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You Never Know Who Will Link To Your Blog

A good thing about having a blog is that you never know who will link to one of your posts.

Earlier this week I was linked to by Mr. DeMink’s social studies class.  Mr. DeMink linked to a poem I ran on the blog by a Japanese immigrant who came to Hawaii to work on a sugar plantation.

Mr. DeMink’s class is a seventh grade class somewhere in Hawaii.

( Above–Hawaii.)

Here are Mr. DeMink’s grading policies—

  • You Must Pass Both Semesters to Pass Seventh Grade:  Yes you heard that correctly, if you fail the first semester you have to repeat seventh grade–even if you get an “A” in the second semester.  You will earn a half a credit for each semester and if you don’t pass the first semester you will be half a credit short of moving on to the eight grade!
  • All Projects Must Be Completed and receive a Passing Grade:  If you decide that you are not going to complete a project you will not receive a grade for social studies class.  YOU MUST DO AND COMPLETE ALL OF YOUR WORK AT A QUALITY LEVEL TO RECEIVE A GRADE!
  • All Projects Turned in Must Be of Quality:  Every project that you turn in must first pass a quality checklist in order to be graded.  If it does not conform to the quality standard then it won’t even be graded.
  • Parents Must Sign off and Explain why each Project is a Quality Piece:  One of the steps in each quality checklist is parent approval of the project.  For each project you must have a parent sign and explain why they think that your project meets the quality expectations required.

You see here that Mr. DeMink is not playing around. Parental approval is required of work before it is submitted.

Good for Mr. DeMink.

Last week Texas Liberal was linked to by blog called Awearness.  This is a blog run by fashion designer Kenneth Cole. It is written by Mr. Cole and a number of contributors. My post that was linked to was about the oldest candidates who have been nominated for President. The Awearness post considered the prospect of Hillary Clinton running for President in 2016 when she will be 69 years old.

Who knew I’d ever be linked to by a fashion designer. It really is not so likely. 

Below is the Kenneth Cole ” New York Hole Hearted Satchel.” This bag will run you $258.

I’m not sure I need one of those bags, but if it is your thing more power to you.

Hole Hearted Satchel - Handbags - Kenneth Cole


October 23, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , ,


  1. I think that Mr. DeMink’s policy of parental approval is good in theory. But what about the hardworking student who doesn’t have parents who are willing or able to sign his/her work?

    A child with a neglectful parent has enough working against him already. How many failing grades will the student receive before he builds up the courage to speak to the teacher, school adminstrators, etc. about his situation at home?

    Comment by Sarah V. | October 23, 2009

  2. i think Mr DeMink might get that when the kid comes and tells them dads in jail and moms sleeping because she was working the street all night. I think Mr Demink wants to see the parents involved but you might want to ask him yourself. Neil nice to see fashion and kids find your post as informational as i do.

    Comment by bill brady | October 24, 2009

  3. Sarah & Bill—I’ll e-mail Mr. DeMink later this week and see how his grading policies work for him and his class. Thanks for both comments.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | October 24, 2009

  4. Bill, that’s my point. This policy’s fairness is based on a seventh grader coming to the teacher and admitting that there are problems at home. Maybe Mr. DeMink’s students are particularly mature. However, when I was in seventh grade, I would have been very hesitant to speak with my teachers about personal matters. What if the child is shy or doesn’t want to admit that his dad is in jail?

    Comment by Sarah V. | October 24, 2009

  5. i think the cases of parents no knowing what the kids are working on out weigh the kids whos parents are m.i.a., i get your point but i dont agree thats its unfair. i have to sign my daughters work once a week. i dont see the issue with it. I can sympathize with kids that are in that spot but the bigger picture has to be seen.

    Comment by bill brady | October 25, 2009

  6. I guess the issue I have with it is that the child’s grade is dependent on someone else’s actions. Don’t get me wrong, parental involvement is very important. I came from a family that really valued education, and I hope to pass that along to my daughter. I just worry when the student’s grade is partially based on the parent writing a paragraph describing the student’s work.

    Comment by Sarah V. | October 26, 2009

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