Friday, March 21, 2008

Odds and Ends

I've been catching up on my blog reading this morning, and if you haven't been to Why Homeschool lately, there has been a lot of really great stuff posted there in the last couple weeks--there's always something good to read there!

Henry is running a Good News Thursday feature, if you'd like to participate or just read what is linked.

That led me to the Good News Network, where I hadn't been in a long time. I just added it to my Google homepage so I'll check it out more often. You can subscribe to a weekly email of the top 10 stories also.

On the opposite end of the spectrum--once again, something Henry posted about--School Teacher News from around the world is a new site to me. Like him, I used to post more about the stories of teachers doing wrong, or doing stupid things, or more reasons to homeschool, or things kids can't do in school, etc. Well, you can find a lot of it here if you're interested. It's not all bad news: "NEWS CONCERNING ISSUES RELEVANT TO TEACHERS, SCHOOLS, PARENTS AND CHILDREN. UPDATED DAILY." But if you want to go straight to the scandals, you can click here.

I did love this story of stupid school rules: California Student Stops Out-of-Control School Bus; Gets Detention for Skipping School.

A 15-year-old girl who stopped an out-of-control school bus she was riding on was handed a Saturday detention instead because she was skipping school.

Marina High School student Amanda Rouse was on a bus with 40 elementary school students Wednesday morning when the driver fell out of her seat after a turn and hit her head.

Rouse jumped up and applied the brakes, bringing the bus to a halt after striking two parked cars. No one was injured.

But Rouse said she was punished because she wasn't supposed to be on the bus.

Next time she'll just let the bus crash so she won't get "caught" being sick? Way to go; let's not encourage kids to take action for fear of consequences (especially those that will have no meaning later in life). Wow.

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