Over on Imgur.com, parents of a young girl have posted a letter from their daughter’s school in which they are informed that their daughter’s lunchbox is banned from the school.
Here’s the letter:
The relevant part reads:
The dress code we have established requests that the children do not bring violent images into the building in any fashion – on their clothing (including shoes and socks), backpacks and lunchboxes. We have defined “violent characters: as those who solve problems using violence. Super heroes certainly fall into that category.
The front and back of the “offending” lunchbox is below: (more…)
As a member of the FLORIDA TODAY editorial advisory board, I participated in a lively interview with newly hired Brevard Public Schools Superintendent Desmond Blackburn. Questions posed to him focused on funding, debt, testing, Crosspointe software, sales tax oversight, closing schools, academic achievement, morale and leadership.
The reason I asked a question about leadership was
because it directly impacts day-to-day operations, as well as morale. Effective leadership sets the tone of an organization and provides a cornerstone for sound management and decision-making.
The drumbeat of concerns heard from parents, teachers and taxpayers in our school district proclaims a loss of trust, brought about partly by the lack of transparency and accountability. But with a new superintendent, there is a genuine opportunity to modify the status quo through leadership that positively influences school and community wide morale.
Large institutions, like school systems, are often impersonal and exercise firm control from the top. On the other hand, a more desirable and effective leadership style, actively listens to and engages people. Game-changing leadership that will enhance trust throughout the community, both within and outside of the schools, is desperately needed. (more…)
Editor’s Note: This story contains anguage which some may find objectionable and NSFW. Omitting the language removes a key element of the article and so we have chosen to use the language.
The University of Mary Washington is a liberal arts college located in Fredericksburg, Virginia whose slogan is “where great minds go to work.” From what we can discern, those “great minds” are like a 1965 Mustang with a slipping clutch – you may say you’re great, but you aren’t going anywhere fast.
The story begins in November 2014 at an off campus house rented by two players on the University student / “club” rugby team (Mother’s Rugby Club) and a female student. By all accounts, a few dozen men and women were there including eight of the 46 members of the rugby team as the rest of the team was in Maryland playing. There is no indication that the party was an “official” rugby team party that was sanctioned by the team itself. The party was loud and raucous partly in celebration of a win by the team. People at the party began to chant a version of a 1920’s song “Walking Down Canal Street.” The lyrics at the party went like this:
Suddenly this video is back making the rounds and going viral.
It is a reaction of the Phosphoric Acid contained in the coca cola to the milk. Phosphoric Acid molecules attach to the milk giving them more density and separate out while the remaining liquid that makes up the milk and cocoa cola now being lighter floats on top. The solid matter is basically milk that has been curdled by the addition of the more acidic soda.
Some have noted that Coke or Pepsi and milk was the favorite drink of Laverna on the old Laverne and Shirley show from the 1970’s.
And before you get too freaked out at the reaction, some other people have noted that Coke and milk is very similar to a Coke float. (And those things are daggum tasty.)
Via Politico’s Pontifications and The Fire comes the story of George “Trey” Barnett, a student with 16 credit hours left before getting his degree at the University of Tulsa.
The University has kicked Barnett out of school for someone elses posts on Facebook.
TULSA, Okla., February 12, 2015—In a triple blow to free speech, due process, and freedom of the press, the University of Tulsa (TU) arbitrarily banned a student from campus until 2016 for Facebook posts that someone else admitted to writing and then attempted to intimidate student journalists who were trying to cover the story.
Even if Barnett returns to school in 2016, the school will not allow him to finish his degree in his chosen major and will not accept transfers of credits from other colleges.
The story starts when Barnett’s then fiance (now husband) Christopher Mangum posted several posts on Mangum’s Facebook page criticizing two professors at Tulsa as “unprofessional, immoral and unqualified.” In addition, the posts made a reference to a student who was “morbidly obese.” The posts appeared on Mangum’s page but because Barnett was “tagged” on the posts, they were visible on Barnett’s page as well. Magnum wrote an affidavit saying that he and he alone was responsible for the posts.
However, the University disagreed saying Barnett’s defense of “Chris did it” didn’t fly. Barnett was kicked out of school without a hearing.
In its decision, the university said that after Barnett was told to remove the posts from his Facebook page, he was then responsible for them. The first of the statements — posted in April — stayed on his page for five months, but all three were deleted by October.
“Mr. Barnett became responsible for taking reasonable steps to prevent further attacks against the University of Tulsa faculty and students on his Facebook page,” the decision reads, adding that the three people targeted by the posts “expressed great distress, intimidation and dread at the mere thought of working alongside” him.
Young Aiden has been in trouble with the school since his transfer there, having been suspended three times. The first two incidents were for calling an African American child “black” and the second time for bringing a book called “The Book of Knowledge” to school. The book is something Aiden reads and enjoys but also has a picture of a woman giving birth. The “explicit” picture got Aiden suspended. As to calling a child “black” being somehow wrong, maybe the school should talk to protestors whose slogan is “Black Lives Matter.”
Aiden has been suspended again this time for making a “terroristic threat” against another child.
Hard to imagine a 9 year old kid in the middle of Texas doing that, but that is the charge made by the school.
Aiden’s father, Jason, told The Daily News that his family had just watched The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies earlier that week, and that his son “didn’t mean anything” when he told his classmate he was in possession of the “one ring to rule them all.”
“Kids act out movies that they see. When I watched Superman as a kid, I went outside and tried to fly,” he said.
“I assure you my son lacks the magical powers necessary to threaten his friend’s existence,” he added. “If he did, I’m sure he’d bring him right back.”
The school, for their part, is keeping quiet about the whole incident. (more…)