Playing In The Hourglass

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Giving 11-Year-Olds Birth Control Pills

It seems that a Maine middle school will soon be handing out condoms to children as young as 11 years old. This news has touched off a firestorm of debate throughout the country. Most of the problem stems from idiots worried about social permissiveness instead of their children's sexual safety. I've... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Something To Remember When Educating Our Children

"In helping children, we must work to make them understand that they are responsible for fulfilling their needs, for behaving so that they can have a successful identity. No one can do it for them." -- Dr. William Glasser, Schools Without Failure Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 30, 2007

An 88-Year-Old Teacher Who Still Inspires

Rose "Mama G" Gilbert still teaches at the young ole age of 88 at Palisades Charter High School in Los Angeles. And she keeps her students interested, teaching Advanced Placement English Literature. She encourages them to "live literature." With a picture on her wall of a wastebasket full of teacher... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Gun-Toting Teachers In Nevada?

If Nevada state senator Bob Beers has his way, teachers in his state will be able to carry firearms into the schools in which they teach. He says that, given the violence prevalent in today's schools, he believes that a well-trained and armed teacher would be a deterrent to school shootings and... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

New Jersey School Principal Spends Freezing Night On School's Roof

He said he'd do it again if he had to. Harrington Park School Principal Scott Davies spent the night in below freezing temperatures after his students met his challenge -- albeit a bit earlier than he expected. Davies challenged his 700 students to read 10,000 books and, if they did, they could... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

In This Jumpy World, Pranks Become Serious Threats

It goes without saying that, since the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11, we live in a vastly different world. Well, maybe not a different world, but one which we look at with a more guarded eye -- our perspective has changed. No longer are irresponsible verbal threats of "blowing something up" taken... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Would Seat Restraints On Buses Be Beneficial?

The tragic death of four students when a bus somehow flipped over the retaining wall of a highway overpass in Huntsville, Alabama, and crashed to the ground has brought up the question once again: Should restraining devices of some kind be placed on buses? An investigation into the matter of the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Making Subject Matter Relevant To Students

There is a trend now to make school subjects more palatable, more relevant to children's lives. It is an effort to bring the education level of the masses up a few notches. In a recent post, blagging spoke of England's opening up of Buckingham Palace for a science exposition to students in an effort... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Why Teach 'Em To Fight When Little Johnny's Strapped With A Gat?

The Texas school district of Burleson has hired Response Options, a defensive training organization, to teach its teachers and students how to fight back against threatening gunmen and attackers instead of adhering to the usual method of complying with the attackers wishes. Taking into consideration... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

No Class For Students Showing No Class

The first day of school turned out not to be the first day of school for 128 students at Morton High School in Hammond, Indiana, when school officials sent them home for various violations of the dress code (and a few cell phone violations). Graphic t-shirts, low-cut shirts, tank tops, and baggy... Sign in to see full entry.

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