"Fucking twat took my bag home." —An elementary school assistant forgot to hang up the phone after leaving a polite voicemail about the five-year-old girl who "accidentally" took home her school satchel, and could be heard continuing to summarize the event for another person in the room. "I don’t believe it," says the girl's mother, who received the voicemail. "I don’t want someone teaching my daughter who seems to think she’s a twat."
The Hairpin reached out to a handful of teachers across the country with a tough question (though no more difficult than any other question America's teachers face in a given work day): How would you teach the Trayvon Martin case, and George Zimmerman's acquittal? What is there to say, and what is there to be learned? Their very thoughtful answers follow.
An English teacher in Alabama:
In a place like Alabama, this case is tricky to even discuss in the classroom. I would be willing to talk to my students about it if they want to, but I would be hesitant to "teach" it—especially because I teach literature. However, I often [...]
A teacher who stripped off his clothes and walked naked around a Georgia elementary school gave police a New Age explanation for his behavior, claiming that he had achieved a “new level of enlightenment” and “wanted everybody to be free now that his third eye was open."
… While acknowledging that his education career would be damaged by the bust, Porter said that he still desired to teach, except “on a new level, with hands in the earth, gathering the essence and learning how to love one another and fully appreciate the spiritual realm.”
SIGTBFNTHTEIOOIGTCYFT. Somebody is going to be free now that my third [...]
A sad new study suggests that British students prefer male teachers because they appear "more likely to boost pupils' self-esteem and are judged by pupils to be more fair" even though technically they are no more fair than female teachers. Britain is lacking in the male teacher department right now. Here's hoping the study doesn't scare off the female teachers.
At the kindergarten where I student-teach, we've been focusing on asking questions that lead to multiple-word answers, and the students love to practice this on me all day.
Student: Are you Justin Bieber? Me: No. Student: Are you Justin Bieber’s cousin? Me: No. Student: But, “Baby, baby, baby, oh?” Me: Nope. I promise I am not related to Justin Bieber. Student: Are you married? Me: No. Student: Why aren't you married? Me: [Because I am a lesbian.] (not actually said)