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Fired while being #Atheist

Source: James Jordan (Flickr).

Source: James Jordan (Flickr).

One night I dreamed I was walking on a beach with the Lord. In the sky I saw scenes from my life. In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints side by side. Other times the footprints were single file, like Sand People who travel that way to conceal their numbers. This bothered me because the single file footprints seemed to precede all of tumultuous times in my life.

So I said to the Lord, “You promised you would always walk with me. But the footprints say that each time the shit was about to hit the fan you were no longer by my side.”

The Lord replied, “The times you see single file footprints are the times you stabbed me in the back.”

At times religion can be a beautiful thing. At other times it can be more like a barrel of monkeys. Believer or not, I think most people can agree at least that much is true.

In the news recently was a story about a high school teacher claiming he was fired for being an atheist. Let’s take a look shall we?
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Thanking a teacher

descentI was driving home from work on Wednesday night and listening to some NPR show about teachers that you were thankful made some difference in your life. I can’t remember the name of the show or who was on, but some successful person had looked up one of his grade school teachers and the teacher was talking about how that had moved him.

The show got me thinking about teachers I have known.

There was Mrs. Simmons from the 1st grade. It surprises me I can still remember her name. She was a rather stern woman who looked a lot like Aunt Bee from Mayberry RFD.

I also remember my 2nd grade teacher. She was a beautiful woman and I had the hots for her. Seriously. It was true love. Not a crush. Yes, I started early. I’m a little bit sad I no longer remember her name.
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Geometry that anyone with half a brain can understand

if a = b and b = c, then a = c

Is this some sort of new math?

A high school geometry teacher has been placed on paid leave and may be fired after using the example of shooting President Obama in a geometry lesson.

A student in the class described the lesson: “He was talking about angles and said, ‘If you’re in this building, you would need to take this angle to shoot the president.'” (Source.)

Think about the possibilities this opens up to finally, at long last, make word problems more interesting.

“Assume that little Johnny’s brain weighs 3 pounds. A pipe bomb is used to blow his head off, destroying 20% of brain mass. Then a chain saw is used to cut what remains exactly in half. How much brain matter remains?”

Yeah, much more interesting. Perhaps I should drop my plans to write a novel and go into mathematics textbooks instead. This might be the sign I’ve been looking for. This just might be my big break!