“The blatant disregard of environmental degradation, climate change, and other major sources of pollution is enough for me to know I'll NEVER vote for Republicans backed by these greedy deniers. They apparently don't care about future generations one bit.”
“Facebook is a tool that can be used for good, but too often used for idiotic purposes. A teacher posting about "lazy, whining" students should not be reprimanded, but if a teacher calls out a specific student in a derogatory manner, he/she has crossed the line. www.mindfulstew.wordpress.com”
Julie Baker Morse on Jul 4, 2012 at 04:05:30
“Why not? "Lazy" can just as easily mean that the teacher isn't teaching effectively. How do you expect a child to do their homework if you failed to teach them enough to understand it? And if the teacher DID fail in that regard, wouldn't you "whine" about it? Often, one's choice of words is as important as the motivation behind them.”
“This is all about equity, not equality. We need to treat teachers and students differently in high-poverty, low-performing schools.
As a teacher with experience in various public schools, including high-poverty schools, it is ridiculous that teachers who work their tails off trying to reach the toughest kids aren't compensated more. In addition, these kids need more human/social resources, so the staffing should be much different than in suburban schools. More counselors, more after school programs, etc. www.mindfulstew.wordpress.com”
Allthosewhowander on Jul 1, 2012 at 21:44:06
“I agree with your sentiment. Not all teachers are created equal, just as not all students are created equal. I take pride in the fact that my skillset, as a teacher, fits best and flourishes in a very low income school. My strengths as a teacher and mentor may not be best utilized if I was to work in suburbia. I'm a part of the lives of my students outside of school, and am very involved in advocacy for the community. People who are living in survival mode, in my opinion, have a very strong understanding for genuine, and disengenuous people. To people who dedicate themselves to working in communities like mine, they understand that it is more than just being a teacher in the classroom. That being said, too many schools in impoverished neighborhoods have been mislabeled as "failing" or "bad schools" with "bad teachers". Unfortunately, the leadership at my school changed 2 years ago, and the person who took over as principal, has no interest in any community involvement or outreach. Consequently, the school has an extraordinary of behavior, attendance, and vandalism issues. The community no longer trusts the school because of the example set by the bureaucrat who is in charge. Of course, he has found away to blame everybody but himself for the problems he created, and can't solve.”
“The word factories and animals don't belong together. Sadly, this doesn't seem to be so uncommon, as the author states.
For those Americans who love their pets and also choose to eat meat from agribusiness, there is massive cognitive dissonance. While I'm not immune to monthly fast-food stops while traveling, I try to avoid the styrofoam wrapped meat at supermarkets and other meats that undoubtedly have roots in abuse and disgusting conditions. www.mindfulstew.wordpress.com”
Inkosi on Jun 15, 2012 at 10:58:22
“Fortunately in South Jersey we still have "family" farms and can get true organic food. You can visit the farm - see how the chickens live, cows etc. Buy locally and keep the family farm alive.”
“Let's make this clear--I'm not a perfect teacher, but until you've taught for eight years in struggling, diverse, public schools, you have no right to judge my teaching. I have no problem with black students or any students--I treat students as individuals, and I happen to be observant of what I see in school and in the classrooms.
You have a problem with me because I'm a white male unafraid to state the truth. The fact that "Acting White"--meaning caring about school, acting respectfully, and using standard English--is a REAL issue amongst many young black males is yet another problematic element of a subculture that relates in a group of people holding themselves back, NOT racism.”
“Right on! But people are too "busy" and it "costs" too much. Those arguments are baloney. Apparently, we spend less on food as a percentage of income than any civilization in human history.
I cringe when I see huge, fertilize-drenched lawns and no garden in sight. What an idiotic waste of time and resources to keep such a lawn, when the same energy could be put into a garden. http://mindfulstew.wordpress.com/2012/05/06/tires-tomatoes-and-gardening-ethics/”
“Wessmith, agree with a lot of your points. Somehow, culture keeps steamrolling towards a consumer/materialistic dystopia that only values convenience and leisure. What's the point of worrying about how and where things come to you when it's easy as clicking a mouse button to order a pizza, or endlessly entertaining yourself with idiotic Twitter feeds and YouTube videos?
Check it out: http://mindfulstew.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/on-leisure-and-boundaries/”
“Carl, I respect your profession and, living in Kentucky, I've seen small farms, large farms, organic, and non-organic. I'm thankful for agriculture, but I'm not thankful for the dominant farming paradigm right now. Will prove to cause more destruction than good in the long run (if it hasn't already). www.mindfulstew.wordpress.com”
“Is it really indefensible?
There is a reason certain values and attitudes results in law-abiding behavior, and any sane-person's definition of success.
Let me guess--it's all racism that results in the Black students at the school where I teach having a disproportionate number of suspensions and discipline issues.
Bill Cosby is right on many fronts. Black America needs so many more conservative voices to lift a large group of people from victimhood, a pathetically high amount of single-parent homes, etc....”
poeticjustice4all on May 19, 2012 at 18:50:17
“Indefensible. Your prejudice and lousy attitude walks into the classroom with you and negatively effects everyone with the misfortune to be in your destructive path. It's no wonder the "Black students" have a problem with you. I have a big problem with you just based on the garbage you have dumped here in a few posts.”
“We need good, caring teachers regardless of their race. Instead of a multicultural teacher workforce, we need leaders of various communities to step up and finally admit that certain cultural values and traits are better than others when it comes to respect, education, and doing the right thing.”
poeticjustice4all on May 19, 2012 at 01:10:25
“"Regardless of their race" is exactly the system we have now -- and their race is nearly all-White. Claims of being "color-blind" are jokes best left to Comedy Central's line up.
It's not about one culture being "better than others." That's a ridiculous and indefensible position.”
“To all those foie-gras lovers--come on now, there are plenty of delicious things to eat that don't involve force feeding. Yes, it take effort and energy to think about what you consume. But if everybody raised their consciousness a bit, the world would be a better place.
Bourdain is entertaining. Bourdain is also a self-serving idiot. www.mindfulstew.wordpress.com”
steelcock on May 12, 2012 at 08:53:46
“Bourdain is an example of the low class, profanity using, loud mouthed ,vain jerk that gets ahead in our society. Like Travolta he has fondled a few scots to get where he is.Probably shot up some heroin first to get through it.”
“Nothing wrong with the initiative. I'm sure people who want bottled water will still find it. What a scam that industry is, but since our culture is driven by convenience and leisure, it doesn't surprise me that bottled water sales have skyrocketed over the past few decades. www.mindfulstew.wordpress.com”
“I have no problem with the image. Any meat eater who is offended doesn't think enough about where their food comes from. I agree with the user below that killing what you eat is an instructive, possibly life-changing experience. I bow-hunt for deer, enjoy the challenge, and am grateful if I can harvest the animal. www.mindfulstew.wordpress.com”
“Absurd to ban bake sales and not strive for truly sustainable and healthy food. Plus, if kids participate in making things for a bake sale, this is a step in the right direction with regards to engaging in the process of making something. www.mindfulstew.wordpress.com”
“Some will argue that "the train is leaving" so we better catch up with students and embrace social media and texting with students, letting students use phones in school, etc.
I'm not sure we should, even though it seems inevitable.
Technology, of course, is neither good nor bad, but we are collectively jumping too fast on the train without enough thought to what is happening to our brains, and also whether or not the changing communication norms are a good thing. It's time for restraint.
Check out my thoughts at mindfulstew.blogspot.com”
“Instead of supermarkets being filled by pathetically cheap, processed and homogenized food products across the country, how about a focus on regional products and distribution to:
1. Invigorate local food economies
2. Put more people to work in an industry that MATTERS to the long-term sustainability and health of our county and its people.
3. Increase access to locally grown, fresh food
4. Revitalize local and regional food production and cultures
5. Mitigate the threats of climate change
“I'm not a parent yet, but as a teacher, I've seen so many pathetic and destructive attempts by parents disciplining kids. Schools aren't much better. Punitive punishments, spanking included, are the easy and no-thinking way to deal with misbehavior.”
VANDERGRAAFK on Jul 4, 2012 at 03:46:23
“Don't know where you hail from, but a small minority of teachers in urban California pine openly or secretly to bring back the principal's paddle.”