3rd graders seek to punish their teacher!


3rd Graders plan an assault on a teacher? Hello, where are parents?


There are a few points to cover with this attempt at “soapBlogging.” It is quite possible I should call it soap-flogging, and a few parents and then the children should be in line for it, after that, all of us for being so ignorant! We have thrown out the baby with the bath water when it comes to this concept of moving forward as a human species. Seriously! We no longer care for our young. We believe that “they can walk and talk,” therefore they can care for themselves. Or rather the monitor, whether it is on a computer, a TV, etc., that is the Nanny in most homes! I am amazed at the number of functional people, hardworking people that do not understand that they are functional, successful because they had limits put on them when they were growing up, mostly in two parent homes. Most were limited as to the scope of what they were to watch, listen to, what they were allowed to experience and where they were allowed to go. Now, those children have grown up and they look at themselves in the mirror and honestly believe they can raise their children void of any intrinsic discipline like they themselves had. (Assuming these children’s parents were raised in a quality home environment) They somehow believe that if their mind and eyes can handle it, so can their 6 year olds. “Oh we watch CSI together, Johnny really likes it!” What? I have actually heard garbage like this. The number of first grade students that know more about horror flicks then I did astounded me!

So here is the point: Yesterday it was reported that children in Georgia got mad at their 3rd grade teacher for disciplining a fellow student for standing on a chair. As a classroom teacher it is essential to safe-guard your students, so the teachers response is seemingly rational. It is the irrational response of a group of 9 or so students to was to “take her out” is the big problem! They plotted, planned and were ready to deliver the punishment upon the teacher to the point of labeling it as a strong premeditated movie plot. Did you get that, a movie plot! When will we learn that children will imitate that which they are exposed and desensitized to? So they would trip her, knocking her down, hit her in the head with a glass paper weight, hand cuff her, tape her up…you get the drift. I am astounded!

Yes, there is talk of legal action. There is the possible long term suspensions, etc. How about long term counseling not only for the children, but the teacher who is going to need it? How about arresting the parents of the child that brought in the paraphernalia and failed to recognize that “Johnny” was bringing strange items into school? Doesn’t that make them an accessory to the crime? How about breaking up the little band of assaulters guaranteeing that they cannot communicate in any way with each other? Having been in the classroom that mob mentality will only grow, sad but true.

Now on to another point about all of this: It is time for the nation’s school systems to go to the same level of employment as postal workers, IRS employees, etc. Our schools are not safe, they are not equitable. Teachers work in a high stress zone, it is dangerous. Schools are more dangerous than most places of employment. They are daily in a hostile work environment. This cannot even exclude high performance suburban schools as we know with the Columbine incident. When teachers have to fear for their life by merely going to work they should be able to press the issue of hostile work environments and be protected by the laws that protect every other place of employment. But because there is such a varying degree district to district, state to state, the individual unions are in charge of protection. Because a teacher is only protected once they are tenured, they have no recourse. It is an unfair playing field, in many situations. The No Child Left Behind and its quasi-witch hunt approach has weakened the union voice, thereby weakening the teacher’s voice. The establishment of Charter Schools has limited the power of the union even more, white washing the problem. The Establishment of the Federal government to guarantee equitability not only for our children, but for our teachers is way past due. By placing our school systems under one umbrella, we have a better chance of safeguarding the delivery of education and protection for teachers and innocent students. Potentially making education fair and equitable, the time has come.

So it is time for there to be no variance in the delivery of education, or that benefit that one teacher has over another. It is time for teachers to regain their voice. It is time for parents to be parents and for children to be allowed to be children. They need to be free from those things that will distort and pervert the developing mind. We are heading down a path that will take a few generations to undo if we do not step up and demand change now!


Beam ME up, it is all “virtually” amazing!


Can you imagine?  A child sitting in the classroom, visibly bored, trapped in the mundane.  The clock ticks, one, two, three…Mrs. Smith announces, “Sally Smith, your mother will be picking you up at 2:05 for your orthodontist appointment, please proceed to the office…” The mind of the fidgeting 4th grader races to the game boy sitting in his book bag back in his locker.  He thinks of nothing more than beating his last score, when all of a sudden it happens… Ms. LaLuna is suddenly standing before him, looking him straight in the eyes.  He shakes his head, pinches himself, wonders, “am I imagining, is a figment of my imagination, am I in one of my gameboy games.  This is cyber-dude!”

His mind is now captivated, no longer thinking beyond the classroom, beyond the moment.  Mr. Chorak said there would be a visitor, I imagined someone to tell us about standardized testing and how important it is to “try your best, test matter!”  But this, this is unreal!”

No this is not unreal this is possible. It is plausible. It is necessary.  Imagine for just one brief moment how transforming it could be.  A virtual teacher, no a virtual specialist dropping into a classroom to take over the lesson to teach about a concept that children of all ages struggle with, whether it is fractions, the Revolutionary War, a literary device…it matters not.  What matters is that the classroom is keeping pace with the world around the child.  We must move to the point that we recognize that we do not teach math, science, reading, history, but we teach the child, the individual. 

The business world spends thousands upon thousands of dollars to initiate best practice in delivery forms that will intrigue, enhance, capture the adult student, yet we ignore what best practice in education for children, adolescence and maturing adolescence.  We are ignoring research on how the mind of a young person works.  The biorhythms of our students, how we learn must be at the forefront of education. 

Virtual teachers, it is plausible, technologically possible, and probable.  The time has come.  This will never do away with the primary educator in the classroom, but it will further the instruct ability of children around the world.  Teachers in the classroom in the “real” are necessary as facilitators, but to expect any one person to deliver day in and day out all the information and instruction that a pupil needs in the course of a school year limits the overall development of a child at any given time.  We can embrace the tendency of the human capacity to learn.  Research shows that most humans learn best through visual delivery (videos, media, etc) of information.  The engagement of this type of process is forthcoming and as an educator I am thrilled at the idea of being delivered to a classroom in Beijing on a Friday afternoon to share poetry with a group of 12 years old students!  Now that is cyber- DUDE, Scotty beam ME up!