Why should a website
of Beauty Schools listings in the District of Columbia trackback
to a post
about my postings elsewhere?
Where is the District of Columbia anyway?The State of Education
Those who can, do.
Those who can't, teach.
Those who can't teach, manage schools.
Still in the States, a US teacher has been suspended without pay
for 18 months for letting her alienated high-school students read a much lauded bestseller, The Freedom Writers Diary.
The Freedom Writers Diary
: How a teacher and 150 teens used writing to change themselves and the world around them
was put together by a young teacher, Erin Gruwell, who, by giving them respect, enabled her 'unteachable' students to examine and change their own lives. This has been celebrated as a model for transforming young lives and last year was made into a film
with Hilary Swank last year.
However ... and there's always one .... Connie Heermann, a teacher in Indiana for 27 years, wanted to introduce the book to her students.
Her head agreed and Heermann got written permission from nearly 150 parents, but the Perry Meridian high school board urged her to wait for its decision.Teachers' union officials say that a single board member objected to swearing in the book. The school board member allegedly persuaded the other six officials to ban Heermann from teaching the book. It remains available in school libraries.
Heermann said, "If you read the whole book you will see how these inner-city students grow and change and become articulate, compassionate, educated young people who want to do something good in their lives despite the environment in which they were raised."I thought my students would very much relate to those kids."Erin Gruwell commented
on the controversy, saying, "The best way to get a teenager to read a book is to ban it."Buildings In Motion
Dr. Fisher, creator of the revolutionary Dynamic Tower
states: "Today's life is dynamic, so the space we are living in should be dynamic as well, adjustable to our needs that change continuously, to our concept of design and to our mood, buildings will follow the rhythms of nature, they will change direction and shape from spring to summer, from sunrise to sunset, and adjust themselves to the weather, buildings will be alive
I doubt that there will be many wishing to live and/or work in buildings in perpetual motion in such earthquake prone countries as Indonesia and Japan, or hurricane alley states such as Florida.