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The Golden Verses Of The Stoic

Seneca and Epictetus refer to the Golden Verses of Pythagoras , which happens to provide a good framework for developing a daily routine, bookended by morning and evening contemplative practices. Zeno of Citium , who founded Stoicism in 301 BC, expressed his doctrines in notoriously terse arguments and concise maxims.  However, Chrysippus, the third head of the Stoic school, wrote over 700 books fleshing these ideas out and adding complex arguments to support them. 

The Standard Stotsky Built

What You Really Need To Know

I could tell it was there, just couldn't put my finger on it. Sandra Stotsky begins her bio on her Univeristy of Arkansas Professor page with this:
Sandra Stotsky is credited with developing one of the country’s strongest sets of academic standards for K-12 students as well as the strongest academic standards and licensure tests for prospective teachers while serving as Senior Associate Commissioner in the Massachusetts Department of Education from 1999-2003. 
Both the current and the archived frameworks show this isn't the case. The archive was created in 1997, two years before she arrives. The present is a hybrid with Common Core. No mention of her helping with either of the projects she claims is anywhere on the Edu websites. Emails requesting clarification are not responded to. 


In 2005 Stotsky, through Thomas Fordham is on the 50 state tour with her own private method of evaluating Educational English Standards for every grade of K-12. She is able to complete this without help, assistance of study.  Her report shows no citations, no criteria which she based hers on, no acknowledgement of assistance, help, advice, no evidence that anyone existed in the world. 
By comparison, 29 people validated CCSS and it took them six moths, with several changes in many areas requested over that time period. 
Stotsky completes in less than a year. 
2006, only a few short months really from Stotsky completing her evaluation, Fordham is required to send out three other people to do the same thing. Their report comes back stuffed with citations and acknowledgments of assistance. 
Stotsky makes her tour sound successful, when in fact it was useless. 


Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.
William Shakespeare

The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.
Albert Camus


I will not let go