If these urinals are like the majority I find in America with a puddle underneath, the ladies could serve to make the hoses long enough to reach the target without dripping on the floor. Or they could remark on the fact that the men are not as big as they think they are, and tell them to get closer.
Jimmy nails it.
“Come athelets with platforms throughout the land
Who by taking a knee are taking a stand
And before you shout out that they should be banned
Listen to what they are saying
Perhaps they’d stand up if you reached out your hand
For the times they are a changing”
I sent a message of support and thanks to Mike McRaith, the Montpelier HS principal, for flying the BLM flag. Here’s the reply I got this morning. Good guy.
Thank you very much for your support. Over the past couple of weeks, I have received around 400 messages of support.
These messages have given me great personal strength and confidence through a time of high emotional stress and some very negative and threatening language as well.
Having the positive outnumber the negative almost 10-1 was so helpful. I’ve learned that if we support something, we have to let people know. I’ve learned that hateful messages have a terrible impact and they need positive messages to outweigh them tenfold.
This action by Montpelier Public Schools was primarily about recognizing our students who we know and care for. Because the gesture has captured the attention of the broader local and national community, we are hopeful that it can push our collective learning around privilege and implicit bias.
I’ve also learned the power of message and media as we have seen our story told in so many different lights. Please know that our local newspaper the Times Argus did a nice job telling our story. And we have had the support of several professional Vermont organizations (VT-NEA, AOE, and the VPA), and over 70 VT legislators.
Please help us in continuing this work in our daily personal and professional lives.
“Lawmakers in nine states have formed a coalition to strengthen their efforts at tackling climate issues at the state level, seeking to put a price on carbon dioxide emissions while searching for market-based solutions.
…Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) is opposed to a carbon tax and this week rejected even studyng the idea.
“…We know Vermonters cannot afford a carbon tax. It would also be highly regressive,” Scott wrote. “A regional carbon pricing system would also put the region … at another competitive disadvantage.”
We *know*? Do we Governor Phil Scott? Really?
“We need to get to a point where burning fossil fuel is no longer socially acceptable,” he said. “I know we’ll get there, I’m pretty sure I’m on the right side of history here, but the question is how long will it take? Time isn’t on our side.”
Actions like flying, eating meat, and having kids are individual choices with huge collective impact. When does having the life we think we want right now undermine our capacity to have the life we know we want in the future?
What meaningful changes are you willing to make (and I know you can’t give back your kids)?
A day of wandering to discover the peaceful beauty in Hoi An ancient town
The second time to Hoi An, when I knew about it quite well, but I still can not stop the self-discovery of the land always hide the secret of it. Like the movie "1735 km", only when your eyes see the lanterns are lit, when the wind from the Hoai River blowing through the face, sliding the hair, you can see the comfort in the middle of the crowded place. Traveling around the world, but still enough space for you to breathe and have feelings for their own.
Simple, and effective:
“Every Friday afternoon, (the teacher) asks her students to take out a piece of paper and write down the names of four children with whom they’d like to sit the following week. The children know that these requests may or may not be honored. She also asks the students to nominate one student who they believe has been an �exceptional classroom citizen that week. All ballots are privately submitted to her.
And every single Friday afternoon, after the students go home, she takes out those slips of paper, places them in front of her, and studies them. �She looks for patterns.
Who is not getting requested by anyone else?
Who can’t think of anyone to �request?
Who never gets noticed enough �to be nominated?
Who had a million friends last week and none this week?
If you recognize the pattern, it’s because it is becoming global.
"I’m enjoying my trip to Japan, but the conversations I had with Japanese teachers and administrators are still rattling around in my head. Every time I tried to describe the situation in special education in my school and my district, I found I had to back up and describe the entire national education system.
Many people were shocked to hear about schools like mine where nearly 30% of students are students with disabilities. I realized that in explaining why, I had to explain our hunger games choice system that pits schools against one another to attract students who score better on tests.
"Score better on tests?" they’d ask. Oh right! So, we have a federal law that forced national tests annually and those tests have high-stakes attached to them.
"What do you mean high-stakes?" Oh, sure, so if kids in your school do not perform well on the tests, the teachers can get low evaluations and be fired, the entire staff can be fired, or you entire school can get closed down.
"WHAT!?!" they’d exclaim. Right, so if you have too many students with disabilities in your school who don’t do well on tests, you can lose your job and the whole school is dismantled.
"But how is that the school’s fault?" Oh it’s not, but that’s our law right now.
"So how did your school get so many students with disabilities?" Well, one, we accept the students, we do need the money.
"Wait, what money?" Oh, your school funding is attached to enrollment. If enrollment goes down too far, you can’t run your school and have to have giant class sizes and no support staff.
"Isn’t it the district/state/federal responsibility to fund ALL schools?" Oh…haha…no, funding is totally dependent on where your school is located and what socio-economic status your schools serves.
"Hold on, so since you serve POORER kids, you get LESS money?" Well…hmmm…yes, that’s right. But back to the disproportionate number of kids with special needs in our school. Since test scores are also so important, many schools around us kick these kids out of their schools.
"You can ‘kick kids out’"? Yep, really easily. Plus we have these schools called charter schools. I haven’t told you about charters yet! So private corporations or organizations can take public money and open up schools outside many laws/regulation. They don’t need to use certified teachers, they are non-unionized and can pay dirt low salaries, and they can discriminate all they want against students with disabilities. So schools kick kids who don’t score well on tests out and we pick them up because we don’t want more budget cuts.
"Budget cuts?" Oh right, so our state didn’t have a budget for 2 years and our district kept slashing our budgets past bare bones. And our federal government is also defunding education. More money to go to the military and all. Did you know US teachers buy almost all their own supplies? Paper, scissors, glue, pencils, books….