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Just a bit of the random nonsense...
by robin at 05 August, 2005 - 12:15 PM
Latest comment: 08 August 05, 5:34 AM

new york, new york
by robin at 18 April, 2003 - 4:16 AM
Ok, so I've been on break this week and it's like, the coolest thing ever. Ten days away from the hell that is my life at the Terrordome. I've gotten everything done that I've needed to and because of that, feel very empowered. I now know i'm not a TOTAL slacker. Have a wonderful weekend everyone...hopefully the weather here will be better than the weather in NYC.
Latest comment: 18 April 03, 4:16 AM

why do people have to be so ignorant?
by robin at 03 April, 2003 - 10:51 AM
I know of a student at my school and he's openly gay (which at my school is a brave thing to be because my school is so incredibly homophobic it scares me) and he tells me that he's scared to go home because there are boys on the next block over that want to beat him up. I tell him he's protected by federal and state law that says that beating up anyone of color, sexuality, gender etc, will land those boys in jail. But still...he's petrified. I call him a cab, give him money and send him home and tell him to see if he can't leave the city (it's only him and his grandmother...the rest of his family is in NYC). I'm scared for him. This is a sweet kid, who's only 15 and he's got to be worried about having the shit kicked out of him every time he goes home. I guess this also touches on a much broader idea in that why are these boys (who are not much older than he) so scared of him? Are they afraid that if he touches them they'll turn "gay"? I mean, give me a break. And this self aware young man (his parents know and they're fine with it) has to live in fear of his life every day. And while the African American community has been historically homophobic, does it not mean that the community cannot embrace differences? Is it because the African American community has also been historically religious as well? I have no clue, but I worry for him. No one should have to fear for their life, especially at such a young age.
Latest comment: 09 April 03, 5:00 PM

should this be taken the wrong way: the update
by robin at 20 March, 2003 - 10:48 AM
So today, my principal got on the PA system before school and said that she was sorry for making the comments she made. She said that she had been approached by many of my colleagues and told her that they were disturbed by her comments (well, duh). And then she also gave the teachers a letter. Did she mention the need for discussion? No. Did she say that maybe she needs to go and take a class or something? No. She just said she was sorry (which is better than nothing), but the damage has been done.
Latest comment: 20 March 03, 3:33 PM

should this be taken in the wrong way?
by robin at 18 March, 2003 - 12:03 PM
Ok, so I'm at school thinking I'm going to be involved in some long and complicated department meeting today but instead, an emergency faculty meeting was called. So, I go in and i'm already a bit late (whoops!) and my principal is talking about how we can't let kids out to use the bathroom; that the school is trying to get as many of the hallwalkers out as possible, etc. And then she talks about all the fires and what to do and what not to do (this is really dull and I'm not going into it). Then she says: and for all my black teachers out there...I'm really ashamed at you because you're not doing your job. You're yelling at students and calling them names. In fact, some of the white teachers are doing a better job than you are. She's like, white people have done a lot of things for us black folk...in fact, some got their tongues cut out for teaching us how to read. You should be ashamed. Ok, my principal is black, but is that statement ok? It surely wasn't with me. Not only is she making it into a competition, but she's also making it into a RACE thing...and not in a way that can foster discussion. I mean, is she trying to make things awkward between the White and Black teachers or is this her way of creating a feelgood environment for all involved??? Anyways, should I be offended by this? It wasn't just her words but also how she said it....like, we (i'm white, btw) white people have once again shamed the black folk and they're just lesser people because they're Black. I don't know...maybe it's just because I hate my school....
Latest comment: 20 March 03, 9:54 AM

a week of freedoms
by robin at 13 March, 2003 - 10:51 AM
This has been a relatively exciting week for me...which is good...although no one has set my building on fire, as of yet (just some fights, as per usual). I brought my students the Sarah Jones's lyrics of "Your Revolution" and as to be expected, I got the snickers and the giggles and whatnot, but most of my classes handled it relatively maturely (for 15 year olds). Some of my students even took it home and showed it to the woman (or women) in their lives. They told me the women in their lives liked it a lot. We've been talking about freedoms in my classes and how they are protected by the Bill of Rights and are not to be infringed upon by the government. We all know that is not true, especially as of late with this whole USA Patriot Act and the TIA issues. Ahhh, America. They're also bugging out about the war. Their geography isn't that good, so I've had to pull down the map a few times and show them where Iraq is in relation to the US and Europe. They're worried that Iraq might bomb us (from Iraq...I told them it was pretty much impossible because they don't have bombs with a radius of 7000 miles, but I could be wrong...it's happened before, it'll happen again). No real point to this whole post, but it's been a while.

Oh, yeah, and I had an interview with CTY this week for an instructor position to teach a class called Law and Politics in US History, probably at St. Mary's College (the irony abounds). I'm so excited. The interview seemed to go very well and I hope I get the job. I *WANT* the job....BAD. However, I'm not going to sit here and say I got the job because I know there are people who are WAY more qualified than I applying for the same position, but hopefully they offer me the position anyways. But the interview was fun. Wish me good luck :)

Oh, and it's Thursday...weekend, here we come!
Latest comment: 13 March 03, 12:08 PM

and on a lighter note...
by robin at 05 March, 2003 - 7:00 PM
Latest comment: 07 March 03, 1:27 PM

damn no child left behind act
by robin at 02 March, 2003 - 7:00 PM
Latest comment: 04 March 03, 4:19 AM

the cow that started the great fire of Chicago...or something like that
by robin at 23 February, 2003 - 7:00 PM
Latest comment: 24 February 03, 2:31 PM

teachable moment....
by robin at 05 February, 2003 - 7:00 PM
Latest comment: 07 February 03, 6:00 AM

long time no post
by robin at 03 February, 2003 - 7:00 PM
Latest comment: 05 February 03, 10:55 AM

weekend...
by robin at 25 January, 2003 - 7:00 PM
Latest comment: 27 January 03, 12:29 PM

more about speech
by robin at 16 January, 2003 - 7:00 PM
Latest comment: 21 January 03, 7:34 AM

life's little thoughts...
by robin at 09 January, 2003 - 7:00 PM
Latest comment: 09 January 03, 7:00 PM

he's baaaaack
by robin at 04 January, 2003 - 7:00 PM
Latest comment: 04 January 03, 7:00 PM

home again
by robin at 22 December, 2002 - 7:00 PM
Latest comment: 22 December 02, 7:00 PM

it's just another manic friday
by robin at 19 December, 2002 - 7:00 PM
Latest comment: 19 December 02, 7:00 PM

stupid department meetings
by robin at 16 December, 2002 - 7:00 PM
Latest comment: 16 December 02, 7:00 PM

one more week
by robin at 12 December, 2002 - 7:00 PM
Latest comment: 13 December 02, 7:28 PM

snow day
by robin at 04 December, 2002 - 7:00 PM
Latest comment: 05 December 02, 9:23 AM

so, i'm home...
by robin at 28 November, 2002 - 7:00 PM
Latest comment: 28 November 02, 7:00 PM

it's a tuesday!
by robin at 25 November, 2002 - 7:00 PM
Latest comment: 25 November 02, 7:00 PM

another day at the terrordome
by robin at 20 November, 2002 - 7:00 PM
Latest comment: 04 December 02, 9:37 AM

ahhh, another Monday
by robin at 10 November, 2002 - 7:00 PM
Latest comment: 12 November 02, 12:16 PM

i'm a master
by robin at 04 November, 2002 - 7:00 PM
Latest comment: 06 November 02, 11:56 AM

somewhat random ramblings
by robin at 01 November, 2002 - 7:00 PM
Latest comment: 04 November 02, 12:33 PM

another update for the masses
by robin at 26 October, 2002 - 7:00 PM
Latest comment: 28 October 02, 8:51 AM

the power of Jell-o
by robin at 23 October, 2002 - 7:00 PM
Latest comment: 14 September 04, 5:58 AM

to transfer or not to transfer
by robin at 21 October, 2002 - 7:00 PM
Latest comment: 21 October 02, 7:00 PM

update #2
by robin at 21 October, 2002 - 7:00 PM
Latest comment: 24 October 02, 11:48 AM

an update for the readers
by robin at 18 October, 2002 - 7:00 PM
Latest comment: 22 October 02, 7:22 AM

an overall feeling of ickiness
by robin at 13 October, 2002 - 7:00 PM
Latest comment: 22 October 02, 7:29 AM

ahhhh, progress reports
by robin at 08 October, 2002 - 7:00 PM
Latest comment: 13 October 02, 5:11 PM

what's so bad about baltimore?
by robin at 04 October, 2002 - 7:00 PM
Latest comment: 07 October 04, 2:55 PM

stuff is good
by robin at 25 September, 2002 - 7:00 PM
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by robin at 18 September, 2002 - 7:00 PM
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by robin at 10 September, 2002 - 7:00 PM
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by robin at 10 September, 2002 - 7:00 PM
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by robin at 08 September, 2002 - 7:00 PM
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by robin at 06 September, 2002 - 7:00 PM
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by robin at 04 September, 2002 - 7:00 PM
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by robin at 02 September, 2002 - 7:00 PM
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by robin at 27 August, 2002 - 7:00 PM
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by robin at 25 August, 2002 - 7:00 PM
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