Report from Louisiana: Back to School

Hold a kind thought for teachers in the next few weeks as we head back to school. In our district, we start tomorrow – two days of motivational and procedural in-service training (again) and then kids mid-week. This will be year 24 for me and I’m pretty in-serviced out, if you know what I mean, … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Back to School

Detectorists: Charming, Beautifully Written Series to Steal your Heart

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – I’m bouncing off John Ruberry’s post this week; he reviewed the Netflix Longmire series and so I’m going to share my favorite series: Detectorists, which is a charming, funny, and beautifully written British series by Mackenzie Crook.  Let me stress the “beautifully written” part. Oh, and the photography – breathtaking. … Continue reading Detectorists: Charming, Beautifully Written Series to Steal your Heart

Struggling with Common Core

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- I am struggling with the Common Core ELA curriculum.  We’ve been talking about Common Core nationally for several years now but it has only this year actually trickled down into my high school classroom with the new, mandated Louisiana Believes curriculum which is hosted on Learnzillion. Apparently what “Louisiana believes” … Continue reading Struggling with Common Core

Report from Louisiana: Early Prison Release #fail

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT --  Well, that didn’t take long. Tyrone White, a convicted car burglar who was released early under Louisiana’s new free-the-criminals criminal justice overall, has been re-arrested.  White was out of jail only five days before he picked up a gun and robbed a construction worker in Kenner, Louisiana.  He is now … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Early Prison Release #fail

Proposed Republican Tax Bill Hits Teachers

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – I haven’t poured through the proposed Republican tax plan but I did get far enough to see that teachers will be losing their $250 per year tax credit should it pass unscathed. The tax bill proposed by Republican leaders yesterday scraps a benefit that many teachers have come to rely … Continue reading Proposed Republican Tax Bill Hits Teachers

Report from Louisiana: Confederate Monument Update

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – I’ve done a fair amount of blogging in this space about our Caddo Parish Confederate monument and the anti-monument hysteria that is sweeping the country, so if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to bring you up to date on our local monument controversy. Ours is not like any other in … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Confederate Monument Update

Report from Louisiana: New Orleans has a Mayoral Runoff

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – The next mayor of New Orleans will be a woman.  In Saturday’s mayoral election, two women finished with a majority of the votes and will face off in a November runoff election. While we’ve spent much of the past two years talking about monuments, neither candidate wanted to bring that … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: New Orleans has a Mayoral Runoff

Report from Louisiana: Reject the Scripted Curriculum

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Let’s talk Common Core one more time.  I don’t know why this is still an issue, why this is still a thing, why it still exists, but it does. Many states have renamed it, but no matter what name you give it, it’s still Common Core, and it’s rotten. Besides … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Reject the Scripted Curriculum

OJ Simpson Now Free to “Catch the Real Killers”

By:Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – OJ Simpson is out of jail.  I guess now he will be able to catch “the real killers” of his wife Nicole. OJ left a Nevada prison, Lovelock Correctional Center,  after nine years of incarceration for conspiracy. Now he is a parolee. According to CNN: The former NFL star left prison … Continue reading OJ Simpson Now Free to “Catch the Real Killers”

Report from Louisiana: The Beauty of a Thing

A friend of mine has a night -blooming cereus that she named Eudora, in honor of course of the famous Southern author Eudora Welty who had one in her own garden and was known for celebrating its buds with all night parties. When my friend's cereus produced buds last week, rather than throw an all night party she sent … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: The Beauty of a Thing

Report from Louisiana: More Monument Frenzy and Tim Imholt is Right

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – I read Tim Imholt’s post a few days ago on this blog with great interest.  I’ve done more than my fair share of “monument blogging” to the point that I’m wary of ever writing about another monument in my life, but it is a cause I think is important. Tim … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: More Monument Frenzy and Tim Imholt is Right

Rotten to the Core Common Core is still Rotten

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT --  Despite what anyone tells you, Common Core is alive and well across the country.  It’s not always called Common Core anymore because of all the negative connotations and observations after its launch, but it’s still there. Some states have renamed the program.  In Louisiana, it’s called Louisiana Believes.  In New … Continue reading Rotten to the Core Common Core is still Rotten

Report from Louisiana: When do the Book Burnings Begin?

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – In a move that should be a surprise to no one at this point, the Orpheum Theater in Memphis has pulled the 1939 film, Gone with the Wind, from its annual summer screening after 34 years, citing complaints from offended citizens. In a statement to the New York Times: Brett … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: When do the Book Burnings Begin?

Report from Louisiana: Hurricane Harvey, the Cajun Navy and Biblical Floods

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – The tragedy unfolding in Houston and surrounding areas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey is difficult to watch.  Forecasters are predicting flooding of “Biblical proportions” that will be ongoing throughout the week.  The devastation is hard to imagine. The city of Houston accepted many refugees from Hurricane Katrina who are … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Hurricane Harvey, the Cajun Navy and Biblical Floods

Report from Louisiana: The World Has Gone Mad

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – If you have not yet done so, please read DaTechGuy’s post on the Saturday protests in Boston. I’m a college educated, professional woman and I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around all of this.  The irony is too great. I’m trying to allow for the fact that I … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: The World Has Gone Mad