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Comment on The price black students pay… by Nora Krieger

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 20:52:20 +0000

There are many other slights, which are the price black students pay when attending no excuse charter schools. One of the worst is being acculturated into a culture where questioning is not encouraged. What is taught is don't think, just learn it, and do what I say. I see this as racist - not seeing their place in the world as innovators and thinkers who control their destiny.

Comment on The price black students pay… by Mark Weber aka Jersey Jazzman

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 19:49:55 +0000

Thanks for that, Alice. This is a powerful story and should be shared widely.

Comment on Classroom Update #7 by Graham Wegner

Fri, 27 May 2016 10:55:08 +0000

Hi Alice, You raise a really good point here - and I feel that this is certainly a real issue at my school. We are categorised as being a disadvantaged school (under South Australian guidelines) and we have a counsellor and a wellbeing coordinator and they are stretched to their limits dealing with kids falling under this issue, and more often than not, the child's extended family. Maybe we are also getting better at recognising depression symptoms, and in Australia, there is a lot of work being done to remove the stigma from the past, but recognition and acknowledgement is one thing - but putting time and resources into place to make a difference still has some way to go. Thanks again for your post, Graham

Comment on Classroom Update #6 by Jose Rodriguez

Fri, 27 May 2016 02:17:36 +0000

Hi Alice, It's hard sticking to "just the facts" when it comes to looking at presidents and the election process. I like the approach you are taking. I was briefly out if the classroom this school year working on a technology initiative in L.A. I am moving on and back to classroom. I am excited about going back to teaching 5th grade. I feel I am starting to learn more about and appreciating U.S. History and our our role of educators with each new generation of students. I am fortunate to be a TAH fellow (teaching American History) and having acces to materials and colleagues that will be keeping it real this next Nobember. Hope to collaborate once again in 2016-2017.

Comment on Hiatus by Troy Patterson

Mon, 04 May 2015 01:06:43 +0000

Truly hope your family issues work out. Prayers for you and your family.

Comment on Vaccination and the Commons by alicemercer

Sun, 03 May 2015 19:00:04 +0000

Thanks Jenny!

Comment on Vaccination and the Commons by Jenny

Sun, 03 May 2015 01:07:44 +0000

Alice, thank you for this. It is beautifully said and powerful. I am grateful for you speaking out on this issue, as well as plenty of others in education. You and Leroy have been much in my thoughts in the past weeks. I am so sorry. Please know there are people around the world thinking of you and praying or hoping for the best for you all.

Comment on “Anything has to be better than this…” by alicemercer

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:57:33 +0000

SpeEd Change is a favorite of mine: And Lisa Parisi teaches a full inclusion classroom in Long Island, NY I'm trying to find you some more on Twitter...

Comment on “Anything has to be better than this…” by pam thomas

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:18:21 +0000

I like the look of miz mercer's blog. I'm new to reading blogs. I'm a sped teacher. Do you have any suggestions of a sped teacher blog for me. I'm looking for professional dialog/support. I teach in central california. Thank you.

Comment on Accidents vs. Preventable Tragedies by Jenny

Sun, 04 Jan 2015 01:43:01 +0000

I found the New York Times piece on what is and isn't considered an accident absolutely fascinating. But also, painful. I have to admit to having no patience for most of the gun owning desires. Any weapon a young child can use that easily has no purpose in a home. I don't buy the self defense argument and hunting can be done with other, less easy to use weapons, including other types of guns.