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Praxis of Evil


EleCivil

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The sun was hot, the breeze was cool, the music was loud, and my sleeves were short. Yes, that's right...a perfect day to have to go and take a three hour written test.

I took the Praxis I test, yesterday. That's the first of three tests that you need to pass to get a teaching certification.

Praxis I tests you in reading, writing, and math.

Praxis II tests you in your specialized content areas (English and science, for me) and pedagogy.

Praxis III is an in-class evaluation, where they come and watch you teach.

I got back my scores on the reading and math sections, but the writing will take longer, because they have to grade an essay in addition to the multiple choice questions.

Here's the shocker: I scored higher on math than I did on reading. I passed both, but it's still weird. Weirder still, I thought writing was the hardest part. I swear, if I pass math, but fail writing, I'm going to be double-plus-pissed.

"Sandro came back from world travel stupider than left,

Even good guys fight each other, even bad songs are theft.

We walked stupied, he talked stupid, he could not comprehend,

So everyone called him...a stupid man."

"

-"Harem in Tuscany (Tartana!)" by Gogol Bordello

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It may be a matter of interpretation issues. When I went to school, about 4 decades ago, I averaged 49% for about 2/3 of the year, and only at the last was I able to pull off a pass, and this was fairly consistent for the last 3 years of high school. I found that I was simply unable to comprehend the strange (to me) interpretations of the written word that I was expected to spout back. With my Aspergers Syndrome (as I know know I have) it is very hard to do anything but take everything literally. Euphemisms go over my head, as do metaphors, and even descriptions of emotional states. Years and years have finally taught me many of them, but in my early years those things kept me from achieving any kind of good grades. Math, being straight forward, was generally a huge success, no matter how little effort I put into it. I'm not saying you have AS, but the 'bad' grades may not be your fault. You may have been affected by writer's block too. Unless you fail writing, it's certainly not because you cannot write. :icon1:

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Me thinks thou do worrieth too much. You're not only going to pass writing, your score is going to be in a very high percentile of those tested.I've been in a position once or twice to look at the writing skills of today's youth. They are, in a word, atrocious. Your skill is head and shoulders above that of the masses, even those masses who attend college. Your writing is imaginative, creative, and unquestionably of passing quality for whomever is grading the paper. Even if he/she is a pedant who looks to see grammatical and structural rules are being followed more than at what it being said, you'll pass with flying colors.Don't worry about it!C

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.... at the writing skills of today's youth. They are, in a word, atrocious. Your skill is head and shoulders above that of the masses, even those masses who attend college. Your writing is imaginative, creative, and unquestionably of passing quality for whomever is grading the paper.
Seconded! And motion carried.PS: Ele, I loved your double-plus comment. So 1984 :)
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EC, you're bound to excel on the written portion. If not, I'll start carrying protest signs. Then again, I may start protesting now and then anyway.BTW, you might think of doing local color or personal writer's point of view or humor pieces for a local paper. (Dave Barry and locally, formerly Leon Hale come to mind.) Your short pieces are really good for that. Hey, you might make enough to buy more socks....

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EleCivil, there is only one reason an examiner will fail you, and that would be because they were violently envious of your writing ability. Take our word for it you are one talented writer.If you do not pass with flying colours, I will join with Blue's protest and I still have my protest banners left over from the 60s. Stop worrying, you'll do fine. :icon1:

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That was just me screwing up again, Trab. My message got posted twice, I tried to remove one of them and couldn't, so did what you see.Computers and I don't mix.C
Since you clearly didn't it want it there (though I found it very profound and intriguing), I deleted it for you. :icon1: Good luck EC with all of the tests. I hope you pass with flying colours (or colors, even).
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I was SOOO tempted to do that removal myself, but one never knows just what is wanted by the poster boy, so it stayed and I asked for clarification. :icon1:

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Speaking of 'Poster Boy' I just saw the movie tonight. Poster Boy (2004 MPAA:Rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity) is a serious attempt at addressing politics in general with gay politics, personal politics and government politics all pitched at each other. Very interesting with some worthwhile things to say. The style of the movie however has succumbed to the politics of modern film making schools of thought. Worth a look.(Note the rating.) Think I'll post this in the film section as well. :icon1:

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Thanks, guys, for deleting my stuff for me. Although it appeared to still be there. As they say, give a hungry guy a fish, he'll have dinner; teach him to fish, he'll never be hungry again. Or better expressed words to that effect. It would be more useful if someone would tell me how to delete something entirely. I tend to hit the Post New Comment button and see nothing happen, so think I didn't hit it correctly and hit it again, and eventaully two messages show up. It's probably easy to get rid of one--hell, you guys all seem to know how to do it!--but I haven't figured it out yet.And I'm pretty sure we shouldn't be interrupting EC's blog for this!!!!C

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Thanks, guys, for deleting my stuff for me. Although it appeared to still be there. As they say, give a hungry guy a fish, he'll have dinner; teach him to fish, he'll never be hungry again. Or better expressed words to that effect. It would be more useful if someone would tell me how to delete something entirely. I tend to hit the Post New Comment button and see nothing happen, so think I didn't hit it correctly and hit it again, and eventaully two messages show up. It's probably easy to get rid of one--hell, you guys all seem to know how to do it!--but I haven't figured it out yet.And I'm pretty sure we shouldn't be interrupting EC's blog for this!!!!C
Deleting other peoples posts are a moderator function. Since I'm a moderator, I see different options to you so I don't know if you are allowed to delete your own posts, but it sounds like you're not.As for interrupting EC's blog with irrelevancies? I can't think of a more appropriate place to do it.... :icon1:
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Or perhaps that one? :)Please note that an OPTION+SPACE key on a Mac is a valid character and if you make it bold, you have a valid post :)Never tell the Raccoon he can't do something.
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I thought Cole's open bracket post left a lot open for discussion.... ;)Note: Codey once made a very short (or very long?) post on a poem about nothing. (I think it's still around, if you search.) I don't think he'd mind that WBMS borrowed his idea for a blog post. (The invoice is in the email.) (Much like the half a rubber check he sent me....)Hmm, if you had a detachable left hand, you could scratch your left elbow with your left hand with your right hand. :-O ...It's all in looking at the problem another way, which, admittedly, I don't always do.-----OK, back on topic: Hey, EleCivil, how'd you do? Didja pass? Didja pass out? Should I start the revolution without you? Should I carry a sign, "Down With Protests!" ? -- I'd like to claim that one as original, but it's an old "B.C." cartoon. (See, I managed to be both on-topic and off-topic, nearly simultaneously!)

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Hey, this is the first time I've gotten to two pages of blog comments. 'Course, half of them are either blank posts, mistakes, or posts about blank posts or mistakes...but even so, it's a milestone of some kind.

OK, back on topic: Hey, EleCivil, how'd you do? Didja pass? Didja pass out? Should I start the revolution without you?
Still haven't gotten back my writing scores - they said it'd be 2 to 3 weeks.I did get my other scores, though - 186 in math and a 182 in reading (out of a possible 190, with 175 required to pass).Writing was the hardest one, not because of the essay (which was no problem), but because of the multiple choice. I hate multiple choice, because I tend to over-think everything.But I think you should start the revolution with me whether I pass or not.
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...But I think you should start the revolution with me whether I pass or not.
Revolution? Did these old hippy ears hear the word "revolution?""It's a revolution. yeah"Okay I'll just get me hipsters out and my tied died T-shirt and my peace beads."It's a revolution. yeah" "Come brothers, come sisters, come all...""We shall overcome.."EC, I just love the way you are ever aware of what is happening, That is so cool."Back to the revolution...Just remember, "All you need is Love.""Dah, da da da, dah..."
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Sorry, I missed all that. I was trying to scratch my left elbow with my left hand. And that led to trying to touch either ear with either elbow. Don't you guys bother to try it, it's just a waste of time.C

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