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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

WE ARE SIAMESE IF YOU PLEASE


New Jersey educators want to add Chinese as a world language to their school's curriculum.

They deduce that since 67 percent of students already speak Spanish, why not give them an opportunity, at taxpayers' expense, to become trilingual?

Are they smoking crack?


Teaching kids to speak Chinese before they can speak English proficiently shouldn't happen until pigs can fly.

Then again, Pig Latin as a first language sounds kind of "iftyna."


P.S. Sorry, I have no pictures of pigs, but Canada geese should do the trick. They're almost as dirty, and they already can fly.

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14 Comments:

Anonymous proofreader said...

So, does that mean that taxpayers have to pay for all the new printed materials in Chinese, along with Spanish now at our expense? Does that mean Hispanic students enrolled now with English as their second language could feasibly learn Chinese as their second language instead of English, as originally intended? Aye carumba! (If I knew Chinese, I'd put some Chinese character expletives here, too)!.

Wed Apr 04, 11:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Job said...

I always thought that pigs could fly. When I was a child my mommy taught me:

"The time has come, the walrus said
To speak of many things,
Of shoes, and ships and ceiling wax,
Of cabbages and kings,
And why the sea is boiling hot, and whether pigs have wings."

What did your mommy teach you?

Wed Apr 04, 12:42:00 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

my mommy taught me not to eat my boogers.

Wed Apr 04, 01:07:00 PM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

my mommy taught me to only take candy from strangers if he were a single, eligible man..(and I - a single, eligible woman)...she also taught me it was ok to eat my boogers if no one was watching..

Wed Apr 04, 02:03:00 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

that's because she didn't want you to wipe them on the furniture. I tell my granddaughter to eat hers, too, because she wipes them on my sofa... :)

Wed Apr 04, 02:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How lovely...

Wed Apr 04, 06:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Menuval said...

Methinks we are devolving from the ridiculous to the absurd.

BTW, I never would have guessed that Proofreader was a single, eligible woman. I thought for sure she was a sensible married man.

Wed Apr 04, 08:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Confuscious says "Be the snot", dont eat the snot, be the snot. As demonstrated by some of the bloggers !

Thu Apr 05, 10:47:00 AM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

Yeah Menuval,"who'd a thunk it?" I am a "normal" 51 year-old female with a soon-to-be married 25 year-old son and 23 year-old daughter ..and separated the past 8 years of my 31 year marriage - we're both good friends (without benefits) and will get around to final decree someday..and consider myself sensible and caring and involved with my community- I just happen to have a wicked, warped sense of humor I sometimes (ok, mostly) display in this blog..that's what drew me to Diana's newspaper column and blogsite to begin with! Sorry if this sounds like a SWF/match.com ad..was just replying to fellow blogger Menuval's comments..

Thu Apr 05, 11:22:00 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

yep, those wicked, warped sense of humors will get ya!

Thu Apr 05, 12:20:00 PM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

it takes one to know one..I'd also be remiss to point out that the plural of sense of humor is: senses of humor...{like mothers-in-law}..sorry, must be the "proofreader" in me..

Thu Apr 05, 12:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Job said...

Hey proofreader, you meant you'd "also be remiss if you didn't point out ..."

Diana's writing is clear enough that we don't need you to correct it - especially since you make errors yourself. Was your constant nitpicking the reason you are separated?

Thu Apr 05, 01:16:00 PM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

job, I am not a professional proofreader, and this is a running joke between us because when Diana originally set-up her blogsite, there was an error on her biography/cover sheet that I brought to her attention via email-she was about to launch her first blogsite and corrected it since it would've been on her bio sheet next to her site and from that day on, I was dubbed "proofreader"..so it is really kind of an inside joke..and no, job, sorry to disappoint you, but I am not a "nitpicker" in my "real" life,and the reason we are separated is a mutual decision -we married at 19, realized we were always going to be "just good friends" but not husband/wife..but thanks for asking! Sorry you felt the need to personally attack me: my mother taught me to be nice to people! What did your mother teach you? :}

Thu Apr 05, 01:54:00 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

my mother taught me not to pick my boogers and flick them at people!...:)

Thu Apr 05, 02:50:00 PM  

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