Friday, November 17, 2006

Extra Credit Reading: Friday, November 17, 2006

Did you hear the one about the Illinois parents who are in an uproar over the book about gay penguins?

The California high school where Darren teaches has been recognized as an "NCLB National Blue Ribbon School." But when
one of the teachers traveled to Washington in order to receive the award on behalf of the school, Somebody Important was off on another overseas junket didn't bother to attend the ceremony.

The Wanker of the Day Award goes to Florida middle school teacher Mark Krieger, who made some stupid racist comments
racially insensitive remarks recently:
Mark Krieger, a teacher at Oak Grove Middle School who violated district policy by trying to force a student to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, then told the student, who is black, that he should go to Africa to appreciate his freedom.

A black student said he heard Krieger tell him to go "back" to Africa if he didn't respect the United States. Krieger told investigators he did not intend to make a racially disparaging remark.

Krieger could not be reached for comment. But investigators said he understands why the statement was offensive and that he cannot force students to stand for the pledge.
Krieger's idiotic statement got him a 10-day suspension. Serves him right, too. (A read of the link shows that this particular Florida district has some serious leadership issues that need to be addressed.)

Meanwhile, the parents of this
7-year-old knife-wielding girl need to really get a grip....

Education Sector's
wades into the EduDebate regarding schools that may be "teaching to the test."

In a move sure that is sure to make some nervous, Japanese schools are being directed to change their curricula in order to instill "a love of one's country" in children. (See the WaPo's take here.)

Georgia's Emory University has 261 million reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving.

quote of the day comes from Mother Teresa: "Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."
See our latest EduPosts and yesterday's Extra Credit Reading.