Sunday, March 09, 2014

Teen: Teachers Made Me Stand Outside In Wet Bathing Suit, Barefoot

She Says She Got Frostbite After Standing Outside For 10 Minutes During A Fire Alarm

A ninth-grader says she has frostbite after standing outside for 10 minutes in a wet bathing suit during a fire alarm.  It happened around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at Como Park High School in St. Paul. Fourteen-year-old Kayona Hagen-Tietz says she was in the school’s pool when the fire alarm went off.

While other students had gotten out earlier and were able to put on dry clothes, Hagen-Tietz said she was rushed out with just her towel.

On Wednesday morning, the temperature was 5 below, and the wind chill was 25 below.

“So the alarm went off, and I thought it was like just a drill, like: Do I  have to go outside?” Hagen-Tietz said. “And then he was like no, we usually don’t have fake ones in the winter.”

Hagen-Tietz says she and the another student were rushed out by the teacher. Her classmate had clothes by the pool, hers were in her locker. So she grabber her towel and went outside.

“As soon as they’d seen her outside in her swimsuit, soaking wet and barefoot, they should have done something,” said Eva Tietz, Hagen-Tietz’s mother.

A teacher eventually gave Hagen-Tietz a jacket, and one of her friends gave her a sweatshirt to wrap around her feet.  But due to school policy, she wasn’t allowed to sit in a faculty-member’s car.  “We kind of huddled up and made a circle around me, and the other kids who were cold,” Hagen-Tietz said.

Eventually, a teacher did get permission to allow Hagen-Tietz and her classmate to sit inside her car.

But by that time Hagen-Tietz had already stood barefoot and wet for 10 minutes in some of the coldest conditions of the year.

Hagen-Tietz mom then picked her up and took her to the doctor, who determined she has frostbite on her feet.

“If I had a fire and brought my children out in that condition, you know, I’m sure I would be charged in some way or another if I didn’t instantly bring them into a neighbor’s house or someplace else,” Tietz said. “The ultimate goal is to keep them safe and protect your children, and, in this instance, they did a really poor job.”

In a statement, St. Paul Public School officials said they continue to work with the St. Paul Fire Marshal to regularly review these procedures, including cold weather modifications, and they will make any changes based on their recommendations.


NY Dem Wants Mandatory Parenting Classes; Would Punish Kids for Parents’ Non-Compliance

New York State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. is apparently unsatisfied with the least-free status his state has earned. The Bronx Democrat now wants to tell parents how to raise their children.

According to U.S. News & World Report, Diaz is sponsoring legislation that would require parents to attend four “parent support programs” before their children enter seventh grade. He believes this is necessary because many do not attend optional parent-teacher conferences. The key word is “optional”, Mr. Diaz and, unlike certain politicians, many adults have more to do with their time than impose their will on people they’ve never met.

Interestingly, the Senator thinks people who feel confident in their abilities to raise children should not object. “We are trying to expand their skills. Especially good parents would not miss an opportunity to expand their parental skills and get involved with their children’s psychological problems,” he told U.S. News & World Report. So, it’s settled. Every kid has psychological problems and their parents have nothing better to do than have incompetent bureaucrats brainwash educate them.

It gets worse. If mommy and daddy don’t show up, their children won’t be allowed to advance to seventh grade. So, if a little Einstein’s parents happen to conservative, libertarian or hold any other non-statist views and refuse to be reeducated, his academic performance won’t mean a thing.


Honest College Commercial

This video presents a satirical (but not very inaccurate) look at the modern frenzy to push every kid into college.

Well-known scholar Charles Murray describes the current U.S. higher education system this way:

First, we will set up a single goal to represent educational success, which will take four years to achieve no matter what is being taught. We will attach an economic reward to it that seldom has anything to do with what has been learned. We will urge large numbers of people who do not possess adequate ability to try to achieve the goal, wait until they have spent a lot of time and money, and then deny it to them. We will stigmatize everyone who doesn't meet the goal. We will call the goal a "BA."

Elsewhere, Murray has argued that pushing everyone towards college creates a nation divided among class lines, besides wasting many students' time and money. Videos like this demonstrate some kids, at least, agree.


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