Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Crazies Are Taking Over

Three stories that really make you wonder... First, most bizarre and such a sad commentary on those educating our children:
Between negotiating for more benefits and teaching their students, the California Federation of Teachers has adopted a resolution of support for convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.
They are calling this a civil liberties issue (apparently not Daniel Faulkner's civil liberties...), and Mumia a Civil rights activist! I've said this before, but my youngest brother is a left as you can get...and when he read all the info on Mumia (transcripts, court docs, etc.) he declared his guilt with 100% certainty...

Teachers exalting a cop killer...ugh.

(*Pictured: Maureen Faulkner -widowed by Mumia Abdul Jamar- and I)

Then we have this one from Chicago (go figure):
School bans kids from bringing homemade lunches.

This principle is actually taking the choice from parents by will. In addition to this school attempting to usurp parental decision making --school lunch costs $2.35/day and you can pack a PB&J, an apple and some pretzels for about $1.25/day.

And this one if a few weeks old, but a subject that will only become more prevalent:

Peanut Sniffing dogs and mandatory mouthwash stations in a Florida elementary school

Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is...what about the kids with dog allergies?

But, I came across this information about a previous court ruling that I might just have to pass on to my kids' principle:

"Treating severe peanut allergy as a disability subject to legal protection is a doubtful stance. Edgewater Elementary's position that the girl's peanut allergy is so severe as to constitute a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act is undercut by an 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling. An ADA disability requires a physical impairment that substantially limits major life activities. The 8th Cir. decided that a life-threatening peanut allergy was not a disability in Land v. Baptist Medical Center, because it didn't substantially limit the allergic child's major life activities. The court noted that the child was able to consume a wide variety of foods and breathe normally when not undergoing an allergic reaction. While the 8th Cir. ruling would not be binding (Florida is in the 11th Cir.), a federal court in Florida faced with deciding whether peanut allergy warrants legal protection would likely give the ruling some deference. Even if a court concluded the peanut allergy met the definition of disability, Edgewater's onerous restrictions would likely fail. It's the school that's required to make accommodations- not classmates and their families- and then only reasonable ones. Normally, accommodations include things like assistive technology, elevator passes, removal of test-taking time limits and other arrangements between the school and the disabled student. Edgewater Elementary shifted any burden it may have to third parties. The non-disabled classmates are required to refrain from bringing peanut products into school, required to undergo mandatory mouth and hand washes and dog-sniffing inspections." (source)

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