Jun 23, 2011
commented on Is Teach for America a Done Deal?
TFA is educational tourism.
Hm, I've graduated from college, I don't know what to do with my life, oh, guess I'll just drop in for a year or two at the nation's neediest schools filled with students who crave consistency. Man what a rough year, good stories to tell to my grandkids, on to law school!
In what other profession is this acceptable? Where else can you just "try out" a professional job, with zero experience, then dump it? Medicine? Business? Law? Don't tell me I'm exaggerating. A poor teacher can do irreparable damage, and they do every day.
The revolving door of young inexperienced teachers is detrimental to our children. You want to attract bright new minds to the profession, and KEEP them? Improve working conditions. Raise salaries. Forgive student loans. Get rid of seniority. That will do a lot more than filling our schools with college grads with no incentive or intention to stay.
Jun 10, 2011
commented on A Courtroom Full of Tears
As I read the coverage of this trial, I constantly wonder at the bravery of this woman, but I also wonder how she will move on after this.
Is it possible to be happy, or be in love again? To feel safe and content? Humans are resilient, and time blunts if not heals most wounds - but is there a point of no return? Is there a point after which your life, the only one you had to live, has been irrevocably and completely destroyed?
I hope that her future holds love, family, happiness, safety and someday some kind of peace.
May 9, 2011
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Hot For Teacher, Cont.
Don't do it!! Don't do it, don't do it.
And this teacher should not be in the students' bathroom. I have watched a couple teachers do this at my school and always think it's weird. I head for the faculty bathroom and give the kids their privacy, as I enjoy having my own.
Also, don't do it.
Apr 13, 2011
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Have At It, Gang
When I found out my dad was having an affair at 21 from text messages on his phone, I was on a family vacation. Everything was right in my little world. And then I was just devastated.
I cried, I thought about calling her, I obsessively checked his phone and read all of their text messages until the end of the week. Was that wrong? Of course.
I kept it to myself for a year before confronting him. He denied it. Two years after that he left his Gmail open and my mom found and read all of their emails. They're divorcing now.
It has taken 5 years to come to terms with this, and I'm an adult. I hate to think what I would have done if a) I knew the woman personally b) there were pictures and c) I was 15.
Your daughter is suffering now, she will continue to suffer for a long time, and until you take responsibility for your actions you two will never repair your relationship.
Mar 26, 2011
commented on SL Letter of the Day: OMG PORN THINK OF THE CHILDREN OMG!
I teach in a high school.
1) Why the hell is a teacher looking at porn at school? That's weird. That's not OK. There is no privacy at school and a kid could walk in at any time. There's something very fucked up about that.
2) Obviously you guys are not teachers. If it was a student's confiscated porn, it should have been turned in. Parents need to be called. Kids in high school are indeed still kids. I teach ninth grade - they are 14, 15. The student needs to know why bringing this to school is a problem. The teacher will be held responsible if something like this goes unreported.
Either way, this find is problematic.
Feb 21, 2011
commented on Teachers Are Important
Thank you. I teach high school in Philly and it's the hardest thing I've ever done. Sometimes it feels impossible. I hope with all my heart that something I've said to one of my kids will be remembered in such a way.
Oct 3, 2010
commented on What Can Straight People Do To Help?
Dan, I emailed you (and yes I'm aware you get a lot of emails!)
I want to know: What can straight TEACHERS do? I teach in an urban public high school, and I want to know what I can do to be an ally to my LGBT students. I read these articles, and I see over and over..."Teachers and administration did nothing..."
I'm aware that one of my responsibilities would be to report bullying and abuse. Got it. But what other, subtle and not-so-subtle things could a teacher do to support gay students in a hostile atmosphere?
P.S. I'm looking for responses from former gay high school students...sometimes the things straight people think will help end up doing the opposite. As a gay high school student, what did you need from your teachers?