Every month, every year, some school board decides their essential mandate is to turn out mass copies of Mr. Potato Head.

Thanks, K B




  1. jccalhoun graduate student says:

    I did a bit of research and found a blog post that quotes an Indy Star article (the Indy Star is behind the times and charges people for their archives) http://advanceindiana.blogspot.com/2008/01/hey-principal-leave-that-teacher-alone.html

    In that quoted article it is stated that the principal gave permission without hearing from the school board. If that is the case then it seems as if it isn’t so cut and dried. I found a couple other local news stories and none of them included that detail, however, so that fact may be in question.

  2. #26 – HMeyers

    >>Yeah, she was told not to do it. She did it.

    See #21, Einstein.

  3. sweetchuckd says:

    This story made http://detentionslip.org! Voted #1 for crazy news in education.

  4. julieb says:

    It’s a mute point because the kids can’t read anyway. It’s for the best. Educashun could interfere with what they learn on Sunday. At least they aren’t reading The Catcher in the Rye.

  5. John S says:

    #34 julieb I am not sure if you are sarcastic in all of the post so I will point out it is moot not mute. I learn so much from Jesse Jackson appearances on SNL!

    John S

  6. deowll says:

    Teachers don’t make policy choices they just carry them out. Forget that and you are gone.

  7. Balbas says:

    Where I live, union grievance procedures prohibit school boards from simply voting a teacher into suspension.

  8. Mr. Catshit says:

    #37, Balbas,

    Unfortunately you don’t live in Indiana.

  9. Eric says:

    Yes, she was suspended because she broke the rules. They did tell her no and she did it anyway. Ever heard of Civil Disobedience. If it wasn’t for her breaking the rules, we would not be talking about it. Civil disobedience is a part of America; remember the Boston Tea Party?

    Anyway, the 149 of 150 parents had no problem with the book. The problem is a bunch of middle class whites trying to dictate what lower class kids and kids of color should read. This book talks to the kids, frankly, in their language, with a message of “you can make it.”

    Its just like the Conservative view of immigration: if they don’t speak English and have our exact values and education, they don’t belong.

    America: A Melting Pot? My ass.


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