The other day I woke up late, congested from a double whammy of bad allergies and a cold, to the high-pitched whines of one kid arguing that a nature show is not "a real movie" and the other running…around with a poop-filled diaper, refusing to be changed. It was 7:57 a.m. and I had to take my older son to an appointment in exactly 33 minutes. But first, I had to fully open my eyes, feed the dog, fill a Star Wars lunchbox with semi-nutritious snacks, change that diaper, and get myself dressed.… >> Read More
When my 13-year-old daughter got home from school last Tuesday, I drew her close to me and apologized.
“I’m so sorry. I’m sorry the grown-ups have let you down. We tried; we really…did.” She pulled away from me, saying, “What the hell!?! Everyone is always saying that my generation is the future. What kind of future are we going to have if we’re uneducated? The adults, who are supposed to take care of us, just picked someone who is completely unqualified for the position.” And that, ladies… >> Read More
The assignment seemed simple enough: For the culmination of their unit on nursery rhymes, my son’s kindergarten class was to create the “new and improved” Humpty Dumpty. Each student should…bring in their (parents’) creation and their “egg” will be tested on the school wall. The challenge: create a Humpty Dumpty that does not even need “all the king’s horses and all the king’s men” to try to fix him. In other words, make a Humpty that’s not so Dumpty after all. While in our… >> Read More
Apparently, punishing a student who draws a swastika, which is a hate symbol, could get you suspended. Crazy world we live in, right? This is exactly what happened to a Massachusetts high school…teacher when she was suspended after rescinding a college recommendation letter for a student caught vandalizing school property with a swastika. The Stoughton High School teacher, who is also an Army veteran, is one of three teachers at the eastern Massachusetts school disciplined for discussing the swastika a student made from tape put on display in a hallway.… >> Read More
My 7th grader’s first semester report card arrived the other day. Amongst the letter grades was the following comment: His trademark is his need to question just about everything. This can be…tiresome for a teacher. Yup. We definitely didn’t receive the wrong child’s report card. This is the child who, at age 4, would not let anyone talk him out of the notion that “the number after infinity is zero. Because after infinity is nothing.” Who, when told that it was time for bed because the… >> Read More