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Re: “Pip, pip Old Bean: Tim Griffin highlights his British connection

Where does it say on his profile that he is a graduate of Oxford? Again, not being his friend on facebook, the only reference I see to Oxford on what is available for public viewing, is that he is part of the Oxford network..... there is no claim to graduating or even attending the school. In the part of his profile that I can see, there is NO educational information listed, including Hendrix, or even high school for that matter.

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Posted by mykidzmom on 10/31/2012 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Pip, pip Old Bean: Tim Griffin highlights his British connection

I'm not a friend either, but on his facebook page that I just pulled up, it simply lists Oxford as one of the "networks" he's a member of.....

Copied/Pasted from Tim Griffin's FB Page:
Oxford University, United States Army

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Posted by mykidzmom on 10/31/2012 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Korea: What cost high test scores?

We have had two 'academic' exchange students from South Korea, meaning each had been 'cultural' exchange students in the US for a school year already. An exchange student's first year in the US is for cultural experience (no grades count) and any additional years, they are here for academic credit, and as our students did, will earn diplomas from our high schools. Many high school exchange students miss so much in their home country while studying here, that they must repeat the grade they missed at home.

As of five years ago, students in South Korea were at school 13 hours per day Monday - Friday. As our students told us, they "only go to school 1/2 a day on Saturdays" which is six hours. Our exchange students took a regular high school class load and both made straight A's, because anything else was unacceptable to them. They also played sports and were in the band while in high school here. My kidz can tell you that I still use their work/school ethic as an example.

Our students told us that their peers in S Korea only got ONE shot at the "SAT", during their senior year!! That test determines *IF* they get to go to college, and what their profession will be because the colleges set up by profession. So if you grew up wanting to be a doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc. and you completely bomb the test because you're sick, etc, your dreams just went down the drain! Harsh, indeed!! The only thing you can do is sit out for a year and then retake it. Our students knew peers that ended their life because of their perceived failure.

Our students decided to stay here and go to college in AR, in part because they were behind their peers academically in S Korea. They have continued their academic excellence majoring in Biology and Nursing, with near perfect grades, again, because anything else is unacceptable. English is *still* their 'second language' and yet they were top students in their classes.

Chances are our students will make a life in the US, keeping their family divided, as it has been for the last nine years. Excellence is an expectation, period. Many, if not all, of the Asian families that live among us expect perfection from their kidz, and limit significantly their social life to decrease the negative impact they believe it will have! Talk to some of them, you'll find it to be fact!

I don't agree with that kind of pressure placed on kidz, but I would like to see more of that drive in students here!

Posted by mykidzmom on 04/04/2011 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Police chase lands 3 burglary suspects

SocialistArkie- lots of schools, including LRSD, are having finals this week & allow the students to come only when they have tests. I bet regardless the reason he was home, his folks are glad he was! (Of course, I'm sure they fussed at him for chasing these thugs!)

Posted by mykidzmom on 12/14/2010 at 7:47 PM

Re: “School report — UPDATE

On Uverse in LR, go to chan.99, cilck ok, then click Little Rock Government/Educational TV, then LRSD-TV. When we first got UVerse they didn't have this available, but they do now!

Posted by mykidzmom on 09/23/2010 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Those devilish details

I thought, at one point, the board/district was having trouble meeting budget this year, and now there's $3 MILLION in what, to me, is equivalent to 'petty cash'?? Really??? Go Melanie!! Thanks for keeping on top of things and demanding answers for the best interest of our KIDZ!

She's also right on target with the grades issue. Some teachers we've had through the years think twice a quarter is "regular" while others update grades 1-2 times per week. The district PAYS for edline and it has always infuriated me that it's not used across the board, equally! All of us know that many families in our district don't have a computer in their home, for various reasons.... why don't we use part of the 'petty cash' fund to mail them weekly reports?!? LOL! Not making EVERY effort to communicate progress, or lack thereof, with parents of the highest risk/highest need kidz, is no different than ignoring them and encouraging detachment of those families from a school family, that just might be their only way out of poverty, etc. We often hear lawsuits associated with the district for "identifiable" groups that have been wronged.... I don't see how not sending written notices of poor academic performance does anything but perpetuate this wrong!

Posted by mykidzmom on 09/13/2010 at 10:10 PM
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