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I am really beginning to wonder what happened to discipline. Every day I deal with kids who don’t care. That’s not unusual. Kids don’t want to work, they want to play. I was like that too, but I always did my work anyway. Why? Because my I knew my parents would not be happy if I didn’t do my work. It doesn’t seem that parents care anymore. I already get the kids after they’ve gotten in trouble. You’d think they wouldn’t want to get in trouble any more than they already have, but many don’t care because there are no consequences for their actions at home. I’m not saying that all parents are apathetic towards their kids’ schoolwork, but many are. It amazes me how they just don’t care. Of course, when their kid fails or when they say their kid doesn’t learn anything, they blame the schools. Well, maybe if you would actually pay attention and care about what your kid does, they wouldn’t be having troubles. Why don’t parents discipline their kids anymore? Are they afraid to? Are too many of them trying to be the cool parents and trying to be friends of their kids? I have no idea. I’m not a parent so I can’t answer any of these. I will say one thing though, my kids will have discipline. If they get in trouble, they will know there will be consequences.

This past Saturday I went to Homecoming at my old high school, Fort Zumwalt South. It was a great game. The Bulldogs have a great team this year and have improved their record to 6-0. They played Frances Howell Central and beat them 34-0. The only downside to the game is we had to sit in the hot afternoon sun to watch it. No, I’m not being a baby. You think Homecoming and you think cool weather right? Well, not this Homecoming. It was 91 degrees out and the sun was beating down on us the entire time. I came home with a sunburn. Who would think you would need to wear sunscreen in St. Louis in October and that it would be 91 degrees? Crazy weather.

I know this is odd for someone my age, but I am a huge fan of The Rat Pack, especially Frank Sinatra. Sadly, they did their stage show before my time and I’ve only seen it in a DVD I have (where they are actually performing in St. Louis at the Fox Theatre with Johnny Carson opening for them) as well as in the HBO movie The Rat Pack starring Ray Liotta, Don Cheadle, and Joe Montegna. When you think back at the time they were performing, these guys were the essence of cool. You had great music by Frank, Dino, and Sammy, along with great comedy to come together for a great stage show. It’s too bad I never got to see it. In St. Louis through the 14th of this month The Rat Pack is back. No, not the originals. That would be disturbing. Impersonators are on tour recreating the famous stage show that took place at The Sands in Las Vegas. This is something I wouldn’t mind seeing. If you can’t see the original, why not a recreation? Too bad I’m the only person under the age of 50 that would actually like to see this. I missed it the first time around, as I wasn’t born until 1983 and I’ll miss it this time as well.

Ann Coulter is still flapping her big mouth. Like I said before, she needs to shut the hell up. She’s not attacking Edwards or 9/11 widows this time, instead she’s saying that all women should lose the right to vote.

“If we took away women’s right to vote, we’d never have to worry about another Democrat president. It’s kind of a pipe dream, it’s a personal fantasy of mine, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. And it is a good way of making the point that women are voting so stupidly, at least single women.” Source

How can anyone take this woman seriously? It’s really sad.

I don’t plan on starting any time soon. I won’t start until I can afford to start, which means once I get a full-time teaching position with a school. I’ve been thinking of what I want to get my degree in. Some of the possibilities would include Education, Reading, Administration, and History. I would really love to teach at the university level some day, so I’d have to get my Masters in History in order to even be a lecturer at most universities, then PhD to be a professor. PhD will cost a lot of money and take a long time, especially if I’m teaching while going to school. I don’t think that is a realistic possibility right now. If I ever want to be a principal, I would get it in Administration, but I’m not too sure if I’d ever want to do that. What I would really like to do is find a program for Educational Technology, or something along those lines. I would like to help develop curriculum that incorporates technology use in the classroom. It would be awesome to show other teachers how you can incorporate Google Earth, Smart Boards, Wikis, and all the other wonderful new things in technology into their current lesson plans. I really think with all the technology that the kids use these days, teachers are falling behind. Kids see and do things in totally different ways than they did 5 or 10 years ago. They learn differently, research differently, become engaged differently. It’s important that we adapt our methodology to support the students. If anyone knows a university that offers something like this, I’d be very interested in knowing about it.