So this week on May 7th I interviewed a young student at Olentangy Orange highschool named Carson Briggs. He is currently in 9th grade and is in the amidst of taking the PARRC tests.

interviewer: So Carson are these PARRC test improving your education?

Carson: No! These test are not improving my overall education and they’re just adding more stress to my everyday life.

Interviewer: So what do you believe needs to be done?

Carson: I believe these tests should not be given to students. They are not helping us and are just creating a generation of kids that only know how to pass a test and have no real world applications.

Interviewer: Well thank you for this information..


Cutthroat compounds in English morphology

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A houseboat is a type of boat; a boathouse is a type of house.

This illustrates a common pattern in English morphology: the rightmost part of a compound (houseboat) is usually the ‘head’. In other words it’s the centre or larger category, functionally equivalent to the overall compound, and what precedes it (houseboat) modifies or specifies it. So we say English is ‘right-headed’.

But the semantic relationship between the parts can’t be inferred automatically from their arrangement, as this charming/disarming Bizarro cartoon by Dan Piraro shows:

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Right-headedness is a feature of Germanic languages. Romance languages tend to reverse the order: chaise longue is a type of chaise,lingua franca a type of lingua. Either way, when a compound includes the head it is called endocentric – the centre is internal. In exocentric compounds the head is missing or external: a bigmouth is not…

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Truth, Lies & Social Media

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We live in a wonderful world. We are connected more than ever. Through Facebook, I’ve connected with friends and family that I couldn’t even FIND before 2005 without hiring a P.I. Through this blog, I am able to help authors all over the world and that is wonderful. I’m able to keep up with all kinds of news and world events and be a better citizen.

But all this technology has a steep price and we are wise to remain vigilant. Lately some things have me really overwhelmed (verklempt) so let’s chat.

Tawk amongst yuhselves. Just do what Barbara does….

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Social media sites like Facebook now keep us abreast of all the horrible happenings in the world. In a way this is good. In the “old days” news and opinions were filtered through media gatekeepers. And sure, news is supposed to be unbiased, but so long as humans are relaying…

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Social Media and education

Many students rely on the accessibility of information on social media specifically and the web in general to provide answers. That means a reduced focus on learning and retaining information.

Students who attempt to multi-task, checking social media sites while studying, show reduced academic performance ( Their ability to concentrate on the task at hand is significantly reduced by the distractions that are brought about by YouTube, Facebook or Twitter.

The more time students spend on social sites, the less time they spend socializing in person. Because of the lack of body signals and other nonverbal cues, like tone and inflection, social networking sites are not an adequate replacement for face-to-face communication. Students who spend a great deal of time on social networking are less able to effectively communicate in person.

The popularity of social media, and the speed at which information is published, has created a lax attitude towards proper spelling and grammar. The reduces a student’s ability to effectively write without relying on a computer’s spell check feature. The degree to which private information is available online and the anonymity the internet seems to provide has made students forget the need to filter the information they post. Many colleges and potential employers investigate an applicant’s social networking profiles before granting acceptance or interviews. Most students don’t constantly evaluate the content they’re publishing online, which can bring about negative consequences months or years down the road possibly affecting future careers down the road.

Testing hurts

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Hello my name is Colen Briggs and I created this blog for one reason, to pass my business communication class and to inform about the new mandatory testing that our students are being forced to take. A new test called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers or PARCCS test has been created as a common core assessment to see if students are ready for their future careers and education. After No Child Left Behind (NCLB) passed in 2002, the US slipped from 18th in the world in math on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) to 31st place in 2009, with a similar drop in science and no change in reading. So are these standardized testing helping kids grow or just weakening their critical thinking? That’s what our school administrations need to think about before they shove more test down our students throats.

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IQ Tests

“The goal of IQ tests is to predict someone’s academic potential, likelihood of a learning disability, and general potential for success. IQ tests seek to evaluate an individual’s cognitive ability, or their ability to understand ideas. Specifically, they test a person’s reasoning and critical thinking skills. IQ tests can be helpful for identifying learning needs whether a student needs more help than others or whether they can handle more challenging work.” says Austin Woodruff from

So these tests do have their benefits for identifying when a child needs more special educational help but it doesn’t entirely identify a persons entire intelligence like their emotional or social intelligence which is considered intelligence too.

The common core

The Common Core Adopted in the 19th century, this old and very outdated curriculum has been used in Americas public schools for ages. But is it helping anymore? Washington post writes that “the curriculum now shaping America’s schools reflects the “big idea” of that earlier era—the factory system, standardization of parts, mass production, centralized decision making, and passive worker compliance.

None of those fit the present era. Social change has seen to that, and the rate of that change is accelerating. Change requires adaptation, and adaptation requires creativity, autonomy, exploitation of differing perspectives, and continuous questioning of authority.” Which is not the case with the current state of our education system. We must work together to get out state governors to change the current path our education system has taken and they must change it into something that works with the next generations.