Archive for December 13th, 2010


12.13.2010 … exams for the kids … work for John … lunch for me with my ChristCare group … I got the better deal!

Christmas, tv:  I do love the Christmas movies and specials?  What’s your favorite?  Best Classic Holiday TV Specials.

college, our kids, culture, parenting:  I would like to see this.  I believe we are putting our kids under way too much pressure.

With no advertising and little news media attention, “Race to Nowhere” has become a must-see movie in communities where the kindergarten-to-Harvard steeplechase is most competitive.

More than 1,100 attended a screening last week at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Ill. About 500 saw it at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan in November. It has been shown to a roomful of fathers at Pixar during lunch hour and twice to employees at the Silicon Valley headquarters of Google.

All 325 seats in the auditorium of New Canaan Country School in Connecticut were filled during a screening for parents last Thursday night. Francie Irvine, the assistant head of school, said, “Our parents’ association president called me and said, ‘My sister just saw this in California and we have to, have to, have to have it here.’ ”

The film portrays the pressures when schools pile on hours of homework and coaches turn sports into year-round obligations. Left somewhat unexamined is the role of parents whose high expectations contribute the most pressure of all.

“Everyone expects us to be superheroes,” one high school senior in the film says.

Another tells of borrowing her friends’ prescription for Adderall to juggle her many commitments. “It’s hard to be the vice president of your class, play on the soccer team and do homework,” she says.

via Parents Embrace ‘Race to Nowhere,’ on Pressures of School –

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A new documentary, “Race to Nowhere,” looks at the pressures being put on high school students to build their résumés with Advance Placement classes and athletic accomplishments to improve their chances of acceptance at elite colleges and universities. The film captures the angst of boys who drop out of high school because of the pressure, girls who suffer stress-induced insomnia and students forced to cheat their way through classes.

Room for Debate: Does It Matter Where You Go to College?

The film is hitting a nerve among parents across the country who are worried about the levels of stress that their children are experiencing, beginning even in elementary school. What can schools — and parents — do to turn down the heat?

via Stress and the High School Student – Room for Debate –

apps, lists:  Two lists to try: 1) Apps For Foodies To Drool Over : NPR and 2) Best Shopping Apps to Save Your Time, Money and Sanity.

philanthropy:  Now this is a project I would like to get involved with.

“Students come together to study the social needs of their communities and then spot a local charity that is addressing a particular problem,” Ms. Schecter says. Students then compete to have the best presentation in front of judges to win money to award to their chosen charity.

Ms. Schecter says projects like these shouldn’t be targeted only to children of affluent backgrounds.

Her program “works regardless of geography, and it has been successful in affluent or middle-class schools. Even kids with poorer backgrounds have taken part in the program and have gained skills that they then carry for life,” she says.

It is too early to say for sure whether such programs will encourage a shift in the way future generations approach philanthropy, but some seem to think they will.

“I think we will see a generation of more socially engaged individuals,” says Alex Reynolds of the Institute for Philanthropy, a provider of donor education for wealthy individuals. “Pupils are being entrusted with real money, which empowers them to have a major impact on real people’s lives.”

via New Programs Teach Kids About Charitable Giving –

yesterday, me: Due to events beyond my control, I did not make it to the Taizi Service … Next year!

Christmas, tv, me:  Enough of Pigpen, you say … this author attributes a “classic” line to Pigpen.  I shall wear my new pin proudly!

N is for Nativity, a key part of the Christmas play Lucy invites Charlie Brown to direct, although, at the helm, C.B. continues to get little respect from the gang, including Snoopy, who boos him. One highlight: Pig Pen as the innkeeper, who promises Charlie Brown and his assistant, Lucy, “In spite of my outward appearance, I shall try to run a neat inn.”

via ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’: Celebrating 45 Years of the Classic Holiday Special.

astronomy, science, bookshelf: Did it bother you when they changed Pluto to a non-planet?

Astronomer Mike Brown didn’t mean to kill Pluto — or so he claims.

Brown says the ex-ninth planet was just collateral damage in his search for the 10th. The story of that search — and the subsequent demotion of Pluto that raised the ire of elementary school students everywhere — is in his new book, How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming.

Brown tells Weekend Edition Sunday’s Liane Hansen that he had been searching the night sky for years, trying to find the elusive “Planet X.”

Scientists had speculated for decades that there might be another heavenly body floating far out in the solar system. Brown says he knew what he was looking for, just not whether it actually existed.

via Killer Confesses To Pluto’s Murder In Tell-All Book : NPR.

irony, music, favorites, facebook:  

I posted YouTube – Bright Lights Big City by Jimmy Reed on Facebook on Saturday and a friend immediately asked if it had anything to do with the John Edwards connection (the day of the posting was the day of Elizabeth Edwards’ funeral).  I posted it because I happen to like the song … it’s in Sweet Home Alabama … and it was on my mind.  So what is the John Edwards connection?  Read on …

4) She was in some book, right? I don’t have time to read a whole long book.

No problem!

In 1988, Bright Lights, Big City author Jay McInerney published his third novel, Story of My Life. The protagonist was Alison Poole, an “ostensibly jaded, cocaine-addled, sexually voracious 20-year old.” McInerney based Poole on his ex-girlfriend… Lisa Druck.

The Poole character also appeared in Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho, where she was sexually assaulted by the evil Patrick Bateman. Whether it’s real life or fiction, Rielle seems to be drawn to sociopaths.

via Rielle Hunter FAQ | The Daily Caller – Breaking News, Opinion, Research, and Entertainment.


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