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Saturday, October 29, 2005 

World First: Surgery to separate the heart from the brain

Siamese twins are born into a world that challenges every common fiber of their bodies. Separation is the only viable long term solution.

What about those with special bonds within their very person, bonds invisible to the eye? What about those who feel their heart and their brain have united - allowing a symbiosis of two very different yet vital organs?

How can separation be achieved for these individuals?

I think I need to start prying my brain away from my heart, at least in the school/teacher part of my life.

My brain knows that:

- some girls are too lazy to study prior to a test
- some girls are completely disorganized and can't get their schedule (what happens when) right
- some girls just don't care about school - they are 14 and life can wait
- some girls need extensive prodding to get some work done
- some girls are less gifted intellectually
- some girls work hard and get great marks
- some girls work hard and don't perform well under pressure

Knowing all these things explains just about everything with regards to the first semester results of my 100 grade 9 girls.

Why is it that I can't stop thinking of the girls that failed technology and that will be getting into trouble with their parents soon (well, I assume they will).

I have been so focused on getting their biology grades up with quizzes at every single class for the past 2 weeks - and it worked because now only 1 girl (out of the 100) is failing due to her laziness.

But she and many others are not doing well in technology. Despite being easy on the grading, making sure to assign work that was all explained in their notes, they did not meet the minimal requirements to pass.

60% means we allow them not to understand, not to remember, not to be able to solve 40% of what they are taught. I've always believed this was skewed, that the school system doesn't set the bar at a high enough level.

Being a very competitive person, it was with pleasure that I strived for the best marks possible. But what about "normal" people - people who are not driven by the desire to surpass the person sitting next to them. Are we allowing them to be mediocre, to learn only a little more than half of what they should know, nudging them along each school year as long as they meet the 60% bar?

I suppose my skin will grow thicker as the school year moves along, and that somehow, without surgery, without anesthesia, without pain killers, my heart will separate from my brain and allow me to sleep well at night, even when the end of the semester is just around the corner...

After all, isn't it the kids who are failing that should be losing sleep?

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  • Challenges... don't we all love a good challenge? University, married life, a mortgage, kids, keeping my sanity while we cruise through life at 100 MPH... why not try my hand at teaching for a year. After all, a school year is only 180 days - anyone should be able to survive 180 days, right? Well, I'm about to find out - follow my journey and enjoy my trials and tribulations as I embark in this 180 day rollercoaster ride of teenage hormones and drama, spiked with discipline, homework, exams and surprises I'm sure...
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