Category Archives: education

Some school rules need to be broken, or changed otherwise it can be said leaders lack compassion

For the most part I believe students should follow the rules of the school they attend. If they do not,they should be punished. From my work at a daycare I have viewed what happens when bad behavior is allow to go on with no action being taken by the folks in charge. Too often that is what is taking place, or not taking place in schools, and day cares today.
Well here is a case where I think the rule should be rejected by all involved.
Amy Dickes is getting closer to another milestone that will be painful.
Her teenage daughter, McKenna Smith, should be getting ready to graduate from high school with the senior class in Waverly, Nebraska.
Sadly McKenna died last July at the young age of 17. She had suffered with juvenile Huntington’s disease, a degenerative brain disorder.
The students at Waverly High school wanted to show her family they cared. So the senior class came up with the idea of leaving a chair open at graduation to commemorate the teen. While she was ill students had fundraisers for her and wanted to honor her during the graduation.
Great idea from some caring students you might think. Well the leaders of the Waverly school district said no. You see they have a policy which states they can not honor a dead student. ( District denies graduation memorial )
The superintendent Bill Heimann said the district is just trying to be consistent.
I would disagree.The school leaders may not have meant it this way, but they are looking heartless.
I know schools struggle how to handle deaths of students like if they take their own lives. Still in this case that is not an issue. This teenager died from an illness.
Under the policy accepted memorials include scholarships, a brick or bench purchased for the Learning Garden at Waverly High, plantings on school grounds with a commemorative marker, donations of books or other school supplies, or establishing a fund for a school or particular activity.
Memorials should not disrupt the school day, infringe upon the separation of church and state, or involve pictures of the deceased, the policy states.
I guess a class could not give a Bible in the name of the student.
This is crazy. There are times when rules that were meant for good should be broken. Here is an example say I am out walking at night. I hear a kid crying in a pool because he, or she doesn’t know how to swim. Then I see a sign which reads no swimming. Would a good person let a kid die because of the rule. No of course not.
Well this school policy could cause a lot of hurt feelings over honoring a dead student which is already sad. Come on Waverly do what is right. Help this family, along with your students heal from a sad event.

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Betsy DeVos Booed at Historically Black College

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos faced an unwelcome reception Wednesday as she delivered the commencement speech at Bethune-Cookman University, a historically black college in Daytona Beach, Florida. As the university’s president, Edison Jackson, began to award DeVos an honorary degree, many students in the crowd started to boo, while faculty applauded. A mere seconds after DeVos began speaking, the room erupted in shouts. A number of students turned their backs on the speaker, who attempted to elevate her voice above the crowd’s for the majority of her time on stage.

Less than three minutes into the speech, Jackson took over the microphone, telling students: “If this behavior continues, your degrees will be mailed to you. Choose which way you want to go.” This seemed to rile the crowd even further, evoking another collective shout.

( Billy’s thoughts – Shame on these students. I guess those on the right are not welcomed by some students on the left. Does anything besides me think we should bring back caning, or the stocks. Read the rest of the above story. )

Prom rules for high school students

Listen to, or read the commentary.

Trouble with middle school students in GA. involving a gun, and drugs

Here is the story.
This story should remind us all these things happen because we have removed God from the culture, and the schools. Thank God for those who in the name of Jesus are reaching out to middle school kids such as Youth For Christ.
Today’s teens, and preteens need to be shown the love of Christ, and the truth of God’s word.

New California Bill Would Force Christian Schools to Pay for abortions

The story is here.

13 Reasons why is not a good TV show for teens and it does encourage suicide

Parents of students at Millard Public Schools received an email Wednesday about a popular Netflix series and its numerous themes.

The series, “13 Reasons Why,” based on a popular book by Jay Asher, is largely about high school students attempting to piece together a story left behind by a student who committed suicide.

“The episodes expose viewers to numerous other social issues that could be difficult for young students to understand and process,” the email said.

“Mental health professionals have expressed concerns that the series does not offer information regarding mental illness and available support.”
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Colleges need to discipline youth, which try to stop those on the right from talking 

A conservative group on Friday threatened to take legal action against UC Berkeley if student sponsors are not allowed to pick the date and location for an appearance by commentator Ann Coulter.
Coulter had been scheduled to speak on the demonstration-weary campus on April 27, but Berkeley officials refused permission, citing safety concerns. Amid public criticism, the administration on Thursday agreed to set the event for May 2, at midday, in a science hall away from the central campus.

( Billy’s thoughts – I for one am tired of colleges not taking action against those who try to keep folks on the right from giving talks. Some college kids need discipline. Discipline is a good thing, if you are two years old, or 19 years old. Read the rest of the above story here. )

LGBTQ, transgender issues should be taught in nursery school, UK teachers’ union says

The story is here. By the way if you live in the UK, you might want to give hard thinking to removing your children from the government schools, along with the public nursery schools.

    The rest of us should do what we can to reach young people with the truth, or support those who do. Thank God for Christian ministries that are touching young people with the good news, such as CEF, and Youth for Christ.

Thanking a teacher ( we should all do it ) 

So have you ever thanked one of your teachers? Here is a column by somebody who did thank one. 

Should U.S. High school students have to know the Constitution

NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. — Should U.S. high school students know at least as much about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Federalist papers as immigrants passing a citizenship test?
In a growing number of school systems, having such a basic knowledge is now a graduation requirement. But states are taking different approaches to combating what’s seen as a widespread lack of knowledge about how government works.

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