May 24, 2007

Wonder of Fulcher & Jensen will discuss this

Probably not: All three Brandywine School District high schools (Brandywine, Concord and Mt. Pleasant) made Newsweek magazine's list of top high schools in the nation. Their formula is "based on the ratio of how many Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge tests their students took, divided by the number of graduating seniors."

So, WDEL's Rick and Ger? Have you been talking about this? Has anyone heard them? Or is Fulcher in particular still going on about his "anonymous" anecdotes regarding how poor the teaching is in the district? (His latest "winner" was him saying that "he knows about Romance languages" and said one of his relatives -- daughter? -- got a high grade she didn't deserve in an unspecified district foreign language class.)

UPDATE: Fulcher's nitpicking reminds me of an instance early in my teaching career. A parent at Open House came up to me and wanted to know why I didn't teach the verb form for "vosotros" to my students. ("Vosotros" is the plural "you" pronoun, and is really only used in Spain.) I explained why to the parent, but she wasn't satisfied. "It's in the book," she insisted. "Yes," I replied. "It is. But there's a reason why it is printed in italics. It's because it's not used in Latin America."

"But it's in the book!" she again told me. I again explained myself. The parent still wasn't satisfied.

Since then I eventually began teaching the "vosotros" form to my students, due in part to that incident ("It's in the book!"), and also because my old Spanish teachers (who only skirted "vosotros" use when I took Spanish with them) said it might be a good idea to teach it since our high schools take trips to Spain. Good enough.

At any rate, I can just imagine Gerry "I Know Something About Romance Languages" Fulcher going on and on about something like that. But he probably thinks these languages are called "Romance" because they sound sexier.

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Anyone wonder that all the things and all the experience that Gerry claims is enough for 10 peoples lives?

Was a Cop. Taught 30 years.
Was an adviser to various colleges for
police studies?

Moves dead bodies.
Swallows swords. Eats fire.
Drives but does not own a car.
Or claims that his estranged children
have all the cars.


Do the ends justify the means?
Tune into hate radio, wdel. 1 - 4 PM daily.


Posted by: Paul at May 24, 2007 11:42 PM

I remember vosotros, and vuestra, and all that from High School Spanish - our teacher was Cuban, and explained that it was an archaic form.

Posted by: G Rex at May 25, 2007 01:31 PM