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    Thursday, August 31, 2006

    Gnomes with Tools

    Keebler reminded me of a funny thing at his work the other day. Seems the other tech working the site with him was only an inch taller than he is. (Keebler is 5'3".) He said it was quite the visial, both of them looking into this hole in the wall trying to figure out a problem, looking nothing so much as gnomes with tools. Then he informs me that gnomes with tools is a terribly frightening thing, and after my blank stare of several seconds, he goes on to explain.

    It seems that (In the world of D&D), gnomes were, as a race, cursed by some deity or another to have eveything they build turn to crap. Gnomes are great builders and mechanics he tells me, but there is always a design flaw or some other problem that frags the project. Then I'm informed that one or two gnomes working on a thing isn't too bad, as long as there is a human engineer there as well to check for flaws and make repairs, but that one of the most terrifying things many realmdwellers can imagine is an entire tribe(?) of gnomes, with really good tools, and unlimited materials. DOOM and DESPAIR!!

    So I remember to write this post today, after learning that while some cities are nearly ignoring gender in the schools (letting the kids dress however they like and providing unisex bathrooms), the Springfield Public school system is considering segregrating students by gender (because boys are more self-confident but have shorter attention spans, and girls are more self-consious, but can think for longer periods of time). *gasp* As if the genitals you are born with have any danged thing to do with what kind of person you are or what your learning style is! *growl*

    Then I read that in another local school district, the higher grades are being taught that skinny is beautiful with manditory body fat testing, added exercise, and consistent heart monitoring (to see how fast they are loosing weight). I feel really sorry for those poor kids with medical conditions (like diabetes or thyroid disorders) in situations like this. And it really is shocking (read the article) as part of the testing is an electrical shock administered to each student. *shudder*

    And this is yet another great example of why I homeschool and fight for homeschool and educational freedoms for all people, but I wonder; for how long have gnomes been working in the policy offices of the public school systems, and how do we take their tools away?

    4 comments:

    Anonymous said...

    Gee, that will really suck for all those ADHD little girls.

    TheRambleman said...

    "Then I read that in another local school district, the
    higher grades are being taught that skinny is
    beautiful with manditory body fat testing, added
    exercise, and consistent heart monitoring (to see how
    fast they are loosing weight). I feel really sorry for
    those poor kids with medical conditions (like diabetes
    or thyroid disorders) in situations like this. And it
    really is shocking (read the article) as part of the
    testing is an electrical shock administered to each
    student. *shudder*
    "


    That's unbelievable!! I mean really, shocking them?! Un-frikkin-acceptable!!

    Mama Chaos said...

    Every day I find more reasons to homeschool!

    almhml said...

    Thank you very much