Please, Make Our Schools Safe Again

MAKE OUR SCHOOLS SAFE AGAIN.

Last night, I received an email from my daughter’s school board.

Evidently, law enforcement had discovered a threat on social media.

It didn’t name a specific school, but they tracked the student who posted it and that student has been detained.

But it doesn’t make it any less scary.

These days, the news is scary.

School is scary.

Being a student is scary.

Being a teacher is scary.

Being a parent is scary.

When I was a student, school seemed safe.

Now we drop our kids off in the morning and pray that they are safe and sound when we pick them up in the afternoon.

This isn’t a political message.

But there is a problem.

And it needs to be solved.

Everybody is worried about the safety of their kids, politics aside.

This is no way to live.

Home schooling sounds more appealing every day.

Please, make our schools safe again.

Chris McMullen, Ph.D.

Parent, Teacher, Author, Lifetime Student

Kindergarten Geometry Challenge: What Shape Is This?

Octagon

Don’t bother to count the sides.

Don’t try to think of what prefix to use.

I learned the “correct” answer from other parents who pulled their children out of school for homeschooling.

If you thought this was an octagon, I’m sorry to say that you were way off.

It’s a stop sign, of course.

Even though it’s not red.

Even though it doesn’t have the word STOP anywhere on it.

If your kids watched Mickey Mouse Clubhouse or Team UmiZoomi in preschool, this could be a little confusing, since those preschool shows actually use the technically correct words for these shapes (Mickey even teaches the names of 3D shapes).

Maybe those words become more challenging when the kids enter kindergarten.

All I can say is:

Please, oh please, octagon teaching our kids the wrong words!

Octagon it!

Between this and my previous post, I know we’ve said enough and have probably said too much.

Perhaps this merits a moment of silence instead…