So yesterday we in the general public were “informed” about 2017 New Mexico PARCC scores. As “explained” in graphics such as the following compiled by the Albuquerque Journal, we have been “informed” that a certain percentage of students in each district have been found to be “proficient” in ELA (English Language Arts) and Math. And… Read More PARCC and Baseball: How Do We Know Who’s Winning?
Hint I: We’ve been told ad nauseam it’s absolutely crucial to student success. Hint II: The old boss is a big-wig on its board.
Below are a few of the many bike street, etc. improvements I rode across during my recent tour of Portugal, France, Germany and a wee bit of Spain. And, I forgot, New York City. I had a day there to start things off. Here’s a parking-protected two-way “cycletrack” in Washington Heights. How do you keep… Read More Bike Tour Cycling Infrastructure Photos
1,327 miles and three or four countries later, I’m in a “Toyoko Inn” immediately adjacent to the Frankfurt am Main train station with the air conditioner cranked to “Ice Station Zebra.” It was a hot day of touring, Albuquerque hot, but what a lovely end to a lovely tour. As I mentioned yesterday, important life… Read More Bike Tour: The End of Days, i.e., 28-32
Conducting a self-supported bicycle tour is much like directing an overly crafted home movie. You spend very significant time on tiny, yet substantive details, and the outcome is overwhelmingly experienced by no one, aside from the director. While the above is very true, I hope at least one or two tidbits in these many, too… Read More Bike Tour: Almost Harvest Time
Emily and I wrapped up our joint portion of approximately 250 km of cycling in lovely Chalon-sur-Saone, after 40 km of clean-as-a-whistle Voie Verte rail-to-trail up from Malay. The easy riding made it something of a Tour Le France final day in Paris ride, only missing the traditional drinking from flutes of champagne. It’s been… Read More Tour, Days 25-27: Getting Lost is Half the Fun, Eventually
A rest day on the bike tour offers a chance for the legs to recover, but also allows the mind to get something off its chest, so to speak. I’ll start with an insipid observation: The Albuquerque Journal does a supremely awful job of covering K-12 education in New Mexico. If Pulitzer had a Razzie,… Read More The Albuquerque Journal’s Intentional Failure to Cover K-12 Education