Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Would you give teachers permission to use corporal punishment (spanking, hitting, etc.) on your child in school if it were legal? I sure don't! It turns out that in 20 states, including North Carolina, the use of corporal punishment as a disciplinary measure, is still allowed! The documentary film, The Board of Education, which is scheduled to be released sometime this year, examines the use of corporal punishment (spanking, hitting, etc.) in the U.S. public school system. Director Jared Abrams takes an in-depth and personal look at this controversial issue. In the film, Abrams actually returns to the school where he was hit as a child. Serving as script consultant is Javier Grillo-Marxuach, who has worked as a producer for such television shows as Lost, Medium, and Charmed.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
"Are you unwell?/Yes, you are unwell." "If this is the best you can do, I had better send you to hospital!" "...and I should do your job, as well as my own, and everyone else's." -- Meryl Streep puttin' it down in The Iron Lady (Meryl Streep had me laughing so hard, I was crying during this scene. I highly recommend seeing The Iron Lady, if only for this part of the film when she's sitting in a meeting with all men).
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
|Brooke Harris, Pontiac, Mich. teacher|
Her efforts included organizing a “dress down” fundraiser, similar to the One Million Hoodie marches that have taken place throughout the country. Students would pay one dollar to participate, and all proceeds would be donated to the family of Trayvon Martin.
The principal of Pontiac Academy signed off on the proposal. Superintendent Jacqueline Cassell, however, refused. When Ms. Harris’s students asked to make their case for the fundraiser to Superintendent Cassell directly, Ms. Harris passed the request along to Ms. Cassell. Harris says that Cassell suspended her for two days. When two days stretched to two weeks, Ms. Harris asked for clarification regarding the basis for her suspension, and Cassell fired her.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Harpers Weekly Review, April 10, 2012: Police in Oklahoma arrested Jake England and Alvin Watts in conjunction with the murders of three African Americans who were among five shot in the course of seven hours in Tulsa. The day before the shootings, England posted on his Facebook page that it was the second anniversary of his father’s murder “at the hands of a f***ing nigger.” “It’s hard not to go off between that and sheran I’m gone in the head,” he wrote, referring also to his girlfriend, who had recently committed suicide. “It is way too early to call this a hate crime,” said FBI agent James Finch.