If I Created a Television Show About Education, These Stories Would Be On It

Sometimes it takes me a few months to get to all the literature in my pile. As you can see by the date referenced in the post below, this is one of those cases…

Just like anything in life, a great deal of what happens in school isn’t really television worthy. Doctors who watch House M.D. probably cringe when Dr. Cuddy lets Dr. House mistreat her and the staff at Plainsborough Hospital; real politicians likely shudder when they see what Frank Underwood does to advance his political career on House of Cards; and national security operatives must get a real kick out of Jack Bauer’s unconventional spying techniques.

Not everything that happens in a school day is television or movie worthy, but every once in a while teachers have unique experiences like those that might appear on an education-inspired series. Here are three stories that I picked up from the January 2015 issue of Education Week (Volume 34, Number 18), that, if I’d seen on Teachers, Boston Common, or Glee, I probably would have categorized as “whatever” moments.

  1. A South Carolina legislative bill was introduced to require a curriculum “developed or recommended by the National Rifle Association” in the state’s primary and secondary schools. The bill, which is meant to provide students exposure to the Second Amendment, also outlines plans for a Second Amendment Awareness Day and a right-to-bear-arms-themed poster contest. Original article link
  2. An audit of New York State preschool spending found that money that was allocated for special education programs was actually misused. Apparently $40 million has been squandered on inappropriate budget items over the last ten years, including “food, travel, flowers, even air conditioners installed in personal residences”. Original article link
  3. In an Alabama middle school, a principal has suggested that students be armed with canned food to help defend themselves against school intruders. Apparently, the statement was inspired by the Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate (ALICE) model for teaching schools how to react to an armed invader. The “Counter” part of the acronym is meant to cause confusion to the aggressor and affect “shooting accuracy”. However, if Alabama schools are going to start arming their classrooms with non-perishable foods, it kind of makes me wonder how South Carolina might have responded to ALICE… Original article link

These are just three humorous excerpts from an otherwise excellent and well-prepared publication, Education Week. Check out Education Week at http://www.edweek.org/.


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