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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Denver Speakers Corner 


"Cor ad cor loquitur."
(Heart speaks to heart.)

Take the soap box and give us 3 to 5 minutes straight from your heart, or just listen to what others have to share about issues, candidates, causes, and local Denver community news.

It's like a poetry reading for politics.

The sign up sheet is out at 3:30 p.m. Those who RSVP and come by 4 p.m. speak first.

Denver Speakers Corner Meetup
Tomorrow, Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 4:00PM

Each Sunday we gather at 4 p.m. under the center arch of the Civic Center north pavillion on Colfax just across the street from the Denver Post.

Then we go to some other part of Civic Center, most of the time right between the state capitol and the Denver city and county building. That way we can point! :)

This is a lot of fun. Poets are welcome to read when they take their turn, or talk about the candidate, cause, or concern you have about government, politics, or anything that's happening here in our city, state, nation, or world.

What's on your mind?

RSVP is optional, but there are several advantages: 1) It gives you priority on the speakers list, 2) Makes sure you get a reminder of the meeting each week, and 3) gives you a vote as we make decisions about the group.
Join us now, while it's on your mind! Or just be there Sunday. Either way, we are glad to have you with us!
Civic Center Park (North Pavillion)
Colfax & 15th Street
Denver, CO 80201

See the full event details at http://www.meetup.com/Denver-Speakers-Corner/calendar/11709180/.

Check out what members are saying about Denver Speakers Corner:

"Come out and polish your skills. Rehearse a line a speech, or even an excuse you plan on giving your significant other. (LoL on the last one. "No really honey I was just joking!)

Express your thoughts, worries, anger (but please no violence), or just introduce yourself as you support those around you taking a chance.

Its free, so come on out and meet some pretty cool folks." - charles ballew
"Because there is no better way to keep free speech alive and kicking." - keith
"It will engage their interest, since we speak about current issues. Further, it will give people who like to speak a chance to do so, while giving people unskilled at speaking a chance to improve their skill." - G. P.
"This has the potential of becoming a great source of local news about Denver." - John
"This is my favorite meetup." - Michelle Fire Eater

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving! For my Thanksgiving message (and to invite me to be
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Yes, the Denver IDEA Cafe will meet this Friday, Nov 27.
Great speaker! For more and RSVP at http://meetup.com/Denver-IDEA-Cafe

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The longer I taught in the public school system, the more I came to think that schools were concerned with everything but teaching. Teaching was the last priority, something you were supposed to do after you collected the milk money, put up the bulletin boards, straightened the shades and desks, filled out forms in triplicate, punched the cards, charted all the reading levels so they could be shipped downtown to the Board of Education. Everybody was test crazy. It seemed as thought the administrators only wanted to probe IQs and rank test scores. It didn't matter whether the children learned anything at all. Nothing was important except their performance on standardized tests. Teachers were supposed to teach skills specifically for those tests. Marva Collins, The Marva Collins' Way, Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 1982.