I was driving to work one day listening to a radio show game called The Nearly Impossible Question. The question: 60 percent of men think having this makes them more attractive to women. What is it?
As I drove, I could tell I was thinking like many of the callers, who guessed attributes like a good smile, a nice head of hair, money, nice clothes, or good biceps. Yet none of these was the correct answer. Finally, a caller got it right and I nearly drove off the road when I heard the answer – it was love handles!
When I heard this, I thought of two things. First, there is a big difference between females and males on weight gain. Second, and I don’t want to be too critical of my fellow men, but while we all put on a few pounds and we don’t necessarily need to be ashamed of this, thinking that putting on weight makes us more attractive is really almost delusional.
While many of us like to ignore our weight gain, if we want to lose weight we have to face the truth.
Over the next year, school districts will also have to face the truth on the new teacher evaluation models. I have been to several meetings on the tenure reform law as well as the teacher evaluation models, and the hard truth is that while these changes seem very worthwhile, they will come at a cost in both time and money. It is also probably the case that any additional funding that districts may receive will not cover that cost.
If these changes are as beneficial as the pilot districts and the New Jersey Department of Education have indicated, then these proposals must become a high priority. (more…)