This is a really neat story - really. I just don't understand why there isn't more being said about teachers right now - and more being done. (Sorry if I keep bringing it up, but I think it helps if we are all thinking about it, and we are prepared with our own arguments when the subject comes up...)
I mean, I know there is a lot being said, but I guess it doesn't feel like it because nothing is being done.
On a side note, I must return briefly to the teacher who notified her student that she wouldn't be calling on her any more... (I wrote about her earlier). This week she humiliated the same student in front of the class by requiring her to hang up an assignment on the classroom wall. The other students had put their papers up, but this student quickly put hers in her desk after the teacher handed them back. The teacher called on her and insisted that she hang up her paper. She had received an 'F' grade and there were red marks all over her paper. The student quietly said that she couldn't hang it up. The teacher insisted again and as she stood by the wall, humiliated, and hung up her paper, the teacher asked, "Do you know what you did wrong?" The student replied, "Yes," and sat down quickly in her chair. She told her mother later, amidst more than two hours of sobbing, that she had absolutely no clue what she had done wrong.
My 3rd grader came home yesterday and enthusiastically announced that he had no homework. He said that his teacher had missed them so much and was so happy to see them that she didn't want to give them any homework, (school was cancelled for a few days due to a big snow storm). He said that he had "a great day!"
Wow, what a contrast.