As I write this edition of Musings it is Saturday, 1/31/15. I was going to wait until after the Super Bowl to write the column but thought better of it….mainly because of how little time there would be between the end of the game, the presentation of the Lombardi Trophy and the publication of the column. Hey, I’ve got to sleep sometime. I’m hoping the game was close, the Patriots won, everybody did their job to the best of their ability, the trash talk was minimal, the penalties were few and the balls stayed firm.
I saw the post of a friend on facebook about a study suggesting that people who binge watch TV shows are more than likely to be suffering from loneliness and depression. i suppose that could be true. I mean, I like to binge watch TV shows on Netflix…currently I’m watching episodes of The West Wing….then it hit me that I had just watched 3 episodes in a row without getting up off the couch and my legs were about twice their size from when I sat down. Not good. Not good at all. Not being the type of person who trips the light fantastic or dances her way from the doctor’s office to a meeting with friends while getting down with Crestor, I did the next best thing. I got up off the couch and made my way down the hall to the bathroom where I sat down again but not for that long. A short walk around the inside of my dwelling looking for a hassock to rest my feet upon and I was back in business enjoying the Bartlet Presidency. Depression? Yeah, but nothing some warm temps, no more snow, and lower utility bills can’t handle. At least that’s what I hope. One thing’s for sure….no one has to make me wear underwear.
Little Rock, Ark.: In August 2013 to the dismay of the teacher’s union, the school district announced it’s decision to the enforce a dress code that required female teachers to wear underwear including bras. Spanx would no longer be allowed, but basic undergarments, which I take to mean underpants and bras, could now get you fired if you show up for work without them.
I’m not sure how long this was a problem for this school district that the State of Arkansas has taken over because of the six schools that are deemed to be under academic stress, or how teachers lack of underwear has contributed to it. (I can guess) but 3 are high schools, 2 are middle schools and one’s an elementary school. No child left behind, indeed. But let’s face it, not even Susan Sarandon looks good bra-less anymore.
Staying with the education theme, tell me from where we are getting the people who teach our children.
Charlotte, NC: Chandra Spakes’ children came home from Ranson IB Middle School without their winter coats. When she asked her kids where their jackets were she was told that the teacher took them because they were the wrong color. Turns out about 20 coats were taken because they didn’t match the color of the school uniforms. Now I don’t know what the temp was that fateful day but I do know it was winter so a coat, no matter the color would have been needed for the trip back home. The students were further told that if they wanted their coats back they and their parents would have to come to the school to collect them. That’s when the parents were to be told the coats needed to be the approved hunter green to match the school uniform. As soon as Candra Spakes had this information from her children she called the school but the school was already closed.
It seems that the previous year the school sold coats that matched the uniforms but they weren’t available in the correct color for the current year. Not getting any response from the school, the single mother contacted the local media. Only then did she get any type of response from the school. Here’s the statement that was released.
“Outer coats are a part of the uniform at Ranson IB Middle School. Until today the policy has not come into question,” officials said. “Coats that did not meet the color requirement for the uniform dress code were taken by an employee yesterday. The employee’s intent was to return the coats to students before they went home. This action did not take place.”
“Denise Watts, Project L.I.F.T. community learning zone superintendent, and Alison Harris , principal at Ranson, both sincerely apologize for this unfortunate situation and the inconvenience this has caused parents,” the school’s statement continued. “They also apologize for the students who went home yesterday without coats. Staff worked diligently today to return coats to students. Corrective action has been taken with the employee who did not return coats back to students.”
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