Severe Winter Weather: A Little Levity with a Serious Issue

While experiencing the effects of a severe winter here is a little levity. The Durham Academy’s school Head, Michael Ulku-Steiner and Assistant Head of School/Upper School Director Lee Hark make a weather announcement. This is cute and funny.

The seriousness is the increased number of school closures due to the severity of this winter. I know schools are dealing with how students are going to make up the time lost to snow/ice days in thousands of school districts. The number of school closure days due to snow and ice where I live in south-eastern PA is about 10 now. If we stay in this severe pattern, we will probably experience a few more. South eastern PA school students will now be in school on holidays, such as this Monday’s Presidents Day. They may even lose all the days for Spring Break and/or remain in school until July. Not good…not good at all!

Required Reading: Heather Has Two Mommies!

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I do not know about you, but it angers me that in our public schools systems, books such as Heather has Two Mommies gets high recommendations. These books are about molding the minds and shaping the hearts of children to morally accept any type of sexual preference. Some folks out there believe such books should be required reading at the elementary level. Oh, that is so appalling! Just think about molding and shaping children into accepting any sexual preference as valid while the Supreme Court allowed public schools to exclude the Word of God.  This is a triumph for those on the liberal and leftist side of life.

Getting in Trouble for Saying Christmas

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This editorial cartoon goes back some years. I am pretty sure when this cartoon first hit the newspapers, many who thought the cartoon stretched it a bit, do not see it that way now. After all, the cries against the Christmas holiday are stronger than ever. Throughout my elementary school years, the Christmas season was acknowledged, with bible readings, music, decorations and gift giving. During my junior and senior high school years, it was down to decorations and music. But Christmas salutations were shared throughout my public school years. Principals, teachers and children can get into so much trouble now for doing any of what I could do during my years in public school.

From my experiences in child care, the tolerance for child profanity grows stronger all the time. I dealt with parents in my later child care years who felt their child’s use of profanity was cute. I watched an episode of the TV show, The View back in the fall where Joy Behar questioned why children are not allowed to use curse words. With these kind of adult attitudes on children’s use of profanity and the growing anti Christmas culture, you can guess which child in the cartoon was most likely to get suspended or even expelled.