Thursday, October 26, 2006

Extra Credit Reading: Thursday, October 26, 2006

A short time ago, we took a look at the case of Dallas-area art teacher Sydney McGee, who lost her teaching job when one parent complained that his/her child had seen classical nude statues while on a field trip to a local art museum. (The trip had been approved by Principal Nancy Lawson, who avoided any sanction whatsoever.) In the latest installment of this ongoing story, it appears as though the teacher and her former employers have reached a settlement that is less-than-satisfactory. (Here's three words that express a concept that is all-too-often lacking in public education: accountability for administrators.)

The Wanker of the Day Award goes to... Montana high school principal Eric Messerli,
who served a six-day suspension for giving one of his students a wedgie. (Here's three more words that express another concept that is all-too-often lacking in public education: merit-based promotion.)

Our Red Apple Salute goes to fifth-grader Katlin McCullough and teacher Rebecca Weliver. This pair's quick-thinking and fast-action
saved the life of another student.

We've learned of the passing of yet another American Icon: after a run of nearly 50 years, the last Pink Flamingos are about to
strut across a yard near you.

In today's dispatches from the Iraq Civil War, the Coalition's high command is indicating the possibility that more American troops may be needed to
quell the insurgency. At a morning news conference yesterday, President Bush urged patience, while a number of active-duty soldiers have taken the unprecedented step of criticizing the Administration's war-strategy and making their case for the withdrawl of U.S. troops from Iraq. In yet another move that will not endear himself with the American public, Nuri al-Maliki, who is the ingrate head of the Iraqi "government," has condemned a U.S.-led raid that attempted to capture or kill an anti-American militia leader.
See our latest EduPosts here and yesterday's Extra Credit Reading there.