“My child's K teacher seems an absent-minded fool. She is a veteran teacher, presumably in her 50's. In my many years around classrooms (maybe seen 1,000 in my time), hers seems the worst in terms of class management. The kids are unruly, don't settle, don't seem to listen. She also takes lots of time off (she has missed well over two weeks in teaching days, spread out through the year).”
“School officials actually "launched an inquiry"? This actually had to go to a district board meeting, with an actual vote? This article's title should be, "New Hampshire District Officials Have Nothing (Better) To Do".”
clevertitania on Aug 11, 2013 at 00:01:20
“"A (full) contact sport is any sport for which significant physical impact force on players, either deliberate or incidental, is allowed for within the rules of the game."
I saw so many kids get fully knocked down by a dodgeball, in my school years, that the game most assuredly qualifies.
Dodgeball is the ONLY full contact sport I am aware of any grade school making kids play, in the last 20 years. It should've been removed years ago, or made less dangerous. The school board had better things to do than ban a full-contact sport that causes numerous injuries every year, and has caused concussions in kids? I don't think so.”
Feb 24, 2013 at 10:45:57
“There is nothing wrong with this as I can tell... white folks are the most racist, vile, exploitative race ever on this planet. They have subjegated people of all colors in every part of the world (e.g. Africa, South America, Australia, Asia)... like a virus. And this comes from someone who grew up in suburban (white) America. Most of my friends are white. But I'm not blind. Most whites hold deep-seeded racism, that is only covered up by their pretentious nature.
If you really think about it, they are a big part of the ruination of this world.”
Daniel August on Feb 25, 2013 at 05:31:27
“You are obviously as ignorant as these poor misguided children.”
Jessica Marian on Feb 24, 2013 at 21:56:11
“Isn't that comment just as racist and bigoted? I mean you are judging and condemming an entire group based upon the color of skin. Coming down to the lowest common denominator will not advance the conversation.”
Patti Tray on Feb 24, 2013 at 14:57:58
“I am Very Dismayed & Disturbed by your post. I am a White Woman & my parents taught me & my siblings Very Early on to NOT see Color & I never have.....However I DO see the color of Ignorance, Stereotyping, Hatred, etc., and people of ALL colors share that.
The only 'Virus' I see on here is HATE!”
travisisnthere on Feb 24, 2013 at 13:55:16
“Says the one whose people couldnt achieve?
Haters gonna hate! Dont hate the playa, hate the game! /insertmoreAfroAmericanismsatyourwill”
ARE U SERIOUS on Feb 24, 2013 at 13:21:51
“nothing new there ..finally it is in print”
mdmcarauder805 on Feb 24, 2013 at 13:08:49
“Study history - you'll learn that every race has been slaves and has had slaves. Every race at some time were racist, vile and exploited other races. Where did the slave come from that were used to build the pyramids?”
jsd 3 on Feb 24, 2013 at 12:58:41
“I think these kids thought KKK robes and hoods would be a funny prank for Whiteout, without thinking through, the consequences. Racism is real, but it's not a "white dominated" occurrence (I'm white). Blacks, Asians, Arabs, Indians, American Indians, and any race not mentioned, are guilty of racism. It's natural for humans to be attracted to their own color.
When Pharaoh enslaved the Jews, that was racism. When people around the world were enslaved, either though open slavery, or through political entrapment (not just in the US), that was racism (and people are still enslaved illegally around the world). When children born in Korea and Vietnam, from soldiers being native women, those children were prejudiced beyond belief (past and present wars included).
All races are guilty of prejudice. If you lack compassion for people because of their color or nationality, then you are a racist. I'm guilty, though I try to be open minded. I believe we could all co-exist, if we just tried to see things from each other's points of view. I wish I could live long enough to see it, but I'm sure if Martin Luther King, Jr was alive today, he'd be proud of how far we have come in such a short period of time. Be glad, though, you live in The United States of America!
Hopefully, these kids were ignorant to the repercussions of their actions, and not being intentionally hateful, prejudice, or racist.”
stopnlisten on Feb 24, 2013 at 11:46:34
“With all due respect...I see racism where I live more between the Hispanics and Blacks and even Blacks against each other. Please remember that it wasn't only the whites who bought and sold slaves. Especially their own people....saying that, whites still have a terrible track record.”
“8th grade kids are heartless too. All they care about is themselves... it gives them a taste of themselves.”
caterpillardaisies on Feb 23, 2013 at 21:54:53
“Not all kids. I was the quiet reader who did the homework and maybe didn't participate much, but I never gave trouble. I loved my trip to Cedar Point for 8th grade graduation. Disney World is a whole other level of awesome, and it'd have been horrible to experience that kind of cruelty.
If the teachers hate teaching these kids enough to be so mean and cruel, maybe they should consider another line of work or a different age group.”
“What if I were to tell you that I was in education for a decade plus, and speak from personal experience. Would it matter? No, because people like you refuse to hear anything that might hold teachers accountable. For the record, I'm NOT anti-teacher. You would paint me as that, simply because I don't tow the company line so to speak.”
“Teachers should wield the power of their tenure as it was meant. It wasn't meant to be a tool to determine employment. Teachers have looked upon tenure as a GOAL of theirs, but not in terms of using it as intended. Rather, they've done so because they look at it as a point of exhale, where they can now relax. THEY have created that dynamic by their actions.
Instead, what if teachers who achieved tenure status, took it as a shield to now RAMP UP their teaching practice. That is, challenge conventions, speak out against injustice, etc. Think of the quality of education we might have today. Instead, we are left with a bloated (figurative and literal, in terms of complacent teachers) workforce who lack the impetus to keep working, keep thinking, and keep teaching.”
sundisk on Jan 31, 2013 at 16:07:03
“You can rest easy.. as many states with Republican Govs are now able to let a teacher be dismissed because of their age, weight, too much education, and a parent complaint.”
“The experts haven't been "left out" of the discussion! My god... those "experts" have held tenure (or the form of the term) for who-knows-how-long! What have they (the experts) ever done with it? Academic tenure is a device that was put in place to basically protect the telling of the truth as it pertained to a particular field of study. It has been co-opted by K-12 educators who do not use it for that purpose. (e.g. When speaking about controversial aspects of history/science, they never diverge from the textbook/standard, out of fear or apathy.) They use it to base their employment and income level... and that is the god's honest truth.
Teachers have had this position for years... rather than using it (the protection of tenure), they've sat asleep at the wheel. Now, they are reaping the fruits of their (non) labor... and they want to complain about it (now).”
sundisk on Jan 31, 2013 at 16:09:59
“As a side note, it does appear as though you have swallowed the propaganda you've been fed. You can now get payment to send your child to a failing for-profit, and they will laugh all the way to the bank. Start your search with ALEC.”
cjaco on Jan 30, 2013 at 23:38:14
“Yet another ALEC shill...”
Karl F Wheatley on Jan 30, 2013 at 23:02:00
“Actually, some teachers are using their tenure to do truth-telling. They're the ones refusing to give the high-stakes tests in Seattle.
Should more of them do truth-telling and speak out about how these tests, and standardization, are ruining real education? Yes, and I hope they will.
Linda, a retired teacher, is doing some truth-telling a few screens up.”
sundisk on Jan 30, 2013 at 20:43:45
“You are blaming teachers for being told what to teach? Please go volunteer at your local school and get a reality check.”
eceresa on Jan 30, 2013 at 20:08:55
“You obviously wouldn't recognize the god's honest truth if you were beaten over the head with it. Which you have been, repeatedly, in the comments sections of education articles.”
“It's NOT a crime. But an institution, company, or corporation is fully within their rights to hold their employees (i.e. the people who represent them publicly) to a standard that they think represents them. To act like she is owed an opportunity to teach, especially when SHE created the circumstance she currently finds herself in, she has no leg to stand on.
I personally have nothing against her decision. I'm speaking from the school's PoV.”
Valari Anne on Feb 2, 2013 at 14:48:06
“And once again you miss the point. The point is to CHANGE the POV. If the PERCEPTION were different, there would be no problem with holding anybody to a standard. And again, you don't know that she created the circumstance's that left her in such bad need of a job that she took an unpleasant, or unpopular one. Stuff happens that is beyond our control. We like to complain when people take welfare, we like to complain when people aren't responsible for themselves. Why is it ok to support yourself, but not this way? It is entirely a matter of POV.”
“She is shooting her self in the foot... This wasn't "a huge mistake". It was a minor faux pas at best. With the proliferation of digital cameras this past decade, to the point where every cell phone has one--it will only become more common... to the point where, next decade, this type of issue or concern won't even be one. (I mean, having students doing objectionable acts still will mean something. But merely having a student's picture online in some way will be nothing.”
“I don't have to repeat it for it to be true. If you have a 15-year teacher, who just shows up to work at 8 and leaves at 3, who doesn't really care for her job anymore and just would prefer to stay home with her family if not for the paycheck... you can't do anything to get her out of her job, or really make her try any harder.”
blindjester on Jan 21, 2013 at 16:55:38
“Ah. I see. You aren't misinformed. You are a dishonest person intentionally spreading disinformation.
When truth is no longer part of your agenda, you need to question your purpose.
I'm sure you'll get right on that.