Super Clever Stuff!

Or I think it is, anyway.

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Why is School Important to You?


On the first day of school I had the students respond in writing to the following question: Why is school important to you? Below are all the responses I received.

  • It’ll help me become what I want to be in life.
  • To be someone in the future.
  • Because I like to lean and I want to get far…

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if you want to understand the psyche of our generation take a good look at the stories we tell ourselves about the future

because it isn’t flying cars or robot dogs, it’s faceless government surveillance and worldwide pandemics and militarized police brutality and the last dregs of humanity struggling to survive

our generation isn’t self-centered, or lazy, or whatever else they wanna say about us. we are young, and we are here, and we are deeply, deeply afraid.

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Experts Say Many Teachers Paying Out Of Pocket For School Supplies - CBS New York



My friends can’t wrap their minds around the money I spend for my job.

Breaking news:  Sky is blue.  Cats meow.  Pope Catholic.

(Source: from-student-to-teacher)

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Pediatricians Officially Want High Schools To Start Later


An AP link to this story went up on a local news Facebook page, and the comments from adults was so discouraging.

  • "These kids need to learn what the read world is like."
  • "Parents need to take away electronics and they’ll go to bed!"
  • "Time for parents to start whooping their kids and parenting."
  • "Oh look another example of catering to kids."

Like…did they not read the article?  It’s freaking BIOLOGY.  

I went to high school before the big technology shift.  I didn’t have a TV or gaming system in my room.  I had a desktop computer with dial up my junior and senior year.  I had a land line phone.  But I wasn’t up late talking on the phone or chatting on ICQ.  I was wide awake reading or poking at my homework because I legitimately couldn’t sleep.  I remember falling asleep in the shower when I was a kid.  

Our day starts at 8 a.m.  We already have a school day at the high school that is over an hour longer than legally required.  Is it seriously that absurd to push back a half hour or an hour?  And would even shifting the entire day from 8-3:15 to go 9-4:15 be more similar to the average work day?

How is this a crazy suggestion suddenly soaked in the coddling of children?

(Source: from-student-to-teacher)

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Thank You Kirk Cameron For Saving Christmas From Nothing

Thank you for calling out the commercialization of Christmas by making a for-profit movie. Genius. It takes real creativity to expose the hypocrisy of those who would use Christmas as just another opportunity to make another buck by using Christmas as an opportunity to make another buck for yourself.

Thank you for astutely exposing the subtle racism of the American church’s white savior complex by not ironically naming your lead character Christian White. In evangelical America we too often forgot that if the world is going to be saved – to say nothing of Christmas – it will be through the work of white Christians.

And as someone who just completed a graduate degree in church history, I want to personally thank you for that scene in the car where you expose church history for what it really is: complete ridiculousness. The last thing the church needs right now is to know what the church has actually believed and done on Christmas for the past 2000 years. After all, this is evangelical America where we can just make up our own history as we see fit and as long as we believe hard enough that’ll make it true.

But most importantly, thank for being bold enough to take a stand against the war on Christmas when, you know, there’s an actual war going on involving the death of countless Christians. While Christians are being singled out for slaughter everyday by ISIS, you courageously remind us that real Christian persecution isn’t having your church destroyed by militants or being dragged out of your house and executed.

(Source: azspot)

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There is a world that is in desperate need of a Savior right outside the walls of the church. The time we spend in meetings or around the potluck lunch table talking about how big the church was in 1947 is wasting everyone’s time.
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