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Choice creates ‘the big sort’
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This blog chronicles the journey of a Social Science teacher at Ukiah High School in Ukiah, California. The views expressed in this blog are my own, and do not reflect the views of Ukiah High School.
Fed up with inappropriate outfits, the principal suspended (128) students for one day Wednesday, minutes after doors opened at the school. Those suspended represent more than 10 percent of the 1,200 total students.
The offending attire -- including baggy pants, low-cut shirts, tank tops and graphic T-shirts -- are banned from classrooms. Students were also cited for cell phone use.
As of 2008, all high school coaches in the state of California must successfully complete the Coaching Principles "Bronze Level" course by the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) in order to coach at the high school level.
With the passing of the new Coaching Education and Steroid/Performance-Enhancing- California Interscholastic Federation
Supplements bylaws there have been many questions about what this means for schools
and coaches in California. In May 2005, the State CIF Federated Council voted
unanimously to join 33 other states in the mandated "certification" of coaches.
14 Greatest Hits for Teaching High School Economics(a must in the classroom), a huge binder that has discussion and lessons for every single California Economic Standard, and Power Points that can be manipulated to fit your classroom. It is excellent material that every Econ teacher should have.
In a nine- and 10-year-old PONY league championship game in Bountiful, Utah, the Yankees lead the Red Sox by one run. The Sox are up in the bottom of the last inning, two outs, a runner on third. At the plate is the Sox' best hitter, a kid named Jordan. On deck is the Sox' worst hitter, a kid named Romney. He's a scrawny cancer survivor who has to take human growth hormone and has a shunt in his brain.
So, you're the coach: Do you intentionally walk the star hitter so you can face the kid who can barely swing?
I think what the Yanks did stinks. Strategy is fine against major leaguers, but not against a little kid with a tube in his head. Just good baseball strategy? This isn't the pros. This is: Everybody bats, one-hour games. That means it's about fun. Period.
What the Yankees' coaches did was make it about them, not the kids. It became their medal to pin on their pecs and show off at their barbecues. And if a fragile kid got stomped on the way, well, that's baseball. We see it all over the country -- the overcaffeinated coach who watches too much SportsCenter and needs to win far more than the kids, who will forget about it two Dove bars later.
By the way, the next morning, Romney woke up and decided to do something about what happened to him.
"I'm going to work on my batting," he told his dad. "Then maybe someday I'll be the one they walk."
True or False:
Â·Kids are going to drink anyway, so they might as well do it at home, under adult supervision
Â·Restricting teenagers makes no sense when they'll be on their own in college soon enough
Â·You'd rather be your child's friend than an authority figure
If you answered 'true' to any of the above, you are not alone.
But that doesn't mean you're right