Scandalized

Some may argue that cheating is a way of life.

I remember almost getting caught cheating on a history quiz with a friend in the seventh grade. I also cheated on a math quiz using a little cheat sheet of formulas – this was sophomore or junior year in high school. I was caught for plagiarizing parts of my history textbook in high school. I was never caught for plagiarizing parts of an essay for AP American History during my senior year in high school.

I drew the line in college though. That’s serious business, right?

When I was in college, I remember this girl who cheated on her entrance exams. I have no idea why she did this, since it meant she was placed in classes that were too hard for her. Why would you want to be in calculus so badly? I think she majored in some type of health profession. A quick Facebook check confirmed that she is indeed a health professional… Shudder.

These guys charged thousands of dollars to take the SATs for high school students. Now, they’re charged with felonies. The thing is, they go to some pretty mediocre schools, including my alma mater, Stony Brook University. I’m not trying to demean or offend anyone who attended these schools, but my point is that while they’re solid schools, you don’t have to be a genius to get in. It really makes you wonder how under qualified those kids were.

It really makes you wonder how far have people gotten in life by cheating. How many of our nation’s leaders have relied on other people to get by? George W. Bush, for sure. Newt Gingrich definitely comes to mind. Side note: Is it just me, or does he look like a creepy leprechaun? His wife freaks me out. She looks like a Stepford wife, except ugly.

Scary.

Light Reading

One side effect of working is that I cannot sleep more than 7 hours. My body is programmed to need no more and no less than 7 hours of sleep to teach.

So when I woke up at 8:30 am on a Saturday morning, I did a bit of light reading. Cracked has this awesome list of 5 Scientific Reasons a Zombie Apocalypse Could Actually Happen. DUH! ST and I have already got a game plan – I’m in charge of surviving the initial attack while ST has researched long-term survival. Theoretically, he knows how to make a generator from a car motor. It’s that serious.

Sound advice…

Our apartment is in a house that is relatively safe against zombies.

There are iron bars secured over all the windows and the front and back doors. Brooklynites (Chinese ones, mostly) install these prison bars to keep the bad guys out, not keep them in. They are perfect for zombies though because even if they smash the windows, they can’t climb in due to the bars.

I think real zombies would be blood thirsty like the ones in 28 Days Later (one of my favorite zombie movies of al-time, BTW), but less powerful and quick. Because how could being brain-dead and uncoordinated make you faster to zero in on prey? That’s just nonsense. No, they’d be more like the ones in Shaun of the Dead, but meaner and bloodier.

Becoming undead will definitely not make you stronger, faster, and able to scale a building with your bare hands and feet.

I Am Legend zombie

More realistic zombie, but also too fast and strong. Also, what’s up with the allergy to UV-light? Dumb.

28 Days Later zombie

Better, but too docile. Still one of the best zombie movies ever, in my opinion.

Shaun of the Dead zombie

I think the most realistic zombie is from The Walking Dead – I’m really glad this is a show and not a movie – more to watch. These zombies are uncoordinated and slow yet hungry and deadly if they manage to chomp on you and infect you with their neurotoxins. They’re not stupidly allergic to light nor did they gain super-human strength when they became undead. Yup, these guys are the best so far.

We shall see.

I am really in the mood to watch 28 Weeks Later now. Not quite as good as its predecessor (to be fair, as a sequel, that is implied) but it’s still a scary good time.

First Day of School

The first day of school makes me feel like a freshman all over again – excited and nervous. It went well but I still feel sad that summer is officially and definitely over 😦

I took a picture of my newly setup white board for my 365 project.

After work, I went to Staples to buy folders for fellowship tomorrow night. It was like an office supply apocalypse – the line wrapped around the entire store. I was so sad when I found out. Unfortunately, I needed those folders. So ST and I waited 45 minutes for 20 folders and some poster tape.

Funny story. One of my students was ahead of me on line. As she was paying, she realized she didn’t have enough money – she was short $27. So, she ran to me and asked me to lend her the money. Of course we lent it to her, poor kid. I went over budget all the time when I was her age.

Matt Damon is Cool

Many people have misconceptions about the teaching profession. Most go by what the media feeds them and others by their own limited experience.

Personally, I’m pretty indifferent about the public’s opinion about my job but I was delighted by this video of Matt Damon shaming a reporter for her ignorant comments about teachers.

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