Saturday, August 28, 2010


Oh, you couldn't read my "web dings" fonted text? Oh darn, then you wont hear my good news, what a pity. Why do they have web dings font? There must be a reason that I am not aware of. Like if someone wanted to send a secret message, but then you would have to send the secret key along with it and that would just be a pain in the ass. Maybe its a little collection of free clip art that you can only use effectively if you have the entire web ding alphabet memorized. That's probably not the reason. Oh, now I'm just babbling. Telling you random unimportant things like the fact that I drove all over the city of Tempe tonight trying to return 2 Red Box DVDs which Ive had in my purse for 7 days. Ive walked by numerous Red Boxes this week completely forgetting the 2 little gems I held. Tonight I finally remembered. Walgreens, power outage so their Red Box was down. Drove right past Walmart not remembering they have one until about an hour after my adventure. Safeway only has a Blockbuster, no Red Box. First Circle K, scary homeless guys hanging around. Next Walgreens, their touchscreen would not respond to my touch, nor anyone elses. So they pulled the plug and plugged it back in, blank screen...I don't thing they should have done that. Final Destination, the 2nd Circle K...yay, a Red Box!! Did I mention the fees for those 2 movies are $14 and only 1 of them was watched. Its the Vergara way.
Oh yeah, the good news......
Details: Training in Frederick MD for 3 months and then he could be relocated anywhere. Lets all cross our fingers and toes for Seattle!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

London is NOT a country!!

I apologize in advance for anyone reading this who in fact sends their children to and likes the Arizona public schools. I would just jump off this boat right now.

So, in Primary on Sunday (I am the music chorister) I thought it would be fun to teach the kids the song "Children All Over the World" All you Mormons out there know it.
"All over the world at the end of day
Heav'nly Fathers children kneel down to pray
Each saying thank you in his own special way
Saying thank you, thank you in his own special way"
"Gracias, Malo, Wir danken dir
All over the world tender voices hear.
Some say Tak, others Merci,
kansha shimasu, we thank thee"

I thought it would be a fun game to have pictures of the countries flags and have the kids guess which country the flag belonged to, with some additional hints to help of course.

One flaw to this game. It had completely escaped my mind that my Primary is filled with stupid Arizona public schooled kids. 9-12 year olds, what grade is that? 4-6 grade!

(oh did I mention the word for Thank you in the countries language was written on top of the flag) Another mention, I know these kids well, I know when they are being smart asses, these guesses were solid.
First flag

...these were the guesses

1. Georgia

2. California

3. Africa

4. Australia

5. Colorado


7. Washington DC

At this point I had to stop them. I had already hinted to them that Spanish is spoken in this country, this country is famous for Bullfighting, and this country is in Europe.
I also informed them they had yet to this point actually named a.......
Then my primary kids, of which 5 out of 7 are Mexican (spanish spoken in the home), proceed to ask me what "HOLA" (they pronounced it Holla) meant. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
For the second, third, and fourth countries they might have accidentally guessed an actual country for one of those, not the correct one, but at least a country and not a city, state or Continent.

Okay the 5th country

Your guess didn't happen to be Utah did it?
Because their guess was! Oh, and "The Middle East, they speak the "Mercy" language there don't they?"
Maybe you guessed Alaska? They did!
The best guess was Germany, since it was actually a country, that's a lot to say considering we had already seen, talked about and learned the word for Thank you in German about 5 minutes prior.

This primary makes me insane. Ive actually walked out on them before. 5 minutes into Singing time, I grabbed my bag, collected my children from their junior primary classrooms and went home. No one has had the courage to ask or confront me about that. Too bad.
What are our Arizona public school doing for 7 hours a day??? Apparently not Geography. I'm not saying these kids need to memorize all the countries names and locations (although why not?) but at least know the difference between a state, a city and a continent!
What gets me is these kids are actually smart kids, smart kids who have never been challenged a day in their lives. They are given mediocre work to complete with mediocre standards placed in front of them just to be sure that one kid who is on the lower end of the scale makes it into their sadly lowered box of standards. We are not doing these kids any favors by giving them work below their ability. Wake up, our school system has hardly changed in almost 200 years. It was established to teach the bare minimum to produce blue collar workers and its doing that same thing today.
I will get off my soapbox now, reluctantly!
Almost done...parents are the only vehicle strong enough to change this flawed school system but if you are blindly following and not questioning then change will never happen.
And one more thing...