Sunday, August 29, 2004

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Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Stinging Debate
Parents Divided Over Practice of ‘Hot Saucing’ as a Form of Discipline

Aug. 24, 2004 — The practice of "hot saucing" a child's tongue as a method of discipline may seem cruel to some parents, but those who regularly use the punishment say it teaches their charges valuable and long-lasting lessons.

I think school districts should allow this too. Spare the rod and spoil the child. Schools should learn from the Chinese, who are known for their tight discipline and most principals and teachers in these schools agree that caning is an effective deterrent against misbehaviour.

Respect is huge in the Chinese culture, and it must be present in the classroom. Fear is a tool used consistently by most teachers. In America, students seem to have more rights than the teachers do, which means that discipline can be very difficult, especially for a teacher whose demeanor and stature do not naturally command respect. Some Chinese teachers use "whatever means necessary" to snap a kid back in line. This meant criticizing students in front of the class or yanking them out of their desks for a private grilling in the teacher’s office. I think my 7th grade English teacher, who was Caucasian, must have studied in China.

I must say that I still prefer the American system. In America, students are free to be themselves. In American schools, there is a greater emphasis on personal development and self esteem. While American students may not always be compliant, their individuality cannot be questioned. However, the ones who are respectful, their education is ruined by those who consistantly challenge the patience and integrity of the teacher.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

My world is complete!
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My Kill Bill Vol. 2 arrived in the mail today. I even got the free box holder for both volumes. I'll probably watch it at least 3 times this week. I hope I'll look as cool as this when I'm 90.
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Sunday, August 15, 2004

The face of our future.

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Thursday, August 12, 2004


Why do people have this uncontrollable need to pick their noses in their cars? Especially at a stoplight. Picture this: 2004 silver BMW, decent looking guy, he's wearing a suit...but drilling for gold.

"Oops,my index finger is too big, better switch to my pinky"

Do people think that no one can see them? It's either people talking on their cell phones or picking their noses. Either way, there should be a law against it.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Saw this movie over the weekend.
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Cruise plays a pretty slick villain. There are some intense parts and some good one liners. My only complaint was the shootout in the club scene. It seemed like it took too long and with all the people with guns in it, how come no one could get a clear shot of their target? It did put me in an L.A. kind of mood, so I decided to ride along with a friend yesterday to USC and check out her campus.

It had been a long time since I'd been to L.A. I lived in Torrance at one time. Did I miss it at all? Not the traffic (Thank God for commuter lanes), but the range of diversity in and around the city is great. I joked about all the Asians that were walking around campus. I felt right at home, but then again, they were the competitive types: studious, cliquish, nerds.

I found the people amusing when we walked around the BEVERLY CENTER. WHO did SOME of these people think they are? It was if they were in their own little movie, however lack of character and other words: plastic, fake, transparent...nobodies.

I did pick up a copy of LA WEEKLY, which made me consider another visit very soon. There's quite a bit of interesting things to do up there. Although I missed the Chinese New Year festival, there's the E HULA MAU in Long Beach which could be fun.


Friday, August 06, 2004

I'm RICK JAMES bitch!

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Funk Singer Rick James Dies at Age 56

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Funk legend Rick James, best known for the 1981 hit "Super Freak" before his career collapsed in a cloud of violent drug charges, died Friday. He was 56.

James died in his sleep at his residence near Universal City, apparently of natural causes, said his publicist, Sujata Murthy. James lived alone and was found dead by his personal assistant, who notified police, she said.

The exact cause was not immediately known. "There'll be an autopsy and we'll find that out shortly," Murthy said.

With long hair elaborately styled in braids or Jheri curls, James was one of the biggest R&B stars of the 1980s, composing danceable rhythms and passionate ballads that gained a wide following.

Aside from "Super Freak" - which MC Hammer used a decade later as the backing track for his rap smash "U Can't Touch This" - James' hits included "Mary Jane,""Ebony Eyes" and "Fire and Desire," a stirring duet with Teena Marie.

The article mentions his troubles with the law, but I'd rather remember him the way Dave Chappelle remembers him.
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I received the following from a future teacher. I thought it was pretty funny. If only every school could do this.

This is the message that the Pacific Palisades High School (California) Staff voted unanimously to record on their school telephone answering machine. This came about because they implemented a policy requiring students and parents to be responsible for their children's absences and missing homework.

The school and teachers are being sued by parents who want their children's failing grades changed to passing grades even though those children were absent 15-30 times during the semester and did not complete enough school work to pass their classes. This is the actual answering machine message for the school:

"Hello! You have reached the automated answering service of your school. In order to assist you in connecting the right staff member, please listen to all your options before making a selection:

"To lie about why your child is absent - Press 1
"To make excuses for why your child did not do his work- Press 2
"To complain about what we do - Press 3
"To swear at staff members - Press 4
"To ask why you didn't get information that was already enclosed in your newsletter and several flyers mailed to you - Press 5
"If you want us to raise your child - Press 6
"If you want to reach out and touch, slap or hit someone - Press 7
"To request another teacher for the third time this year- Press 8
"To complain about bus transportation - Press 9
"To complain about school lunches - Press 0

"If you realize this is the real world and your child must be accountable and responsible for his/her own behavior, class work, homework, and that it's not the teachers' fault for your child's lack of effort:
Hang up and have a nice day!"

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

This is a period movie about Ronin, those mysterious samurai outcasts. The fight scenes are not as choreographed as Crouching Tiger, but they're are fun to watch just the same.

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Monday, August 02, 2004

In this week's "Intelligence Report," Lyric Wallwork Winik writes that according to a recent survey, discipline is a persistent problem in American schools. Following are more alarming findings from the study by Public Agenda:


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