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Another school massacre, narrowly averted by heroic principal Susan Nestico

Assault rifle

Assault rifle

From all the way across the pond, FWIW’s Irish correspondent espied this latest bit of idiocy. Kindergartener suspended for threatening to bring her Hello Kitty bubble gun to school and shoot herself, classmates.

MOUNT CARMEL – A 5-year-old kindergarten student at Mount Carmel Area Elementary School was suspended last week for allegedly telling classmates she was going to shoot them and herself with her pink Hello Kitty Bubbles Gun.

She was reportedly questioned for three hours before her mother was contacted, said Robin Ficker, 69, an attorney from Bethesda, Md., who is representing the family.

“This is an innocent child who was made to cry while being questioned for three hours about something she said that she doesn’t even understand,” he said.

Ficker said the girl, who did not have the toy in her possession at school, was initially suspended for 10 days by Mount Carmel Area Elementary School Principal Susan Nestico in what the school classified as a “terroristic threat.” The suspension was later reduced to two days and labeled a “threat to harm others.”

During a telephone interview with The News-Item Friday, Ficker said the 5-year-old girl was playing with two friends while waiting in line for the bus while still inside her classroom and spoke about her Hello Kitty gun, which shoots bubbles.

Ficker said the kindergartner mentioned she was going to shoot one of her friends and then herself with the bubble gun so that they could all be together. Then, she was going to shoot herself again when she got home.

Ficker said someone at the school became aware of the conversation and reported it to administrators. The next day, the attorney claims, officials at the elementary school questioned her for three hours before suspending her. Ficker claimed the girl’s mother wasn’t contacted about the incident until after the girl was questioned.

Two thoughts: Tar, feathers; home schooling. Okay, a third thought: this is what’s produced by a modern day advanced degree in education.

UPDATE: Oh, this is just too good. Here’s all you need to know about this assistant principal, Susan Nestico.

Suzsan Nestico, ignorant slut

Suzie Nestico, ignorant slut Fluke

And so it began.  About three weeks ago marked day one of a journey on the academic highway to a second Master of Science degree, this time in Educational Leadership.  While I am a teacher, I am first a learner, so these opportunities are intrinsically motivating for me.  Learning is something I am most passionate about and never pass up the opportunity to learn more, do well and be better.

For some time, others, including my own superiors, have occasionally commented, “You’d make a good principal.  Are you going to get your certification?”  I can easily visualize myself in that role as I have teacher-led a number of technology efforts in our districts, I help oversee a variety of programs, and I lead students by example in teaching from a global perspective with many real-life participatory citizenship opportunities.  I’ve affected change somewhat among my students.  I get a bit dreamy and euphoric about it, you know.  I think, “Heck yes, I can make a difference!”

And there’s this:


Positive, progressive, public high school Social Studies teacher committed to making the best of my students’ time in my classroom [or while being grilled in the detention cell – Ed] through all things technology, digital citizenship, and global collaboration.


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Brainwashing our children

The New York Times reports on a 21 minute video, “stuff” that is taking our classrooms by storm. Its a “lesson” put out by a self-described Greenpeace activist that denounces capitaism, disparages corporations and is filled with gross misstatements of fact. Naturally, the brain-dead people we graduate from teacher college love it and are exposing their students to this “truth”

What do you think the role of government is? I thought it was to defend our borders and possibly keep the peace. Nope. According to the video, “the government’s job is to watch out for us, to take care of us – that’s its job.”

How much of our budget is spent on national defense? If you said 21% , you’d be right. If you parroted this liar’s line and guessed 50%, you’d get an A from the communist in the front of your classroom.




No where is it mentioned in the video that that 21% compares to the 44% spent on Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. Ad so on. Animals are the earth’s friends, people its enemy, corporations  are out to rob us, a $4.99 radio is not the wondrous result of world trade but a blatant rip off of poor people everywhere, etc. etc. As I said, teachers love it.

The video is a cheerful but brutal assessment of how much Americans waste, and it has its detractors. But it has been embraced by teachers eager to supplement textbooks that lag behind scientific findings on climate changeand pollution. And many children who watch it take it to heart: riding in the car one day with his parents in Tacoma, Wash., Rafael de la Torre Batker, 9, was worried about whether it would be bad for the planet if he got a new set of Legos.

“When driving by a big-box store, you could see he was struggling with it,” his father, David Batker, said. But then Rafael said, “It’s O.K. if I have Legos because I’m going to keep them for a very long time,” Mr. Batker recalled.

The video was created by Annie Leonard, a former Greenpeace employee and an independent lecturer who paints a picture of how American habits result in forests being felled, mountaintops being destroyed, water being polluted and people and animals being poisoned. Ms. Leonard, who describes herself as an “unapologetic activist,” is also critical of corporations and the federal government, which she says spends too much on the military.

Ms. Leonard put the video on the Internet in December 2007. Word quickly spread among teachers, who recommended it to one another as a brief, provocative way of drawing students into a dialogue about how buying a cellphone or jeans could contribute to environmental devastation.

So far, six million people have viewed the film at its site, storyofstuff.com, and millions more have seen it on YouTube. More than 7,000 schools, churches and others have ordered a DVD version, and hundreds of teachers have written Ms. Leonard to say they have assigned students to view it on the Web.

Environmental education is still a young and variable field, according to Frank Niepold, the climate education coordinator at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. There are few state or local school mandates on how to teach the subject.

The agency is seeking to change that, but in the interim many teachers are developing their own lesson plans on climate change, taking some elements from established sources like the National Wildlife Federation and others from less conventional ones like “The Story of Stuff.”

Home schooling looks more and more like the only answer to state-sponsored idiocy. I’m not a conspiracist; I don’t think bad people deliberately designed a system that would dumb down successive generations by creating state certification for morons and have dimwits take charge of our children. It’s all been done with the best of intentions, but the results are as disastrous as if it had all been planned.


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