This link takes you to a selection of letters to the editor of the New York Times written in reference to education reform. The NYT had written an editorial about efforts to improve on No Child Left Behind. From one of them:
All educators understand the necessity of assessment, but it is our obligation to do the minimum amount of testing necessary, and no more. Every minute spent testing that is not necessary bleeds time from learning, and every dollar spent on testing that is not necessary is stolen from investments that really need to be made in schools.
Any new education law should result in less testing, not more.
- Stephen Krashen, professor emeritus at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education
SNOW & HEAT: While we’re talking about snow in 49 of the 50 states, on the other side of the equator they’re talking about the heat. In Rio, for example, 32 died from heat-related issues:
According to the Brazilian national weather service on Wednesday, recorded temperatures in Rio were well above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) and felt more like above 50 degrees.
“The heat wave in Rio is seen as historic. February right now is the hottest month for the past 50 years,” meteorologist Giovanni Dolif told the O Globo daily.
A JIFFY: How fast are you? If you’ll be back in a jiffy…
In electronics, a jiffy is the time between alternating current power cycles, 1/60 or 1/50 of a second in most countries