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Perspectives

The Etymology of Slurs

When someone’s in a hurry to get somewhere and they spill their breakfast on their favorite work shirt or they accidentally lock themselves out of their apartment or their car has a flat, you know what that is? Frustrating. Anger-inducing. Just generally unfortunate. But never “retarded.”

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Writing

Rooked by Phonics

I was lurking in a right wing blog talking about teachers (a pet topic, I love teachers.) and I saw a post decrying Whole Language as a flim-flam method of teaching kids to read, when phonics worked great for the poster.  It’s important to note that the poster had a tenuous grasp on spelling.  I […]