NY Daily News: SC Teen in Classroom Scuffle Engaging in “Age Appropriate Behavior”

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Earlier this week, I wrote about a disorderly teenager in South Carolina who refused to leave a classroom at the request of her teacher, administrator, and police.  The showdown ended when a cop forced her from her chair, onto the ground, and presumably into handcuffs. [Read more...]

Ted Cruz’s… RAP SONG?!

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Someone named JukWorld posted this video on YouTube, and Chris Cillizza says it’s not too bad!

Here’s the description beneath the song:

I wrote this song after watching the first Republican debate. I felt like they didn’t give Ted Cruz enough time to speak, so I am determined to whatever I can do to let America know what an awesome presidential candidate Ted Cruz really is.

And here it is in all its glory:

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Why the Friendly Atheist is Right (and Wrong) about Common Core

Common Core. Those two words send shivers down the spines of rock ribbed conservatives. [Read more...]

UPDATE: She Hit Cop First – ‘Spring Valley Arrest Video Isn’t a Disturbing Act of Police Brutality or Racism: Here’s Why’

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Today, the officer  was fired!

Richland County Senior Deputy Ben Fields was told of his firing late Wednesday morning, Sheriff Leon Lott said. Lott said he would not describe the now-former resource officer at Spring Valley High School as remorseful, but that Fields was sorry the incident happened and tried to do his job.

UPDATE #1: CNN reports:

One of the videos from inside the math classroom at Spring Valley High School shows the student resisting, according to Lott.

“When the officer puts his hands on her initially, she reaches up and she pops the officer with her fist,” he said.

Yet, the officer has been suspended without pay.


I heard about this interaction in a school classroom today — about the policeman’s unjustified use of force and cruelty against a student who refused to move out of the class.  Apparently, a teacher requested her to leave and she wouldn’t leave.  Then, an administrator asked the student to leave. No dice. [Read more...]

The Etiquette of Trans-Racial Adoption: Please Don’t Touch

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My family adopted Naomi from Ethiopia in June of 2010, at the age of 2 and a half.  Since then, we’ve been learning about how to parent our new daughter effectively and lovingly in her new American home with her two older siblings.  We don’t do it perfectly, but we’re trying.  I wrote this a couple of years ago, but didn’t publish for some reason.  I’m publishing now in case it’s a helpful data point, though this is not as much of a problem for her now that she’s seven and more established in our family!
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