Last Updated April 29th, 2007

Arrr! I Be Yer Teacher, Mateys!

And this is why you don’t put things you don’t want out in public on your MySpace page. A student teacher has been refused her credential due to a picture labeled “drunken pirate” on her MySpace page, because the college felt the photo was unprofessional. They felt the photo would encourage underage drinking.

Considering that she was rated superior or competent in all other areas, I find this ridiculous. It’s a part of her private life, and it’s certainly not that she was showing underage drinking. Drinking is legal for teachers off duty, after all.

I could even see the college informing her that it would be a good idea to take the image down and remind her that some would see it as unprofessional. But to deny her the credential she had earned over something so simple is ridiculous. Read the rest of this entry »

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Last Updated April 16th, 2007

Virginia Tech Shooting

It’s just horrifying seeing the news on the shooting at Virginia Tech. 32 people dead, including the shooter.

A big part of the tragedy is that the bulk of the shootings took place more than two hours after the first. An email was sent out about two hours after the first shootings, but classes continued as normal, and there was no campus-wide announcement.

Admittedly, they thought the first shootings were due to a domestic disturbance, and that the gunman had left the campus. That turned out to be horribly wrong. Unfortunately, I don’t see any way they could have anticipated a second shooting.

If you want an easy way to follow the story, you can try this search I did on Google News. I don’t doubt there will be a lot of changes and details added to the story through the day.

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Last Updated March 19th, 2007

A Serious Injustice

Sometimes you can just see when justice goes mad. That appears to be the case with what has happened to Shaquanda Cotton. She has been sentenced to seven years in prison for shoving a hall monitor in her school.

Many of you won’t be surprised to hear that Shaquanda is black. It’s disappointing but true that these cases seem to happen all too often on a racial basis. I won’t say always, but definitely too often for mere coincedence in my opinion.

You can read about her on BlogHer, and I also found a story about it on the Chicago Tribune website. The Chicago Tribune website may requie a registration later on, but I was able to read it at the time I posted this. Read the rest of this entry »

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Last Updated March 9th, 2007

Could Money Problems for SAHMs be Eased with Tax Relief?

Help might just be on the way. The Parents’ Tax Relief Act of 2007 has been introduced in Congress. I don’t see it listed on the Library of Congress site yet, but it was just introduced so I assume it hasn’t been listed yet. Found the Parents’ Tax Relief Act of 2005, which was a prior attempt at this.

I love the idea of this. It is so hard for families to find a way to have one parent stay home, yet many families would love to do just that.

It should also help somewhat with the loss of Social Security protection. Even stay at home moms would be earning towards Social Security, in this bill. Social Security is one of those factors that most don’t consider when making the decision to stay at home, yet the time may come where it will be very important to you. Read the rest of this entry »

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Last Updated February 28th, 2007

I'm Trying Really Hard to be Surprised at MySpace…

But it’s just so typical. I read over at Blogging Baby that MySpace considers breastfeeding pictures too sexy and removes them regularly.

If you read this blog much, you know that I’m a huge fan of breastfeeding, having done so for both of my children, and over a year for each one. And yes, I breastfed in public at need. It’s easy to be discreet.

I have a MySpace profile, even though I don’t make much use of it really. You hear all about the sexy pictures people put up, and I suppose that’s why MySpace is a little paranoid about things like breastfeeding pictures. But there are far more revealing and provocative pictures that do seem to stick around. Read the rest of this entry »

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