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  1. This is a great post! did you see my coop post? I think you should post it there too. Good conversation to have!

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    1. I'll check it out. I must have missed that post somehow.

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  2. We have pack-ette schools inthis town that I have complained about for a long time. Every time one of my students would ck out to one of these schools, I would try to convince them to not go. Many would return and talk about how boring the pack-ette school was. Just recently one of the schools lost its approval.

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    1. We have those schools here, too. And I use the term "school" loosely here.

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  3. "Neo-cons... hate public employees; that is, unless the public employee is a soldier, police officer or prison guard (I think you have to have a gun to count)." Awesome!

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    1. Following that logic, if we all listen to them and start carrying, maybe then they'll want to pay us more?

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    2. So, maybe when they say, "We would like to arm teachers," it's an olive branch. Maybe the neo-cons really want to show us respect. We just need to be armed first.

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  4. I think it went viral because it came from a student. The student had valid points, but yes, he made it personal as opposed to calling out the system. My question is, how many of our students feel this way and don't feel like they can or even should speak out.

    I haven't followed up with what others are posting since the video, so I really can't comment on what others are saying. But I think we all wish we had the courage to stand up, in front of our peers, in front of our "teachers" and speak our minds. All too often we don't. We sit quiet and wait for the bell to ring.

    What Jeff Bliss did walks a fine line of civil disobedience and disrespect. He was asked to leave but chose to stay just long enough to speak his mind (and ended up weakening his argument by staying about 10 seconds too long). I don't feel that it should lead to anything more than that. A young man speaking his mind. We all know teachers, educators, professors that have made us feel what Jeff Bliss did. It was sensationalized because that's what writes blogs, makes headlines, and gets people to react (instead of thinking for themselves and then acting sensibly).

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  5. I watched the interview with Jeff (http://youtu.be/CBpDswLlW9U) and even he notes that not all teachers are bad. He also says he understands he walked a fine line and he admits that he already was disengaged with school in general. I hope these words of his go just as viral.

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