[FoRK] Re: Re: flag burning...
Wed Nov 2 09:57:51 PST 2005
The Lame Reason: The pep rally thing was in the municipal auditorium, and
it was dark, so it didn't really matter anyway. Plus, there's no law
governing this situation. If there had been a prayer, say, I would have
done the same thing. Even if they had played the alma mater or something
The Better Reason: Having the kids stand reinforces the idea of having
respect, and prevents them from continuing to talk, or whatever. They're
kids, and things need to be a bit more blatant for them (I stood in the
classroom, btw). It has to do with discipline and socializing them to be
I'm not claiming to be consistent or have clearly developed ideas in this
There's a sense that in the classroom, I'm in a totally different role than
out of it, and have different requirements on my behavior. It's hard to
explain, but one reason I quit was that I really didn't like the way I felt
torn in half by the job. It caused a fair amount of stress for me. When I
started, I expected some difficulty because of my philosophical differences,
but the actual experience was tougher than I expected.
I'm much happier as a programmer...
<mattj at newsblip.com> wrote in message
news:20051102104410.i441oajfm7lwkgss at 220.127.116.11...
> Quoting Corinna <corinna.schultz at gmail.com>:
>> <rambling story ahead>
>> When I was a teacher, our school district had this back-to-school pep
>> rally ... They said the pledge -- I stayed seated
> Not to nag, or beat a dead horse, but if it was okay for you to sit, why
> did you
> make your students stand? (A guess: you thought they were sitting out of
> laziness, not conscience? Is that distinction visible to others, in
> regard to
> the politeness issue?) Just curious.
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