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Nov 25, 2021 04:54AM DivineMrsM wrote:
This DA has now been arrested and charged with obstruction among other charges and got voted out of office last year because of her actions:
Nov 26, 2021 03:27PM Trishyla wrote:
Has anyone heard from IllinoisLady? I checked and she hasn't logged in since the 18th. I know she mentioned some health issues and I'm really getting concerned.
Nov 26, 2021 04:17PM MinusTwo wrote:
Trish - no and several people are worried on one of her other regular threads. I hope she check in soon.
Nov 26, 2021 04:30PM Beaverntx wrote:
If I am remembering correctly she had a cardio appointment on Tuesday this week at the VA. Am among those who are concerned.
Nov 26, 2021 05:09PM AliceBastable wrote:
Oh dear, I didn't realize it had been that long since she'd posted. We need our chief Auntie here.
Nov 27, 2021 07:05PM ChiSandy wrote:
Wish I lived anywhere near Centralia so I could check in on her.
Nov 27, 2021 07:26PM Spookiesmom wrote:
Thought she said she’d be at VA hospital for a cardiac procedure. And it wasn’t real close to home. Would be there a few days. Do hope it went well and all is ok
Nov 28, 2021 12:58PM cm2020 wrote:
Illinoislady I am thinking of you and miss your posts. I hope you are well.
Nov 28, 2021 07:01PM - edited Nov 28, 2021 07:02PM by ruthbruThis, I fear, is very accurate:
After last year's hybrid hell, I had high hopes that this year would be better. Different. Back to normal.
It's not back to normal. It's worse. Far worse. The pandemic further created a divide between teachers and their communities: People that need each other to succeed, people that need each other for children to succeed. But the differences in opinions and politics are too great for common ground, and our systems are burning.
If you are reading articles such as this everywhere, there is a reason. Things are not getting better, and our united voices are growing louder and harder to ignore and write off as whiny and weak. And the reasons it's excruciatingly difficult are common among staff across the country. However, is anyone listening?
Here are just seven of the many reasons that this school year is the hardest year ever.1. We can't retain educational professionals. Any of them.
We are short bus drivers, substitutes, nurses, counselors, aides, custodians, and teachers.
There are ads on billboards inviting people to apply for all district jobs. My daughter who is a recent high school graduate received a letter encouraging her to be a substitute. (Not if I can help it, and that makes me sad.)
Because of the shortages, kids are stuffed in classrooms like sardines in a can even though Covid mandates call for distancing.
How bad do school shortages have to get before emergency actions are put into place? Begin with simple actions like truly listening to employees and eliminating work that isn't currently necessary. That's a start.2. Kids aren't showing up.
Due to contact tracing, rows of students are just disappearing from our classes. Not to mention, the kids who can't get to school because there are no bus drivers.
We are having the hardest time helping with the learning loss this year because kids are not in their seats.
While kids are increasingly absent, teachers are made to feel guilty when we call out. But, if we come with a slight sniffle, we are plain evil. It's a lose, lose for us, people.3. We are being micromanaged to death.
I walk into staff meetings, and I expect to hear Montel Jordan's "This is How We Do It" blaring from the loudspeaker. We are instructed what to teach, how to teach, and what program to use. Short observations from people who haven't been in the classroom for years frequently point out our weaknesses. We are working our hardest this year, and yet this is still not enough.4. The behavior of kids (and their parents) is deplorable.
Yes, there is trauma everywhere. But, why are teachers subjected to abusive behavior and then blamed for not being able to control it? Some of the disrespect that we are enduring should be way beyond our pay grade and, quite frankly, illegal.
Consequences and mental support should be handled at the administrative level. And, respect for teachers should be modeled from the top-down. There is something to be said for "having our backs."5. The world has changed, but teaching has not.
Because of the pandemic, our experiences are different. Masks are now a fashion statement. Kids haven't had the same social conditioning. In fact, most have not learned the necessary skills to get along with others. But parents think anytime their child is looked at sideways, it is a case of bullying.
Yet, we are back to business as usual. Schools have even more testing as it is deemed necessary to deal with the learning loss. We, the teachers, know the opposite to be true.
Let's forget about the tests for a while and this will give us more time to – I don't know – TEACH.6. Emotional stress is out of control.
The number one reason why teachers leave is that stress affects our emotional and physical health. Although some administrators are now putting actions behind their calls for self-care, the majority are not doing anything to help eliminate our stress.
In fact, they are piling more meaningless paperwork in order to increase achievement. I know I speak for all teachers when I say, "This doesn't HELP ANYONE!"7. Emergency actions need to be implemented NOW!
Teachers new to the profession this year are having the hardest time – and they aren't sticking around to see if things get better. There are countless TikToks detailing teachers' reasons for leaving. The retirement investment isn't cutting it any longer.
It's sad because people that would have gone on to change countless students' lives won't have the opportunity because they are quitting. It is becoming a national emergency.
Teachers need to be listened to and heard now before they are all gone
Nov 29, 2021 12:08AM ChiSandy wrote:
What I find infuriating is parents insisting on controlling curriculum (especially when before the pandemic so many of them had no idea how to help with their kids' homework). The seeds of this were sown here in Chicago 20 years ago with elected "local school councils" made up of people with no educational experience whatsoever (and limited educations, at that). It's been compounded since Palinism, the Tea Party & then Trumpism lumping all experts into one "elites" basket-of-resentables. Journalism now consists of echo-chamber bubbles: don't like the news & current events? Make up your own and share it with like-minded disdainers of expertise. 30 years ago, it was conservatives who were decrying the dumbing-down of America and the closing of the American mind--now they're facilitating it in order to reinforce & retain their power with their tribal-minded constituent bases.
My latest earworm is from Buffalo Springfield: "...singin' songs and a-carryin' signs, mostly say 'hooray for our side'."
Nov 29, 2021 04:23AM Spookiesmom wrote:
im in Pinellas county. The highest starting pay. Drove for them 17 years, 23 years total with them. The hours suck. And they want you to be in a small area with up to 65 kids who could be carrying covid? I wouldn’t drive now for $50 an hour. Not to mention all the usual crap that goes with the job.
thanks for the ear worm, still true today.
Nov 29, 2021 05:30AM ruthbru wrote:
Speaking of parents being the problem, high school football championship games were played this last weekend in Minnesota. The quarterback on one of the teams had two unsportsmanlike conduct calls in the game before (in the clip I saw he was kicking another player who was on the ground). This brings an automatic one game suspension. His parents SUED the athletic association that makes the rules. Very happily they lost, and his team won without him.
And you have parents coming to the school board meetings railing about mask mandates, threatening school board members, protesting outside the schools. As my grandmother used to say, the world is going to hell in a handbasket.
Nov 29, 2021 08:29AM magiclight wrote:
It's All Going To Pot
Whether we like it or not
Best I can tell
The world's gone to hell
And we're sure gonna miss it a lot
All of the whiskey in Lynchburg, Tennessee
Just couldn't hit the spot
Nov 29, 2021 09:08AM Miriandra wrote:
For your Pinellas County, a living wage for one person with no kids is $15.08. For a benchmark family of four, both parents working, it's $21.66. No wonder they're having trouble hiring. A good chunk of the people who could pass the background check to work with children can't afford to work for them.
MIT's Living Wage Calculator is a fascinating site. It's also kind of eye opening when you think about minimum wages and the aggressive push back that raising them has generated. Now employers are having to think twice about offering scraps for payroll.
Nov 29, 2021 01:49PM - edited Nov 29, 2021 01:49PM by ruthbru
If for no other reason, I would be glad to have the Bidens in office just so that we can have the White House decorated for the holidays in a theme that isn't from the Zombie Apocalypse!
Nov 29, 2021 02:12PM JKL2017 wrote:
Absolutely, Ruth! This year's decorations are incredibly warm and inviting. Such an improvement over past years' pretentious looks. The White House actually looks like a home!
Nov 29, 2021 02:38PM - edited Nov 29, 2021 03:09PM by DivineMrsM
Seeing the White House decorations is always a highlight of the season for me!
“The theme, said to be inspired by people the Bidens met as they traveled the country this year, focuses on "faith, family, and friendship; a love of the arts, learning, and nature; gratitude, service, and community; unity and peace," the Bidens write in a commemorative 2021 White House holiday guidebook.“
I won't even mention the former First Lady who didn't give a f**k about Christmas…..
Here are a few more 2021 photos:
Nov 30, 2021 09:33AM april485 wrote:
It has been a minute but I see you are all still wonderfully irreverent! Love that of course. This thread moves at warp speed so won't even try to catch up but I missed you all. I just needed to take a few year break from all things cancer. I lost my husband suddenly last year (his heart just seemed to go south very quickly) and it was during the peak of covid cases so the hospital had to be begged to let me be with him in ICU. They finally let me in and he died the next day, 7 days before his 65th birthday. I miss him very much. He didn't get to see Trump lose which is sad but I do tell him everything still...LOL Anyway, keep up the great work everyone. Carry on!
Nov 30, 2021 11:23AM MinusTwo wrote:
Oh April, I'm so sorry to hear about your DH. Very glad they let you be with him. It's good to see you & I'll keep you in my thoughts.