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A Profession that Truly Cares

January 28, 2016

 

Yes there are heartless ogres in some classrooms, but the underlying reason most of us choose to become teachers and educators is the urge to protect and nurture the next generation.

And when those principles are put to the test, heroes tend to emerge:

 

An Indianapolis elementary school principal was seen pushing several students out of the way of an oncoming bus before the vehicle fatally struck her, authorities said Tuesday.

Susan Jordan, the principal of Amy Beverland Elementary School on the city’s far northeast side, was killed and two 10-year-old children were hospitalized with serious but non-life-threatening injuries when the bus suddenly lurched forward, authorities said.

Buses were lined up outside the school when the accident happened around 2:45 p.m., Indianapolis Fire Department Capt. Rita Reith said.

“At some point, the stationary bus lurched forward and jumped the curb. The bus was not moving at the time directly before it jumped the curb,” Reith said.

The female bus driver told firefighters she was not sure what caused the bus to accelerate, Reith said in a statement Tuesday evening. The driver also said “in the instant that the accident occurred” she saw Jordan push several students out of the way, according to the statement.

The driver and 25 students on the bus were examined by emergency responders but did not require treatment, Reith said.

Jordan, who had been principal of the school for 22 years, was loved by her staff and the school community, Lawrence Township Schools Superintendent Shawn Smith said at a news conference.

“This is a great example of an educational leader in our state and our city. … Just a phenomenal individual that truly cared about children. This is a tragic situation that we have. This loss is going to ripple across our district of 15,000 students,” Smith said.

The district canceled classes at all of its schools Wednesday and said in a statement that four locations, including a transportation center, would be “open for emotional support to our staff and families.”

Indianapolis Police Commander Chris Bailey said the bus driver, whose name was not immediately released, would be given a blood test, a standard procedure in collisions involving fatalities.

 

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Five-Year-Old Forced to Sign a Suicide Contract by School

October 12, 2014

 

I know there is a great deal of sensitivity about guys and schools but have US school administrators completely lost their minds? How does a 5-year-old with a mild, natural interest in guns constitute a suicide risk?

 

One mother is furious after her 5-year-old daughter was reportedly forced to sign a “suicide contract” at school.

The mother, named Rebecca, told Alabama outlet WPMI-TV that the incident occurred after her kindergarten daughter drew a picture that resembled a gun and pointed a crayon at another student and said “pew pew.” Authorities at E.R. Dixon Elementary school made the child sign a contract stating she would not kill herself or harm anyone else.

Rebecca said that while she was in the lobby waiting to pick up her child, “they had my 5-year-old sign a contract about suicide and homicide … There should be a different way to handle this situation. If this is protocol it needs to be looked at again.” Rebecca added that she did not think her daughter knew what the words in the contract even meant.

Mobile County school system superintendent Martha Peek told the Alabama Media Group that staff at the elementary school used the district wide procedure for when “a student indicates they may be considering any actions such as hurting themselves or hurting someone else.” However, she noted that the incident will be evaluated and that the policy “will be reworked.”

“I think if we had stepped back and looked at the situation and that others could have been involved — if the principal had known about it — we could have probably had some additional guidance,” Peek told the outlet.

Peek told The Huffington Post that she has not been in touch with the mother since hearing about the incident, but she intends to meet with her and “reassure mom that everything is fine and her child is going to be well taken care of.”

Recently, schools around the country have taken a tough approach to children who play with fake guns or draw fake guns. A young student was famously suspended in 2013 after chewing a pop tart into the shape of a gun.

 

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The Snow Day Song that Has Gone Viral (Video)

February 15, 2014

 

 

The Holderness family are back!

 

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Why Healthy Eating Laws in Schools Don’t Work

February 10, 2014

 

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The late great Dale Carnegie wrote:

There is only one way under high heaven to get anybody to do anything … Yes, just one way. And that is by making the other person want to do it.

It’s a shame that policy makers and school administrators don’t seem to have read any of Carnegie’s work because had they absorbed the quote above, perhaps they may have come up with something better to offer students.

People think that school represents the perfect place to undo parenting errors. They think that by bringing in a new school rule or program, that children will be set for life. Some of the rules and regulations in a school near you include:

– Anti-bullying programs

– Sex Ed programs

– Junk Food policies

– Playground no hugging rules

– Toilet rules

– Drug programs

– Anti-gambling programs.

 

And it goes on and on ….

 

Is this really a bad thing? What’s wrong with scrapping junk food from school?

Of course nothing is wrong with instilling healthy eating habits, teaching children about what constitutes bullying and how important it is to avoid drugs.  But to be successful you’re going to need more than a worthy cause.

The problem with schools taking on these issues is that schools already have a stigma for most children. Whether we like to admit it or not, most kids hate school and they hate what they are taught at school. So whether it’s a math or science lesson or its a discussion about the dangers or excess sugar consumption, the chances of breaking through are difficult. It requires a positive and creative approach.

And let’s face it, the programs eluded to above often look and feel like schoolwork. They often consist of worksheets and paired activities and feature mini-quizzes. Why do the people who put together these programs think that if they put an animal mascot on the front of the pack and crossword on page five that kids will warm to the content? No child has ever been fooled by such a gimmick.

And inflexible rules are worse. Sure, it’s not ideal for kids to be eating chips or popcorn at school, but taking away their treats is yet another way of reinforcing the stigma that schools are overbearing, ruthless and prison like. I just read that Brussels want to ban yogurts and cheese from school lunches. If I was a school kid in Brussels I would want to go home and douse myself in cheese just out of spite!

It is such a breath of fresh air when a great anti-bullying initiative or healthy eating idea surfaces. One that captures the students’ imagination and encourages rather than bans, nurtures rather than smothers.

If you want children to listen they must want to listen. Don’t shove draconian rules and anti-bullying packs down their throats. Give them something that doesn’t look or feel like school work.

 

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Teaching Kids the Art of Public Speaking

October 16, 2013

 

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Courtesy of everydaylife.globalpost.com:

 

Step 1Brainstorm topic ideas. Your child will feel more confident making a speech if he is passionate about, or at least familiar with, the subject matter. Topics might include a favorite hobby, memories of a family vacation or a persuasive speech on why your child thinks he needs a bigger allowance.

Step 2Create a preliminary outline. Instruct your child to write down everything he knows about his chosen topic. For instance, your child might write down instructional details or tips and personal feelings about his favorite hobby.

Step 3Research online or at the local library. Fill in what your child knows with facts. For instance, if he is giving a speech about soccer, he might research the history of the sport. If he is describing a family vacation, he might look for information about the geography and culture of the vacation site.

Step 4Help your child organize the material into an introduction, body and conclusion. The introduction should be short, but catchy. Include a joke or anecdote to catch the audience’s attention. The body of the speech should include two to five main points accompanied by supporting facts. Your child may wish to include short stories in the body to weave a narrative. The conclusion is a brief summary of the speech. Help your child find an applicable quote or anecdote to wrap up the subject matter.

Step 5Encourage your child to write short notes on cards to help him if he gets lost during his speech. Don’t allow him to write the entire speech on cards, though, or he’ll be tempted to read and avoid eye contact.

Step 6Assemble an audience of friends and family so that your child can practice his speech in a non-threatening environment. Encourage your child to speak slowly and engage his audience with eye contact. If he is fidgety, it may help him to hold onto a podium or table.

Step 7Address your child’s concerns before he gives his speech to a formal audience. Remind him that it is okay to feel nervous or scared. He doesn’t have to give the speech perfectly. Encourage him to relax and simply tell his story.

 

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How Should Teachers Dress?

September 8, 2013

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While I am against the idea of making teachers wear a school uniform, it is important that teachers abide by a sensible dress code. I think that teachers should ostensibly be able to wear what they feel comfortable in, but at the same time, teachers can do without their spandex leggings:

It used to be the students that needed a dress code, but now a school district in Arkansas has drafted a formal set of guidelines for it’s teachers.

Listed in the four page document is the new requirement that staff must wear underwear.

Little Rock School District’s new superintendent Dr Dexter Suggs refers to underwear as ‘foundation garments’ in the document. 

The guidelines don’t stop there. Some of the other rules include the banishment of spandex leggings and hip-hugging jeans.

Teachers are required to find the happy medium between ‘excessively tight’ pants and those that are ‘sagging’.

Some of the rules seem perfectly reasonable in a school setting – like the banning of clothing which advertises alcohol, drugs or cigarettes.

But others seem over-the-top and obvious.

In addition to underwear requirement, teachers’ hair ‘must be clean, neat and well-groomed’ and shoes ‘must be worn at all times’.

In the letter dressed to the school district’s teachers, Dr Suggs doesn’t cite any particular incident that lead him to believe an official dress code needed to be made.

He only wrote that ‘the district’ believes an  ‘appropriately dressed employee is seen as a more suitable role model’.

Dr Suggs and union president Cathy Koehler released the rules at the end of August, but the rules won’t officially be district policy until the 2014-2015 school year to give time for teachers to transition to the new system

Ms Koehler admits that many union members voiced their distaste for the new regulations.

 

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School Holidays are Very Hard for Many Parents (Video)

August 29, 2013

 

 

I love spending time with my children and have taken a year off to look after my baby son, but there are times when the school holidays seems to go on for a bit too long.

 

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Another Shocking School Fight Video Emerges (Video)

May 25, 2013

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Who would want to be a high school teacher in this place?

 

 

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Is There a Greater Tragedy than a School Tragedy?

May 21, 2013

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My thoughts and wishes go out to all those effected by the recent Oklahoma tornado.

US President Barack Obama declared a “major disaster” as rescuers combed through smashed homes and the collapsed remains of an elementary school in Moore, where twister-seasoned residents were shocked by the devastation.

The dead included at least 20 children, most of them under the age of 12, Amy Elliott, of the state medical examiner’s office, told AFP.

Reporters for local broadcaster KFOR-TV saw children as young as nine being pulled out of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, a residential community of 55,000 just south of Oklahoma’s state capital.

Anxious parents were being kept at a distance while search-and-rescue workers scrambled to free the students.

A second elementary school, Briarwood, was also hit but did not appear to have suffered casualties.

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19 US States Still Allow Corporal Punishment in their Classrooms

April 7, 2013

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It is quite upsetting that 19 US States still allow corporal punishment in their schools. Below are some damning statistics taken from 2005-2006. I hope the numbers of students hit per state has dramatically lessened since then, but I somewhat doubt it. Of equal concern is the ratio of black and Hispanic children being metered out this outdated and inhumane form of punishment.

State
Number of Students Hit
Number of IDEA Students Hit
Total Number of Students Hit
Percentage of Total Students
Alabama
33,716
381
34,097
4.6
Arkansas
22,314
261
22,575
4.7
Arizona
16
0
16
<0.0
Colorado
8
0
8
<0.0
Florida
7,185
118
7,303
.3
Georgia
18,249
155
18,404
1.1
Idaho
111
20
131
.05
Indiana
577
36
613
.05
Kansas
50
4
54
.01
Kentucky
2,209
1
2.210
.3
Louisiana
11,080
11
11,091
1.7
Missouri
5,159
35
5,194
.6
Mississippi
38,131
83
38,214
7.5
North Carolina
2,705
31
2,736
.2
New Mexico
705
44
749
.2
Ohio
672
0
672
.04
Oklahoma
14,828
325
15,153
2.4
South Carolina
1,409
12
1,421
.2
Tennessee
14,868
33
14,901
1.5
Texas
49,197
1,973
51,170
1.1
Wyoming
0
0
0
0

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