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A Few Things About the Education System (Well, Four Things)

The school year is beginning and the political climate of education in my state is heating up with the battle between State Superintendent John White and Governor Bobby Jindal.  While the school year approaches, it certainly would be wise to remember that the administration, the supposed elite of the elite squad of teachers, have a tendency to make whacky decisions, or respond foolishly to certain events.  Take for example:

4. A Teacher Being Denied a Map of the World Because it Split the United States

This is a personal story from a teacher I met some time ago at a workshop.  I was responding on Facebook to a news article about some crazy education event and he sent me a private message.

I couldn’t post this on your Facebook cause our district seems to have eyes and ears everywhere. You said, “How do these types of people end up running schools?” I have been asking my principal to let me purchase this $300 dry erase map that is so big it takes up an entire wall. I actually found the map on Amazon for $130…. even better! To show her what it looked like, I sent her this small picture of the map:

If by the United States you mean the United States in Socialist Russia (I know), then yeah.
If by the United States you mean the United States in Socialist Russia (I know), then yeah.

She sends me back an E-Mail, “For $130, why is the United States cut in half?”

Now, you may be thinking that this personal experience has no basis in reality.  Well, perhaps my friend could have fibbed, but then, as teachers, nothing surprises us.  Look at that amazing map and it’s USA centric style.  The greatest nation is not cut in half, but is front and center.  Our mortal enemies, the Ruskies, are the ones cut in half.  Now, the map could have been better, and not split any lands, but that’s not important.  What’s important here is that a teacher tried to make the classroom more interactive, and through ignorance of the administration, this is no longer possible.

Yes, he gave me permission to talk about this.  No, I won’t be sharing his name.  He’s a pretty cool guy.

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