Posts in category "Education Rants"

CPS Strike: I'm Just Going To Go Ahead And Say What You Are Probably Thinking

Karen is the president of the Chicago Teacher Union.  Once the contract is ratified and the teachers get the raise they want they should do two things.  One...find a new rep.  And two...chip in an buy Ms. Lewis a brassiere as a parting gift.  Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus and sadly, books are still judged by their covers.  If this is the face of the CTU...it needs an overhaul along with an attitude adjustment.
What we are witnessing here is a pissing match, you know? Oh, sure it is a circus…no doubt in my mind. But there is a side show going on at the big top. And it is a pissing match. Karen Lewis meet Rahm Emanuel. Rahm, let me introduce you to Karen. FYI…take a good look... Read more »

Freakin' Hire Me Already...And The Other Things I Wish I Could Include On My Resume

Freakin' Hire Me Already...And The Other Things I Wish I Could Include On My Resume
The truth of the matter is I NEED A  BETTER JOB. Even “truthier”…I needed it yesterday. I looked in the mirror about three months ago and realized something has got to give. My current job…for lack of a better term…simply sucks. Turning off the alarm every morning at three o’clock following a short four-hour nap…sucks.... Read more »

CPS Teachers Are Overpaid Babysitters

CPS Teachers Are Overpaid Babysitters
  I admit I was torn on the recent debate regarding the CPS teachers taking on an extra ninety minutes to make Chicago students more competitive with other learners across the country, not to mention the rest of the world. In my “pro column” I admire and respect (two words I never thought I’d utter... Read more »
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Go The F*ck To School!!

Go The F*ck To School!!
Today marks the first day of school for most CPS students…and what a list of incentives the little learners have to ensure their asses are firmly planted in a desk at opening bell. The hullabaloo surrounding a Chicago Mayor ringing the bell this year as well as any previous school year continues to amaze me.  The... Read more »

If Counting The Minutes Until School Starts Is Wrong...I Don't Want To Be Right

If Counting The Minutes Until School Starts Is Wrong...I Don't Want To Be Right
I am anticipating a slumber as restless as the ones I remember as a kid on Christmas Eve…when I looked forward to the gifts of the next day. Back to School Eve has a similar effect on me~and tomorrow’s gift promises to be priceless.  Something that has been on my wish list since school let... Read more »

HEY CPS: Any Room Left In The Dumpster For The Bad Apples?

HEY CPS: Any Room Left In The Dumpster For The Bad Apples?
Too bad it was a blockbuster weekend in the newsroom.    Consider the tragic news trickling out of Norway, the “shocking” (perhaps to you) reports from Casa Winehouse in London, and, really, who among us did not hang on every word of the  juicy gossip leaking out of the Cutler/KCav Camp?     Hey, were you aware there... Read more »
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CPS Teachers: Sure Size Matters--but so do Good Teachers

I feel for the Chicago Public School Teachers…35 kids in an open lot is crazy…35 kids in the confines of a classroom is just asking for trouble.  Maybe that’s why I enjoyed teaching preschoolers.  State Law proclaimed I could never have more than ten in my charge at once. But I disagree with their sour... Read more »

Robert Crown Center: A Fifth Grader's Right of Passage

Like it or not, Quincy is heading west on a field trip with half of his classmates tomorrow.  Like his mother, father and almost every other fifth grader in the surrounding area before him, he’s headed to Hinsdale’s Robert Crown Center.  It’s springtime in the fifth grade and along with the pungent smells emitting from pre-pubescent armpits, there are many... Read more »

Good Grade Incentives...

There is quite a bit of scuttlebutt regarding kids in the news this week…kids getting paid for good grades…kids becoming bullies if they have been (gasp) spanked at some point in their lives…kids fed up with greasy pizza and nuggets boycott the cafeteria…kids pushing the new girl in town who dared to date the quarterback to suicide. I... Read more »
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