The 2 Day Care Workers Who Started a “Fight Club” for Kids Aged 4-6

September 2, 2015

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What were they thinking?

 

Two New Jersey women faced charges Monday for allegedly staging a “fight club” among boys and girls at a day care center, Union County prosecutors said.

As CBS2’s Christine Sloan reported, investigators said the former day care workers – Erica Kenny, 22, of Cranford, and Chanese White, 28, of Roselle – referenced the movie “Fight Club” as they encouraged preschoolers and kindergartners to fight each other on the playground at Lightbridge Academy in Cranford last month.

“About a dozen children — boys and girls between the ages 4 and 6 — just fighting; throwing each other to the ground; hitting each other,” said Union County Prosecutor Grace Park.

Kenny allegedly shot video of the fights and sent them to a group of people on the app Snapchat, prosecutors said.

“Most parents would be astonished by the behavior,” Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park told WCBS 880’s Jim Smith.

The videos show about a dozen boys and girls shoving each other to the ground and trying to hit each other, according to prosecutors. The charges stem from Aug. 13, but investigators are looking into whether the fights were ongoing.

The Snapchat videos only last 10 seconds and then disappear, but investigators were able to find the video after someone recorded it.

 

 

 

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Teacher’s Excuse for Turning Up Late 111 Times

September 1, 2015

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I set 2 alarms to ensure I am running on time. It would be a nightmare to turn up to school late.

This teacher has done it 111 times:

 

An elementary school teacher who was allowed to keep his job despite being late for work 111 times in two years said Friday that breakfast is to blame for his tardiness.

“I have a bad habit of eating breakfast in the morning, and I lost track of time,” 15-year veteran teacher Arnold Anderson told The Associated Press.

In a decision filed Aug. 19, an arbitrator in New Jersey rejected an attempt by the Roosevelt Elementary School in New Brunswick to fire Anderson from his $90,000-a-year job, saying he was entitled to progressive discipline. But the arbitrator also criticized Anderson’s claim that the quality of his teaching outweighed his tardiness.

A message seeking comment was left Friday with the school superintendent’s office.

The arbitrator found that the district failed to provide Anderson with due process by not providing him with a formal notice of inefficiency or giving him 90 days to correct his failings before terminating his employment.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie referenced the case in a tweet on Friday. Christie wrote: “Think I’m too tough on the teachers union? This is what we’re dealing with in NJ.”

Anderson said he was “very upset” to be suspended but conceded that losing his job would have been worse.

When he returns to school in January, “I will be early,” he said.

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The History Teacher Who Became a Hero

August 27, 2015

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What an incredible story!

 

The history teacher who helped resolve a hostage situation at gunpoint in West Virginia on Tuesday, while the rest of the student body evacuated (above), did “a miraculous job,” according to the school’s superintendent, Jeffrey Woofter. (Photo: AP Photo/Ben Queen) 

A history teacher is being hailed as a hero for talking down a pistol-toting 14-year-old who took a classroom hostage at Philip Barbour High School in West Virginia on Tuesday. 

Shortly after 1 p.m., according to WSLS, the student — whom Barbour County Schools superintendent Jeffrey Woofter called a “very troubled young man” — pulled out a gun in a classroom of 29 students, just as classes were about to change, and took them hostage. The educator (whom Woofter would not name) did “a miraculous job, calming the student, maintaining order in the class,” he said. 

At gunpoint the teacher reportedly talked with the teen and persuaded him not to allow more students into the classroom. The turned-away students were then able to notify another teacher, who alerted administrators to call 911 and evacuate the rest of the 724-student body to the football stadium. 

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Keep Politics Out of the Classroom

August 26, 2015

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Can we just stick to the curriculum and leave moral, religious and political stances for parents to discuss with their children?

 

The NSW Education Department has intervened to prevent a western Sydney high school from screening a politically controversial documentary about growing up with same-sex parents during school hours.

Many parents from Burwood Girls High School were reportedly outraged their daughters were being forced to watch the Australian film about growing up with same-sex parents.

The 1200 students of the all-girl school informed their parents via flyer they would be watching the documentary made by Australian filmmaker Maya Newell on Friday instead of attending two periods in the morning.

But speaking on 2GB radio this morning, Education Minster Andrew Piccoli said the department decided the school-day screening should not go ahead because the film was not part of the curriculum.

“We do promote and accept diversity in NSW generally but … during school hours, parents rightly expect that students will be doing curriculum subjects and that’s what I expect too,” Piccoli said.

 

 

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Teacher Recreates Harry Potter Experience in Her Classroom

August 25, 2015

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It’s all about getting your students to see their classroom in a more positive and exciting way. I just love it!

 

A US school teacher has brought a little extra magic to the classroom, decorating it like Hogwarts School  of Witchcraft and Wizardry from the Harry Potter series.

Stephanie Stephens from James L Capps Middle School in Oklahoma City told ABC News America it was always tough to instil a love of reading in students.

“This year, I chose to go with a Harry Potter theme because if I am excited and enthusiastic, students tend to follow suit,” Ms Stephens explained.

“My goal is to help students find at least one book or genre that they can find exciting and be as enthusiastic about as I am regarding Harry Potter.”

 

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Your Students Shouldn’t be the Target of Your Stand-Up Act

August 23, 2015

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Make up your mind. Do you want to be a respectable teacher or a failed one that aspires to be a stand-up comedian. You can’t be both if your students make up your material:

 

A TEACHER who joked about his students in a crass stand-up routine has been slapped on the wrist by his school.

Russell Wigginton, a senior staff member at John Fawkner Secondary College in Fawkner, made fun of what students did and ridiculed Broadmeadows.

Acting principal Paula ­Condell said Mr Wigginton’s jokes were “in no way ­reflective of our students or school community”.

Mr Wigginton said he worked in Broadmeadows, which he joked was “the Aboriginal word for toilet”.

He made cracks about incest in the area before quipping that the motto on the school gate was: “Dreams is just ­another word that kids can’t spell.”

The science teacher then described several answers his students gave on a test.

“I had one kid tell me that the fallopian tube was part of a TV set, and that a menstrual cycle has three wheels. I had another kid tell me that menopause was a button on his Foxtel remote,” he said.

“This was my favourite answer. This came from a kid we in the teaching profession would describe as thick as sh-t.

“To the question ‘List two things commonly found in cells’: drug dealers and paedophiles.”

A Broadmeadows resident contacted the Sunday Herald Sun after seeing what he described as Mr Wigginton’s “crass, derogatory” routine on YouTube.

Ms Condell said: “We place a strong emphasis on high standards and expectations for all staff and students. This teacher has been reminded of his obligations … when developing his comedy material.”

 

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A Male Teacher Drought or a Great Teacher Drought?

August 19, 2015

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As a male teacher I don’t buy into the theory that boys are suffering due to the lack of male teachers. Great teachers, whether they be male or female is what our children really need. Gender only really comes into the equation when comparing teachers of equal value. I would argue that if there were more great teachers out there, there would be less of an urge to fix the gender imbalance in teaching:

 

THERE’S plenty to be said for life as a primary school teacher: a decent starting salary, quick career progression, enviable working conditions and more leave than you can shake the proverbial stick at.

Add to that the low barrier to entry, with teaching degrees having among the lowest Australian Tertiary Admission Rank scores, and you’d think there’d be no shortage of candidates lining up to educate our offspring. But for a variety of reasons, men are shunning the opportunity to become teachers, and that could have dire consequences for boys.

If you have primary school-aged children then you’re acutely aware of just how few male teachers are in the system. Latest figures show that eight out of 10 teachers in primary schools are female.

The shortage of male teachers has many worried about the impact on boys, particularly those lacking male role models within the family unit. Some boys can go through their entire primary school years without having a male teacher.

That’s a problem in a country with about 1 million one-parent families, the vast majority of whom are single-mother families.

It shouldn’t be up to the education system to provide positive male role models for children but the reality is that many boys lack male authority figures in their lives and would benefit greatly from having male teachers.
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The Case for Rafe Esquith

August 18, 2015

 

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The charges against Rafe need to be properly elucidated.  Until then, I will be sticking by him and focusing on his incredible contribution to teaching.

 

Below is a great piece written by Rebekah Kearn courtesy of the Courthouse News Service:

Los Angeles Unified School District pulled an “internationally renowned” teacher from the classroom and defamed him after he cited a passage of “Huckleberry Finn” that mentioned nudity, the teacher claims in court.
     Rafe Esquith sued LAUSD, Superintendent Ramon Cortines and its general counsel David Holmquist in Superior Court on Thursday.
     “This is a lawsuit brought by internationally renowned and award-winning teacher Rafe Esquith against defendants … for defamation of character, theft of approximately $100,000 worth of musical instruments and works of literature, and intentional infliction of emotional distress that left Mr. Esquith hospitalized with stress-induced thrombosis,” the complaint states.
     Esquith says he has been teaching since 1984 at the Hobart Boulevard Elementary School, in his “now-legendary Room 56.”
     His awards include the National Medal of Arts, the Disney National Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Oprah Winfrey’s $100,000 “Use Your Life” award, and being made an honorary member of the Order of the British Empire, according to the complaint. He’s also written books on education (Including “Teach Like Your Hair Is on Fire”) and founded the Hobart Shakespeareans, a nonprofit afterschool organization that provides music and arts education to underprivileged children.
     Hobart Elementary, the largest elementary school in the country, is in central Los Angeles between Koreatown and Westlake, the two highest-density communities in the city. Both are ethnically diverse areas with large Latino and Asian populations and median household incomes at or below the poverty line. Many of the school’s 2,000 students are first-generation Americans and most come from poor families.
     Esquith claims LAUSD launched a campaign to defame him and oust him from his classroom because of his high-profile opposition to its pro-corporation agenda, such as the failed “iPad for every student” initiative.
     He claims it all started in March this year, when a staff member filed a “bizarre complaint” accusing him of making an inappropriate joke about nudity in front of his students.
     After being called to the principal’s office, Esquith says, he explained that the joke was a selection from Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” which the students had read. He told the class that if they did not receive enough donations for their annual Shakespeare play they would “all have to play the role of the king in Huckleberry Finn.”
     In “Huck Finn,” a fraudulent king and duke gull a town by charging to see them dance around onstage, and painted in bright-colored rings. The complaint does not identify the principal, whom it says was abruptly transferred out of the school, or the person who initially complained about Esquith.
     Esquith claims that the principal told him the district was pressuring him to solicit a written apology from Esquith, and that “LAUSD assured him that ‘nothing bad was going to happen,’ but that LAUSD nevertheless wanted Mr. Esquith to sign a written apology acknowledging that his statements might be viewed as ‘serious’ and may have made ‘others uncomfortable.'”
     Esquith says he knew he did nothing wrong, but “did what any reasonable teacher in his position would do,” and wrote an apology, which is quoted in the complaint.
     He was abruptly sent to “teacher jail,” officially known as the Educational Service Center-East.
     “(T)eacher jail’ is a structure behind gated walls in an industrial area of North Soto Street where teachers are forced to spend their days staring at cubicle walls and not accessing electronics. Gag orders are imposed, teachers’ entire lives are pried into by a school district as a rogue regime with its own rules unto itself, devoid of due process. … Teachers have described the experience as psychological torture, where they are deprived of dignity, and as an experience unlike anything matched in their entire lives,” the complaint states. “Mr. Esquith will be bringing a cause of action in his forthcoming federal class action to call for shutting down teacher jail permanently.
     Esquith and his attorneys said in June that they had begun preparing a class-action lawsuit against LAUSD, to try to make it shut down its teacher jails permanently. His attorney told the LA School Report they have identified 300 to 400 teachers who have spent time in the teacher jails, many of them for months.
     (New York City schools have a similar teacher jail, called the “rubber room,” to which it sends teachers, sometimes for years, to receive full pay and do nothing, rather than try to fire them.)
     Esquith claims that LAUSD reported him to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for alleged “abuse and misconduct,” but the commission rejected it for lack of evidence and closed the investigation.
     Unappeased, LAUSD launched a smear campaign against him, Esquith says, accusing him of making inappropriate comments, buying a hamburger for a hungry student without parental permission, misusing funds for the Hobart Shakespeareans, and “pushing someone” 40 years ago at a summer camp where Esquith worked as a counselor as a teenager.
     In its “fact finding investigation” against him, Esquith says in the complaint, LAUSD investigators also asked him: “List the women you dated when you were in college”; and “Why don’t you have backup plan for someone else to put on the annual Shakespearean performance, in case, for example, you have a heart attack”?
     It also hired two male investigators to pull his students out of class to interrogate them and intimidate them into accusing him of wrongdoing, which his students refused to do, according to the complaint.
     To top it off, he says, the district raided his classroom and swiped $100,000 worth of musical instruments, laptops, books, and the National Medal of Arts given to him by the President of the United States.
     Esquith says the district would be better served ousting Superintendent Cortines, who cost it $200,000 to settle a claim that he grabbed a co-worker’s crotch, was involved in the district’s food services scandal, and who is a board member for Scholastic Inc., an outside vendor, despite the conflict of interest.
     “As current and former students, parents, community members, and national leaders have called for Mr. Esquith’s reinstatement, LAUSD has dug in its heels and continued its ridiculous campaign. Mr. Esquith has now been compelled to bring this action, and will be bringing a class action on behalf of all teachers, because of LAUSD’s illicit, despicable, and self-destructive conduct,” the complaint states.
     The district has not responded to a request for comment.
     Esquith’s attorney, Ben Meiselas, called the school district “a criminal cartel” engaged on “a witch hunt of the worst kind.”
     “What LAUSD is doing to Mr. Esquith is absolutely illegal,” said Meiselas, with Geragos & Geragos. “What it has done to thousands of other teachers is illegal and they will be held accountable. They were able to get away with it for so long because no one with as much national prominence as Mr. Esquith has come forward before.”
     Esquith seeks reinstatement and punitive damages for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, conversion, retaliation, age discrimination and unfair business practices.
     Asked to explain the conversion claim, Meiselas said: “LAUSD claimed they confiscated these things for ‘environmental reasons. They didn’t tell anyone – not the students, not Mr. Esquith – why they took the items until we called them out on it.”

 

 

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The Perfect Way to Encourage Kids to Read

August 17, 2015

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I love this initiative!

 

An Iowa barber has developed a creative way to get kids reading. 

Courtney Holmes, a barber in Dubuque, offered free haircuts to kids who read out loud to him during an appointment on Saturday, USA Today reported. The initiative was part of a back to school event, and Holmes hopes the storytelling will help young students strengthen their reading skills.

“The kids would come in, and I would say, ‘Go to the table and get a book you might like, and if you can’t read it, I’ll help you understand and we can read it together,'” Holmes told the news outlet.

 

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Give Jeremy Forrest His Privacy

August 16, 2015

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Whilst I was in support of the verdict against him, now that he is free on bail, I think it’s is to stop hounding Mr. Forrest and give him some time and space to rebuild his life.

I don’t care where he is living, what gadgets he has access to and what special privileges he gets – it’s not as if I am in the least bit jealous of him.

 

Sex shame teacher Jeremy Forrest, who went on the run in France, makes the most of his freedom by going for a jog.

The former maths master, released from jail last month, was spotted exercising in a large park next to his new home – an “all mod cons included” bail hostel.

He has been given a number of special privileges there, including his own self-contained flat with kitchen, en-suite bedroom, TV and Xbox games console.

Disgraced Forrest – who served less than three years of a five-and-a-half-year sentence for seducing a 15-year-old pupil before abducting her in 2012 – also has free access to an in-house gym, movies and a garden, all laid on for him by Britain’s legal system.

A source said: “There are 25 cons in the hostel and everyone else just has a room or a shared room and has to share bathrooms and cooking facilities – but Forrest is getting special treatment due to his infamy.

 

 

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