Hump Day Open Thread

What’s up?

If there was ever a doubt that there is a war on workers, check out this MSN Money article on how Hostess CEO Gregory Rayburn is still receiving his pay of $125,000 a month after the company filed for bankruptcy and laid off 18,000 workers. Oh, and he took his full salary while everyone else’s was cut by 8 percent. And the workers have been blamed for organizing…Pfft!

Speaking of jobs, offered great food for thought on how high school is often an overlooked investment that can help students start fruitful careers down the line.

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?

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I am a journalist and online organizer who is the co-publisher of this blog. When I am not online, I am shuttling around my two kids, an 8-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter.

9 thoughts on “Hump Day Open Thread

  1. I’m just completely shocked at the level of disdain out there for the American worker. I have friends on Facebook who were so dismissive of Walmart workers who were threatening to strike. Those crazy workers who want health insurance! and a living wage!

    Hope alls well with everyone out there. My kids have been with their dad for the last 5 days and I get them back today for my 5 day turn (although I saw them several time in between) – so yay!

    • Interesting. I think in NM we maybe have a different view because there are local childrens’ writers who are Hispanic, so that material is covered here (Rudolfo Anaya springs immediately to mind, but I’m sure there are others).

    • Thank you for posting this! I just sent to our school with a note on how I was having a HELL OF A TIME finding original texts for my third grader in Spanish. Ari is reading chapter books, and up to now, I have had to get him Spanish-translations like Harry Potter. My preference would be for him to read original texts that are culturally relevant.

      In all fairness, I belong to a Spanish book club and sometimes we run into difficulty finding original Spanish texts for adults, too. There’s just not that many as English.

      • My boys are now finishing 5th and 7th grades in Chile. They have hated every book they have ever had to read in school over the years, with the occasional exception of a translated work. I have never been able to determine whether all Spanish books for this age suck or whether our school just doesn’t know how to pick books for language arts classes. They probably would not read at all if it weren’t for all the English-language books I buy for them.

        • I’ve packed away my guns and left this battlefield. My elder son is in his 7th and final year of spanish immersion; he’s been functioning in spanish for years, he does book reports and oral presentations in class, he gives speeches and runs student council meetings and broadcasts announcements over the PA system – all in spanish. He wants to go to the Jr High that has the spanish continuation program. And he’s very proud of being bilingual and has a strong ethnic identity.

          But at home? He Will Not Read In Spanish. His school library is well stocked but he never brings anything home. His teachers remind me that he will never really achieve true fluency or improve his vocabulary if he doesn’t read more. Of course there’s a key difference with us; spanish is a school-only language and he has little support or exposure outside the classroom. So it’s not surprising that he sticks with his native language for enjoyment – reading in spanish feels too much like homework. I used to nag him more, but eventually decided his degree of fluency had to be his call. The important thing is that he’s a reader.

  2. Hey Science Smarties?

    I want to buy a good magnifying glass for use around the house (frying ants, etc) where does one find good quality sciencey equipment?

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