Tue Jun 26
Dear readers, the time has come to be honest with yourselves. You have a problem. You sweat, you shake, you can't sleep, you get sick at the thought of what you're missing—just admit it: You're addicted to Harry Potter. Fortunately, I understand your pain and longing for what's to come...and so too do WAY too many others. While we wait in anguish for number 7 to be released, helplessly wondering what's to become of our dear Wiz kid, take a look at what some other fanatics are predicting for Harry at any one of the, oh, half dozen websites devoted to the cause (mugglenet.com, leakynews.com, HogwartsProgessor.com...to name a few). And then take a look at those of the Voldemort crop who have high plans to spoil the ending.
Tue Jun 26
Today's London Free Press reports that 8th grade students at Tecumseh Public School decided to convert their graduation day into an eco-friendly affair , instead of the usual Styrofoam plate-ridden event. Students opted for glass dessert plates borrowed from a nearby church and washable tablecloths and napkins loaned by the Hilton, as well as serving all organic or locally grown food. Sounds like a pretty smart group of kids. Maybe they can tutor some of our local elected officials.
A sign of strange parenting
Tue Jun 26
A mother in Memphis, Tennessee has apparently taken it upon herself to test the boundaries of discipline. Last Sunday, many local drivers encountered a curious sight when they passed by a 13-year old girl holding a sign that read: "I don't obey my parents, I'm a liar. I steal from my mom. I have a bad attitude. I am going to the 8th grade and I don't know how to multiply." What Tashara Wilkins did exactly to warrant the punishment from her mother Cherie is unclear, but according to WMC-TV in Memphis, it was her "bad attitude" that brought her to this position of public humiliation. "I hope this works for her. I love my child. I want her to be a productive citizen. Most parents may think this is cruel. I don't, I could be beating her to death, but I'm not," Cherie Wilkins told WMC-TV. Perhaps to avoid further disciplinary actions, Tashara spoke of the effectiveness of her mother's unusual parenting strategy. "It might even work. I'm gonna start because I don't wanna be standing out...
Battling the bully
Tue Jun 26
Despite school rules and parental efforts, school bullying appears to be as pervasive a phenomenon as education itself. Where there's an elementary or middle school, there will also be a preteen aggressor terrorizing a mortified classmate. Now, some schools are trying out new tactics to curb the bullying epidemic once and for all. The Bully Busters Boot Camp in Yorktown and the more widely used Olweus Bullying Prevention Program teach kids proactive ways to stand up to bullies and keep from becoming ones themselves. The Olweus approach teaches tactics for individual intervention, stresses communication between parents, students and the administration and helps formulate school-wide rules. Lower Hudson Online reported today that the Bully Busters Boot Camp featured street-smart tactics from a former NYPD detective, but the article didn't delve into the particular techniques further. Helping kids eliminate their fears and develop a healthy sense of self-confidence...
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