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Cecelia Ingraham, New Jersey Mother, Reportedly Forced To Remove Photos Of Deceased Daughter From Cubicle (POLL)

Cecelia Ingraham, New Jersey Mother, Reportedly Forced To Remove Photos Of Deceased Daughter From Cubicle (POLL)

Commented Sep 10, 2011 at 01:57:36 in Business

“The loss of a child is bit more significant and life changing than a bad date,a bad mother-in-law, or boring vacations. You are being completely insensitive to compare the loss of a child to these things...the loss of a child of your own is forever and it does not go away.”

missingwmd on Sep 10, 2011 at 02:01:36

“im not comparing them just saying that non work related conversations go on all of the time. I know a death is more significant than a boring vacation which is why i can't understand why her co workers were so callous as to go to management on her. Im just saying the probably annoyed her too...she didn't go running to management on them. If you scroll down you will see im completely on her side. Any thing she may have done to "annoy" or make her coworkers "uncomfortable" was negated by the callous treatment she endured from management”
Senator To Facebook CTO: Your Company Is 'Indefensible'

Senator To Facebook CTO: Your Company Is 'Indefensible'

Commented May 19, 2011 at 19:07:51 in Technology

“My eight year old has begged me for a fb account for a long time and I said no each time.....it's simple. The people who created and run facebook are not the parents of the children on there. Step up and protect your own child.”
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Kerry Campbell, 'Botox Mom,' Apologizes, But Is The Entire Thing A Hoax?

Commented May 19, 2011 at 00:34:09 in Style

“Either way, it is a no win situation for the child. It sounds to me that mom needs help....someone else mentioned Munchausen Syndrome...which part of definition includes undergoing surgical procedures for fixing a disease or injury. The disease may be the mother's issues and what she went through as a child...lack of attention or physical beauty as a child, teasing, bullying, etc. She wants her child to have what she didn't.”
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Teacher Appreciation Week: 7 Ways To Say Thanks

Commented May 5, 2011 at 01:28:44 in Education

“and if you were never taught by a teacher you would not be where you are now :) btw I appreciate every Software Engineer out there....I can't believe what is available to help my students succeed; however, you must give credit where credit is due. You didn't come out this way, somebody, somewhere taught you...just saying :)”
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Teacher Appreciation Week: 7 Ways To Say Thanks

Commented May 5, 2011 at 00:35:09 in Education

“Really?? How old are you?”

sydneymoon on May 7, 2011 at 07:03:10

“Great question...
I had this urge to add OMG! OMG! For Real!?! in reply.

(I suspect pinkibus is just having some fun)”
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Teacher Appreciation Week: 7 Ways To Say Thanks

Commented May 5, 2011 at 00:32:54 in Education

“I think you may be confused..it is if they can't do it.....teach them!!! They being referred to as the kids of the future of our country.”
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Teacher Appreciation Week: 7 Ways To Say Thanks

Commented May 5, 2011 at 00:28:28 in Education

“Mine too! She deserves so much more respect than she receives!”
Pennsylvania Mom Michele Gray Opts Her Children Out Of Standardized Testing

Pennsylvania Mom Michele Gray Opts Her Children Out Of Standardized Testing

Commented Mar 25, 2011 at 02:17:13 in Education

“I was wondering how they would evaluate a special education teacher, as well as a child with a disability. I taught sped ed for 3 years when I first started teaching 11 years ago. Back then we used a portfolio documentation of progress towards IEP goals for the children with severe disabilities and modifications while taking the normal test for the children with specific learning disabilities. I am not sure now if that has changed. I wonder if the sped teachers will be evaluated on the same system, which would not be fair; nor is it fair for a child with a disability to be evaluated on the same system only to receive yet another highlighted label of below basic. In my opinion, there is a reason they qualify for special education services and they don't need to be reminded of that when the test results come back. They work far harder than anyone and it is no wonder they are completely frustrated.”

Mountain Momma on Mar 25, 2011 at 16:47:13

“Wendy, it's a question many of us in SpEd wonder ourselves. There's only that 1-2% of a school's population that gets evaluated through alternative methods, those children with the most severe impairments. I guess their teachers could be evaluated on how much progress they made towards their IEP goals, but that's so highly individualized.

The biggest issue is the changing role of SpEd teachers. In so many places now, they are in a co-teacher role in general education classrooms, but with different teachers. So what if the class they teach with one teacher does great, but one does poorly? What does that indicate? And the very nature of disability tends to be that students progress at a slower rate, so how do we account for that? It's a messy situation, no doubt.”
Pennsylvania Mom Michele Gray Opts Her Children Out Of Standardized Testing

Pennsylvania Mom Michele Gray Opts Her Children Out Of Standardized Testing

Commented Mar 25, 2011 at 00:40:02 in Education

“My thoughts are based on my opinions and through the training I received while completing my degree. I am not naming one particular state test as deficient, my concern is, basing the child's knowledge on one test and then, in return ruining school districts' reputations on it . I know the state assessments are well written and I am not trying to offend anyone. It does not matter what state I am in, my comment is about all standardized tests. Every state puts the best team of people they have to write these tests and they cover everything the standards say, except they cannot possibly take into account the emotional, mental, physical state of a child on a particular day. People who have never been in a classroom, do not know the baggage some kids come to school with everyday. As a teacher, you work to build up trust with them everyday, but you cannot go home with them and make tomorrow a better day. This is what I am saying about standardized testing....completely from my heart, for the kids I have worked with, and whom have made amazing strides throughout the year, but on the day of the test, something happened at home the night before and guess what....they have become the dreaded "below basic" because they don't care about that right now. There are no scientific facts to support what I have said just my experience working with kids.”
Pennsylvania Mom Michele Gray Opts Her Children Out Of Standardized Testing

Pennsylvania Mom Michele Gray Opts Her Children Out Of Standardized Testing

Commented Mar 24, 2011 at 08:27:13 in Education

“The test does "technically" assess the higher level thinking skills by the choice of wording, however, I do not believe a true assessment of a child's ability to analyze and synthesize can be determined by a multiple choice question and filling in the correct bubble.

I agree Eceresa, out of school factors do play a huge role in how a child performs on the test on each particular day.”

Wendy Weber on Mar 25, 2011 at 00:40:02

“My thoughts are based on my opinions and through the training I received while completing my degree. I am not naming one particular state test as deficient, my concern is, basing the child's knowledge on one test and then, in return ruining school districts' reputations on it . I know the state assessments are well written and I am not trying to offend anyone. It does not matter what state I am in, my comment is about all standardized tests. Every state puts the best team of people they have to write these tests and they cover everything the standards say, except they cannot possibly take into account the emotional, mental, physical state of a child on a particular day. People who have never been in a classroom, do not know the baggage some kids come to school with everyday. As a teacher, you work to build up trust with them everyday, but you cannot go home with them and make tomorrow a better day. This is what I am saying about standardized testing....completely from my heart, for the kids I have worked with, and whom have made amazing strides throughout the year, but on the day of the test, something happened at home the night before and guess what....they have become the dreaded "below basic" because they don't care about that right now. There are no scientific facts to support what I have said just my experience working with kids.”

Mountain Momma on Mar 24, 2011 at 21:23:19

“For sdmcmla:

http://edr.sagepub.com/content/36/5/258.short
"The primary effect of high-stakes testing is that curricular content is narrowed to tested subjects, subject area knowledge is fragmented into test-related pieces, and teachers increase the use of teacher-centered pedagogies."

http://aei.sagepub.com/content/34/1/43.short
"Teachers from high-stakes states were significantly more
likely to agree than were teachers from low-stakes states
that they greatly increased time spent on instruction in
tested areas (43% vs. 17%), decreased time spent on
instruction in nontested areas (25% vs. 9%), created classroom
tests in the same format as the state-mandated tests
(51% vs. 29%), and believed that the state-mandated testing
program had led teachers to teach in ways that contradict
notions of good educational practice (76% vs. 63%)."

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a903292399
"Patterns in the data are beginning to emerge that can help us better understand the effects of high-stakes testing on public education. Unfortunately, many of the outcomes of testing have been negative."

Those are just from the first page of GoogleScholar results when using "state mandated tests" and "limitations" as search terms. I can't provide links to the full-text articles as I accessed those through my university library.”

sdmcmla on Mar 24, 2011 at 17:43:01

“Wendy, we know what you believe, but what are your facts.  Can you please share scientific studies on the topic as well as the name of your state and the specific tests that you find to be deficient?”
Pennsylvania Mom Michele Gray Opts Her Children Out Of Standardized Testing

Pennsylvania Mom Michele Gray Opts Her Children Out Of Standardized Testing

Commented Mar 24, 2011 at 02:57:54 in Education

“I completely understand that. That is what I was referring to when I said the "real" skills. Every occupation in this world has a different set of assessment tools to determine if a person is the right applicant for the job. At that point in a person's life, they know their strengths and passion for what they want to do. However, when looking at the standardized testing when a child is in 3rd grade and testing basic knowledge questions for a long period of time, without any break of actually being able to analyze, synthesize, and basically just use their problem solving skills in concrete, kinesthetic ways...just like we do in normal daily activities, because that is what research shows works best. What does a teacher do...teach to the test or teach to the evidence research has provided us and than face the consequences? It is a tough question as a teacher, a mother, and a person who just wants kids to learn and to use their strengths.”

sdmcmla on Mar 24, 2011 at 03:51:03

“Wendy, what state do youl live in that has standardized tests that do not test a child's ability to analyze, synthesize and problem solve?  Really, I would love to know.  I have seen the standardized tests in my state, and all these skills are incorporated in the testing.  Maybe the problem is not with standardized testing, but, instead, with the crapy tests your state offers.
 
As for teaching to the test, a good teacher does not need to do this.  If a teacher is good, the children will learn what they need to know at the various grade levels.  However, if you do teach to the test, how bad can it be?  Johnny still needs to learn grammar, and he still needs to know how to multiply fractions.  So, go ahead and teach the skills to pass the test, and Johnny will have the benefit of learning real skills that he will need later in life.”
Pennsylvania Mom Michele Gray Opts Her Children Out Of Standardized Testing

Pennsylvania Mom Michele Gray Opts Her Children Out Of Standardized Testing

Commented Mar 24, 2011 at 02:14:57 in Education

“I am trying to see this issue from all sides. I am a teacher, a mother, and a former student, whom did not do well on standardized testing, while still graduating valedictorian of my class. As a mother, I do not like the stress that is placed on my child who will be taking her first standardized test this year. She has already expressed the anxiety she has concerning whether she will do good or not. As a teacher, I am frustrated the test is unable to measure the "real" skills in life that makes a person a life long learner or problem solver; such as the people who run our world now. Answering multiple choice questions for an hour at a time would tax an adult's attention span, not to mention a child's attention span. A child is going to grow bored and begin to want it over, as soon as possible, no matter how many times their teacher has told them it is very important. As a former student, who did not perform on tests such as this, and it did not match my actual skills as a productive student, I don't actually believe it measures proficiency of a child accurately. As an employee of a school, I know the big impact it will have on the school's reputation and on my reputation, as a teacher, when parents opt out of testing. What's the answer?? Wish I knew...”

Mountain Momma on Mar 24, 2011 at 20:34:33

“I agree with you, albeit coming from different experience. I am a former student who grew up taking the Iowa Basic Skills Test every year and never scored below the 97th percentile. At the same time, I had what could possibly have been the worst math teacher ever for 3 years in junior high. As a former teacher, consultant, and now teacher educator, I have seen bad teachers, and she was hands down the worst I've seen or experienced. Did the fact I scored so well while she was my teacher have any connection to her teaching? Not one bit. My daughter, on the other hand, has a learning disability. She has some outstanding teachers. Do I want them evaluated on the basis of her test scores? No way; it's not fair to them.”

DeuxExMachina on Mar 24, 2011 at 02:34:42

“As a teacher you should know that children around the world take tests. In some countries filing a test may mean that a child doesn't get to continue in further education. Over here in the USA it's not so drastic. However even here you still take tests to enter "magnet schools", you take the SAT as part of the requirements to enter university, to get a driver's licence you need to pass a written and driving test, tradesmen have to pass proficiency tests, the police, army, navy and airforce makes you take courses and tests if you ever want to be promoted, employers for some professions make the applicants take tests especially in IT, professionals have to pass their respective exams, scientists test their own and others theories, etc.
Students need to take tests if only just to get them use to taking tests throughout their lives.”
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Education Is Key to Winning the Future

Commented Mar 22, 2011 at 02:51:09 in Education

“As a teacher, in the lowest teacher's salary paid state in the nation, I have a problem with this story and comments. I am not a political person and I don't base any of my decisions on whether I want to be seen as a liberal or conserative, etc. On a previous post, I just read about the different levels of educations depending on the wealth of the parents, so I guess the school district I am at, would fall into the Walmart and Dollar General Schools. However, I don't think my teaching fell into that category. I don't care where I was at, I taught each kid like they were living the Neiman-Marcus dream. I believe in every child I teach and that we can all make a difference. Maybe the rest of our country needs to realize that. It doesn't matter where you come from or what you wear..a person is a person and everyone of us can be great. The issue with story I have is that we are only funding the STEM teachers....what about the teachers who teach a child to read? The story says we are only at 10% of highest readers...reading is the basis for everything. You cannot learn Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics without knowing how to read and critically think. Elementary teachers play a bigger role in all of this than anyone wants to give them credit for. Why do we pay for everything we do?”
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Education Is Key to Winning the Future

Commented Mar 22, 2011 at 02:07:37 in Education

“I was a teacher for 11 years and loved every minute of it. I loved it so much, I spent a lot of what I earned to make "my kids" even better and more prepared to read, write, critically think, problem solve, etc. because our small school district couldn't fund what I needed to make my classroom what I wanted it to be. Last year, I decided to stay at home and just be a mom to my four kids and you know what I think we are making more money now, because I am not spending what my husband makes to fund my classroom. My husband, recently asked me if I would ever go back to teaching, or if I wanted to go back to work again, would I find a job that actually made me money? That is a powerful question, because my love is for educating our future, but I hear so many comments about how cushy the job is and it just discourages me to go back. I don't do well with negative comments like this when I put my all into it; and then on payday, all I can do is make a car and health insurance payment a month. I could never make it on my own if something happened to my husband living on a teacher salary. It is so sad, everything should be invested into our future generation, not making the people who are trying to make them into leaders feel worthless.”
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Education Is Key to Winning the Future

Commented Mar 22, 2011 at 01:41:25 in Education

“You know why we do these things without complaining until someone like you brings it up, because we are all about the kids and making them into productive members in society and it doesn't matter how much money we spend of our own...those kids will be leading us in the future and we believe in that and we are NOT funded by government to do it. Thank goodness for me, I have a husband who could support my habit as a teacher and finance me and the wonderful kids whom I have taught. On a final note...sorry, I am going to have to be rude....you think you are smart by using the word matriculating the students through the system, however in the next two words you probably should have used the spell checker for unequiped...it is spelled unequipped!! Must of been the teacher's fault.”
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Education Is Key to Winning the Future

Commented Mar 22, 2011 at 01:40:19 in Education

“I am sorry, I am going to have to call you out on this one and that is not usually my nature. You are not a teacher or never have been a teacher I am assuming. I have heard so many comments about how much teachers are paid and that is more than the public sector gets, etc. etc. etc. and the big one is that we have our summers off, Christmas break, Spring break, and I could go on and on. We only work 9 months a year, while everyone else works 12. Quite frankly, I am tired of hearing it. If it sounds like such a cushy job, why don't you go back and get your education degree and try it for a year. Just to warn you during that first year you are living the life of the "dream nine month job"... you will encounter budget cuts in every school district, a cap on how many copies you can run off for the kids, your requisition list of items that you definitely need to teach a classroom of children will more than likely be reduced by more than half of what you put on it, you will be questioned when you put in a purchase order billed to that school for mileage, food, lodging etc.while volunteering your time on the weekend. You will be expected to be at school functions, especially as a high school teacher, most nights of the week.”
Three-Year-Old Diagnosed As UK's 'Youngest Ever' Alcoholic

Three-Year-Old Diagnosed As UK's 'Youngest Ever' Alcoholic

Commented Mar 22, 2011 at 00:46:06 in World

“Totally understand what you are saying about using it to cure colds and flus, I, myself, have never used this method, but have heard some stories from others who have. I am not judging anyone for that. However, how often does a child get a cold or the flu a year....twice, possibly three times! I think the alcohol was used on a nightly basis to get a child to sleep and that is not right, on any level. As far as colic goes, all my children needed was a change in formula when they became colicky and uncomfortable. Their tiny little bellies couldn't handle the iron, lactose, etc. I guess I couldn't imagine getting my baby drunk at night so they would sleep, just for my need of a break. I am sure that I could have some people questioning me now, because I chose not to breastfeed and use formula instead....and that could be the next discussion topic :) lol”
Three-Year-Old Diagnosed As UK's 'Youngest Ever' Alcoholic

Three-Year-Old Diagnosed As UK's 'Youngest Ever' Alcoholic

Commented Mar 15, 2011 at 00:27:41 in World

“This is absolutely the most disturbing thing I have ever read...a three year old alcoholic...seriously, really?? How?? Why do I feel that while reading the article that it seems common to have babies, literally babies 3 or 8 year olds, drinking alcohol? I cannot not even wrap my mind around this. The final response on the article....The power of cheap alcohol, availability and promotion makes it very difficult for people to consider their health when making decisions about if they drink and how much." This particular person is a child.....why consider the power of cheap alcohol, availability, and promotion....this child is not wandering the streets to find alcohol!!!!! I have 5 children and yes, I do enjoy having some beers at the end of the night, but my children WILL NOT be joining my husband and myself while we unwind from the day with a couple of drinks. WTH....how does a three year old become an alcoholic? You know more people are jailed for animal abuse than child abuse, because if child abuse is suspected there are far too many loop holes to jump through before a child is finally taken away from an abusive environment..I have seen the system work...and it doesn't to save the kids from more harm. A child who is an alcoholic at 3 years old is being abused....enough said!!!!!”

Kay-B on Mar 15, 2011 at 03:36:48

“Yeah I agree. the anti-alcohol little rant at the end of the article was ridiculous. This kid isn't a victim of beer ads and "easy alcohol accessibility" or "cheap alcohol" prices. That's just ridiculous, he can't understand any of those things or buy it himself LOL. If the article made it about PARENTING, then we are having a conversation stemming from some common sense.”

garystartswithg on Mar 15, 2011 at 01:47:58

“I grew up with lots of alcohol around me from an early age -- its used to quiet colicky babies and cure the common cold. I still rely on old world cooking and alcohol to cure colds and flus a lot faster than meds can. That being said I don't know how chronically colicky or ill a baby would have to be to get to alcoholism.”
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Jon Stewart Calls Out Fox News' Hypocrisy Comparing Teachers, Wall Street (VIDEO)

Commented Mar 6, 2011 at 02:19:09 in Comedy

“I am thinking a week, in my footsteps, as a first grade teacher, would change their minds! It is not a 8:00 -4:00 job, it comes home with you!! Just ask my kids, unfortunately, my own kids had to deal with me and all my prepping to be ready for the next day of teaching, but yet so many people think we are worthless, money hungry people.

The sad part of your comment, is who would want $50k job, that sounds wonderful to me. The school district I was at, nobody made that salary, even those who were there for a long time.and the only reason this works and we are still there is because we believe in our kids. So all I want is.... for people to stop saying teachers are worthless and only work, blah blah, blah months of the year...sorry, you don't have a clue the work a teacher does. All teachers chose this job because they believe in the kids of our future and our future is not something to take lightly.”
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Jon Stewart Calls Out Fox News' Hypocrisy Comparing Teachers, Wall Street (VIDEO)

Commented Mar 6, 2011 at 01:33:51 in Comedy

“So, I am just assuming, you do not have kids that you want educated? Get a clue dude, who is going to run our country, when we are all old and not capable of doing it anymore? Yes, it is the kids who are being educated today, by our current educational system. Sorry it is affecting you now, but there will come a time when someone else has to take over the system and run it, and thank God teachers are doing what they can do to educate those people who will take over! My state is calling for 10% cut in education....what is more important than educating the youth of our future? It is hard to take a pay cut from any area of the spectrum, private or public sector, but the kids of our future deserve the best in their education. Think about it...it makes sense:) So, if we got rid of public school teachers, so you didn't have to pay for it, would the USA automatically come out of the financial deficit we have found ourselves in....and when we have a bunch of young people coming up that have no formal schooling, don't know how to read and write, etc. the world is going to be a better place??????? Kids need an education!!!!”
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Commented Mar 6, 2011 at 01:04:00 in Comedy

“Love it! I have seen this before and it is sooooo true! I only hope that all the teacher bashers out there will take your post seriously and actually think about it!!”
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Commented Mar 6, 2011 at 00:20:32 in Comedy

“$50,000 plus medical and dental benefits....does not happen where I am from! Actually, as sad as it is, I would welcome that. Thanks Jon for pointing out the ignorance of some people and the worth of a "good and passionate" teacher. I have 11 years of experience in teaching and I made just at $30,000 gross pay. My benefits package included a single dental plan (I have a family of 6), so I paid for the family plan and an annuity that the school matched what I paid, no medical benefits. My husband and I paid over 1000 dollars a month for health insurance and my children do not have any serious medical problems. I also pay for all graduate credits I need for recertification every 5 years. I just paid almost $700 for an online class for 3 graduate credits to keep up my teaching certificate. I also pay for everything that I feel will help my kids learn, beyond construction paper, which is what the school provides. I don't think any other profession has to buy the products that will better their clients, but teachers do. I know a doctor does not purchase the medicine that will make his/her patient better with his own money, however teacher's purchase the "medicine" that will make their students better with their own money and probably wouldn't have it any other way. Respect what we do as teachers!!”

Richard Pearce on Mar 6, 2011 at 05:58:42

“Teachers should receive the salaries, benefits, and perks that Senators and Congressmen do.
 
And vice versa.”
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Commented Mar 5, 2011 at 23:28:27 in Comedy

“I completely understand your daughter's reaction to these types of stories. I am a teacher also, and lately everything I have read about teacher's has been completely disheartening. Most people choose to overlook anything except that we "supposedly work 9 months a year". I am a stay at home mom now, because it didn't make sense for me to continue working for the money I was earning and then spending alot of it back towards my class and paying daycare. It didn't add up and I live in SD, which probably has one of the lowest cost of living and also the lowest teacher salary in the nation. The teacher bashing and the people's opinions of the importance of a teacher is completely absurd. If it wasn't for several teachers in their own lives, they would not know how to read, write, understand math, statistics, percentages, critically think, etc. I have a very difficult time with the disrespect people are showing teachers who want to teach the future of our world. We are not lazy, but very caring individuals who want the best for the kids and we use our own money for it. I don't know of too many professions that have to buy everything for the people they are serving. I know a Doctor does not have to buy the medicine to make his clients better....I bought the "extras" that were not bought by the school district to make my students better.”
10 States Where Teachers Are Paid The Worst: 24/7 Wall St.

10 States Where Teachers Are Paid The Worst: 24/7 Wall St.

Commented Mar 5, 2011 at 02:49:34 in Business

“All these posts really make me upset. I taught Special Ed. for 3 years when I was a new teacher, and I know Special Ed......wow the paper work is unbelievable and nobody seems to take that in to account....just cut teacher pay...what do they do....they get all that summer vacation off.....they really have no clue! It is very frustrating....I think these people posting negative comments about teachers need to go and experience it for a week, and I bet don't make a day!!”

sydneymoon on Mar 5, 2011 at 07:19:32

“Fanned as well.”

spedteach on Mar 5, 2011 at 03:24:40

“Yeah, it's upsetting to me also that people actually believe that teachers just work from 8-3 each day. Actually felt like my blood pressure was going up, so I got off. Part of me is thinking how could people be so stupid to think that teachers don't have to do any extra work after the school day is over, but apparently they just have no idea.”
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