There is a story going around the Internet today that is pretty shocking…if you only read the headline. According to questionable “news” sources such as The Daily Mail, The Sydney Morning Herald and Georgia News Day, women seeking education positions in San Paulo, Brazil’s most populous state, are being forced to undergo virginity tests to get hired! Holy rights violations, Batman! But hold your horses. The truth might not be much better, but women aren’t be hog tied and given the old V-card test against their will. More
Seven New York families will be filing suit tomorrow to end teacher tenure for New York State educators. The families, five of whom are from some of the most struggling neighborhoods in NYC, claim their kids were under-served due to teacher incompetence and are upset that there isn’t an easier way to remove teachers who aren’t performing. More
Standardized test scores are the stuff of nightmares for many parents, teachers and kids, but one school let their students know that while testing is important, it can’t tell you everything. 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
I know parents everywhere love their children and they think that their special snowflakes are never in the wrong, even when they are allegedly whipping out a baggie full of the weed (Yes, I meant to say THE WEED) in the middle of class to bashbrag (I also made this word up, and it means to show off your weed) to all of their little friends. Tempers are running HIGH (see what I did tharrrrr?) at Santa Monica High (That was unintentional) because longtime science teacher and wrestling coach Mark Black has been placed on leave pending an investigation. More
There is a new expose from your pals at Fox News Houston this morning proving once and for all that kids are pretty much the worst. They did a search on You Tube about kids posting videos called ‘How To Get Your Teacher Fired’ which shows bratty monster kids of all ages explaining how they got their teachers fired. 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.
I don’t know about you guys, but this is just sort of a teary reminder for me that all too often we just don’t know what someone is really like other than how we see them on a day to day basis. Well, the video explains it better than I ever could. More
State Representative Gail Finney, a Democrat from Wichita, Kansas, wants to pass a new bill that would allow teachers, parents and caregivers the right to strike a child with ten strikes that could leave redness and bruising. The current law says that you can beat children, but not the point where it leaves a mark. The great news is, under the new law beating a child with belts, switches , or about the head or body with your fists would still be illegal.
There are literally one hundred bazillion controversial topics in this world. More
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