This is great.. so as part of rapper T.I.'s sentence, he has to do 400 hours of community service including speaking at schools. One parent was upset that a convicted felon was being brought in to speak to his kid, and told the prinicpal. The principal, Terry Oatts, responded to the parent:
“I thought about asking a guy who snorted cocaine and got arrested for DUI when he was 30 to come and speak to our kids, but President George W. Bush was not available.”Zing!
STORY: Henry principal faces backlash over T.I. visit
'Rubber Rooms' -- the places where suspended teachers sit and do nothing and get paid while waiting for a decision on their case (the average time being 18 months) -- will be shut down by December 2010. This has a been a massive debacle, wasting millions of dollars a year. A great victory and long anticipated reform.
STORY: WNYC - News - City Agrees to Shut the 'Rubber Rooms'
Great article on Huffington Post by Jason Pugatch about the need to make education beautiful.
But look at what they walk into every day of the school year: chain link, bicycle-locked fences and drab buildings with no air conditioning. What is a school? Moreover, what do we want a school to be? A place of beauty and freedom for learning and expression, or a place where one is confined and taught? Architecture sends as clear a message to students as the teacher standing in the classroom. And it is something public school systems ought to consider as they begin to replace the aging schools in their districts.STORY: Jason Pugatch: Making Education Beautiful
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DetentionSlip.org was invited to be in the audience of The Daily Show this past week, and here is a clip from the show. FoxNews is really losing it here... Do any of you actually watch Fox "News"? Don't you feel insulted when they pull shit like this?
Little hazy but def shows a cop laying into a student.
Just a tip: your wife isn't going to stop banging her personal trainer, no matter how hard you hit this kid.
STORY: Video shows student beaten; Cop suspended
Wait, we can't let most of the white kids transfer to another school district and put all the ones who stay into all white classrooms? This is so unamerican. There is no more racism right? We have a black president.. Hey Mississippi - wake the fuck up.
STORY: Judge tells Mississippi schools to stop segregating
"An 8-year-old honor student at W.S. Harlan Elementary School was accidentally run over and killed by a school bus Thursday."
What a tragedy.
STORY: 8-year-old girl run over by her school bus
Dad of the Year Ronald Washington allegedly made a call to his 6 yr old sons school saying that "he left something in his sons elmo backpack, and needed to come pick it up".. Well.. when he showed up the cops were there to pick him up. Doh!
STORY: Uniontown Man Allegedly Left Marijuana In 6-Year-Old Son's Backpack
This kid is cooler than your kid. I love seeing stories of young entrepreneurs. I was consistently getting busted in elementary school for selling WarHeads and Cry Babys and finally switched to online software sales at the age of 10. The shit I could have done with an iPad back then. Congrats to TJ! How many schools out there are running scared to ban the iPad?
STORY: Meet T.J. Pluhacek, the Youngest iPad App Developer
I apologize for the photo (sort of) but hey, she did it. I really like Jenny -- for different reasons now then when I was 16 -- she has been an active advocate for Autism and has been running a school for autistic kids. The rumor is she split up with her man, and funding has dried up for the project -- I don't really buy it as she has plenty of cash of her own.
STORY: Jenny McCarthy closing her school for autistic children
We are in the process of rolling out a new site, DetentionSlip 2.0, that will be the best of what we're doing now, but will be taking things to a whole new level.
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An Illinois school booster club is going to be raising money by selling 30 lb. bags of alpaca poop as fertilizer. You might remember when a kindergarten teacher sent a bag of human poop home with a student (and later resigned) -- perhaps this would have been a better option and would have made them some money in the process.
STORY: School booster club plans to sell alpaca manure as a fundraiser
STORY: What not to wear
by Dr. Larry Rosen author of "Rewired: Understanding the iGeneration and the Way They Learn"
Defining and understanding a generation of Americans has always been difficult until years after the generation ends. Although there is universal agreement on the Baby Boomer generation (1946-1964) and most people agree that Generation X started in 1965 and ended around 1979, after that it gets murky. In my research and writing I believe that the “Net Generation” started in 1980 when those future Internet users were born. Others have called this Generation Y, Millennial Generation, and Generation M, but I think that the defining feature has always been the importance of the Internet in the lives of these children, teens, and young adults.
With the economic shitshow most folks are experiencing, some colleges are slashing liberal arts majors in attempt to focus on majors students "can actually sell". As the job market gets increasingly more competitive, college students are finding out they can't just hit keggers for 5 years and then expect to get a job. Unfortunately, the focus is still on "what can I sell" - in this case, time / skill in exchange for a paycheck vs. what value can I create?
The problem is, you can't always predict what will be the hot field when you graduate in 5 years or in 10 years or 30 years. Experts aren't even sure. What is the safe bet and advice for students then? I'd be looking to ways to get experience in a variety of emerging fields, building my problem solving skills, creativity, and team building. Being able to bring together people, ideas, and technologies will always be a high value activity. Entrepreneurship should also be a big part of the conversation with todays high school kids. I speak around the country about entrepreneurship and education and it is severely lacking in the curriculum.
What are your thoughts of how to help students decide what areas to pursue?
STORY: The Economy, Killing Liberal Arts Education?
Allegations that a 6 yr old student at Middleton’s Fuller Meadow Elementary School has been sexually abusing other students hit the radar this week. Reports that 10 other students have been victims of the abuse. The student has been removed from the school.. however, the bigger issue here seems to be -- what is going on with this kid at home? I'd bet my lunch money this little guy has been the victim of some sort of sexual abuse himself.
STORY: Middleton boy, 6, accused of sexually abusing students
Some students were preforming a strip tease for their class; the teacher was taken to court; not guilty.
The argument was that he didn't try to stop it or prevent it, and he argued that he wasn't aware of what was going on. Thoughts?
STORY: Teacher found not guilty in classroom striptease