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Uncategorized 31 May 2007 10:42 pm

One From Across the Pond

Came across a very funny blog authored by an English school teacher by the name of Mr. Chalk.

Here’s just an example of his brand of humor from a post entitled: Sorry, We Cannot Take Your Call Right Now…

Bring-Bring, Bring-Bring…

“Congratulations for correctly dialling the number for St. Thickchilds School! Your call is important to us, so please select from the following options:

If you are unsure about the specific nature of your complaint, but would just like to moan, press One

If you are phoning to let us know that all the teachers are picking on your child, press Two

If you wish to make a false allegation against a teacher; press Three, or contact ‘Ambulance Chasers’ on 0870 565 8484. We will not be able to tell you which solicitor is best for suing us.

If you have a ludicrous excuse for why your child has been absent, press Four. Please note that we are unable to suggest one for you.

If you would like to know why your child is not allowed on the school trip to Scagton, press Five

If you would like to request a School Permission Slip to allow your child to spit on pedestrians whilst travelling on the school bus, press Six.

If you would like to verbally abuse a specific teacher; press Seven, or simply race up to school and demand to see them immediately.

If your child is socially inept and would like to change forms yet again, press Eight

If it is a crucial time in your child’s education and you would like to request two weeks off to go on holiday, press Nine

If you are a parent who appreciates the efforts we make to educate and discipline your child then hang up and do not try again later.”

If you’ve ever had any connection with the world of academia… or you have school-age children… or you were once a child yourself… you should take a moment and visit Chalk’s blog. Very funny stuff.

– Dean

Uncategorized 18 May 2007 02:45 pm

Do You Remember…

If you’re interested in finding some new blogs to read (or you just like to take trips down memory lane) check out the latest “Change of Shift” hosted by one of my favorite bloggers, Mother Jones of Nurse Ratched’s Place.

She always has outstanding memorabilia threaded amongst her posts and this time is no exception. She even managed to tie some of the contributions (it’s called a “blog carnival”) into specific episodes of TV shows from 30 – 40 years ago. Truly amazing. How she can remember the details of all those old TV shows, I have no idea. I have trouble remembering what I did yesterday.

– Dean

Uncategorized 01 May 2007 06:58 am

What Do You Call Your Kids?

I ran across this post on Dr. Flea’s blog this morning that was too good not to share with you. For those of you unfamiliar with Flea he is a pediatrician and one of the more prevalent medical bloggers.

This quote is from his response to the question, Why Do You Blog?

Our culture is suffused with messages telling parents that their children are sick, or potentially sick: one sniffle away from certain doom. Flea’s message is that American children are the healthiest children that ever lived on planet Earth. We should celebrate our good fortune.

The culture tells us the children are defined by series of capital letters: ADD, ADHD, ASD, PDD-NOS, OCD. Flea wants children to be called by the names their parents gave them.

Pediatrics today consists of daily exercises in over-testing, over-diagnosing, over-treating, and over-admiting to hospital. Flea wants the folks to
know that often the best thing to do for a child is to keep him or her
the hell out of the pediatrician’s office!

Pediatricians who write for newspapers and magazines produce icky, squishy pap that bears only the faintest resemblance to expository writing, and that is astonishingly void of original points of view.

Flea is trying to keep it real.

(Editor: Flea has decided to close his blog for the time being. We can only hope this is only temporary.)

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