Public school teachers are “mouthpieces of the government” and have no free speech rights according

As a public school teacher, I read with interest and dismay the article below.  It is a regular balancing act between being neutral and being truthful.  I am not fearful of losing my job over this issue, but I am an exception in our public school system.There are many comments to the article and one … Continue reading Public school teachers are “mouthpieces of the government” and have no free speech rights according

Kaleidoscope

Yesterday was the annual awards program at the school where I teach, City Academy. This program recognizes achievements and accomplishments of students and staff throughout the year in our school. I've mentioned before here that City Academy is a First Amendment School. I was surprised to receive the annual Kaleidoscope Award, given to a teacher … Continue reading Kaleidoscope

Sandra Day O’Connor in SLC

I found it surprising that the online edition of today's Salt Lake Tribune did not have on its front page the visit of Sandra Day O'Connor to Salt Lake this weekend. (However I am pleased that the top headline is students protesting immigration legislation.) The article on O'Connor appears first in the Utah section of … Continue reading Sandra Day O’Connor in SLC

How we spent our Friday night

Today was Tom and my wedding anniversary. And how did we spend it? With our students! I am the advisor of the Social Committee at my school, City Academy and my students planned an awesome Halloween Party which consisted mostly of a totally cool haunted house. I totally let the students plan and implement their … Continue reading How we spent our Friday night