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September 7, 2009 |  Category: Michigan
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You Might Be From Michigan

This was emailed to me the other day. Dont’ know the source, but it sounds like a mutated Jeff Foxworthy bit:

If you consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling through 18 inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim by, you might live in Michigan

If you’re proud that your region makes the national news 96 nights each year because Pelston is the coldest spot in the nation, you might live in Michigan

If your local Dairy Queen is closed from November through March, you might live in Michigan

If you instinctively walk like a penguin for five months out of the year, you might live in Michigan.

If someone in a store offers you assistance, and they don’t work there, You might live in Michigan

If your dad’s suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of his forehead, you might live in Michigan

If you have worn shorts and a coat at the same time, you might live in Michigan

If your town has an equal number of bars and churches, you might live in Michigan

If you have had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you might live in Michigan

Part 2 - You know you’re a true MICHIGANDER when…..........

1. “Vacation” means going up north on I-75.

2. You measure distance in hours.

3. You know several people who have hit a deer more than once.

4. You often switch from “heat” to “A/C” in the same day.

5. You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching.

6. You see people wearing camouflage at social events (including weddings and proms).

7. You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.

8. You carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend knows how to use them.

9. You design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.

10. Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.

11. You know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction.

12. You can identify a southern or eastern accent.

13. Your idea of creative landscaping is a statue of a deer next to your blue spruce.

14. You were unaware that there is a legal drinking age.

15. Down South to you means Ohio

16. A brat is something you eat.

17. Your neighbor throws a party to celebrate his new pole shed.

18. You go out to fish fry every Friday.

19. Your 4th of July picnic was moved indoors due to frost.

20. You have more miles on your snow blower than your car.

21. You find 0 degrees “a little chilly.”

22. You drink pop and bake with soda.

23. Your doctor tells you to drink Vernors and you know it’s not medicine.

24. You know what a yooper is.

25. You think owning a Honda is Un American.

26. You know that UP is a place not a direction

27. You know it’s possible to live in a thumb.

August 31, 2009 |  Category: Michigan
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State Owes Schools Millions

From a Free Press Story:

Michigan may have to cough up millions of dollars in additional funding to local school districts because of a state Court of Appeals ruling that says they should have been reimbursed for the cost of keeping and reporting more data required under education reforms enacted in the last decade.

In an opinion released Monday, a unanimous three-judge panel in Lansing said state officials—essentially the Legislature and governor—violated the 1978 Headlee Amendment by ordering schools to turn over data about students and student performance without providing additional resources. The judges said that the state Supreme Court previously ruled that if the state mandates any new activities by school districts, Headlee requires the state to provide funding for it.

As a school teacher, I can tell you that not only do these testing mandates cost money, they also cost enormous amounts of time—both in the classroom and among administrators and teachers. Time that might otherwise be used for teaching is spent teaching how to take a test, preparing the paperwork for testing (each kid has to fill out forms—or someone has to do it for him), test taking, retesting, and so on. Administrators spend time filling out forms, planning ways to meet the ridiculously stringent rules (for example, desks must be 18 inches apart), and gathering and analyzing data. And instead of inservices that might actually benefit the students, teachers are forced to sit through meeting after meeting on how to properly administer tests, teach students the “proper” way to take tests, and so on.

Because of the money linked to the tests, and the dire consequences for a district whose students don’t pass, the standardized tests have become the masters and not the servants of education. They were supposed to help districts figure out where they needed to focus their attention. Instead, they have become the reason for education itself.

Who cares if the students actually learn anything useful. All that matters is that they pass the tests.

July 9, 2008 |  Category: Michigan
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Thanks, Bo For The Memories

It seems like the whole state is in mourining over the news of the death of University of Michigan Football legend Bo Schembechler.

Kind of takes the shine off the big game.

I think that Bo decided to check out so that he and Woody could watch the game together.

November 18, 2006 |  Category: Michigan
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