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Title: Pumpernickel
Part 9 – Enter Silas - https://charisstoma.dreamwidth.org/1329126.html
Author: charisstoma
Rating: R
Word count: 508

“Pumpernickel. In German, “pumpern” is “intestinal wind,” while “nickel” is a demon or sprite.” Fern looked up from the screen of her laptop where she was supposedly researching a recipe for a story.

Ezz sighed at the grin on Fern’s face and put down his computer tablet to slowly say, “yes?”

“Know anyone named Pumpernickel?”

“Be good.”

“Not the answer to my question.”

Another sigh. “Yes and he’s well aware of what his name means. He prefers to be called Nick.”Read more... )
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And Meep said: Makes me wonder what happens when a demon is after someone whose not interested, because the power and support are all with the demons here.

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The Blue Door

Title: Enter Silas
Part 8 – Trust - http://charisstoma.dreamwidth.org/1311441.html
Author: charisstoma
Word Count: 1928

His cousin had been silent for too long.

Born on the same day, they’d grown up together, shared the same great- great grandmother whose grandchildren, twin girls, had married twin brothers. Needless to say the family was close.

He and Fern touched base with each other several days a week and she’d been unreachable for too long. Last time she’d contacted him, she’d mentioned needing to do another banishment of a demon. He shook his head. He might have to do an extraction from the Demon Plane if what he thought had happened had happened. With luck she wasn’t mated yet. An uneasy dread crept up his spine when he considered if he was too late. If she didn’t like how things turned out, the repercussions could rattle the discrete diplomatic arrangements the Demon Plane had in place.

He turned off the car and sat staring at the place Fern had rented. The lights were on. That might be a good sign or she was taken during the night and never got a chance to turn them off.

“Okay. Staying in the car isn’t going to get any answers,” Silas told himself. Read more... )

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Title: Trust – Part 8
Part 7 – Conferring - http://charisstoma.dreamwidth.org/1310597.html
Author: charisstoma
Word count: 758

“So after due consideration, we recommend you take Demonology 601. Ezz has indicated that he will cover the tuition for you.”

The Liaison, the demon liaison, sat in the chair with his mate, the human Liaison whose name turned out to be Lovell, standing behind him. Xand was discretely seated behind the desk, she noticed and Lovell seemed to be hiding behind him. She could imagine what both of them were hiding, the room had a heated sexual scent to it.

“I’m not here to take classes, I’ve special status to do research,” she argued. “I’m a writer.”

“We’re aware of this. Also of the genre of the books you write and the research you are doing. Consider this, your taking this class will possibly mesh well with your writing, if not the book you are currently working on then the next. It will help you understand the relationship between demons and their mates.”

She barely restrained herself from snorting. “Demonology 601 is listed as Demonology Relationships. I looked up the class and read the class description but can’t find its location. I think Ezzy is trying to derail my current writing project’s theme.”

Xand seemed to grin, but all he did was nod his head, “that is of course possible. It is not un-understandable that he would like you focused on him as his mate and your future together. This is just a suggestion, a strong suggestion, that you talk with him about your concerns.”

She sighed and glanced at her new watch, Ezz had called it a chronometer, that was a gift from him. The dial color was turning pink.

“Ah, I see that you have an engagement,” there was a definite grin this time. Love and I are available to answer any of your questions if there’s any need. The Liaison’s Office’s website, and email address is listed on the card you were given. Even if Love and I are on the Demon Plane those contacts will reach us.”

“Wait. You’re telling me that the internet connects to the Demon Plane also?” She was astonished and an idea occurred to her.

“Yes?” Love was the one to answer her.

An evil grin spread across her lips. Oh the possibilities. “Okay. The Demonology class is on the Demon Plane, isn’t it.”

Xand nodded.

“Great,” she rose. Her, “Thank You,” was uttered as she hurriedly left.

“Think we did a good thing telling her that?”

Xand grinned up at him and pulled him down and there was the sound of cloth tearing, settling him and himself right where he wanted them. His Love would complain later and he’d explain once again that he’d heard how the Inuit had a useful idea in pants which allowed them to squat to defecate without removing their pants.
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“So,” she entered the courtyard to find Ezz seated waiting for her and reading something on his computer tablet. “I learned something just now. The Demon Plane has internet access.”

Ezz smiled and turned his tablet so she could see the screen. Whatever it was, looked official.

“Work?”

“Yes. What evil thought have you had that has you grinning at me?”

“Well, they suggested a class that they said you’d be willing to pay for me to take. Surprisingly I couldn’t locate where that class is supposed to be held. There’s no building like that on this campus. My what an innocent face you have right now.”

“It’s only held on Wednesdays and Fridays,” Ezz shrugged. “You could stay over with me on those days and maybe if you just happened to be interested, the weekends too. I could bring you back on Mondays before I go to work and pick you up late Tuesday afternoons. We could go out to eat and then to my place.”

“Ah, but I read the class description and there’s a section that’s available online. I might have to take the exams on campus but otherwise I could stay right here on this plane and take the class.”

A low growl of annoyance caused her to smile. “I want to try that kissing thing again. It was quite enjoyable,” and laughed when he moved her so swiftly onto his lap with her legs straddling his lap.

Sometime later, “Tease. You’re not wearing panties under your dress.”

“Oh, I’m so sorry. Should we stop?”

“You a virgin?”

“Of course.”

She grinned and smothered his pained growl with her lips knowing that he’d not try to enter ‘that’ portal and cause their first time together to be painful.

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Title: Chapter 7 - Conferring
Part 6 – Liaison - http://charisstoma.dreamwidth.org/1310597.html
Author: charisstoma
Word count: 952


“Drat!” She followed up with a hand cradling her forehead, “He called me his mate while he was poked up out of the summoning circle trap.”

The Liaison twisted his chair around with a smile. “Oh that does make things easier. If Ezz is willing to claim you as his mate then that’s one problem we don’t have to deal with. It won’t be a case of just seduce and release,” he coughed into his fist. “Sorry. That one was too good to not share,” he grinned. “Release. Get it. Don’t worry you will and love it, speaking from experience.”

Carefully she set the bottle of Starbucks Coffee Mocha down so as not to spill it on the book she was reading. The Liaison had warned her about taking extreme care with any of his books she decided to peruse while she waited for him to research her case. She didn’t want to think about what Associating with Demons and their Magic hyped up on coffee and chocolate might be capable of doing. Placing the book even more carefully on the chair she had just left, she set her hands more carefully still on the Liaison’s desk that didn’t have any computer equipment on it.

“Now look,” she calmly spoke through clenched teeth. “Regardless of his intentions, they aren’t my intentions. I don’t know him, anything about who he is other than his being a demon. Is he a good person that in 5 years, 20 years, 50 years, 150 years, I will still be able to say ‘this is my mate, it was the best day of my life when he claimed me’? Or, in 2 days will I be looking for sharp pointed objects to kill him with?”

The Liaison’s eyes had rounded slightly at the last part. “Maybe I should be more concerned for the welfare of the demon.” He made a hunt through one of the desk drawers and pulled out what looked like a dull black stone plaque. “Here, put your hand on this and hold it there ‘til it changes color.”

“What if it doesn’t change color and why am I doing this?”

“It will change color and you’ll just have to keep your hand on it until it does,” his smile had teeth in it. “It won’t release your hand until it does,” he shrugged Read more... )

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Title: Liaison – Part 6
Part 5 - Perilous Path – http://charisstoma.dreamwidth.org/1306027.html
Author: charisstoma
Word count: 1048


‘Oo-kay,’ she mentally drew out the word, they’d told them in her intro to Demonology class that the Demon Liaison Office was located in an open double entranced hall. She dithered outside the ornately decorated stone archway to that passage. The Demon Liaison Office door was so close she could practically touch the door. It was right there on the left, maybe 5 steps past the archway. There was a chip out of the stone entrance, about knee level and she wondered, guessed what could have made it. Something substantial to make that big of a chip, she didn’t want to know considering its proximity to the Liaison Office. All the wizard scenes from Harry Potter, were not real … were they?, flashed before her eyes and she did a quick compare and contrast. Nah, couldn’t be. The movie wasn’t real life… but then again most people didn’t think demons and other magical beings were either.

Taking out a handful of pebbles she tossed them one after another into the corridor tracing out her path. Before she got there the door opened and an annoyed man stuck his head out to frown at her.

“I do wish you would stop doing that. I understand why but the Liaison’s Office is protected so gather up your,” he regarded the small rocks, “protective pebbles and come in.” He glanced out the door behind her and his frown grew.

His growled, “You too,” to that someone had her practically jump up from her gathering to stand and turn toward the doorway. There was nothing there and she quickly turned to look at the man who had an amused grin on his face.

“Gotcha. Come on in and tell me about it.”

She barely kept her own growl sub-audible, well maybe not sub-audible because the man’s grin grew. Demons and their liaison, made of the same cloth.

“I heard that.”

“I didn’t say anything.”

“You thought it really loud then. Come on.Read more... )
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Title: Perilous Path - Part 5
Part 4 – Research - http://charisstoma.dreamwidth.org/1305043.html
Author: charisstoma
Word count: 304

‘Step into the water,’ the cheerful splashing fountains said or so it seemed as she walked by them.
‘Nope. Nope. Nope. Not going to,’ she sped up as she walked by the long line of vertically dancing water.

Slightly ahead of her, like 3 steps and she had already angled her path to go around the person, a student bent down to rescue some bug or penny or ‘something’. With a cry the student fell sideways into the grey, blue, and white roiling length of water to seemingly disappear. Just as quickly they reappeared gasping, bobbing to the surface and levered themselves out and a couple steps from the water feature’s edge.

“You okay?” she asked him,

“Wha..? Um yeah, I think so. I could swear the water just molested me. It um felt me up back and front.”

“Oh...” she paused, how to explain, “you should sit-in at one of the Demonology lectures.”

Wide eyed, “Wha…? No Way. I’m not into that fantasy stuff. Engineering student,” he said as if that explained everything.

She smiled, “that probably explains why the fountain burped you out then,” and she quickly continued on staying on the furthest portion of the walkway away from the water.

‘So water too is dangerous.’she thought and connecting some dots groaned. ‘No bathes? Showers?’ “Argh! What next, a gust of wind,” she paused mid step, the wind had picked up sending swirling eddies of leaves. Reaching into her pocket, she pulled out one of the landscaping pebbles and tossed it at the largest mini-dust devil…leaf devil? The stone disappeared but from the midst of the leaves she heard a distinct, “OW,” and the wind dropped scattering leaves upon the ground.

With more speed she power walked towards the Campus Demon Liaison Office, totally avoiding the larger water feature along the way.


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Title: Research - Part 4
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Author: charisstoma
Word count: 438

After the incident in the foyer and then the wide glass door, she was feeling hunted. She’d made it outside safely thanks to the greater foot traffic on the lower level stairwell. If this continued it was going to seriously impact her ability to do the things she needed to do, like earn a living. As far as her creative writing class, she rolled her eyes.

Picking up a taco and a soda at a street vendor, she sat on a bench in the dappled shade of a tree to consider. She needed information, so:

1. research at the Library on protective measures against demon possession
2. visit the demon liaison office which had a daunting location with its dual portal.
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The Library wasn’t difficult. Lots of students entering or leaving at the same time that she was. The references were more difficult, she smiled, something to do with students doing research.
Finally she got a reference that was high on the list of books suggested for the upper level Demonology Classes, a student told her a title on that list and went with her to find it on the shelves. Together they found the pages pertinent to her needs, used the copier, something the sympathetic and helpful student suggested though she kind of figured out that the student wanted the book themselves. She was lucky that the book was a ‘Reference’ and therefore for in-Library use only.

Trying to exit out of the Library through the double sliding doors should have been easy; once more in a tandem with students some of whom met the criteria of demon-munchies, evidently her predicament was becoming known. In fact one of them had rudely shoved her back to step through and had promptly disappeared. To reappear almost as quickly. The student was practically coughed back out into the Library and a low growl had more than her rubbing the hair on their arms to settle goosebumps. Tit for tat, she grabbed the angry rejected student and firmly walked out with her arm in arm, a smile broad upon her face in contrast with the grumpy face of the student.

Undoubtedly there was some rule she was breaking, as she stooped to gather and pocket a handful of pebbles from the landscaping. But they were one of the most easily accessible protective items. Throw a few through a doorway/possible summoning circle and when the first hits the ground step threw whatever entrance you needed to get through safely and still be on this plane.

Now just make it across campus and into the Liaison Office. Should be easy as pie, right.
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Part 1 - Attention Deficit Distraction

Part 2 – It’s Magic

Part 3 - The Meeting

Part 4 - Research

Part 5 - Perilous Path 

Part 6 – Liaison

Part 7 – Conferring

Part 8 – Trust

Part 9 - Enter Silas

Part 10 - Pumpernickel





Persons -
Fern McKenny - main character
Ezz - demon
Silas McKenny - cousin of Fern
Pumpernickel -friend of Ezz (demon)
Hank - human transported thru a summoning circle
Sally - texts in Capslock but not that text
Georgie - Sally's assistant
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Title: The Meeting
Part 2 – It’s Magic - http://charisstoma.dreamwidth.org/1301932.html
Author: charisstoma
Word count: 453


The door was way too large. This was her first clue. Second was that it was not child or klutz friendly, anyone if they weren’t being aware could catch their hand or whatever in the shorter part of the door frame when it pivoted on its hinge. Why would any sane person want a door like that? No one human.

Ah.

To get to the room where her appointment was, she’d need to pass through this door.

Standing in front of the ‘open’ door, she murmured, “Not going to happen,” and did what a door does, especially what this one did, pivot around and walked away.

“Oh, come on,” followed her and a smile spread across her face. ‘Darn, foiled again,’ she said soto voci.

“I heard that.”

Pressing the button to call the elevator back to the floor she was on, she pulled out her phone. Scrolling through her messages, she tapped the text concerning her meeting. ‘Yep, that’s the room.’ Just to be sure she sent off a separate text to the individual who had sent it to here.

The phone pinged shortly, ‘SORRY. I HAVE NO MEMORY OF ARRANGING A MEETING WITH YOU TODAY.’

Dear Sally. He never could figure out how to get his phone texts out of caps-lock. Then again, she was no help because her texts were all lower case; she snorted. And THAT should have been a clue; though Sally might have had his assistant send the meeting message, Georgie did know how to text in both upper and lower case.
hat brought up an even more worrying idea. Ezz might have figured out how to hack into her phone’s text messaging.

Turning she called out, “Ezz, if you’re hacking my phone, Cut. It. Out.”

Only the hum of the elevator could be heard and its loud ping of arrival. As she was just about to step through the opening doors, another ping sounded, this time from her phone.

The text read as, “Who me?”

She decided to take the stairs right next to the elevator bank doors. There were more floor exits and entrances with opportunities for others, especially on the lower levels, to be using the staircase to leave the building. According to common knowledge, two humans could not be transported through a summoning circle if they didn’t know and voluntarily want to enter them with the full knowledge that it was a summoning circle.

The elevator behind her positively growled as she walked through the doorway into the stairwell. Only 12 floors. She was going to get her cardio in after all.

Sending a reply text to Ezz, ‘door size, overeager much?’

The ping came only a moment later, “Very eager.’

“Drat it!”
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summoning circle

Title: It's Magic
Part 1 - http://charisstoma.dreamwidth.org/1300329.html
Author:charisstoma
Word count: 659


She paused as she entered the office building; in front of the elevator bank someone had defined the circle of the campus name with a neat arrangement of yellow wet floor signs.

“Oh Lord he must be desperate.”

“Someone’s trying to summon a janitor,” was laughed by one of the group of students entering the foyer behind her.

With a roll of her eyes she turned, “How many of you have taken Demonology 101? Raise your hands.” She’d found if you acted with authority generally the students listened.

“Oh Pulleese.” The student stepped around one of the signs to enter the circle.

There was a hush as they all waited to see if there’d be any repercussions, the student inside the circle smirked. Just as it seemed as if nothing was going to happen the floor seemed to go translucent and the student gave a shout as he disappeared through the floor.

A disgruntled voice could be heard, “Drat it. Wrong sex and person.” Then more querulously, “Didn’t anyone teach you about summoning circles. Back you go.”

“Hank,” one of the girls cried as ‘Hank’s head and shoulders started to reappear through the floor.Read more... )

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A student asked me for help on a work sheet, this was interesting.

True or False -- A birthday is an example of something temporary.

The word transient came into the discussion. And he and I went to look up the meaning in Roget's.
We decided on False because we still celebrate George Washington's, Abraham Lincoln's, and Martin Luther King's birthdays. All of them are no longer among the living. So birthdays aren't temporary but they are celebrated for a short time on the anniversary of their birth each year. Then again we only celebrate with a holiday for one day, usually.... so temporary could have some basis.

The glass has water within it, is it half empty or half full or is it upside down drying in the rack? Or is the water pitcher hovering above it about to pour more water into it or held at the lip about to be drunk from? .... Transitory ?

This reminds me of a past year's lesson with the kids. It was a science lesson and they were choosing various animals to put into a computer program to create one creature that would then be described for its appearance and abilities. The word of the year learned was 'abominations'. They loved it.

That was the same year that we had to carefully explain to one young student that among the endangered animals they could chose to study, the unicorn was not real and didn't qualify.

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Could nursery school farms be the way of the future?
- Katherine Martinko
http://www.treehugger.com/culture/award-winning-design-pairs-nursery-school-working-farm.html


© Aut-Aut Architecture
An award-winning design blends traditional nursery school classrooms with a working farm, allowing young children to learn through gardening and tending livestock.

Imagine if the nursery school of the future were a farm, complete with vegetable gardens and animals, the tending of which would be part of a child’s daily routine. This glorious concept isn’t as far removed from reality as you may think. In fact, such a design, titled “Nursery Fields Forever,” was the first-prize winner of a recent architecture competition in which competitors were asked to design an ideal nursery school for the city of London, England, based on the following:

“[Nursery schools and primary schools] intend to provide a grounding for the child to start school, offering a range of structured educational experiences based on learning through play. A new kind of kindergarten design encourages kids to be their silly selves. What does a school do with 4- and 5-year-old kids? How should be the nursery of the future? How children should spend their days in these structures?”

A group of four young architects from Italy and the Netherlands created the winning proposal. “Nursery Fields Forever” is a working farm that taps into young children’s natural attraction to plants and animals. Rather than having to take kids out into nature – something that’s difficult in urban settings – the kids would already be in a natural setting.

This could resolve one of the most basic problems facing young children today – an absence of direct experience that has “completely misled children’s perception of the world and its basic processes… This appears particularly true in urban environments where children often ignore, for instance, that milk comes from living animals or that beans don’t sprout in cans.”


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© Aut-Aut Architects

A nursery-farm school would approach learning in three ways that follow the rhythm of the seasons, rather than fixed classroom subdivision:

1) Learning from nature (the 5 kingdoms of life, the 4 seasons, the 4 elements)
2) Learning from technique (how water is supplied, how sunlight can be converted to energy, how the Earth nourishes crops, how wind can power homes)
3) Learning from practice (planting, tending, harvesting, collecting eggs and milking cows)


Nursery Fields Forever
© Aut-Aut Architecture

Even infants can benefit from interaction with animals. ArchDaily writes, “Contact with animals like donkeys promote relaxation and curiosity in babies, as well as developing their immune system against common allergens and bugs.”

As the creators describe on their website, even shy children can flourish in a natural setting. Children are more prone to approach and interact with others when sharing a mission or a duty, and having a third relational component (i.e. plant or animal) can create a bridge between a less outgoing child and other potential playmates. It can also stimulate subjective processes such as the development of self-esteem and sense of responsibility.

“Children learn from teachers and assimilate through practice how to domesticate animals and plants. At the same time they establish a respectful relation with nature, with the human community and the places in which their life takes place. Organic, biodynamic and permacultural approaches are preferred in the ethical production with didactic ends that permeates the routine of the little farmers.”

While Nursery Fields Forever has yet to be transformed into bricks and mortar, it signals that change is on the horizon for outdated school designs. Interestingly, a majority of the other design entries also embraced natural settings, i.e. a park, a garden, another farm layout, which suggests a general shift in that direction.

Countless studies have shown that, when kids spend time outdoors, they remember more of what they study, they do better on tests, and are more inclined to eat vegetables after they’ve helped grow them. They are more active, healthier, and happier overall. A nursery-farm school, therefore, seems entirely logical.
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Omniglot - the online encyclopedia of writing systems and ...

www.omniglot.com
A guide to alphabets and languages, with useful foreign phrases, tips on learning languages, language-related links, multilingual texts, and much more.

Example: http://www.omniglot.com/conscripts/fictional.htm
Tolkien's scripts

These scripts were invented by J. R. R. Tolkien and appear in his novels The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. Tolkien's Tengwar script was originally designed to write the Elvish languages Quenya and Sindarin, but has been adapted to write quite a few other languages.

Cirth
Cirth Sarati Sarati Uruk Runes
Uruk Runes
Tengwar for Quenya
Tengwar for Quenya Tengwar for Sindarin
Tengwar for Sindarin Tengwar common mode for English
Tengwar for English
Tengwar mode for Hungarian
Tengwar for Hungarian Tengwar mode for Icelandic
Tengwar for Icelandic Español (Spanish) in the Tengwar alphabet
Tengwar for Latin American Spanish
Gàidhlig (Gaelic) in the Tengwar alphabet
Tengwar for Scottish Gaelic (Version 1) Gàidhlig (Gaelic) in the Tengwar alphabet
Tengwar for Scottish Gaelic (Version 2) Español (Spanish) in the Tengwar alphabet
Tengwar for Spanish
Cymraeg (Welsh) in the Tengwar alphabet
Tengwar for Welsh



Other fictional alphabets

Ancients' Alphabet
Arcadian
Ath
Atlantean
Aurebesh
Dancing Men
D'ni
Dovahzul
Dragon Runes
Daedric
Espruar
Fonic
Futurama Alien Alphabet
Futurama Alien Alphabet
Gargish
Gnommish
Golic Vulcan
Halo Covenant alphabet Hylian syllabary (Old)
Hylian syllabary (Old)
Hylian syllabary (Modern)
Hylian alphabet
Hymmnos
tlhIngan pIqaD (Klingon alphabet)
Kryptonian
Marain
Matoran http://www.omniglot.com/conscripts/matoran.php
The Matoran or Bionicle alphabet is used in the Lego series Bionicle. It is used to write things in the constructed language, Matoran, and can also be used to write in English.

Notable features
•Type of writing system: alphabet.
•Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines.
•Used to write: Matoran and English


Translation

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)


Romulan
The Script of Sunúz
Standard Galactic Alphabet
Tenctonese
Tsolyáni (Tékumel)
Utopian alphabet
Visitor alphabet
Zentlardy alphabet
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http://roadkillgoldfish.com/texas-kids-shocked-by-scores-on-new-math-staar/

Texas students received their STAAR reports earlier this week.

It wasn’t good news, especially for elementary and middle school students whose math skills were tested based on the state’s new mathematics curriculum, which requires children to learn and master skills and concepts TWO YEARS above their current grade level.

For those who may be unfamiliar with Texas’ public education system, you need to understand our officials are obsessed with rigor and high standards. They don’t really know what that means, but why let that get in the way of a government program? Nonetheless, our education officials won’t let Texas children get away with being stupid, so they’ve opted to eliminate that risk early by making them learn more at younger ages.

That’s why we now have kindergarteners solving math word problems, even though they can barely read and master basic addition. We have six graders learning algebra, even though the course has traditionally been taught in eighth or ninth grade. (Follow link above to see what kids are expected to learn in each grade.)

Texas has rigor and high standards.

Texas has no common sense.

Accelerating learning beyond a child’s developmental abilities is just damn stupid. Their brains simply have not grown enough to process these lessons, and sadly, many of the reasoning skills we’re demanding of our elementary school children don’t even develop until the age of 12. Adding this material before the brain can handle it doesn’t speed up a child’s development, it destroys the child’s spirit.

That’s why we have thousands of children who now believe they are stupid – their STAAR math scores show they answered only a fraction of the test questions correctly.

STAAR Report2
In reality, this isn’t too shabby for a kid who was forced to work two grade levels ahead.
Of course, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) isn’t saying these kids are stupid – yet.

That comes in September.

Parents received a notice this week that explains passing standards for this test will be set this summer. No one has passed or failed – yet.

Here’s what TEA said:

“Once the new passing standards are set for math, you will receive an updated report in Sept. 2015. This updated report will tell you whether your child passed the test. It will also give you additional information about your child’s performance…This information can help you and your child’s teacher identify areas where your child is doing well and areas where he or she needs additional help or support to be successful in math next year.

When you are reading this report, please keep in mind that the 2015 STAAR math tests include some concepts and skills that were taught for the first time this year. For this reason, students will not have to meet the final math passing standard this year.” (See the letter.)

In other words, your child will go on to the next grade, but if it ends up that she didn’t pass this test, she’s going to be separated from her peers so she can spend more time on math. For elementary school children, that means special tutoring groups. For middle school kids, that means they lose an elective and will be forced take a remedial math class in addition to their grade-level math class.

It’s all about rigor and high standards, y’all.

These children simply don’t measure up, and they need help.

I call BS.

These children are doing exactly how they’re supposed to be doing for their age; it’s the bureaucrats who need help for thinking that adding two years of concepts to their measurement equation will get a positive result.

Enough is enough. Our children deserve MUCH better.

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