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I got science on my pants!
One of my sixth graders, explaining to me today (unprompted) why he had several large colorful blotches on his clothing. Apparently, they were learning about Red Dye #5 and its numerous cousins.

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The Kalamazoo Promise

Back in November 2005, when this year’s graduates were in sixth grade, the superintendent of Kalamazoo’s public schools, Janice M. Brown, shocked the community by announcing that unnamed donors were pledging to pay the tuition at Michigan’s public colleges, universities and community colleges for every student who graduated from the district’s high schools.

Awesome article, awesome story.

NYT via NR

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Christian fundamentalist textbooks touting the Loch Ness Monster as proof of Creationism

This exists…

…the Nessie claim was presented as “evidence that evolution couldn’t have happened. The reason for that is they’re saying if Noah’s flood only happened 4000 years ago, which they believe literally happened, then possibly a sea monster survived.

Wha-huh???  There are not enough curse words to explain how horrified I am by this.

[Fun note: every so often, just to see their expressions, I ask my science teacher colleagues to tell me about their Intelligent Creation unit…]

via io9

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NYC Dept of Education wants to ban the word "dinosaur" from standardized tests


NYC Dept of Education wants to ban the word “dinosaur” from standardized tests Their justification? The word “dinosaur” calls to mind other no-no words, like “evolution” (also on the proposed list of forbidden words), which could offend test-takers who might not necessarily believe in evolution. Or… dinosaurs?

The fear, according to this report from CBS New York, is that certain words and topics could make students “feel unpleasant” while they’re taking city-issued tests.

Dinosaur isn’t the only word on the proposed list. Kind of stunning. Dancing and Halloween are also on the list. As is Cancer.  Because we don’t want students to feel uncomfortable.  OR EDUCATED.

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On boys hitting girls

Required reading:


“GWALP adds: Warning for harsh language.On a somewhat serious note today because of a conversation the other day: I am sure every girl can recall, at least once as a child, coming home and telling their parents, uncle, aunt or grandparent about a boy who had pulled her hair, hit her, teased her, pushed her or committed some other playground crime. I will bet money that most of those, if not all, will tell you that they were told “Oh, that just means he likes you”. I never really thought much about it before having a daughter of my own. I find it appalling that this line of bullshit is still being fed to young children. Look, if you want to tell your child that being verbally and/or physically abused is an acceptable sign of affection, i urge you to rethink your parenting strategy. If you try and feed MY daughter that crap, you better bring protective gear because I am going to shower you with the brand of “affection” you are endorsing. When the fuck was it decided that we should start teaching our daughters to accept being belittled, disrespected and abused as endearing treatment? And we have the audacity to wonder why women stay in abusive relationships? How did society become so oblivious to the fact that we were conditioning our daughters to endure abusive treatment, much less view it as romantic overtures? Is this where the phrase “hitting on girls” comes from? Well, here is a tip: Save the “it’s so cute when he gets hateful/physical with her because it means he loves her” asshattery for your own kids, not mine. While you’re at it, keep them away from my kids until you decide to teach them respect and boundaries. My daughter is `10 years old and has come home on more than one occasion recounting an incident at school in which she was teased or harassed by a male classmate. There has been several times when someone that she was retelling the story to responded with the old, “that just means he likes you” line. Wrong. I want my daughter to know that being disrespected is NEVER acceptable. I want my daughter to know that if someone likes her and respects her, much less LOVES her, they don’t hurt her and they don’t put her down. I want my daughter to know that the boy called her ugly or pushed her or pulled her hair didn’t do it because he admires her, it is because he is a little asshole and assholes are an occurrence of society that will have to be dealt with for the rest of her life. I want my daughter to know how to deal with assholes she will encounter throughout her life. For now, I want my daughter to know that if someone is verbally harassing her, she should tell the teacher and if the teacher does nothing, she should tell me. If someone physically touches her, tell the teacher then, if it continues, to yell, “STOP TOUCHING/PUNCHING/PUSHING ME” in the middle of class or the hallway, then tell me. Last year, one little boy stole her silly bandz from her. He just grabbed her and yanked a handful of them off of her wrist. When I went to the school to address the incident, the teacher smiled and explained it away to her, in front of me, “he probably has a crush on you”. Okay, the boy walked up to my daughter, grabbed and held her by the arm and forcibly removed her bracelets from her as she struggled and you want to convince her that she should be flattered? Fuck off. I am going to punch you in the face but I hope you realize it is just my way of thanking you for the great advice you gave my daughter. If these same advice givers’ sons came home crying because another male classmate was pushing them, pulling their hair, hitting them or calling them names, I would bet dollars to donuts they would tell him to defend themselves and kick the kid’s ass, if necessary. They sure as shit wouldn’t say, “he probably just wants a play date”. I will teach my daughter to accept nothing less than respect. Anyone who hurts her physically or emotionally doesn’t deserve her respect, friendship or love. I will teach my boys the same thing as well as the fact that hitting on girls doesn’t involve hitting girls. I can’t teach my daughter to respect herself if I am teaching her that no one else has to respect her. I can’t raise sons that respect women, if I teach them that bullying is a valid expression of affection. The next time that someone offers up that little “secret” to my daughter, I am going to slap the person across the face and yell, “I LOVE YOU”.”

You Didn’t Thank Me For Punching You in the Face « Views from the Couch (via unbornghost)

GWALP asks:  How do you elementary teachers did with this?

(via girlwithalessonplan)

In my classroom, hitting (or other physical contact meant in an aggressive way) is never okay or excused.   I teach my students to say, “STOP, I DON’T LIKE THAT.” If someone hurts them or is bothering them.   We do a program called “Hands Are for Helping, Not for Hurting.”  I also model and have my students practice conversations to resolve conflicts.  I tell my students that I want everyone to love coming to school, and no one is going to love school if their friends say mean things to them.  I involve parents when a student is regularly hurting others whether with words or with physical contact.  I also follow up with the parent of the child that it happened to, so they know I am taking it seriously, doing something about it, and they can help their child practice how to deal with someone who is bothering them.   

We don’t have too many problems, and usually it is a new student who hasn’t learned how my classroom works yet.

(via positivelypersistentteach)

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There really is no difference between men and women's math abilities

Posted for my sister.  Who always knew this.

"None of our findings suggest that an innate biological difference between the sexes is the primary reason for a gender gap in math performance at any level. Rather, these major international studies strongly suggest that the math-gender gap, where it occurs, is due to sociocultural factors that differ among countries, and that these factors can be changed."

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