Educators (and Everyone) Should Give Thanks.

Thanksgiving means several things.

Lots of birds die.

Give a Bird a Break.

Gas prices rise because everyone is driving.

Summer is gone and it’s not coming back.

The local news predicts terrible weather so you will tune in to their station (I think they cross their fingers for the year’s first horrific storm).

Football is on and the Detroit Lions are still bad.

Football is on and stuffing is still bad.  Don’t email me and say it’s great, because if it was, people would make it more than once a year.

Families get together and talk (although they should stay away from the following topics:  politics, race, religion, Sarah Palin, Barack Obama, Dancing With the Stars, American Idol’s new judges, TSA, and especially gas prices).

If your family has at least one educator (most have more… and some have a lot more) you shouldn’t speak of the things they aren’t thankful for:  NCLB, testing, lack of funds, more paperwork, high-maintenance parents, not enough technology, underperforming schools, meetings, government’s unrealistic expectations, and school food.

What all of you should talk about is kids.

We should all be thankful for them.

The next generation (and every one after that) has the opportunity to be our best generation (if adults don’t mess them up).

If you haven’t noticed the kids today aren’t terrible malcontents; they are smart.

Really smart.

Way smarter than we were at the same age (and very likely smarter than we are now).

They have the ability to do more (probably with less) than we ever did.

They will change things, which will make us old people nervous, but it will be for the better.

The world is in good hands and whether you are in education or not, you should be thankful for them.

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

If you are a turkey, thank a vegetarian.

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Class, We Have a New Girl at School Today, Her Name is Sarah Palin.

Mrs. Sarah Palin.The entire country seems to have the same opinion on the Republican nominee for Vice President, Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin.

People seem to absolutely love her. And by love, I mean looooooove (the same feeling I get when I come face to face with a new package of Oreos).

These feelings that the country has for her strikes me as a little odd.

Why? Because we don’t know her. Everyone, Democrats and Republicans alike, have heard her speak in public once.


That’s right. Our opinion on a person who will be one heartbeat away from running the most powerful country in the world is based on one speech.

A prepared, practiced, rehearsed speech. The only thing this tells me is that she can read.

Granted, it was a good speech, but please. The Republican Party isn’t even allowing her to take questions from reporters.

Why? Because they know she isn’t ready or prepared.

I am sure she will work hard to learn everything she needs to know in a short amount of time, but I prefer that the leader of our country doesn’t have to pull an all-nighter to get up to speed on the issues.

Plus, I hope things turn out better for her than when I pulled all nighters. All I ever ended up with was a dull headache, a great big need for a nap, and a C- on the test (that is exaggeration… I would have killed for a C-).

It’s like she has missed the first 5 weeks of school and now we have to give her time to make up her work.

How did our country become so simple. Are voters this naive? Are we so desperate to find a leader that we will put our faith in someone that we don’t even know? Does the country as a whole want a woman to succeed in national politics so badly that we are willing to let them cut corners?

The country’s reaction struck me as odd, until I realized where I had seen this before.

Like just about everything else in life, it all goes back to school.

She is the new, smart, pretty girl that just moved into the district.

These kids (could be a boy or girl) are always very popular at school when they first show up. Usually, for one reason. The other kids don’t know them.

The “townies” have grown bored with their classmates because they have known them their entire lives. The new kid brings excitement. And mystery. And new ideas and experiences.

New generally equals popular. Even school administrators are popular when they are first hired (okay, bad example… we are never “popular”).

I am not here to put her down. She seems very confident, intelligent, informed (actually we won’t know this one until she actually speaks in public without a teleprompter), likeable, funny, passionate, upbeat, and positive… all of the things a Vice Presidential candidate should be.

I just don’t know how long before the class… I mean country turns on her.

What goes up, must come down.

My advice to her: Go out for cheerleading or run for student council president (or vice-president) before it is too late.

Generally, when you become this popular this fast, it all comes crashing down just as quickly.

I wish her the best of the luck. And a warning.

You are only the new, popular student once. It is impossible to tell how long it is going to last. If you think this extreme amount of good will is forever, you are wrong.

Any day now, a new student will move into the district.

And when that happens, the old new student must transition into just another kid in class.

Enjoy the immense popularity while it lasts. Could be a day, or a week, maybe even a month.

It just won’t be forever.

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