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Professing Faith: Mass in Latin is a trip back in time

Gregory Elder is a professor emeritus of history and humanities at Moreno Valley College and a Roman Catholic priest. (Courtesy Photo) I am sitting in a pew, wearing enough clerical robes to live in medieval times, listening to a Mass being said by a priest whom I know. This I have done innumerable times in my capacity as an Anglican and later a Catholic priest. But this one is different, because it is being done in the Latin language and according to the older ceremonial of the church. It is very literally a trip back in time. The Mass begins with what is called the introit, or a series of prayers said by the priest at the foot of the...

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The Daily Dose

The Short:If you could use some simple, quick reading comprehension questions that gets updated daily, go here!http://dailyeoc.blogspot.com/The Long:When I switched schools about 15 years ago, I was hired specifically to work with kids who were destined to not pass the English I EOC.  For those of you not in North Carolina, an EOC is just our state exams.  Students need a 3 out of 4 to pass it and my students were predicted to make a 1 (based on previous state tests from elementary and middle school).  I did have a few 2s.  My principal flat out told me when he hired me that my job was to get these kids to pass the test.Back then, if you failed the...

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Hey Pandas, What Are 3 Things You Really Love And 3 Things You Really Hate?

Think about it for a moment and let us know.#1Bugs Goth clothing Dinosaurs Homophobes Racists Poor quality teabags#2Love: Dogs Cooking Nature Hate: Sexism Xenophobia/racism Rude people#3Love: Chocolate The smell of rain Watch a good serie Hate: Racism Homophobia Liars#4I love helping people. I love feeding people. I love treating the homeless with the respect they deserve. I hate racism. I hate those that ignore the needs of others. I hate those filthy, stinking, neo-natzi trumpsuckers.#5People Working Boozing People Working Boozing#6Loves! 1) Cuddling up under a blanket with my S.O and watching a show or MCYT together. 2) When you're trying to fall asleep and it starts raining outside, but like nice rain. Where it's just soft and peaceful and lulls...

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Folks Online Are In Disbelief After Seeing This Company’s Poster That Says They Don’t Hire Liberals Because Of Their Emotionality

There are several topics many have by now learned not to broach—ever—especially with particular people who get overly passionate (and unreasonable) about them. Politics is one of them. Now, doing this on a personal level alone often leads to bad things happening to good people, but it’s nothing but mind-blowing when someone one-ups this by proactively bringing it into their businesses. One politically oriented job ad that’s been spotted, posted, and reposted on the internet has been drawing people’s attention to a great extent. More Info: Reddit People have been slamming this “we do not hire liberals” sign that recently resurfaced on the internet Image credits: EggsAndMilquetoast So, back in mid-2016, a picture of a job advertisement annex, if you...

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Phonics teaching in England needs to change – our new research points to a better approach

Sokor Space/ShutterstockArguments about the best way to teach children to read can be intense – they’ve even been described as “the reading wars”. In England, as in many other countries, much of the debate has been over the use of phonics, which helps children understand how sounds – “phonemes” – are represented by letters. The government requires teachers to use a particular type of phonics teaching called “synthetic phonics”, and the emphasis on this technique has become overwhelming in English primary schools. Supporters of synthetic phonics teaching have argued that teaching of phonemes and letters should be first and foremost. On the other side have been supporters of whole language instruction, who think that reading whole texts – books for...

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