I think one of my daughter’s teachers really, really doesn’t like me. I know! Shocking, right, that someone doesn’t like me? I’m at an age, I think, where I don’t care whether adults hate me. Except, when you have this gut feeling that a teacher hates you, then you do actually care, because what if said teacher takes it out on your daughter, instead of just hating on you? More
Probably the only thing worse about having a teacher prey sexually upon one of her underage students is knowing that it might have been avoided altogether. More
And how exactly are these kids training to be grade-A, gold-plated tools? Just your usual 11-16 year old behavior, really: racism, sexism, posting videos of teachers online without their consent…you know, kid stuff More
Reading the accounts from these kids who said they never expected anything like this to happen to someone they know is heartbreaking. I cannot imagine the sort of fear and confusion that went on in the halls at Franklin Regional Senior High School yesterday, and how these kids and adults will even begin to heal and find hope after an event as horrific as this one. What I also find amazingly difficult to fathom is how the parents of Alex Hribal feel, especially after reading the accounts from neighbors and the family attorney. More
I get that parents need to be informed, but sometimes I am so eye-rolly about the supposed dangerous trends that kids are coming up with these days. NEWSFLASH, parents: Unless you have 100% blocked out your own childhood, we have all done these stupid things before. Kids been doing stupid things since the dawn of time, which is why this latest “eraser challenge” outbreak should come as no surprise. More
All right parents, listen up. I’ve tried to stay quiet on this issue but you’ve forced my hand. We need to talk about school drop-off and pick-up AKA the time when rational, courteous adults turn into rude devil babies.
In elementary school, I had lice twice. It was a moderately hellish experience, so trust me when I say I know what I’m talking about. I never, ever want either of my kids to get lice, if I can help it. Thank God I don’t live in Virginia, where schools have adopted a “lice free for all” policy. More
Until I hear Sunnie was just some monster child and was acting super terrible while attending school, I think this is just a simple case of these weirdos thinking her short hair was giving her the gay and that didn’t mesh with their “Christian values.” More
Great news for parents and teachers who are frustrated with Common Core—change may be coming sooner than you anticipated, and it all starts with Indiana. As of Monday, Indiana was the first state to formally withdraw from Common Core educational standards, out of the 45 states that have adopted Common Core in recent years. More
I’m not doing my kid’s homework for him; it’s not going to happen. The parents who do this give the rest of us a bad name. Show-offs. More
An academy in the UK county of Cornwall has banned teachers from using red ink. From now on there will be a new grading system using green and purple pens. Why? Because everyone knows red is the color of rage, anger, punishment and periods. I embellished with that last part.
Theresa Siegler is a mom with a criminal record. Twelve years ago she was arrested and convicted of a felony drug charge – a conviction that stops her from volunteering at her child’s school. She thinks the policy needs to be reevaluated because she wants the opportunity to volunteer and be around her child. While I think people should be forgiven past transgressions, I understand why it’s just too complicated to approach each parent on a case-by-case basis. More
The opt-out parent revolution is growing—enough to cause concern in state school districts that don’t know what to do with kids who aren’t required to take standardized tests. Since parents were involved in the opt-out process in the first place, they also want a say in their child’s activity while standardized tests are in progress. More
My kid hasn’t even reached kindergarten age, and I’m already worried about his social standing. Wait—before you leave, I promise this isn’t as vapid as it sounds. More