance into the major universities because of their lower SAT and ACT scores.  If there is a major state university in those states, it might be a good place for out-of-state students to apply for scholarships since they might be a better pick than the in-state kids.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@sictransit5  What would you expect out of Georgia anyway?  They don't care about their sick and those uninsured, they feel the Second Amendment is the only one that counts and actually most would identify it as the First of the Ten Commandments.  Remember these are the same idiots that passed a law so severe that migrant labor they needed to harvest their crops wouldn't venture near that state, even if legal, because of the threat of being pulled over by local red necks and pointed out to police.  Why put yourself and family at risk of haraassment and so the sweet potato crop rotted in the fields.  The farmers tried to tell them that this could  happen but you can't tell a Tea Party idiot anything because they don't know how little they do know (sort of like 16-year olds).

FranklyKnot
FranklyKnot

What makes you think Common Core isn't teaching "bad history"... or mind numbingly convoluted math and English for that matter?

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@abundantlifechica  Sounds nice but America's educational have been dumb-graded for years by state legislators who never graduated from high school.  There is a reason why the US comes in down below a large number of European and Asian countries on every test of student ability-our state-by-state approach to what is proficient has been a race to join Mississippi at the bottom. This is the Tea Party goal-a bunch of educated rednecks!


We should be racing to the top.  Pharmaceutical Research is moving to Europe and Asia because of stupid Tea Party federal legislators trying to put their religion into law and out tech industry may be the best at marketing but Asia is just as good in development and their graduate students here are going back to help their countries succeed while the US continues to play dumb-me-down games.  The reason for education is not football, no matter what everyone in the bar thinks.