February 1, 2010
LITTLE ROCK — The number of college students who need remedial classes rose significantly this year, from 51.3 percent to 54.6 percent.One factor in the increase has been a sharp rise in the number of non-traditional students over the age of 25 who are going to college. In the current slow economy, many adults are trying to improve their job skills and marketability by getting a college degree. However, they’re finding that they are not prepared for college level course work so they must first take remedial classes in math, reading and English.
February 1, 2010
The award season is upon us. A few weeks ago it started with the People’s Choice Awards and on Sunday the 52nd Annual Grammys aired on CBS while the Oscars take the stage in March. I’ve always been a fan of award shows, the celebrities and the clothes. In fact, the clothes are just as fun to watch as the acceptance speeches and it’s just as fun to imagine what it would be like to be a part of it.
January 29, 2010
Fights over the Good Book in public schools have a long and ignoble history in the United States – from 19th century Bible Wars (when riots broke out over whose version of the Bible would be read in the morning) to current conflicts over Bible electives.Now three-in-one-month legal developments in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee add fuel to the fiery rhetoric from all sides about when the Bible should come through the schoolhouse door.
January 28, 2010
During the recent near-zero weather and its followup, the still dang cold weather, my mind turned to gardening. Not that I want to plant a garden — I just want to think about planting a garden by selecting the varieties of vegetables and other plants that I would like to grow.It’s a way of going back to my childhood, for I did the same thing then. Back then, I wasn’t the boss of the household, but I could dream, couldn’t I? And I could at least ask mom and dad if it was possible to try a new variety of cucumber, or something.
January 26, 2010
I’ve found yet another reality show I most definitely don’t want to be on (besides “Hoarders”): “Worst Cooks in America” on the Food Network.If you’ve not seen it, 12 people who were nominated by friends and family have divided up into two teams, and each week they are instructed, bootcamp-style, by two chefs whom I’ve never heard of. The winner will get $25,000 and, I suppose, the satisfaction of knowing they are not the worst cooks in America. That title may go to the first two people who were sent home.