Monday, August 20, 2012

Required Viewing

A new semester means new students. And that means Freshmen College Students who need a quick reminder that their parents are no longer here...

... Seriously, keep your pants on while in class...

One of the Oddly Shaped Teachers

Friday, August 10, 2012

Reading between the lines at the KC Public School District

The Kansas City Public School District is a mess right now. There is no denying that.

Still, I'd like to think there are individuals within the district trying to steer the ship in the right direction and ensure that the students that are trying to be successful will be successful.

That is probably how this marketing flyer (originally made public by Tony's Kansas City) was conceived. I am sure there were good intentions from the folks who had a hand in creating it. But flyers don't fix a lack of accreditation or failing leadership.

Sure, any student in any high school who works hard, attends class and tests well is going to have a bright future. There are colleges across the country that will accept students from unaccredited schools as long as the student tests well and shows they are willing to work at a college level. Usually that work ethic and support network is build in middle and high school by a number of factors that relate to the management of the school district.

When KC lost its public school accreditation it meant that state does not have enough confidence that the district or the people in charge of the district are providing the tools necessary to build those support networks for those students to be successful.

Ultimately what the copy on this flyer should really say is:

"Sure you can be successful here if you are already motivated, supported by family or friends and have set achievable life goals. But if you don't have those things, then you are not going to find any of that at a Kansas City Public School."

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Just Vote

I wrote this post back in 2010 (midterms!), but I think it might be good to re-post during each election cycle. The primaries are especially exciting, at least to me, because it is the one time anyone and everyone can participate as a candidate in the whole process. If you have the signatures to be placed on the ballot, you get a chance. How cool is that?

Anyway, I don't usually hide my politics. If you have been reading this blog for any amount of time, I am sure you know where I come down on some of the issues.

But who I support probably does not matter to you. Just get your ass to a voting booth on Tuesday.

Nov. 2012: Vote

Political endorsements are stupid. They are stupid for newspapers to do and they are stupid for blogs to probably do to.

So, instead of an endorsement I am going to implore you to just vote.

Vote smart.

Vote for the person who you think will bolster education initiatives in your community and state.

Vote for the person who sees the department of education at the state and national level as a vital part of what government can do right sometimes.

Vote for the person who will stop cutting away at higher education funding.

Vote for someone who isn't going to use their office as a pulpit to fire professors, discredit instructors or eliminate entire departments because they perceive them to be controversial.

Vote for the person that will fight to ensure that grants, scholarships and loans will still send millions of kids to college across the country.

Vote for someone who supports smart sex education that is based on mentoring and leadership not religious writing that makes you fear your body.

Vote for the person who who is not afraid of science, but embraces its nuances and challenges.

Vote for the person that will realize free and reduced lunches are a big part of a successful education policy AND that those programs should not stop after a student's senior year.

Vote for someone who sees education as a pathway to citizenship.

Other than that, I really don't care who the hell you vote for.