I drove to Missoula yesterday, and I realized I missed driving, only because I miss listening to NPR. I used to listen to the online stream, but realized that I couldn't work and listen to the stream. On yesterday's Morning Edition, there was a story about Teach for America and it's recruiting this year. Notable statistics from the story include 17,000 applicants for 2,000 positions, 11% (over 100 students) of Dartmouth's senior class applying, and a 40% increase in applicants. For those who didn't know, TFA used to be an AmeriCorps program, I've been rejected by them, though Tony got accepted on his second time through the process. Trying to find my post from last year about my TFA application, I stumbled upon this one that reminded me of how frustrated I was last April. (It's also pretty similar to where my friend is right now, and eerily close to a conversation I had with her at the bar last night.)
Anyway, on part of the drive, I couldn't pick up NPR, so I ended up listening to AM radio, and got to listen to Dr. Laura. There's a part of me that even misses listening to conservative talk radio, because I like hearing the other view point. Anyway, yesterday she mentioned this Washington Post article about how kids are using more and more profanity. The article matches my experience with teaching - that it offends many teachers, but you can't really discipline on language, as the administration has bigger fish to fry. My biggest issue with excessive use of profanity is that for many people, it's a crutch - that they lack the vocabulary to express themselves, so resort to using fuck and shit for every part of speech.
I finished my federal taxes online, and I'm actually getting a refund. I'm a little surprised, since I had some investment income, along with teaching, and my two VISTA positions. I still have to do Montana and Ohio taxes though . . .
I also got an e-mail this morning, saying I'd made it to round two for the National Teaching Academy. The email started off "Congratulations! I would like to invite you to the second round of the NTA application process. I was impressed with the thoughtfulness of your essays and the strength of your recommendation letters, and I am looking forward to meeting you in person." I just wrote a quick thank you note to the three who wrote the recommendations. Since the NTA is just getting started, I think that introduction wasn't just a form letter, and Eric (the founder) actually meant what it said.
Time to work on some DI Alumni stuff . . .