Elementary school teacher limits bathroom breaks to three times a week.

http://news.sympatico.ca/oped/coffee-talk/elementary_school_teacher_limits_bathroom_breaks_to_three_per_week/24b8920b

The article states that a fifth grade elementary school teacher (PS 90, Coney Island, New York) by the name of Stephanie Warner decided to limit the amount of bathroom breaks that children in her class could take to three times during a school week, Monday to Friday.

Apparently, Warner gave students three bathroom vouchers every Monday, and every time the student asks to go to the washroom, he/she must hand in the vouchers, one for every break they have. If they didn’t use up all the bathroom vouchers, they (the students) were allowed to exchange the remaining vouchers for “prizes” that the teacher had, such as candies and school supplies.

I have to say, this is by far, the weirdest way of handling bathroom breaks. Throughout all my time in grade school, this would not have even been considered by my teachers. Rewarding kids for not going to the bathroom? Seriously? I just feel like this could honestly spark some problems because there are some people out there that need frequent bathroom breaks; is the teacher trying to tell those types of kids that they’re just skipping class for needing to go all the time? I fail to see the issue that’s being resolved here; when we gotta go, we gotta go. And if students are leaving frequently to skip class and fool around, then surely it should reflect on your performance as a teacher. That’s just what I think.

Advertisements

Youtube Channels to Check Out: undertakerfreak1127

Rant videos have always been a bit of a preference of mind, and to me, undertakerfreak1127 is one of the best at that craft. If you want a great Youtube user that makes excellent points in his videos and a wide range of intellectual arguments and literal prowess to prove himself, then look no further. I’m not trying to sound like a typical marketer advertising something, but it is kind of true. This is definitely one of the top five channels on Youtube for me and for good reason.

Warning: Contains explicit language.

The Worst Channel On YouTube: TCProductionsx

A long time ago, I found what I believe to be the worst channel on Youtube. I have the link, so you can…well, me daring you is more appropriate, so I dare you to click the link and check out for yourself.

http://www.youtube.com/user/TCproductionsx

As if Youtube didn’t have enough talentless “thespians” posting revoltingly bad content with altered pitches, second-rate video effects, uninteresting plots/story-lines, pseudo-intellectual humour and incredibly bad music videos. We needed exactly another one of these, and TCproductionsx fits the bill perfectly. What’s even more hard to believe; there are actually people out there that like this (ignorant middle-schoolers and scene kids, but then again, those are the last kinds of people you should refer to when looking for respectable tastes in entertainment). I just think that anybody who watches stuff like this and takes pleasure in this is simply immature; plain and simple. They are lacking in intelligence and in some cases, they are devoid of it altogether. I sincerely hope, for the good of humanity, there is nobody my age (16) who enjoys and supports his content.

Again, if curiosity gets the better of you, click the link but be warned; you will not be impressed unless you have an IQ of 50 and are easily entertained.

That is all.

Joe Paterno, Dead At Age 85

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/22/joe-paterno-dead-penn-state-grief-state-college_n_1222512.html

The article reports that Joe Paterno, former coach for the Penn State football team, has recently passed away at the age of 85 due to lung cancer, just two months after the fairly recent Penn State scandal, where Paterno was discovered to have covered up a bunch of rape incidents made by one of the staff (Jerry Sandusky). He was fired shortly after the incident.

While he may have amounted to great things throughout his career, this is definitely a terrible way to go out. I still hold the same opinions in the sense that he should definitely have done a lot more to resolve the incidents that have been going on at the time. For instance, when his superiors decided not to do anything about it, he should have gone straight to the police. It’s not so much a matter of obligation, but more so a matter of moral integrity. And Paterno’s failure to resolve the issues were definitely immoral and reeking of negligence on his part.

Nonetheless, I had a nasty feeling in my gut that he would have died shortly after the incident. I just had a feeling, and I was right.

Give It Up For Mrs. Miller!

The only thing in this world greater than the Beatles are fat old ladies singing their beloved tunes…in an interesting, unique way.

 

In this cover of the fabulous 1964 Beatle’s tune, Mrs. Miller takes an interesting new twist. Her high, shrill voice, coupled by her pulsating vibrato makes for an ultimately unique cover like no other. Listen…in horror or in awe of this great creation and you can decide whether it’s another good reason to like or dislike the Beatles for doing their part in producing an almighty force such as this.

Lady Convicted to 16 Months In Jail For Dog Attack

http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/dpp/news/local_news/Woman-Convicted-in-Dog-Attack-Begins-Serving-Sentence-20120109-am-sd

A lady in Deklab County, Georgia, is sentenced to 16 months in prison and 36 months of probation after her two pit bulls attacked a now ten year old girl, leaving her an amputee (losing one of her arms).

I personally think that owners of such dangerous dogs deserve the jail time. If they are taking the liberty of owning vicious pets, then they better be qualified and experienced enough to maintain the responsibilities of owning such pets for the sake of themselves and everyone in their vicinity.

 

Musical Imagery

The song that I chose to incorporate into my presentation was “Mother’s Little Helper” by The Rolling Stones, off their Aftermath (1966) album (UK edition only). The song tells the story of a mother in distress, with a husband, kids and tough job, so she turns to drugs for a sense of escapism from her stressful life. The song in particular mentions pill usage and how they act as “mother’s little helper”, as referenced by the container of pills sitting next to her bed. She is also shown complaining that “Things are different today,”, a line found in the lyrics to the actual song.

Camera Angles

This is a little mini-collage that I put together for the “Camera Angles” Project we did in class. In order from the top left corner going clockwise…

1. Extreme Long Shot

2. Long Shot

3. Medium Shot

4. Over the Shoulder Shot

5. Close Up

6. Extreme Close UP

7. Bird’s Eye View

8. High Angle

9. Low Angle

10. Eye Level

11. Oblique/Canted Angle

12. Rule of Thirds

 
 

200 Pound 8-Year-Old Removed From Parents

http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2011/11/obese_cleveland_heights_child.html

From the Article:

CLEVELAND, Ohio — An 8-year-old Cleveland Heights boy was taken from his family and placed in foster care last month after county case workers said his mother wasn’t doing enough to control his weight.

At more than 200 pounds, the third-grader is considered severely obese and at risk for developing such diseases as diabetes and hypertension.

But even though the state health department estimates more than 12 percent of third-graders statewide are severely obese — that could mean 1,380 in Cuyahoga County alone — this is the first time anyone in the county or the state can recall a child being taken from a parent for a strictly weight-related issue.

The case plays into an emerging national debate that has some urging social-service agencies to step in when parents have failed to address a weight problem.

Others suggest there’s hypocrisy in a government that would advocate taking children away for being overweight while saying it’s OK to advertise unhealthy food and put toys in fast-food kids’ meals.

Cuyahoga County does not have a specific policy on dealing with obese children. It removed the boy because case workers considered this mother’s inability to get her son’s weight down a form of medical neglect, said Mary Louise Madigan, a spokeswoman for the Department of Children and Family Services.

They said that the child’s weight gain was caused by his environment and that the mother wasn’t following doctor’s orders — which she disputes.

“This child’s problem was so severe that we had to take custody,” Madigan said. The agency worked with the mother for more than a year before asking Juvenile Court for custody of the child, she said.

Lawyers for the mother, a substitute elementary school teacher who is also taking vocational school classes, think the county has overreached in this case by arguing that medical conditions the boy is at risk for — but doesn’t yet have — pose an imminent danger to his health.

They question whether the emotional impact of being yanked from his family, school and friends was also considered.

“I think we would concede that some intervention is appropriate,” Juvenile Public Defender Sam Amata said. “But what risk became imminent? When did it become an immediate problem?”

Children are ordinarily removed from their homes for physical abuse, neglect or undernourishment.

Amata said that in his decades as a public defender, he has seen children left in homes with parents who have severe drug problems or who have beaten their children, with the reasoning that there isn’t an immediate danger to the child.

I’m kind of confused as to why social services are getting involved in a situation like this. For an 8 year old to be that overweight, wouldn’t there be an existing possibility of severe glandular/metabolic issues that can’t be controlled? I highly doubt this resulted from parental neglect alone, and I think that other alternative solutions should be considered first before the kid has no choice but to endure the numerous psychological issues that normally accompany life as a foster child. I’ve heard of children being enrolled in foster care due to abuse in the home, neglect, drug use, etc., but never for being too fat.