Thursday, December 24, 2015
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Monday, December 21, 2015
One of my all time favorite exhibits this time of year--wreaths at the Central Park Arsenal made from recycled and very unusual materials. The added bonus is the magnificent building it is housed in-on 64th St and 5th Ave. I almost forgot, it is free1
Sunday, December 20, 2015
The boy needs the class to graduate but he spends class time chatting with a friend, texting and checking Facebook updates. He does not hand in homework. He fails 3 out of 5 exams and then gets a 51 on the final. He finds his grade and is devastated. He fires off an e-mail begging the teacher to pass him or to at least give him extra work to get him through.
The teacher answers no. You'd think a boy ready to graduate would know better.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Monday, December 14, 2015
I was just catching up on blog reading and came across one that really upset me. A new special education teacher could not understand how a kid with a kindergarten reading level could have scored over 80 on two of her regents exams. The teacher was tasked with writing an IEP and had no clue what to write. One set of scores showed the child to be severely disabled and the other showed him to be extremely proficient.
I don't know the teacher, the student or the school but I do know what I saw when I taught. I saw teachers leading students to the correct answers on regents exams. I saw grades that were failing on Friday end up passing on Monday. In the college I see kids who can barely write their names yet they have regents diplomas. Cheating has to be the answer. There is no other way.
Monday, December 07, 2015
Get ready for a rant that has nothing to do with teaching.
1. The US would not allow the St.Louis to dock and sent innocent Jews back to the Nazis and back to death. People like Trump are repeating this horrendous deed by campaigning against allowing Muslims into this country and in particular, not admitting Syrians who are fleeing the horrors of their own country. Jews were forced to wear yellow stars to identify them. Will we be doing the same to Muslims if we make them carry identification cards?
2. Japanese internment camps were set up during WW II because of the danger these citizens with Japanese blood represented. They were loyal Americans who had their lives disrupted and destroyed for nothing but fear on the part of the white majority. Today politicians are talking about internment camps for Muslims because of some, claiming to be Muslims, committing acts of terrorism. (Islam is a peaceful religion-those terrorists are not true believers.)
3. In the 50's and 60's Congress interrogated and threw in prison members of the Communist Party whose only crime was exercising their constitutional right to free speech. Thousands of hours and millions of dollars were spent ruining the lives of innocent victims who posed no danger to the nation. There was even talk of setting up an internment camp for Communists. I saw the movie Trumbo today. Replacing Muslim for Communist is what is coming out of the mouths of people like Trump and Carson today.
We as a nation have done many despicable things in our past. We can't change what we have done but we can work for a better future by not repeating them. There are bad people in every race, religion and nationality but to single one out for unfair and hurtful actions is wrong, no its unconstitutional and it is criminal.
(Rockefeller Center Christmas tree pictured above--symbol of love)