Since we’re about to enter the process of confirming a new Supreme Court justice, it’s worth remembering the myths about that process that float around the media landscape. MediaMatters has a handy guide to them. (hat tip to DailyKos)
Ok, I’ve bragged in this blog over the years about Crosswinds, the middle years IB program (and public school) that our son Alex graduated from. Well, now our son Nathaniel is a 7th grader there, and in the intermediate orchestra. A kid at the school (Carl Anderson) recently made a very brief visual tour of the school, accompanied by one of the orchestras. It’s a fun glimpse of this wonderful school. And the best news? If your child lives anywhere in St. Paul or most of the surrounding suburban districts, they can go to Crosswinds (if they get in through the lottery, that is). Right now it’s 6th-10th grades, although parents are advocating that it stretch to 12th.
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