Posts tagged Education
2:00 pm - Thu, Sep 13, 2012
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cgdageek:

TW: 9/11 Texas teacher assigns 4th graders to draw suicides, explosions on 9/11

deliciouskaek:

sinidentidades:

Parents in El Paso, Texas say they were shocked to find out that a teacher at Hughey Elementary asked their children to depict airplanes flying into buildings, explosions and people jumping to their deaths to remember the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

“We had to draw the boom cloud, the planes hitting, and people jumping out of the windows,” the daughter of Ivie Gremillion recalled.

The girl’s drawing shows people jumping out of burning buildings and yelling, “Help!” and “I love you!” One student’s drawing obtained by KFOX had the writing, “One way ticket to heaven.”

In another picture, the terrorist pilots are laughing as they fly planes into the World Trade Center.

“That’s something that kids should get in trouble for drawing,” Gremillion said. “That’s people being murdered, committing suicide.”

According to the El Paso mom, the teacher taught students that “the Afghans did this because they hate all of us and want to kill all of us.”

A neighbor’s son was so distraught after the Monday assignment that he did not want to go to school the next day.

“He was under the impression that this happens every 9/11,” Gremillion explained.

To make matter’s worse, Gremillion’s husband is being deployed to Afghanistan later this year.

“She like, ‘My dad’s going to die,’” she said her daughter told her. “I would like a counselor to go in there and re-explain all this to that class.”

“The way she worded [it] is just teaching racism and hate for an entire nation, and that’s not OK,” Gremillion insisted.

El Paso Independent School District confirmed to KFOX that students were asked to draw pictures of 9/11 after a class discussion about the tragedy.

WHAT. THE FUCK.

Oh look, more reasons to homeschool my kid forever … 

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9:45 am - Sun, Aug 26, 2012
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josiahd:

the-legend-of-arceus:

I think this is pretty accurate, Usually these kinds of things are not very accurate.

For that kind of thing it is except — it doesn’t say *anything* about consent. At all.
And it really should, because people don’t understand that the consent and autonomy of autistic people is important. And they don’t understand how to tell the difference between someone apparently agreeing out of fear or because they’re using a script without really understanding, and actual consent.
And it’s really, really important for people supporting autistic folks to understand that.

josiahd:

the-legend-of-arceus:

I think this is pretty accurate, Usually these kinds of things are not very accurate.

For that kind of thing it is except — it doesn’t say *anything* about consent. At all.

And it really should, because people don’t understand that the consent and autonomy of autistic people is important. And they don’t understand how to tell the difference between someone apparently agreeing out of fear or because they’re using a script without really understanding, and actual consent.

And it’s really, really important for people supporting autistic folks to understand that.

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2:59 pm - Thu, Aug 23, 2012
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ikenbot:

A Red Rainbow
The rainbow was red because the raindrops were illuminated by a reddened Sun. The Sun, in turn, was red because absorption by atmospheric particles and water vapor extinguished the blues and greens (shorter wavelengths of light), leaving only the orange and red colors to penetrate the air.

ikenbot:

A Red Rainbow

The rainbow was red because the raindrops were illuminated by a reddened Sun. The Sun, in turn, was red because absorption by atmospheric particles and water vapor extinguished the blues and greens (shorter wavelengths of light), leaving only the orange and red colors to penetrate the air.

2:11 pm - Sat, Aug 18, 2012
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gaywrites:

Andrew Shirvell, a former state assistant attorney general in Michigan, will have to pay $4.5 million in damages to a student whom he slandered and stalked for being gay.

Shirvell created a blog about Chris Armstrong, the University of Michigan’s first openly gay student body president, calling him “Satan’s representative on the student assembly” and a “privileged pervert.” He also showed up at Armstrong’s house several times.

Armstong sued him in 2011 and after a year of fighting in court and a weeklong trial, has won on all counts. He was awarded $4.5 million in damages.

Whoosh. What a case. 

10:00 am - Tue, Aug 7, 2012
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firstbook:

Tumblr, help us make this happen. Vote now and Re-blog. THANKS! 

firstbook:

Tumblr, help us make this happen. Vote now and Re-blog. THANKS! 

8:52 pm - Fri, Aug 3, 2012
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Teachers on Tumblr with Wish Lists

positivelypersistentteach:

Positivelypersistentteach’s wishlist is here.

Girlwithalessonplan’s wishlist is here.

Listenlearninspireteach’s wishlist is here.

Thinkbrit’s wishlist is here.

Novicephoenix’s wishlist is here.

Diaryofafyt’s wishlist is here.

HeyMissAt’s wishlist is here.

Msleahhbic wishlist is here.

Donteatthepaste’s wishlist is here.

Hithertokt’s wishlist is here.

Annaslibrary’s wishlist is here.

Texasfirstyearteacher’s wishlist is here.

Allisonunsupervised’s wishlist is here.

Pablophonic’s wishlist is here.

Wiinga’s (formerly Bettyinthebush) wish list is here.

VWalker’s wishlist is here.

RevolutionizeEducation’s wishlist is here.

Denisea’s adopt-a-classroom is here.

Incognerdo’s wishlist is here.

Reblogs are appreciated.

I’m sure there are more (and you’re welcome to add yours in a reblog), but these are the ones I was able to find with some stealth research or were provided to me by fellow teachers.

I think that people outside of teaching might be surprised by how much teachers spend in their classroom.  At the first school I taught at, I even had to supply the tables my students sat at.  I’ve found that even among teachers, we are surprised by what colleagues in other grade levels or districts have to purchase.  I spent over $2,000 in my first year of teaching (I also taught in a economic disadvantaged area and at a charter school that didn’t even supply books for my students to use).

I now teacher Pre-K at a different school, and while our school has a school library, my students are not permitted to borrow books from it (only K-5 are).  Since early literacy skills are very important, I work hard to cultivate a classroom library with quality books (in decent conditions) for my students to borrow each day.  Sometimes the number of books I have goes down due to a mishap with a little brother, or when I give a book to a child because his family is moving to another state (or in some cases to another country).  

There are theater teachers that must buy tools for setting up the stage, art teachers that buy paints, most teachers buy construction paper, and on and on.

I don’t wish to ask that other teachers spend money on myself or those listed above, as I know they have their own items to buy for the year.  But, I did want to put out the wishlists that I know of out there, so that if there are any generous people out in the tumblr sphere with a passion for education and some spare change, they’d know where to look to get things done.

Pro-Tip: If you are buying from multiple wishlists, you must do them separately in order for it to allow you to choose the wish list addresses (I think).

Sometimes orders from wishlists do not show who the sender is.  With that in mind, I’d like to thank anyone who donates on behalf of the teachers who receive items.

(Source: positivelypersistentteach, via blue-author)

10:44 am - Wed, Jul 25, 2012
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theamericanbear:

Penn State Students Bear Brunt of NCAA Sanctions for Sandusky Cover-Up as Trustees Emerge Unscathed | Democracy Now!

DAVE ZIRIN: the biggest blow that really takes place is—it’s the biggest blow, I think—is it’s the blow to the basic idea that a public university can have its own process to deal with these matters and that the civil and criminal courts are the primary force that deals with criminal matters as they take place. That’s what really was punctured yesterday by the NCAA. And unfortunately, what this does is it ensures more scandals in the future, because I would argue that it’s the very setup of the NCAA, the very setup of a multi-billion-dollar entity, that builds its money on the idea of turning coaches into deities, turning football programs into too-big-to-fail operations, and turning players into basically unpaid campus workers as opposed to student athletes. That’s the root of the problem here.

AMY GOODMAN: At a news conference Monday announcing the sanctions on Penn State, NCAA President Mark Emmert said the steps were in line with the mandate of the organization.

MARK EMMERT: Our constitution and bylaws make it perfectly clear that the association exists not simply to promote fair play on the field but to insist that athletic programs provide positive moral models for our students, enhance the integrity of higher education, and promote the values of civility, honesty and responsibility. The sanctions we are imposing are based upon these most fundamental principles of the NCAA.

AMY GOODMAN: Your response, Dave Zirin?

DAVE ZIRIN: I mean, if this whole case wasn’t so tragic, I would be laughing too hard to respond to what Mark Emmert just said. I mean, the NCAA started a hundred years ago by Teddy Roosevelt, because too many students were dying on football fields, particularly in the Ivy Leagues, and it was created to create a uniform code of conduct and a uniform rules for collegiate sports. It has since morphed into this kind of operation where they negotiate $10.8 billion television deals, where they sell the likenesses of players to video games, where they sell the likenesses of players on credit cards for well-heeled boosters. This is what the NCAA has become.

And far too many colleges, under the NCAA’s auspices, have become the sort of place where the games exist on Saturday, and that’s what the school is basically a life-support system for these football games, and Monday through Friday is just you take classes to wait for the next game. I mean, W.E.B. Du Bois talked about this a century ago, about the way big-time college sports actually pervert the mission of college campuses. And Mark Emmert’s $1.6 million-a-year salary and his 14 vice presidents, each of whom make at least $400,000 a year, it’s all built on the idea of football programs becoming too big to fail. And that’s why I would argue that what they did yesterday was much more about the NCAA’s brand rehabilitation than anything that has to do with justice for Sandusky’s victims.

12:00 pm - Fri, Jul 20, 2012
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firstbook:

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11:21 am - Wed, Jul 18, 2012
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2:58 pm - Wed, Jul 4, 2012
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sarahlee310:

Trade School started three years ago as a project between friends. Today, it’s becoming a global movement for community, connection, and educational justice. From Singapore to Jamaica, Guadalajara to Milan, people are using Trade School to organize learning spaces based on mutual respect. Help us build an open source software platform to share with local Trade School chapters around the world.

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