In the mommy blogosphere, where the word “brave” is casually thrown around to describe a woman in a postpartum bikini, the term is consistently cheapened. So much so that when I whip it out to describe sixth grade teacherÂ Rhonda Crosswhite, I grapple with others like “hero,” “superhuman,” and straight up Superwoman. More
When it came out thatÂ Sullivan High School in Indiana was tossing around the idea of a “traditional prom” where queer students would not be admitted, one special education teacher put her face to the cause.Â Diana Medley tried to play the part of the compassionate bigot when telling the press that, of course, she cared about the gay kids who “come to me with their problems.” But sheÂ neverthelessÂ described the kids as “offensive,” adding “I don’t understand it” and admitting that they have no purpose in life. Medley has since been placed on administrative leave for a “controversial comment.” But it also appears that the teacher’s safety has unfortunately been compromised.
As we receive more and more witness details about the horrific shooting in Newtown, Connecticut – there seems to be a detail that everyone agrees on. The teachers and administrators of the school acted heroically and certainly prevented even more senseless deaths. More
Yesterday, I walked into my daughter’s after-school care with holiday treats in hand. I was delivering cookies for teachers, assistants, and administrative staff, as well as books for my little girl to give her teachers. It’s always a good feeling, giving out cookies and presents. My holiday spirit was suddenly ruined though when I got some serious snark from a couple of employees who obviously felt that I wasn’t doing enough for the entire staff. More
Parents and politicians alike spent plenty of time diagnosing the myriad of problems with public schools. We talk about the lack of funding, the crumbling facilities, and the difficult task of measuring effectiveness. I think all of those discussions are important. But as I was reading about a man who helped teachers cheat on their board exams, I couldn’t help but acknowledge that there’s an underlying problem wreaking havoc on schools. It’s the lack of trust that parents have in their children’s teachers. More
Even though you may think the homemade potholder your kid made for their teacher will be treasured and used for years to come, I’m sure a lot of teachers have lots of these sorts of “meaningful” gifts gathering dust in closets from many students throughout the years. More
Imagine my surprise today when my daughter was playing a game at school today and feigned complete ignorance about what to call a certain shape. She’s been identifying shapes for over a year! What was the problem now? Little did I know that shapes were just the tip of the testing iceberg. More
You know how parents are spending thousands upon thousands of dollars to ensure that their children have the very best education money can buy, so that they’ll hopefully grow up to be successful, self-sufficient members of society? It’s funny to think that maybe those parents just needed to be a little more involved in their kids’ educations. More
Have you liked your child’s school on Facebook yet? Does your teacher have a Twitter account for 140 character updates throughout the day? Is your Instagram feed filled with shots of every kid in your child’s class performing various school activities? More
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This morning, students in Chicago have a day off school thanks to a strike by the teachers union. Parents are scrambling to get daycare for their little ones before heading in to the office. Businesses all over the city have an impromptu daycare running in the conference room. And Mayor Rahm EmanuelÂ is chastising teachers for putting kids and families in this position. However, it looks like the unions are the ones fighting for the best interests of the students.
Grade Expectations is a weekly look at education from a parent’s perspective. We’ll talk special needs, gifted & talented, and everything in between.
“Teacher of the Year.” What does that mean? How are they evaluated? And what does the award actually bring to educators? The truth is that “Teacher of the Year” is a bit of lip service and pageantry that distracts from the real problems we have evaluating and rewarding teachers. More
I could not make this story up if I tried. And I have a vivid imagination, my friends. A kindergartner in Oklahoma was just settling into his new school, which I know is a pretty exciting time for any child. There’s lots of new friends, but also plenty of anxiety. Suddenly, his teacher tells him that his tee-shirt is inappropriate and will have to be worn inside out for the day.
What was so horrible about this little boy’s clothing choice? It didn’t swear, promote alcohol or tobacco or display an offensive image. Go ahead and guess what the problem was. More
Let’s face it. 99% of us will hear absolutely nothing about our children’s first day of school. But we can be glad we don’t hear these little gems. More
When it came to being the daughter of a teacher, most people complained about having their parents in the hallways, all the other teachers keeping an eye on you. It made it easy to get caught when other kids slid under the radar. It made for higher expectations from teachers, assistants and administrators. Most kids complained, but I loved it. More