…for my 40th birthday (which is a fair ways off)…

trans-parenting

Girl, please. Ain’t nobody like a show-off.

My 40th birthday is a long way off, too. Just in the past. Instead of the future, like yours & 99.73% of Tumblr.

I grew up on 70s disaster films, the death of Elvis, the murder of John Lennon, and 99 Red Balloons. I never imagined I, or the world, would make it this long. But, here I am, trying to figure out if my steam cleaner will steam out some of the wrinkles on my face like it does with my dress shirts.

This post by  sweetpeafairies reminded me of why I laugh when people say we have equal educational opportunities in the US. 

In addition to the $1,000 per child that we donate to the local educational foundation & school site committee so that the kids can have art, science lab, social studies, PE, music, computer technology, and well-maintained playground equipment (all items not funded by the state), there are several other checks we write.

Parents write a $65 check for school supplies which the school then orders. This may sound low to some but remember the district gets a significant volume discount doing it this way and there’s no sales tax. The drawback is that teachers for each grade agree upon a common list of supplies so it’s uniform to each grade rather than teacher specific but, on the flip side, it does mean the teacher knows that every student will have the required supplies on hand at the school and ready for use when the teacher wants.

Parents also give each room mother a $50 check to cover gifts for the teacher (holidays, birthday, teacher appreciation week). We’re all human so we like to be recognized. There’s nothing wrong with that. So, our kids benefit from teachers with boosted morale because they’re being recognized for the many wonderful things they do for our kids.

Lastly, parents write the room mother a $65 check to cover classroom activities such as field trips (but there’s no transportation cost because parents drive), specific classroom items the teacher may want or need, and any classroom parties the teacher wants to hold, etc.

You can see why a teacher might enjoy our school district. The need for the teacher to buy classroom supplies out of their own pocket is greatly diminished, although not completely eliminated. Additionally, there’s recognition for their hard work.

In addition to education not being an equal opportunity for every student, it’s not an equal opportunity for every teacher. Some teachers in this country have ample supplies for their classroom while others don’t and often must use their own money. For many students in this country that means their classroom experience is impacted by their teacher’s ability to afford his or her own classroom supplies. This is unfair for the teachers and the students.

And, don’t forget the cruel irony that teachers in poorly-funded districts tend to earn less money making it more difficult for them to afford classroom supplies with their own money. Plus, these teachers, who could probably most use the morale boost from receiving a few small gifts of recognition, are unlikely to get them.

There really has to be a better way to do things. Otherwise, we will continue to see educational opportunities limited simply because of a child’s zip code.

And, if you think being a teacher is easy, you’re an idiot not well informed and probably don’t spend much time in your child’s classroom.

This post by sweetpeafairies reminded me of why I laugh when people say we have equal educational opportunities in the US.

In addition to the $1,000 per child that we donate to the local educational foundation & school site committee so that the kids can have art, science lab, social studies, PE, music, computer technology, and well-maintained playground equipment (all items not funded by the state), there are several other checks we write.

Parents write a $65 check for school supplies which the school then orders. This may sound low to some but remember the district gets a significant volume discount doing it this way and there’s no sales tax. The drawback is that teachers for each grade agree upon a common list of supplies so it’s uniform to each grade rather than teacher specific but, on the flip side, it does mean the teacher knows that every student will have the required supplies on hand at the school and ready for use when the teacher wants.

Parents also give each room mother a $50 check to cover gifts for the teacher (holidays, birthday, teacher appreciation week). We’re all human so we like to be recognized. There’s nothing wrong with that. So, our kids benefit from teachers with boosted morale because they’re being recognized for the many wonderful things they do for our kids.

Lastly, parents write the room mother a $65 check to cover classroom activities such as field trips (but there’s no transportation cost because parents drive), specific classroom items the teacher may want or need, and any classroom parties the teacher wants to hold, etc.

You can see why a teacher might enjoy our school district. The need for the teacher to buy classroom supplies out of their own pocket is greatly diminished, although not completely eliminated. Additionally, there’s recognition for their hard work.

In addition to education not being an equal opportunity for every student, it’s not an equal opportunity for every teacher. Some teachers in this country have ample supplies for their classroom while others don’t and often must use their own money. For many students in this country that means their classroom experience is impacted by their teacher’s ability to afford his or her own classroom supplies. This is unfair for the teachers and the students.

And, don’t forget the cruel irony that teachers in poorly-funded districts tend to earn less money making it more difficult for them to afford classroom supplies with their own money. Plus, these teachers, who could probably most use the morale boost from receiving a few small gifts of recognition, are unlikely to get them.

There really has to be a better way to do things. Otherwise, we will continue to see educational opportunities limited simply because of a child’s zip code.

And, if you think being a teacher is easy, you’re an idiot not well informed and probably don’t spend much time in your child’s classroom.

Couch potato puppy be couch potato. Took Lily for a walk. When we came home she promptly passed out. By the way, she’s sleeping on top of the A/C vent which is her favorite spot.

Couch potato puppy be couch potato. Took Lily for a walk. When we came home she promptly passed out. By the way, she’s sleeping on top of the A/C vent which is her favorite spot.

Honda Parallel Parking World Championship - YouTube
One week into the new school year and it’s already started. Three thoughts about this issue.
The “Dear Mom and Dad” line could be eliminated and nothing about this project would change.
If the kids can fill out the question boxes on the worksheet then surely the kids could write in the correct words for their family. So, the line could simply be written, “Dear___________________”. This would allow kids being raised by two moms; two dads; by just a dad; by just a mom; a foster parent; grandma; auntie; or Nana, the nurse dog from Peter Pan to fill in the blank with the appropriate words. 
If you think the countless number of non Mom and Dad families should just overlook this stuff, imagine if every year your child repeatedly brought home assignments addressed to, “Daddy and Papa”. First, some people would wonder if there was an underlying agenda advocating for a certain type of family formation (not to mention a certain subset of these people would sh*t their pants over such a greeting). Second, you might not care the first few times but after awhile you’d begin to wonder why there couldn’t be some thought put into making school materials applicable to all families.

One week into the new school year and it’s already started. Three thoughts about this issue.

  • The “Dear Mom and Dad” line could be eliminated and nothing about this project would change.
  • If the kids can fill out the question boxes on the worksheet then surely the kids could write in the correct words for their family. So, the line could simply be written, “Dear___________________”. This would allow kids being raised by two moms; two dads; by just a dad; by just a mom; a foster parent; grandma; auntie; or Nana, the nurse dog from Peter Pan to fill in the blank with the appropriate words. 
  • If you think the countless number of non Mom and Dad families should just overlook this stuff, imagine if every year your child repeatedly brought home assignments addressed to, “Daddy and Papa”. First, some people would wonder if there was an underlying agenda advocating for a certain type of family formation (not to mention a certain subset of these people would sh*t their pants over such a greeting). Second, you might not care the first few times but after awhile you’d begin to wonder why there couldn’t be some thought put into making school materials applicable to all families.

but I gotta draw the line somewhere.

At the start of the week, Lily had some intestinal upset & the unpleasantness that goes along with that, if you know what I mean. (She’s fine now.)

The vet thought it might be Giardia. No biggie. Puppy was put on some meds, but the vet was worried Lily might accidentally reinfect herself while “self-grooming”. In case you’re wondering, “self-grooming” is polite, vet-speak for “licking her ass.”

So, the vet recommended that for a few weeks I use a baby wipe to clean Lily’s butt after a poop. I so wish y’all could have seen me at that moment because “What the hell? Are you on f*cking meth? I spent years wiping two human butts and I’ll be damned if I’m wiping dog ass. Only butt I’m wiping from here on out is my own. So, nope, ain’t happening” was written all over my face.

because of my previous post.

I went to an Episcopal school for most of my pre high school education. So I did know that “The Star-Spangled Banner” had 4 verses, not just the one that is traditionally sung.

Of course, given my naughty nature, when I learned the whole song in 5th grade, I used to giggle with glee at the line, “Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes” cuz for years I thought it was, “Where the foe’s hottie host in dread silence eats roses.” Who knew it wasn’t referring to a sexy host quietly consuming flower petals?

What else can I say except, “Oopsie”? Or, maybe
She spoke so eloquently of patriotism, battle fields, and diamond tiaras that grown men wept.

YoungerTwin is in the same class with a kid whose mother’s often displayed jingoism makes President Benjamin Harrison’s attempted “annexation” of Hawaii and the subsequent successful “annexation” by President William McKinley seem almost like reasonable foreign policy instead of the blatant theft that it was.

Anyhoo, this mother was going on and on about how her son can now sing all 4 verses of “The Star Spangled Banner.” She then batted her red, white, and blue painted eyelashes and asked what OlderTwin spent his summer learning. Since she already knew that he spent 4 weeks in the summer special ed program, the implication of her child’s superiority over mine was quite clear. However, I ignored her baiting and simply praised her son’s relatively useless amazing new parlor trick memory.

Of course what I really wanted to say was, “Well, both of my kids learned the words to ‘Margaritaville’ this summer so I think they win cuz people still enjoy sitting around singing that song and, hell, most peeps can’t even remember the first verse of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ so I’m doubtful that the bulk of America even knows 'the song has three additional verses.”

Say what? 
This was a question on a survey that I was asked to take. Who the f*ck answers unsure? Is there really somebody sitting around saying, “Married? Did I get married recently? Lemme think. Married? Gosh, I’m not sure.”

Say what? 

This was a question on a survey that I was asked to take. Who the f*ck answers unsure? Is there really somebody sitting around saying, “Married? Did I get married recently? Lemme think. Married? Gosh, I’m not sure.”

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