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Gabe1

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I still remember watching that film in grade school. Why did they think it was a good idea to show us that?
I had many a talk about curriculum with our Superintendent about the 'choices' they made for reading materials and films over glasses of wine. We are good buddies, her DD and my DS are the same age and they even dated a little while way back so we have had some real open, candid talks.

One of my pet peeves is some of the elementary chapter books that are chosen for classroom reading assignments. The kids dog dies in a race and kid carries dead dog over finish line... Kid locked in a shed a chunk of her life and so forth. My DD was assigned by her classroom teachers 3 years in a row (she was an advanced reader) Anne Frank story and report. The 3rd time I said NO! Enough now.

Like Disney Films they gold metal books or classics all seem to revolve around sadness and tragedy at a very young school age. Wonder why a chunk of kids don't enjoy reading look at what is mandated for them to read. I could get my kids easily to read Wimpy Kids, Tree House, Goosebumps, Judy Blume, June B Jone type books. Light hearted and funny. Don't get the need to depress the heck out young kids with deep meaning, soul saddening novels. rant over
 

Gabe1

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He looks awfully sad doesn't he?
I'm not sure about Sad more to me anyhow he looks confused where he never did when assigned to President Bush. I have seen a great deal of Sully short videos and he plays hard off duty and is loved and beloved, a good life. But he was raised to have a purpose and with his handler trainer frequently now he seems to be more the celebrity pup over a working dog. He seems to be confused as to what the heck he is supposed to be doing while that vest is on. Did you note that finger tip command on top of his head. He listens and obeys so well. I hope he becomes comfortable at Walter Reed, if not she should go to a Vet with needs similar to those for what he was trained to do. He is a beautiful pup inside and out.
 

MySmallWorldof4

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Had to laugh--it was the same with me. No way I'd ever drive on those roads, but I married a guy who grew up in those mountains, and he was fearless driving up and down those suicide inclines!! :jawdrop::D
Those emergency ramps for trucks were crazy scary too! They were so darn steep. How in the heck do the truck drivers not fear going backwards with a semi down a steep ramp. You could tell they were used too because of the tracks.
 

MySmallWorldof4

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On my commute home tonight, I heard of the scheduled closing of the Jack in the Box on Guadalupe Street (also known as “The Drag”) in the heart of the UT campus that has been there for decades. I can’t even remember how many times I and my “buds” late-night frequented that establishment back from about ‘80-84...!!!!! :cautious::hilarious:;):)
Anyway, it’s being torn down to be replaced by a “boutique hotel”, whatever the hell that carp is... :cyclops:
But, ultimately, that reminded me about this commercial, and who else here might remember these Rodney Allen Rippy JitB commercials...???!!!!! :hilarious::happy::)

So cute. He is probably in his 50’s or close to it now. Never saw that commercial since there are no Jack in the Box restaurants anywhere in the Northeast.
 

MySmallWorldof4

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I had many a talk about curriculum with our Superintendent about the 'choices' they made for reading materials and films over glasses of wine. We are good buddies, her DD and my DS are the same age and they even dated a little while way back so we have had some real open, candid talks.

One of my pet peeves is some of the elementary chapter books that are chosen for classroom reading assignments. The kids dog dies in a race and kid carries dead dog over finish line... Kid locked in a shed a chunk of her life and so forth. My DD was assigned by her classroom teachers 3 years in a row (she was an advanced reader) Anne Frank story and report. The 3rd time I said NO! Enough now.

Like Disney Films they gold metal books or classics all seem to revolve around sadness and tragedy at a very young school age. Wonder why a chunk of kids don't enjoy reading look at what is mandated for them to read. I could get my kids easily to read Wimpy Kids, Tree House, Goosebumps, Judy Blume, June B Jone type books. Light hearted and funny. Don't get the need to depress the heck out young kids with deep meaning, soul saddening novels. rant over
Agreed. One of the recommended readers for my 11 year old is Number the Stars. When I ordered it I didn’t bother reading what it was about because it was a recommended reader for the curriculum. Then I got it and found out that the stars stood for the Star of David. It is about a girl living in Europe during WW2. I decided to skip it. She has read the Little House books, all The Magic Tree House books, and a few Harry Potter. I have all the Judy Bloom from when I was a kid. Not the “racy” one though. ;) I say leave the harder subject books to high school. I read All Quiet on the Western Front in 10th grade and couldn’t put it down. One of my favorite required reading books. Fine for a high schooler, not grammar schooler.
 

ajrwdwgirl

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Agreed. One of the recommended readers for my 11 year old is Number the Stars. When I ordered it I didn’t bother reading what it was about because it was a recommended reader for the curriculum. Then I got it and found out that the stars stood for the Star of David. It is about a girl living in Europe during WW2. I decided to skip it. She has read the Little House books, all The Magic Tree House books, and a few Harry Potter. I have all the Judy Bloom from when I was a kid. Not the “racy” one though. ;) I say leave the harder subject books to high school. I read All Quiet on the Western Front in 10th grade and couldn’t put it down. One of my favorite required reading books. Fine for a high schooler, not grammar schooler.
Number the Stars is a good book. When I taught 7th grade Language Arts that was one of the options for students during our WWII/Holocaust unit that I team taught with our Social Studies teacher.
 
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