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The “N-Word” Debate. Again.

(click image for larger version. Courtesy JHallComics.com)

(EDITOR’S NOTE: We struggled with a graphic for this post. Nothing new or fresh came to mind and we didn’t want to use the word that we find offensive. We found the above cartoon and feel that it illustrates the issue of this post rather well. And we say that as proud nerds.)

Principal Shannon McParland of Metcalf Middle School in Burnside, Minnesota (and is a white middle aged woman) after being cursed at and verbally abused by a student asked the student a relevant, rhetorical question:

In the email, she described the exchange with the student in which “the student directed profanities and racial epithets toward me and other staff members.”

In a video circulating online, McParland is shown asking someone if he or she is going to call her the N-word following an expletive.

“Are you seriously going to call me a f—- — n—–?” she says in the recording.

McParland is the only person shown in a seven-second clip that appears to be taken from a longer recording.

Let the angst and calls for her firing begin.

Generally speaking, we are against the use of the “n-word.” While we are for protecting speech – even speech that is highly offensive as the “n-word” is – we know that once people start throwing the word around, you lose the audience. By that we mean that words are not just things we say to create noise in our ears. Words and languages are something that convey messages and ideas. For the most part, when you use the “n-word,” you are going to have the listeners stop listening to any ideas you may be putting forth. In other words, of you are out, talking and conversing and you throw the “n-word” out there, people are going to close their ears off to you. Perhaps rightfully so.
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Tales Of Two Teachers.

Two stories about two different teachers caught our eye. In some ways, we are at a loss to describe what happened in both cases.

The first story is out of Milwaukee. Wisconsin.

MILWAUKEE — A teacher at Ronald Reagan High School in Milwaukee faces multiple charges for allegedly having inappropriate communication with students at the school. The accused is Kenneth Chu, 26. He faces the following criminal charges:

  • Causing a child 13-18 years of age to view or listen to sexual activity
  • Exposing a child to harmful material (three counts)

According to the criminal complaint, school officials received a complaint from an alumni that Chu “was reaching out to recent graduates and flirting with them.” He had apparently “created several fake social media accounts to follow and chat with female graduates.”

Chu reportedly sent her dozens of X-rated images and videos through Snapchat — then demanded she send back nude photos of herself. Police said Chu “kept threatening her, saying he had the power to suspend her.”

Authorities interviewed two other teen girls about the teacher — one of whom claimed Chu used Snapchat to ask her what she wears to bed. Another said Chu asked if she was “spontaneous” then asked if she wanted to go on a trip to Chicago with him.

Charming fellow.

We are fairly sure that using a school to meet young girls that you want to “hook up with” is crossing a line. Sending nude pictures definitely crosses that line.
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Christian Teacher Fired For Incorrect Pronoun Usage.

A Christian teacher in West Point, Virginia, has been fired for using the “incorrect” pronoun when referring to a transgendered student.

Peter Vlaming, a teacher within the school system for seven years, was fired from his position Thursday night after a five-and-a-half hour public hearing with the school board.

Vlaming’s attorney fought the Superintendent’s recommendation to dismiss the teacher based on claims of insubordination and repeated refusal to comply with directives made by WPPS administrators.

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“Tolerance is a two-way street,” said Shawn Voyles, Vlaming’s attorney. “My client respects this student’s rights; he is simply asking that his rights be respected as well… The student is absolutely free to identify as the student pleases. The school board adopted one viewpoint and required Mr. Vlaming, at the cost of his job, to repeat that ideology, repeat that viewpoint. That’s where it’s compelled speech. That’s where it violates his First Amendment right he still retains as a public employee.”

This issue came to a crux during a virtual reality exercise back in October, where Vlaming said he called out “don’t let her walk into the wall” as the transgender student walked in that direction.

Vlaming claimed it was a slip of the tongue.

Vlaming says he often uses the students names in the classroom and not pronouns. He says he used the student’s new name, but says “out of good conscious and faith he could not use the male pronouns”. #VAnews #NBC12
— Karina Bolster (@KarinaNBC12) December 6, 2018

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And Now Veggie Tales Are “Racist.”

According to Wikipedia, Veggie Tales is:

VeggieTales is an American series of children’s computer animated television shows, videos, and feature films featuring anthropomorphic fruits and vegetables in stories conveying moral themes based on Christian culture. The show is aimed at children aged three to eight. The episodes frequently retell and re-create Bible stories anachronistically reframed and include humorous references to pop culture.

Yet according to The College Fix, the cartoons were labeled as “racist” in a recently held forum at Cal State San Marcos.

These are some of the arguments made by students at a “Whiteness Forum” held at Cal State San Marcos on Thursday that aimed to take a “critical look at whiteness,” according to organizers.

The two-hour event took place in a large multipurpose room, with more than a dozen poster board projects lined up in a circle around the room for viewers to review.

The forum is a result of Professor Dreama Moon’s Communications 454 class titled “The Communication of Whiteness,” with the annual event serving as a showcase of students’ final projects for the class.
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No “Trivial” Matter.

While this is from New Zealand, it is a frightening case which illustrates what is happening with education.

Final-year high school students who sat a national history exam in New Zealand have launched a petition asking the exam be marked based on students’ own definition of an “unfamiliar” word.

The year 13 students were worried they might fail their New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) level 3 history test because they didn’t know what the word “trivial” meant.

According to Stuff.co.nz, the word appeared in the paper on Wednesday in a quote from Julius Caesar: “Events of importance are the result of trivial causes.”

The question asked students to analyse the extent to which they agreed or disagreed with Caesar, with reference to the causes and consequences of a historical event.

According to the Oxford Dictionary trivial means “of little value or importance”.

Students were quick to comment on the petition, which has already been signed more than 2400 times, expressing their frustration with the exam question.
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Teacher Gets Probation For Sex With Student.

Former high school teacher Dori Meyers, 29, was convicted of having sex with a 14 year old student. Meyers, who is married to a deputy sheriff, taught social studies at The New School for Leadership and the Arts in the Bronx, New York.

Meyers admitted to performing oral sex on the kid multiple times. The trysts came to light after the 14 year old bragged about the encounters to another friend who told authorities. He was also, shall we say, “less than discrete” when it came to the affair with Meyers:

The victim had also posted at least one pic on Snapchat cuddling with Myers under the heading “Me and my sexy asssss wife,” according to sources.

So we have another case where background checks failed to predict how a teacher would act but that is surprisingly not the real headline here.

Under a plea agreement, Meyers was given a sentence of 10 years probation, must register as a level one sex offender and gets to keep her teaching license.

Her attorney argued that she should be able to teach in the future:
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Well, This Is A Crappy Ending To An Odd Case.

Thomas Tramaglini
(image courtesy ABC News.)

The track and football field at Holmdel High School in New Jersey was experiencing a rather weird problem: someone was defecating in and around the area.

Every day, the staff would come out and find a pile of human excrement that the staff had to clean up.

The staff and the police decided to do something about, and decided they would first find out who was using the grounds a their own personnel toilet. They installed cameras to cover the area.

Before too long, they had video of the person “dropping trou.”

The police made the identification of the culprit.

It was the school district’s superintendent, Dr. Thomas Tramaglini. You read that right – the SUPERINTENDENT OF THE KENILWORTH SCHOOL DISTRICT!

Police in New Jersey on the hunt for a mystery pooper at Holmdel High School set up surveillance that led them Monday to superintendent Thomas Traglini.

The arrest of the Kenliworth Public Schools superintendent followed weeks of employees finding feces on a “daily basis” near or on the high school football field and track, Holmdel Police said.

Tramaglini, 42, was arrested around 5:50 a.m. on the athletic field, which is about 3 miles from his home, NJ.com reported.

He was charged with defecating in public, lewdness and littering in connection to the pooping problem.

The fact that this clown was doing this is bad enough, but it gets worse – much worse.
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A Sticky Situation.

It’s Monday, we here all have work piled up to do, so we decided to help the world grow a little smarter:

Which is stronger: Glue or tape?

The oldest glue in the world is over 8,000 years old and comes from a cave near the Dead Sea. Today, we have enough types of tape and glue to build and repair almost anything. But what gives glue and tape their stickiness? And is one stronger than the other? Elizabeth Cox explores the world of adhesives.




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