Beth Fine

Educational Fiction Author – Serious Thinker – Child at Heart

Developmental English

A Good Read Drives You to New Locations

A good read comes in different packages depending on a reader’s taste. For a good read, a reader will likely choose his favorite type of book. A good read may be a beach book, a Harlequin romance, or even a self-help tome for the reader to scan while getting a tan. A good read may […]

AAACE Conference in Lexington

After returning from the AAACE Conference in Lexington last fall, I needed time to digest the impact. I met some fabulous people and have had productive followups. But, in the main, my head has been spinning with issues about continuing education for adults. This population is little-studied and perhaps less-understood because it runs the gamut in […]

More College Remedial Classes

With all the money spent on education, how can we reconcile the sad statistics of results? Increased rates of students dropping out to grim job prospects and rumblings of new employees with diplomas unable to read manuals or write shift reports should wake us up to how far we are falling behind other nations. It […]

The Punctuation Police

I’ve heard of the Secret Police, Thought Police, Language Police and Fashion Police, but I had no idea there was an underground squad of Punctuation Police! My son-in-law follows and even posted to a site called Apostrophe Catastrophes where ordinary people upload photos of blatant apostrophe misuse. Check it out—http://www.apostrophecatastrophes.com/ Alas, in todays’ world w’hen […]

My First Book Cover

This is so exciting! 🙂 This story introduces readers to an amateur sleuth with carrot-colored hair and simultaneously kicks off my educational fiction series. I’ve talked about her and lived with her for years; along the way, I’ve shared her with several of you, and now it’s almost time for others to meet her! The simple cover […]

What’s in a name? (My two cents about Rap)

RAP: Everyone has an opinion, so here’s mine… As much as I enjoy Ice Tea on Law and Order, understand his show-biz savvy to exploit his notoriety to the hilt, and admire his idea of rap competitions to get kids involved with words, I would appreciate his putting a “d” on his name (Iced Tea) […]

My Pet Peeve

Bar none, my biggest pet peeve is the Misuse of the Nominative, Objective, and Possessive Cases, especially coming from those who should know better! A day rarely goes by that I don’t hear pronoun misuses emitting from professional communicators (newsmen, commentators, radio talk show hosts, and preachers). Their misspeaks continue to surprise me. Surely, these […]

Why do I have a disclaimer?

Why have I put a disclaimer on my stories? Why, because I want to speak freely. Philosophically, I believe that exposure to the world is inevitable for our precious progeny. Within boundaries of safety, we want them to learn that peer pressure, following the crowd, and cultural input alone cannot yield the refined individual God […]

Johnny (Still) Can’t Read

Remember the adage Johnny Can’t Read. Honestly, Janie did little better? Baffling as it was, we still have the same problem … only the names have changed. We now produce Kristins and Kevins…Keishas and Kyles…Kellys and Kennys…Kendras and Kalebs who still cannot read! Degreed educational doctors and curriculum specialists annually wrestle over new acronyms to […]

“We Don’t Need No Education”

Pink Floyd’s prophecy of “We Don’t Need No Education” has played out in reality out over the last four decades. Now, when I consider what has happened in American public education is mirrored in England as well, the song may actually be sadly prophetic. What struts around calling itself “academic achievement” I describe as throwing […]