This is a sincere question: does anyone under the age of 25 know how to write in cursive? A couple of weeks ago my daughter was making final preprerations to take the SAT and she casually mentioned that her SAT prep teacher was going over how to write their personal statement in cursive. Keep in mind this was not the first time I had heard about cursive being taught as a foreign language to Generation Text, but it is jarring to hear that this generation never had penmanship, and that they are actually at their best when using their thumbs.
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Like so many Americans I went to sleep last night with a broken heart and today I woke up still crying for all the innocent lives lost yesterday. On Monday there will be 20 empty seats in the classrooms and 8 school administrators are also counted among the lost. As a parent you think about your own children and how you put them on the school bus with an expectation that they would return unharmed. So we are left with the question how do you prepare for evil? Sure we are now being told that the shooter had a history of mental illness, but he might have been but he access to a killing machine and he methodically stole the lives of children and changed the lives of everyone connected to this tragedy. Is gun control the answer? In this case his mother bought the guns legally. The irony is she bought the gun that was used to kill her by her own son. This is the kind of story that affects everyone. It hurts. The children that died yesterday were still young enough to believe in Santa Claus and there parents probably had the toys on their wish list hidden throughout their homes, in anticipation of the holidays, but sadly this Christmas will be so very different. We are left to ask what can we do? Today we can keep the families of the victims in our prayers and we must do something to stop this kind of thing from happening again, and that means gun control.
Chicago parents are being offered a Walgreen’s gift card if they attend a parent/teacher conference and pick up their child’s report card. Do you have a problem with this incentive program? Share your thoughts.
We are reading and seeing so many people with opinions on the Chicago Teachers Strike. In so many narratives the teachers are the villians. The word “union” has become a dirty word, but it was through the unions that so many minorities became middle class so this demonization of their efforts is troubling. This morning I talked to a friend of mine in Chicago who has a child that is sitting at home today. This is her perspective of what is going on in Chicago.
“There is a new appraisal system. Looks like a lot rides on test scores and teachers can literally be fired if their class’ numbers aren’t where they should be. They want that revisited. They want the laid off teachers to be recalled when there are openings. Each year they close schools and/or do turnarounds so they want to be able to be hired at the new schools. I thought they currently could interview for openings in those “new” schools, but what do I know? They want more money to offset the longer day and the increase in health care costs. (They need a reality check) I think new teachers make $47K. There’s a lot in that $60K range. Also, I think both sides BS’ed too long. The state changed the laws and made it harder for teachers to strike. I think because they met those stricter requirements CTU has that “How you like me now attitude” and they are on strike because they can. On the flip side. If the school board can come up with $25million to open 144 schools for 5 hours to feed kids and other things as a part of the contingency plan, why not give some to the teachers. My son is pissed because any days missed for the strike have to be made up and he’s not feeling it. I’m fortunate that I don’t have younger kids that I’ve have to figure out what to do with. On one hand I get it, but they should have worked this s**t out at the bargaining table!!!!”
The Chicago Public schools are on strike today. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s children do not attend the Chicago Public Schools. I don’t think this is an issue, but some people do. Read the article and share your thoughts.
The first day of school is supposed to be filled with hope. It offers students and teachers a new beginning, but not today. I was on Twitter and I saw Baltimore County was trending topic and I learned that there had been a shooting at Perry Hall High School. Some have speculated that the shooting stemmed from a bullying incident, but this is an evolving story, but it is a sad way to start a new year of school.
“There’s dumb, and then there’s dumber. The three teens who decided to break into a Houston, Texas mall to steal Air Jordan sneakers arguably fall under the latter category. According to police, three teens cut a hole — yes, a hole — through the roof of Greenspoint Mall to steal 16 pairs of the over-priced, $175 shoes from Foot Action, reports FoxNews.com.” Read the linked story.
In this age of vile language it is unusual to find that someone is actually punished for saying the word “hell”. Class valedictorian submitted her speech for approval prior to the graduation ceremony and she used the word “heck”, but at the ceremony she used the word “hell”. She has been denied her graduation certificate until she writes a letter of apology. She refuses. What do you think?
Over the past couple of weeks we have witnessed a mother arrested for cheering too loudly for her daughter and we have also seen a young man denied his diploma because his guests cheered too loudly, but how should someone act at the graduation ceremony? Yesterday I read this wonderful article and I wanted to share it with you.
GUEST POST: By Caryl Davis of Milwaukee she works for Milwaukee Public Schools.
Knowing how to dress appropriately and how to demonstrate responsible behavior during promotion and commencement programs are not always understood and sometimes require reminders. Formal academic programs are steeped in tradition and history. Typically signified by the academic regalia worn by graduates from institutions of higher education, the mortarboard cap, gown and hood represent various levels of higher educational degree attainment. Promotion, graduation and commencement exercises are formal academic programs that must be honored. In honor of our students’ achievements, guests and participants should dress and behave in a manner that is suitable for the occasion. We can learn from the women of Spelman College. Spelman, Atlanta’s historically black women’s college, celebrated her 124th commencement on May 15. Missionaries Sophia B. Packard and Harriet E. Giles founded Spelman, originally called Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, in 1881. The college has a long, proud history of tradition and excellence, and Spelman women are to “present themselves neatly and appropriately at all times.” Similarly and according to the school’s Community Standards and Code of Conduct, Spelman students may not demonstrate offensive, threatening, violent or verbally abusive behavior. As representatives of Spelman and her long history of excellence, students are expected to wear appropriate attire for formal college events and occasions. Spelman’s strict White Dress Tradition includes wearing a white, modest, appropriate-length dress or skirt. Lycra, spandex, very high heels, flip-flops or revealing clothing are not allowed. We all know that promotions and commencements are exciting. Most everyone wants to give a little hoot when her or his loved one rises to receive her certificate. But promotions and commencements are shared community experiences where honor and dignity always have a place at the table. If one must hoot, do so with humility in mind. Hoot too loudly or for too long and you are likely interfering with someone else’s moment of pride. I know, you’re excited. I understand the pride that a parent feels for her child’s achievement. I understand the round-table tutoring sessions, the energy that must be mustered up from nowhere, the sacrifice of personal pursuits and the money that parents willingly supply in order to see their children succeed. But this graduation season, let’s prepare our children for excellence by showing them how it’s done. We don’t want them to be shocked and run scared when they look excellence in the face. We want them to be ready for all of the goodness that life has in store for them. Congratulations are indeed in order for our kindergartners and grade school promotees. We plan to encourage you by showing up with dignity and honor. And with every positive milestone you reach, we’ll put our best feet forward and encourage you to reach beyond promotion.
Remember, the best is yet to come.
Originally appeared JSOnline: Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel