Thursday, October 11, 2018

This will go down on your permanent record

A third-grade teacher dishes on a White House official:
I can still picture him sitting in my classroom.

Do you remember that character in Peanuts, the one called Pig Pen, with the dust cloud and crumbs flying all around him? That was Stephen Miller at 8. I was always trying to get him to clean up his desk — he always had stuff mashed up in there. He was a strange dude. I remember he would take a bottle of glue — we didn't have glue sticks in those days — and he would pour the glue on his arm, let it dry, peel it off and then eat it.
You should hear what Julie Swetnick says about him. But speaking truth to power is a tough gig:
At the end of the year, I wrote all my concerns — and I had a lot of them — in his school record. When the school principal had a conference with Stephen's parents, the parents were horrified. So the principal took some white-out and blanked out all my comments. I wish I could remember what I wrote, but this was 25 years ago. I've taught a lot of third-graders since then. Of course, Stephen wasn't political then — it wasn't until later that he started to make waves. 
Seriously, what kind of third-grade teacher would tell such a tale? Not to put too fine a point on it, but these people really suck.

9 comments:

R.A. Crankbait said...

What kind of teacher? Hopefully one that is retired now.

Bike Bubba said...

Or hopefully a teacher who will soon be forced to resign her position. There is a reason that report cards are shared between teachers, administrators, and families alone, and this teacher has totally destroyed any hope of confidentiality her former students might have had.

Mr. D said...

Hopefully one that is retired now.

Or hopefully a teacher who will soon be forced to resign her position.


Fired for cause would work, too. And while we’re at it, the editor at the Hollywood Reporter who green-lighted the story ought to be cashiered as well.

Bike Bubba said...

Dunno that the Hollyweird Reporter editor will go--or the so-called journalist who wrote it. I seem to remember an amazing level of BS coming out of the tabloids about W, and probably a lot about Obama as well. So publishing nonsense does not constitute a firing offense anymore, apparently.

Mark Miller said...

Third Grade? Seriously?

I shudder to think what Sr. Marietta thought of me when I was in third grade.

But being the pro that she was, she probably kept it to herself. And much, much later in life, I reached out to her and she returned a very nice note to me.

That's the way it's supposed to work.

Third Grade????? If we ALL are held accountable to our standards in third grade we all are in serious trouble.

Gino said...

third grade i was Sr Giovanna's most hated kid. i couldnt do anything proper with her around. she was very old even then, so i'm sure she wont be around to rat me out when i get my scotus appointment.

(in all fairness, a couple yrs after i had her, she semi-retired. no longer teaching but still working around the school, helping out other teachers etc... she was the sweetest, most loving nun during this time.)

next, we are gonna hear about what somebody did in kindergarten, and how he spilled his milk on another kid, most likely a girl.

Mr. D said...

Third Grade? Seriously?

I shudder to think what Sr. Marietta thought of me when I was in third grade.


She liked you better than she liked Meg Kidd, I think. But she thought your read too many Matt Christoper books, and beyond that, all bets are off. Fortunately, you improved your street cred when you got to Mrs. Buchberger's class the next year.

No kidding, Mark -- what the hell is wrong with these people? Never mind, don't answer that.

third grade i was Sr Giovanna's most hated kid. i couldnt do anything proper with her around. she was very old even then, so i'm sure she wont be around to rat me out when i get my scotus appointment.

I'm pretty sure Senator Feinstein has your complete dossier, Gino.

Brad Carlson said...

What kind of teacher? Hopefully one that is retired now.

Still working but recently suspended.

R.A. Crankbait said...

"Home assignment"? So, she's a "home educator" now?

Also, 72 and still working? The union must have stolen or misappropriated her retirement fund.