Imposing Morality

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I have a strong belief that I am obligated to share my religion when the opportunities present themselves.  If I don’t take the chance I feel badly that I could have helped someone to have the full knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ in their life.

However, I don’t take it as far as some do!

One of my favorite bloggers posted this story about a mother who helped her daughter with an Everyday Math homework assignment.  Her daughter was looking for something that was cone shaped, and mother pointed out a Martini glass. The teacher returned the assignment with a “not appropriate for school” note.

Seriously?  The assignment was to look for a cone, and they found a cone!  Even though I believe in sharing my religion, I’d NEVER tell a child that something as innocent as having a glass which typically alcohol served in is ‘bad’.  That’s their parents job.

Teachers, do you not get what you do to these kids with your words?  I would never demean a student’s home life like that and I’ve had some serious doozies.

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I feel a shifting in the sand

Wow!!

The school boar has been dithering back and forth for the last four months on start and end times for my school.  There’s been a few reasons for serious concern.

1. Bus Schedules.  The school doesn’t want to hire more bus drivers.  Right now we can sometimes wait 20-40 minutes after school for busses to finish their last routes and arrive to pick up our kids.  With k-4 kiddos this really isn’t good ESPECIALLY at the start of the year when it can be an upwards of 100* outside (they stand in the sunlight waiting).  This year we didn’t even have a large place for the kids to wait for the school bus at.

2. Community Issues.  My school is set back in a residental area that isn’t really condusive to a lot of traffic.  However, a school with almost athousand kids ended up with quite a bit of traffic.  The community has ordinances agaisnt parking on the street during certain hours, but the parents who don’t live in the community freely ignore that.  It’s hard on the residence during our start and end times.

Back to the wow-

Typically the board bows to pressure from the parents very readily.  This year however, that’s a no-go! The start and end times have been pushed up an hour.

Bright Side:  Issues solved, kids get home earlier, cooler during more of the day, I get time to actually do stuff after school before stuff closes.

Dark Side:  Teachers who have kids at other schools are facing issues because those start times didn’t change.  At least one person on my team has no way to drop off her child any more, because (teacher) she will already be teaching when her daughter needs to be at school.

The Myth Of Helicopter Parents

I know that Helicopter parents exist.  I have seen them, and they are a pain.  However, I’m not here to write about Helicopter parents.

Let me just say- I have some of the best parents of kids that a teacher could have.  They are warm, responsive, intelligent, flexible and everything that I could ask for.  They forgive my blunders and work hard for their kids.

For example,

I had a phone conference with a parent tonight becuase she couldn’t come to the formal sit-down conference.  She listened, asked questions and was so informed.  The questions were not, “What should I do,” but rather, “What can I do to help my child.”  It was a short conference because she’d already been so proactive about helping me keep her updated that all of my concerns had already been said and acted upon.  I’m was just ticked pink about how responsive she was to the things I had to say.

That was just one amazing example.  All of my conferences so far have been wonderful.  Let’s give a hip-hip-horray!! to parents who make my job as a teacher a million times easier.

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