oh canada

The news of impending government shut-down provided some interesting material for class discussion. After taking a few minutes to review the Federal budget process as well as Congressional powers, I led my students into a seminar on the shut-down. Thankfully many of them were watching the news over the past several days and were somewhat aware of how a shut-down would impact the public. Others had a more creative view…

“So if I kidnap someone and take them across state lines, the FBI won’t stop me?”

“Does this mean no one has to pay their taxes?”

“We’re gonna get blown up, aren’t we?”

“It’s time for Canada to make their move.”

After being asked about US debt as compared to other countries, I came across this chart.  One of my students pointed out that the top debt-holders are also democratic nations.  An interesting thought…


the grade-in phenomenon

I read a post on Facebook tonight from the President of the local NEA chapter.  He shared a link to a story about a “Grade-In”, a new trend sweeping the country. The Grade-In seeks to show the public what teachers really do, that it’s not all fun and games, and that we teach because we love it.

What an incredibly refreshing idea – teachers making a statement by doing what we do best rather than leaving our posts to rally at state capitals. I would never deny or disparage someone’s right to peaceably protest, but some of my colleagues make me ashamed to be an educator when I see them yelling on the news…in the middle of the school day.

If we are to bring about a positive change, why don’t we try being positive about it?

Many thanks to the FCAE for posting the story on Facebook, and for hosting their own “Grade-In” on April 30th in Winston-Salem, NC.

Video from a Grade-In that took place in New Jersey: