Here are some stories that caught my eye this week (and yes, I really did re-read one of my own pieces after this week’s tragedy). Maybe you’ve seen them before, but maybe you haven’t.
“That meteorologist has never been in a classroom. Taught 115 kids for 180 days. Pinned their homecoming boutonnieres on; visited them in hospital rooms after football injuries and car wrecks; held their hands in funeral homes after their relatives died; videotaped their promposals, having first been complicit in the hiding of the Teddy bears and Snickers bars. That weatherman has never been knee-deep in children.
I have been. I am.”
“The student journalists had begun researching Robertson, and quickly found some discrepancies in her education credentials…’There were some things that just didn’t quite add up,’ Balthazor told The Washington Post…The students began digging into a weeks-long investigation that would result in an article published Friday questioning the legitimacy of the principal’s degrees and of her work as an education consultant.
On Tuesday night, Robertson resigned.”
“We do more than tweet and post memes. After the bell rings, we can be found running for union and political office, spearheading campaigns against pro-charter school companies like Pearson and the Gates Foundation or testifying at school board meetings in cities and towns across the country.”
“Public television works hard to engage young learners and build the skills needed for a jump-start on life. We need our youngest to be curious, resilient and empathetic, and prepared for the jobs of the future.
Public, noncommercial broadcasting is also giving kids social-emotional skills like persistence and self-control that are fundamental to success in school, not to mention in the military, the institution where I spent most of my career.”
“Before Sandy Hook, a lockdown drill meant I locked the door and kept on teaching. After, it means I lock the door and we hide; you just never know.
In all of those lockdown drills, the kids never question what we’re doing or why we’re doing it. It’s just accepted as another thing we do at school, which is unbelievably sad.”