...the woman who enrolled her child in a new school? After the principal welcomed them to the learning community, the mother made a request, "It is very important to me that my child have a first year teacher."
The principal responded with a nod, "We have several first year teachers on staff."
The woman continued, "And can you guarantee that my child will get the teacher who has received the least amount of preparation for the job?"
"Um, two of our new teachers only attended five weeks of training this summer," the confused principal replied.
"Wonderful," the woman answered. "And of those two teachers, would you please ensure that my child gets the one who is most likely to leave the profession?"
The puzzled principal hesitated for a moment, "I'm afraid they will both probably leave teaching in two to three years."
"Well then either one will do," the satisfied mother smiled.
"While I'm glad you are satisfied, I must say your request is an unusual one. May I ask why you would want the teacher who is least experienced, least trained and least likely to stay in the profession?"
The woman smiled knowingly, "Oh that's easy. Michelle Rhee said they make the best teachers."
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Sunday, December 16, 2012
|Wayne LaPiere addressing the press|
Maria Heil, NRA board member, who spoke only briefly as she was having difficulty removing blood from under her fingernails, added, "Many weapons are perfectly designed for small hands. My daughter owns a Colt .380 with a "Hello Kitty" grip. I think good mothers arm their children."
David Keene, President of the NRA, recounted the days when he used to bring a shotgun to school and described how his organization envisions the future. "We could start by teaching gun safety in pre-K. We would then incorporate target practice into the school day. Finally once a kid has passed both a performance-based and standardized test on how to handle and fire a gun, we would equip him or her with a weapon. It's totally a win-win situation. Plus I bet it would put an end to school-yard bullying."
The NRA representatives could not answer questions about funding of such a vast undertaking. When asked about the results from any studies investigating the efficacy of such a plan, LaPierre retorted angrily, "Nobody asked David Coleman for his studies," referencing the whole cloth adoption of the Common Core standards without data evidencing their effectiveness.
LaPierre ended the press conference with these impassioned words, "The NRA is not going to surrender, submit or succumb to the extremists in our society who want to regulate our right to bear arms. We too want to prevent gun violence and we think arming children is part of that solution."
When reached for comment, filmmaker Michael Moore, a well-known advocate for stronger gun-control laws, said, "Put guns IN schools? Are you shitting me?"