CULTURE & ARTS 10/11/2018 02:59 pm ET A coffee shop is a farmhouse is a hotel lobby is a classroom. In 2018, there’s non-place like home. By Priscilla Frank In 2016, “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines surprised sixth-grade teacher Ms. Nixon with a classroom makeover. The HGTV personalities revamped the Waco, Texas, learning space to resemble a bespoke farmhouse, complete with succulent planters, vintage-inspired bar carts and all-beige everything. School supplies were organized in rustic, wooden crates. A handmade metal sign read, “Life is a math equation. In order to gain the most, you must convert the negatives into positives.” A rust-colored “6” hung on the wall like a cryptic, conceptual artwork. Single, red apples appeared atop each desk, providing jarring glints of color. Shortly after watching the episode, teacher and blogger Melanie Ralbusky gushed about Nixon’s new classroom look on her blog, … [Read more...] about Thanks To Instagram, Classrooms Look Like Chic Barn Houses Now
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U.S. Teachers Schools trump In the evening of February 1, Tina Adams peered out the window of her hotel room in Charleston, West Virginia. It had been snowing for hours, and the roads were freezing over. Earlier in the day, she had driven two hours north from coal country to set the stage for a protest at the state Capitol.Adams, a middle school teacher and mother of six, was furious. After 15 years at Baileysville Elementary and Middle School, in Brenton, she made about $47,000 a year—$12,000 less than the national average. Like many of her fellow teachers, she sometimes worked nights and weekends to boost her income; for extra pay, she offered private tutoring for students who had discipline problems or developmental disabilities.It wasn’t always enough, and Adams had begun thinking about selling her beloved Harley-Davidson Sportster to help her daughter buy a car. It was not the kind of life she envisioned when she launched her teaching career. And now, the … [Read more...] about ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It!’: Can Trump Country Withstand the Grassroots Teachers’ Movement Sweeping the Nation?
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — It started out over a Facebook chat. Friend to friend, a South Florida couple thought.“We thought about it, we knew our friend wasn’t going to lie about it, so we figured OK, we’re going to pursue it,” the man told Scripps station WPTV in West Palm Beach in an interview. The couple asked to remain anonymous. The scam was pitched as a $100,000 federal grant, to help disabled senior citizens who live on a fixed income. That money would go a long way. All the couple had to do was click the link and follow the instructions and the $100,000 would be theirs. “I said, 'Now they’re asking for iTunes cards? I never heard of that.' She says, 'Oh, don’t worry about it, I did the very same thing,'” the man said.The scam included 21 iTunes gift cards valued at $50 to $1,050 in all.“I kept asking her over and over again, I told her a few times, 'I don’t know, … [Read more...] about Florida couple scammed over Facebook after friend’s page was hacked
Consolidate school districtsKudos to Stephen Williams for his letter to the Tulsa World regarding consolidating school districts (“Start fixing schools by consolidating districts,” Feb. 28). It is a no brainer!The state Legislature ought to demand/challenge the unions that for every dollar raised by re-districting, they will budget an equal amount for teachers.Our daughter is a teacher and so are many of our friends, and we support education and appropriate compensation. It not only retains teachers for our schools, it also attracts new business.The state of Oklahoma has over 500 school districts, which is totally unbelievable and wasteful. I notice when this paper or the teachers’ union compare average salaries of teachers, they never compare school districts.Shame on our representatives and the Tulsa World for not taking the union to task. I am for raising teacher salaries but not one dime until the districts are consolidated.Glenn L. Zumalt, SapulpaFocus on school … [Read more...] about Tuesday Letters to the Editor for March 6, 2018
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Do you want teachers packing heat in your kids' classrooms? In the aftermath of the Florida school shooting, Trump and his fellow Republicans are pushing a foolhardy idea to arm teachers. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 14 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Mike Thompson, Detroit Free Press Published 6:12 p.m. ET Feb. 27, 2018 | Updated 6:21 p.m. ET Feb. 27, 2018 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Mike Thompson's cartoon gallery Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Buy Photo Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette gets a visitor. Mike Thompson/Detroit Free Press … [Read more...] about Do you want teachers packing heat in your kids’ classrooms?