Thursday, April 13, 2017
Friday, March 31, 2017
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Several years ago a young man in one of my classes wanted to know if I would dance if he threw pennies at me. I reported him immediately to Mr. AP and asked to have him removed due to blatant anti-semitism. Mr. AP refused and vehemently repeated that the remark was not related to anti-semitism. We got into a heated fight. Thankfully the Principal took my side with both the boy and the Mr. AP.
Not experiencing something first hand does not mean it does not exist. This letter brought back painful memories.
Friday, March 24, 2017
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.
Martin Luther King Jr, "Where Do We Go From Here?" (1967)
Friday, February 17, 2017
Thursday, February 09, 2017
Sunday, February 05, 2017
Saturday, February 04, 2017
I love my new watch but I wouldn't have bought it if I had looked closer. The "9" really bothers me. I spend hours explaining that pi is not 3.14. Pi is an irrational number that goes on forever.
used above would not represent 9 exactly.
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Saturday, January 28, 2017
The man pictured above works five 12 hour days every week. He doesn't have to do this. He could choose to work six 8 hour days instead. What a choice? He needs the job to support his family and it is one of the most coveted jobs on the island of Jamaica.
He doesn't complain about the long hours or the almost 2 hour commute he has each day on public transportation. He reports to work daily with a smile and seems to always be so upbeat. He hides the hardships of his life well.
Too bad there are no unions here. The hotel owners get rich while the workers get by. Not fair.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Monday, January 23, 2017
I've tried, and so have others, to reason with him, to give him facts supporting what we say but talking to him is like talking to a wall.He believes every piece of garbage spewed by the Post and Fox news. He refuses to listen to people who have witnessed things in action.
Our union has plenty wrong with it. It doesn't always do a great job of protecting its members but we would be lost without it. The union does not guarantee us jobs, it guarantees due process. And, although the union does stand up for the students, it is their job to protect us and it does not and should not be bashed for doing its job.
Friday, January 20, 2017
Instead of removing her from the job she is incapable of doing well, she is in a new assignment, creating havoc and destroying the morale of once happy little dogs.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Years ago when I was a brand new teacher I observed Mr. Danger. I always saw his students fighting to go to the board and I was determined to learn his secret, a secret I learned within 5 minutes.
Mr. Danger gave his class "B's" every time they picked up the chalk. They loved the "B's" and worked hard to get them.
When the class ended I asked Mr. Danger what he did with all the "B's" the students collected. He just laughed and said he did not do anything and the students knew it. Mr. Danger was funny, full of life and he loved teaching and his students. The "B's" were just a way to pass this enthusiasm to his charges and it worked. His students were very successful.