Thumbs-up to the lecture on J. Frank Dobie given by Hal Davis recently in Goliad. The reading of excerpts from some of Dobie’s books gave a taste of his colorful style of sharing history. The screened photographs showing Dobie from his childhood to his retirement and beyond added to the lecture.
Thumbs-up to the Aug. 16 performance of “The Cowboy Ain’t Dead Yet” at the Leo J. Welder Center by Theatre Victoria. It was a great, clean show.
Thumbs-up to the pediatricians who are prescribing outdoor play time during the school day and on weekends. This helps children mentally and physically. It has a positive influence on their learning and on their behavior.
Thumbs-up to core exercises that can be done while sitting. Simply touching one’s right elbow to the left knee and then reversing to touch the left elbow with the right knee will help strengthen core muscles. Some of the best workouts do not require gym equipment. Just try it.
Thumbs-up to Pope Francis for his unprecedented letter to the world’s Roman Catholics in which he condemns the abuse of young Catholics by their clergy. The cover-up has only perpetuated the crimes. Pope Francis has faced the problem and initiated corrective action.
Thumbs-up to Torres Elementary staff for recognizing the problem with online-only VISD registration and doing something about it.
Thumbs-up to the Boy Scouts of America for accepting monetary donations toward sending popcorn to our troops who are serving overseas. For those wishing to let our military know we thank them, this is an easy way. The BSA popcorn sale starts Aug. 25.
Thumbs-up to home security systems that include cameras. Cameras are a deterrent to crime, and cameras are a big help in solving crimes.
Thumbs-down to expensive athletic programs in the high schools. When true needs arise in public schools, taxes are raised. In private schools, thousands in tuition is a barrier for those who just want a religious-based education.
Thumbs-down to the notion that a “hard” subject matter test composed of surprise questions gives an accurate account of learning. Whether it’s kindergarten or college, assessment should be over predictable material.
Thumbs-down to the notion that might makes right. There is no moral correlation between might and right. Bullies use their might not for the sake of doing the right thing but to force a wrong thing.
Thumbs-down to VISD administration who thought all parents could register their children online from home.
Thumbs-down to rude, crude language posted on social media. It shows a lack of verbal skills – not to mention imagination.