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I just heard a report that said 19 states in the U.S. allow corporal punishment in their schools.  Wow!  Can this be true ?

All this came to light because of the media’s discussions about the Adrian Peterson situation.  Where are these 19 states ?  I would say that they must all be in the South, but there aren’t a total of 19 southern states.

Why aren’t the teacher unions in those states demanding the legislatures do something about this misguided policy of corporal punishment ?  Every teacher should be screaming out in repulsion at this nonsense.

I was raised in a generation when most families used spanking as a disciplinary measure, and I myself occasionally used it with my own children. Most experts would agree it is not an acceptable form of discipline. There are so many other ways to discipline children and most of them are far better and more affective than spanking .

I am just shocked that 19 states allow their schools to use corporal punishment. Once again we see the ineffectiveness of teacher unions. I can’t believe that teachers find this policy acceptable and don’t attempt to do anything to have it removed. Shame on the schools that use corporal punishment, even if it is only doled out by the principal when a child is brought to the office. There are so many other effective ways to discipline school children. Could we please start using some common sense and ditch the paddle in the principal’s office ?

I  assume that the corporal punishment is only done by the principal. In this day and age, any teacher who touches a child in anger should be immediately removed from the classroom. In fact, as many of you know, I always reminded every one of my student teachers to NEVER touch a child in any way, shape, or form;  and yes, sad to say, that includes hugging and patting on the back.

Written by alkleen

September 17, 2014 at 10:39 am

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I wish Democratic attack ads against Bruce Rauner would stop criticizing him for being rich and having made his millions by stomping on the backs of the average worker. There’s nothing wrong with being rich and getting that way by doing whatever you have to do. That’s the way things are in America and in a capitalist society.

Yes, it’s a shame that the rich get richer and the middle class is being destroyed, but you should have seen it in the 1890’s in this country.

I continually use my favorite Mitt Romney quote, “I’m not going to apologize for my success, in America, we honor success.”  What I can’t stand is the hypocrisy of wealthy people like Bruce Rauner who criticize retired public employee pension amounts. They use terms like, “bloated”, ” lucrative” and “excessive” when describing the annual income of retired public employees. Shouldn’t we be happy that I have a “lucrative” $28,000 a year pension ?  What about some retired teachers who might even have a $60,000 a year pension ?  Shouldn’t we honor their success ?

Bruce Rauner, I won’t criticize you for being rich, if you and your wealthy Republican friends will please stop referring to my pension as “lucrative”.  Why is my successful retirement income so abhorrent to you ? This is America, we honor success in America.

Written by alkleen

September 10, 2014 at 9:46 am

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“Appointment reminder calls” have always irritated me greatly. As an extremely organized and punctual human being, (and what long time teacher isn’t?), I could never understand why my fellow human beings needed to be reminded about a doctor or dentist appointment. I understand a doctor’s time is very valuable, and it shouldn’t be wasted by people who for whatever reason manage to ignore appointments. Despite that, I always felt the “reminder calls” were enabling unorganized and or forgetful people. If a person is late or misses an appointment, let them be fined, as some doctor’s offices do, but don’t enable an irresponsible person by relieving them of their responsibility to be, well, RESPONSIBLE!

Today I received an “appointment reminder call” from an automobile dealer’s service department reminding me of an afternoon appointment that I had just made YESTERDAY!   Oh, please no!  Is there no hope for humanity ? Now we have car service departments confirming appointments ? Are people really that irresponsible ?

I give up, there truly is no hope for humanity. I will not be reminded by a car dealership! I called and told the dealership that if they ever call and remind me again I will never do business with them in the future.  Oh, the humanity! I’m so angry!

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September 9, 2014 at 9:54 am

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 19.3 percent of women have been raped at one point in their lives, and nearly 44 percent have experienced some other form of sexual violence. The survey conducted by the Center did not cover the subject of nonsexual violence toward women, but I imagine that has even higher numbers.

The action by the National Football League towards Ray Rice has me hoping we are finally going to see a real movement to get serious about this problem. (Of course the NFL had to be shamed into taking dramatic action against Rice for allegedly knocking his wife unconscious and then dragging her limp body from an elevator.) Initially, Rice was only given a two game suspension.

I listen to many sports talk radio shows, and after the incident, many male callers suggested Rice’s wife might have been at fault for provoking the attack. Those callers made me realize how many men still are of the mentality that somehow women victims of rape and violence “deserved their fate.”

I will never forget a conversation that happened in the teachers’ lounge at my school many years ago. I was one of the few males in the room and many women were talking about a news report concerning a man hitting a woman. I joined the conversation and loudly stated that a woman’s husband, boyfriend or male companion should never even touch a woman in an angry way, much less strike them. I went on to rant about how horrible and inexcusable it was for a man to hit a woman, and a real shame that some women didn’t immediately report such incidences to the police.  When my rant was over, I expected to hear all the women loudly agree with me and reinforce what I said. Instead, no one said a word. You could have heard a pin drop. Right then I knew the problem of violence towards women was way larger than I had ever imagined. Who knows how many women in that lounge had faced domestic violence and never reported it ?

I think schools can do much more to address the epidemic of violence toward women. Schools have all but taken over the job of parenting, so we might as well throw something into the curriculum about violence towards women. Let’s make sure every male student today learns in much more detail what was taught to all boys back in the dark ages when I was a child. Back then, every parent, teacher and authority figure made sure we heard the phrase, “you never hit a girl.” Apparently, that phrase wasn’t enough to prevent a large number of boys from directing violence towards women when they became men.

It’s time to get serious about this problem. I would suggest legislation that calls for a brain transplant for any man who still thinks women victims of male violence, “deserved their fate.”


Written by alkleen

September 8, 2014 at 5:05 pm

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I recently saw a local television news report on the problem of truancy in the nearby school district.  The news reporter was interviewing the district’s “Superintendent of Accountability.”

How sad.  There is an entire administrative post just to deal with chronic truancy within a school district. I’m not making this up.

Just when I thought things couldn’t possibly get more bizarre, we now have a superintendent level position just to deal with truancy.

Anyone out there remember when it was the parents responsibility to see that kids got to school ?  Not anymore, folks.  We have the “Superintendent of Accountability” to make sure kids get to school.

Can we please just complete the school take over of parenting by having a “Lodging Superintendent”?  That person would be in charge of monitoring the sleeping arrangements when the kids stay over night in the school.

The days are long over when parents were the “Superintendents of Accountability” for their children.

Written by alkleen

August 28, 2014 at 9:35 am

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A new study shows that one out of every three kids in the U.S. is overweight or obese, and between 1988 and 2010, the number of parents who could correctly identify their children as overweight or obese went down.

Does this surprise anyone ?

We live in an age where many parents are oblivious to ANY FAULTS IN THEIR CHILDREN. Teachers have known this for quite some time, I guess other people are also beginning to discover this fact.

What did we expect in an age when schools, teachers and parents hand out fake self-esteem to children as if it were candy, and the prevailing philosophy is that children must be happy at all times no matter what the consequences.

I envision the following conversation between a parent and child is taking place somewhere as I type this: “Now honey, it probably wasn’t a good idea to break the neighbor’s window with that bottle, and I’m sure you didn’t mean to push Susie off her bike, and please try not to swear at your teacher at least for one day.”

“I know mom, but I did take off my shoes when I came home.”

“Oh, honey, you’re my little angel, and did I tell you how much I admire the way you’re breathing today?”



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August 27, 2014 at 9:24 am

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The American Academy of Pediatrics declared the chronic sleepiness of our nation’s teenagers a public health issue. To help fix the problem, the organization called for middle and high schools to push back their start times 30 minutes to an hour to allow students to get more rest. The pediatricians say that sleep deprivation is widespread. Eighty-seven percent of high school students in the U.S. are getting less than the recommended 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep, and high school seniors get less than 7 hours of sleep a night, on average. In addition, 28 percent of high school students report falling asleep at school at least once a week, while 1 in 5 say they fall asleep doing homework with similar frequency.

Oh, the poor dears!  Oh, the humanity!  By all means, let’s start school an hour later and have teachers now get home an hour later than normal. Teachers who come home and get their own children settled and prepare dinner, can now just put that off until maybe six or seven in the evening. High school coaches ?  You’ll now be getting home at eight instead of your usual seven at night.

Of course the answer to this problem can’t just be having teenagers go to bed earlier.  Oh, no, that wouldn’t work.  Pediatricians say that the adolescent brain takes longer to wind down and fall asleep after being awake for 14.5 to 18.5 hours than it does for people in other stages of life. And of course, studies show that at the onset of adolescence there is a delay in when the body starts to secrete melatonin, a hormone that tells the body it’s time to go to sleep.

I can think of a hundred reasons why teenagers don’t go to bed earlier, and get to sleep earlier, and NONE OF THEM HAS A THING TO DO WITH MELATONIN !

This is another perfect example of what has happened over the last few decades as we continue to make everything easy and perfect for our children at the expense of teachers and the adults in their lives. The majority of parents today wouldn’t dream of making their teenagers have a “wind down” period before their bed time. Insist that teenagers go to bed at a reasonable time ?  What nonsense!

The only possible answer is to once again inconvenience the teachers and the schools, to make sure the lives of our students are perfect. This has happened in so many ways over the years that it has made the job of teaching become an almost impossible task.

When I was a teenager, I can’t imagine my parents giving me a later bed time FOR ANY REASON.  I’m trying to imagine what would have happened if I had told my parents the following: “But I can’t possibly sleep now, my melatonin hasn’t started to secrete yet.”  My mother’s response would have been something like this: “You better get to bed now or you’ll be lucky if your body has any melatonin left when I get through with you. “

Written by alkleen

August 26, 2014 at 11:37 am

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