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What Is Wrong With Our Schools???

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Is it just me?

1 school building 2Or does anyone else think elementary schools have gone totally and completely mental when it comes to disciplining and suspending students?

Schools are no longer about reading, riting, and rithmetic.

How quaint!

Today’s schools are all about arresting, blood and urine samples, and strip searching.

And not at high schools. But at our elementary schools including kindergarten!

I kid you not!!!!

When I was in school in the 50’s and 60’s you practically had to rob a bank to be suspended.

When I taught school in the 70’s and 80’s you had to have done something really serious, like bringing a meat cleaver to school to be suspended. (Actual case in school I taught in.)

Today a child can and has been suspended and/or arrested for biting into a Pop-Tart that made it look like a gun to his teacher.

Yea, sure. I am positive that child sat there and thought how can I bite into this Pop Tart to make it look like a gun so I can get suspended.

I mean like Give me a Break!!!!!

school lunchYou bite one corner off the tart and if you are overly sensitive, or hyperkinetic, or just plain nutty you might see a gun if you have been inhaling or taking psychedelic drugs!!!!!

Not only are some of these children being suspended, many are strip searched, have to give a blood and/or a urine sample, and have been arrested for what I consider childish normal acting up.

I have to wonder what are we teaching and what are we doing to our children with such stupidity. What lessons are they learning? What do they think of us as adults? Are they learning the right lesson(s) from all this nonsense? How will they respond to what happened to them in childhood when they are adults and have children of their own in school?

I have to wonder!

Below is a short – a very short – list of some of the reasons why children have been expelled from school recently:

A young girl was suspended for shooting soap bubbles using a Hello Kitty bubble gun at the bus stop.

Another 12 year old in a Texas school was arrested for spraying herself with perfume. ARRESTED??? For heavens sake why?

In New Mexico a 13 year old was suspended for burping. My bother would have been in jail daily if that was the norm when I was young.

Thirteen year old arrested and charged with felony for throwing a snowball in Chicago.

In Florida a child was recently arrested for having a plastic picnic knife in his pocket.

A 6-year-old Massachusetts boy was given detention and forced to write an apology letter for a plastic Lego gun  on a key chain the size of a quarter.

Also in a Massachusetts school the police were called to the school to collect an overdue library book from a 5 year old girl. I would think the police in Massachusetts have more important things to do than collect money for an over due library book. Where are the Minutemen when you really need them?

1 read 3In Florida the police were called because a five year old girl kissed a five year old boy in gym class. The police? Why not Dr. Ruth or Judge Judy? I bet Judge Judy would give some of these school personnel a well deserved good tongue lashing.

In Texas a boy was arrested by police for throwing paper airplanes in class.

Other reasons students have been suspended are: growing hair for charity, singing a hit song, calling a teacher ‘cute’, holding a door for an adult with a large handful of packages.

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IF these are infractions of school rules I can understand being called on the carpet for it. But suspension? Or arrest??? Strip searched?

Many of these ‘infractions’ should be dealt with by the classroom teacher. Always sending kids to the principle erodes a teacher’s authority and leads to a lack of respect of the teacher. It is called controlling your class. I did it in the seventies.

And, no, it was not hyperbole when I wrote above a child had to strip down to his underwear, give blood, and a urine sample before he was suspended.

From Alex Jones Infowars website:

A 13-year-old boy in Vernon, New Jersey was suspended from school last week after being accused of holding his pencil like a gun.

Ethan Chaplin, a seventh-grade student at Glen Meadow Middle School, was twirling his pencil in math class when a fellow student suddenly yelled out, “He’s making gun motions, send him to juvie!”

Snip…….

Michael Chaplin, Ethan’s father, was just as shocked by the school’s handling of the situation.

“I’m absolutely livid,” Michael said. “I think it’s gross misconduct at its finest. They took something so minimal and took it so far over the edge.”

Speaking with Infowars, Michael detailed his son’s horrific experience during the five-hour long physical and psychological evaluation.

“The child was stripped, had to give blood samples (which caused him to pass out) and urine samples for of all things drug testing,” Michael said. “Then four hours later a social worker spoke to him for five minutes and cleared him. Then an actual doctor came in and said the state was 100 percent incorrect in their procedure and this would not get him back in school. “[All emphasis mine.]

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It should also be noted that the U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled in a similar case that a strip search of another 13 year old in 2009 was unconstitutional. Read more at The Hall Monitor.

Many of these ‘infractions’ should be dealt with by the regular classroom teacher. It is called controlling your class. I did it when I taught in the seventies.

Do you think this is right?

What would you do if this had been your child?

What can we do as a society do to bring common sense back to our schools?

AND……..As If This Is Not Enough……..

This just happened this week:

thCA00335MAssignment Asking Students Whether The Holocaust Was Real Results In Disturbing Answers And Grades

The headline says it all.

We arrest a child for having an overdue library book yet ask students if the Holocaust was real or not?

GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!!

You can read the entire article about this disturbing and disgusting incident by clicking this link: 8th Grade Assignment

Who would even think about giving an assignment like that?????!!!!!!

I mean I know what they are trying to do. I know the skill they are trying to teach – to look at both sides of an issue. But of all the issues you could choose to teach that skill this one has to be the worst ever. Talk about lack of sensitivity.

I think the teachers and administrators are the ones who should be arrested!!!!!!!!
What say you?
All I know is that I could not be a teacher these days!!!!!!

UPDATE: Before I published this post the school administration reversed its first decision that the lesson was appropriate and has canceled the lesson all together.

Finally some common sense.
Featured Recipe        Peach Quesadillas with Lime Dipping Sauce

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You don’t have to be a vegetarian to eat these. However, if you are a vegetarian this would make a wonderful dinner. However, it is also a fantastic dessert. Anyway or any time you eat it this is one tasty easy dish.

This would make a great breakfast as well as a great after school snack. You could use them as an appetizer.

I love finger food!

It can also be a side dish with pork chops or steak. The ways to serve these beauties is endless.

Did I tell you making these are quick, easy, and inexpensive too?

This is what you will need for 4 or 6 quesadillas:

For the Dipping Sauce

1 lime:

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¼ cup honey

¼ teaspoon toasted sesame oil

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Here is what you do:

Zest the lime. I do this right into the bowl I am going to make the sauce in. One it saves time and two it means one less dish to have to wash up. I am SO lazy!!!

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I also like adding a bit of toasted sesame oil as it cuts some of the tartness of the lime juice and it also imparts a subtle nuttiness to the sauce; kind of like my personality.

Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk till well combined.

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For the Quesadillas:

1 medium ripe but firm peach

1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives

1 teaspoon brown sugar

4 tablespoons shredded Mozzarella *

2 – 8-inch flour tortillas

Cooking spray

Optional: Chives ~ long strips for garnish

* Or any cheese that melts your heart. List of best melting cheeses

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Here is what you do:

Wash and slice the peaches some what thin. You can remove the peel if you wish. I do not.

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If the peach is  juicy you may want to drain the peaches on paper towels to remove some of the water. If you don’t, the quesadillas may get soggy and fall apart while you are trying to eat them; or worse yet while you are cooking the quesadillas in the skillet. I put my peach in the fridge the night before which made them easier to slice with little juice.

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Chop the chives. I like to use scissors to do this because it is faster and also because I can cut the chives into very small pieces easier than with a knife.

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If you wish to use some of the chives for garnish cut a few sprigs in long pieces.

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Place the peaches in a bowl, add the chopped chives, and the brown sugar. Using your fingers gently toss the peaches until they are covered with the ingredients.

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Place half of the peach mixture on one half of each of the tortillas.

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Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the mozzarella (or to taste) over the peach mixture.

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Fold the empty side of the tortilla over the side with the peaches and cheese.

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Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot coat pan with cooking spray.

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Carefully place both quesadillas in the pan and cook 2 minutes on each side or until tortillas are lightly browned and crisp.

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When finished cut each quesadilla in half to make 4 quesadillas ~

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~ or into three wedges to make 6 quesadillas.

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If using the long slices of chives, sprinkle a few on each quesadilla slices.

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Serve with the dipping sauce.

Savor the Flavors.
Bon appétit!!!
Cost

For the Dipping Sauce

1 lime:                                         $0.49

11111111 ¼ cup fresh lime juice

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¼ cup honey                                $0.74

¼ tspn toasted sesame oil             $0.99

For the Quesadillas:

1 med ripe but firm peach              $1.35

1 tbspn chopped fresh chives          $0.65

1 teaspoon brown sugar                $0.04

4 tbspn shredded Mozzarella          $0.06

2 – 8-inch flour tortillas                  $0.30

Cooking spray                               $0.06

Optional: Chives ~ garnish             $0.10

Total cost = $4.78
Cost for 4 = $1.20 each
Cost for 6 = $).80 each

Quote of the Day

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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5 comments to What Is Wrong With Our Schools???

  • Insanity! Oh my gosh. It’s not quite so bad in our town– maybe we don’t tend to overreact and we have had one school shooting– back when my kids were in elementary. A child who’d been bullied shot the two bullies and a teacher who intervened. Fortunately all lived.
    Yes, there are teachers who are threatened, kids who are dangerous and disruptive, but most of these kids are just naughty. If the teacher needs help the principal should help. And call the parents before you call the police. Calling the police to collect a library book?

    • Roberta

      Oh my word, Julia!!! You and your family have been involved in a school shooting? So glad all survived.

      I taught in the ‘inner city,’ a very white and black poor district. First year there many students still lived in houses without running water. But parents by and large worked with and supported teachers and the school because they saw education as a way out of the ghetto. This was in the 70’s. In the ensuing 35-40 years that support has eroded. During my time at the school)s) I worked at I do not remember the police being called more than three times the entire 10-11 years I taught. It just was not done.

      I don’t understand the school culture any more. I know…a library book??????? Madness!

  • The school thing just twists my knickers in a knot. What happened to common sense? Has the new generation of teachers forgotten to use it? Discipline needs to begin in first grade. When my kids were in elementary school they were taught that it was a new school and how to look after it. 5 years later it still looked brand new. It’s not rocket science but it takes dedication from the top to the bottom and teachers need to be supported. I wouldn’t be a teacher either.

    I saw the quesadillas and fell in love. What a great idea!

    • Roberta

      I love your common sense, Maureen. I vote for you to be Superintendent of Schools.

      Have to admit, the quesadillas are special. 🙂

  • Unbelievable and gives me real concern for the future of the human race. You can bet that this nonsense does not happen in Chinese, Indian or Indonesian schools, the very countries that are overtaking us in economic development.

    In the current over sensitive climate, I would have thought that an adult who is not the parent, ordering a child to take off his or her clothes would be deemed guilty of sexual assault on that child.

    When I was at school, getting caught smoking a second time or robbing a bank were about the only offences resulting in expulsion. I do not remember a single suspension, but I do remember many canings and manual labour detention sessions.