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When Students Assault Teachers, Effects Can Be Lasting – Education Week

When Michelle Andrews leaned over to talk to a disruptive 6th grader in her class, she says the student struck her in the face, causing Andrews’ neck to snap backwards.

The 2015 incident was scary, and it also caused permanent nerve damage, said Andrews, who had been teaching for six years before the attack. The student was suspended for a week for disrespect toward a teacher—not for assault—and then returned to Andrews’ classroom in Bridgeton, N.J.

When Andrews asked her principal to permanently remove the student from her classroom, she says the principal told her to “put on her big girl panties and deal with it.”

Source: When Students Assault Teachers, Effects Can Be Lasting – Education Week

Scuttlebutt in Flux

By the time the Board meeting actually started, the agenda had Mr. Carsten’s contract extension being discussed this month and then voted on next month.

I’ll let you know if I hear anything else.

The Flint Sit Down Strike Ended 81 Years Ago Today

Last year’s speech from UAW President Dennis Williams on White Shirt Day, marking the 80th anniversary of the Flint sit-down strike

President Dennis Williams speaks at White Shirt Day event at UAW Local 599 in Flint and draws parallels between what happened then and what is going on today. “When labor grows, our nation grows…. Stay focused. Be brave. More than anything, live in solidarity!”

Scuttlebutt

Rumor has it that Mr. Carsten’s yearly contract extension vote will occur at tomorrow’s Board meeting, rather than next month’s meeting. School Boards often do a yearly extension on their superintendent’s contract to keep them on a three year deal so they don’t apply for jobs in other districts. Mr. Carsten has never been denied an extension at Ida.

Before you ask, I do not know if Mr. Carsten is asking for a raise.

Teacherless Koch School Supported by Wichita State University College of Education: Pixie Dust!

ere’s the pun of the day…well sort of…and it’s mixed with much magical pixie dust.

Who does a College of Education, meant to prepare teachers to teachteach when they partner with a private school that celebrates no teachers? It’s a mystery.

These are transformational schools. But transformation doesn’t always work. Psst. Pixie dust is, well, simply dust, and Tinker Bell is make believe. Sorry to break that to those of you who believe in what the Kochs and all their corporate friends are selling.

The son and daughter-in-law of Koch Industries Charles Koch are starting a pre-K-through-12th grade private school called Wonder on the campus of Wichita State University (WSU)—a public university.

But the school won’t have teachers. They will have “guides” and “coaches.” We can assume it will be mostly online. Students will be in multi-age groups, but what will that matter when they have mastery learning on the computer?

They have a stamp of approval of Kahn Academy founder Sal Kahn. And they will slip in a little Montessori if you’re concerned about paying $6,500 for your preschooler or $10,000 for an elementary student.

But what’s really strange is that the WSU COE who prepare teachers to teach are endorsing a teacherless school.

Source: Teacherless Koch School Supported by Wichita State University College of Education: Pixie Dust!