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April 09, 2012

Michigan teacher fired for helping students organize a fndraiser for Trayvon Martin's parents

She was teacher of the year. Twice. But she worked at a non-union charter school with an at-will contract and so she is owed no explanation for her firing and has no recourse. This is another reason why non-union charter schools are a terrible idea. This teacher was canned for helping her students learn from current events, for combining theoretical knowledge with real world practicalities. Just like she should be doing. Teacher Fired over Trayvon Martin Fundraiser | Teaching Tolerance
We’re worried about Brooke’s students too. Last month Brooke Harris’ eighth-grade class asked her about the “kid who was killed over some skittles;” she seized the opportunity to bring her students’ lived experiences into the classroom—a strategy we and other experts advocate. Brooke’s students identify with Trayvon Martin. Many of them are African American. Many have been stopped by police who thought they looked suspicious. In fact, her students engaged so deeply with the issue that they asked to take it beyond essays and class discussions—they wanted to take action to help Trayvon’s family. They, like many students across the nation, wanted to show their support by wearing hoodies. Each student who participated would pay $1. Proceeds would be donated to Trayvon’s family. Again, Brooke saw a teachable moment. She and her students began the formal process of organizing a school event. Students wrote persuasive letters to the principal and superintendent. Brooke and a co-worker filed the necessary paperwork. The principal immediately signed off on the fundraiser. Superintendent Cassell was less enthusiastic. She refused to approve the proposal, despite having supported many other “dress down” fundraisers. Brooke’s students took the disappointment in stride, but asked to present their idea to Cassell in person. And that’s when things got weird. . . .

April 04, 2012

Church kidnaps and beats kids to teach them a lesson about Christian persecution

Teens taught lesson about religious persecution

April 01, 2012

Read This: "You don't belong in this neighborhood!"

A white woman in a Jeep ran over a 13-year-old black boy and screamed that he didn't belong in her neighborhood. The woman believes still she was in the right to do this, to send two young boys to the hospital, because she'd thought they were two other boys who had committed the incredible Texas sin of riding bikes in driveways. Vigilante Madness in Pearland...Not Just in Sanford, Not Just Trayvon Martin!
According to court documents obtained from Jules’ attorney, Sylvester Anderson, Jules went for a ride in his go-cart in his neighborhood with another 13-year old boy who had been spending spring break with the Moor family. A third minor boy, another friend of Jules’, rode a small bicycle behind the go-cart. Jules saw two cars behind him while driving back home, so he decided to drive his go-cart completely off the road to his right onto the grassy edge of the neighborhood park to avoid being in the way of traffic. It is then that Jules states that Johnson swung her vehicle across the south-bound lane of the road, ran over the curb onto the grass and deliberately and intentionally rammed her vehicle head-on into the go-cart. According to Jules, Johnson got out of her vehicle and confronted the boys in a hostile and threatening manner yelling “Where do you live? Who are your parents?” while shaking her finger at the kids. Jules goes on to say, “With all due respect, Ma’am, I live down the street,” to which Johnson allegedly tells him that she didn’t care and that she was calling the police. Jules called his mother and told her that Johnson had hit his go-cart and didn’t know why. . . .

March 29, 2012

Rick Santorum Gravely Warns Against Dangers of Pink Bowling Ball

Rick Santorum Gravely Warns Against Dangers of Pink Bowling Ball
At a campaign event in a Wisconsin bowling alley yesterday, projected GOP nomination silver medalist Rick Santorum told a boy that he shouldn't use a pink bowling ball on camera, telling him that "friends don't let friends use pink balls." Bowling with the pink ball, presumably, is an affront to Rick Santorum's rigid sensibilities, a bending of holy rules that declare that men should always have blue balls.