Truesee's Daily Wonder

Truesee presents the weird, wild, wacky and world news of the day.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

 

Free High-Capacity Magazines Given Out At Gun Rights Rally

http://time.com/5223698/free-magazines-gun-rights-rally-vermont/?xid=fark_time


Saturday, March 31, 2018

 

He applied to 20 of the best colleges was accepted at all of with full ride

https://www-m.cnn.com/2018/03/30/health/teen-college-20-acceptances-trnd/index.html


Saturday, March 31, 2018

 

Jimmy Carter Rips Trump: Apparently America Wanrs A Jerk As President

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5abf34a6e4b055e50acdcc2d


Friday, March 30, 2018

 

Michelle Obama's Portrait Is So Popular Smithsonian Had To Move It

https://www.wmagazine.com/story/michelle-obama-smithsonian-portrait-popular


Friday, March 30, 2018

 

Hillary Clinton re-emerges as GOP reliable boogeyman

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/30/politics/clinton-midterms-boogeyman/index.html


Thursday, March 29, 2018

 

Hawaiian pols pressing to erect statue of Obama

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/03/hawaiian_pols_pressing_to_erect_statue_of_obama.html


Thursday, March 29, 2018

 

Advertisers ditching Laura Ingraham after attack on Parkland survivor

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/laura-ingraham-advertisers-david-hogg_us_5abcff01e4b03e2a5c7a2cf6


Thursday, March 29, 2018

 

Shulkin: Trump Called Me Yesterday Didn't Mention I Was Getting Fired

https://www.mediaite.com/tv/shulkin-trump-called-me-yesterday-but-didnt-mention-i-was-getting-fired/


Thursday, March 29, 2018

 

Hillary Clinton: 2016 Election 'Traumatic Admits She'd Would Take Some Things Said Back

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/03/29/clinton-calls-2016-election-traumatic-admits-shed-like-to-take-back-some-things-said.html


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

 

Roseanne revival premieres to massive ratings

http://ew.com/tv/2018/03/28/roseanne-ratings/


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

 

Protesters block Golden One Center again after disrupting council meeting in death of Stephon Clark

http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article207081079.html


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

 

U S and South Korea reach innovative trade deal touted as roadmap for future deals

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/03/27/u-s-and-south-korea-reach-innovative-trade-deal-touted-as-roadmap-for-future-deals/


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

 

The March for Their Lies

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/03/the_march_for_their_lies.html


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

 

Former Obama Official: Warnings on Russian Trolls, Potential Election Meddling Were Ignored

http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/03/27/obama-official-brett-bruen-warned-about-russian-election-meddling


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

 

North Carolina boy, 13, suspended after drawing stick figures holding a gun and knives

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/03/27/north-carolina-boy-13-suspended-after-drawing-stick-figures-holding-gun-and-knives-report-says.html


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

 

DNC Chair: Census Question About Citizenship 'Is a Craven Attack on Our Democracy'

http://freebeacon.com/politics/dnc-chair-census-question-citizenship-craven-attack-democracy/


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

 

County's plan: Teachers can't afford Miami rent let them live at school

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/Teachers-can-t-afford-Miami-rents-The-county-has-a-plan-Let-them-live-at-school-_166766798


Monday, March 26, 2018

 

Stormy who? Trump approval ratings surge to highest point in nearly a year

https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/mar/26/donald-trump-approval-rating-highest-nearly-year-c/


Monday, March 26, 2018

 

Real estate photographer shot and nearly killed by homeowner sues

https://petapixel.com/2018/03/26/real-estate-photographer-shot-nearly-killed-by-surprised-homeowner/


Monday, March 26, 2018

 

Obama envisions creating 'a million young Barack Obamas' during speech in Japan

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/obama-envisions-creating-a-million-young-barack-obamas-during-speech-in-japan


Sunday, March 25, 2018

 

Trump chose golf over American children

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/25/opinions/trump-golf-march-for-our-lives-opinion-obeidallah/index.html


Saturday, March 24, 2018

 

Obama Tweets: Michele and I are so inspired by the young people marching

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/03/24/obama-tweets-michelle-inspired-young-people-marching/


Saturday, March 24, 2018

 

While these folk marched for their lives others marched for their guns

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/24/us/march-for-our-lives-counter-protests-trnd/index.html


Saturday, March 24, 2018

 

Democrats hope marches can sway Congress on guns

http://jamiedupree.blog.ajc.com/2018/03/24/democrats-hope-marches-can-sway-congress-on-guns/


Saturday, March 24, 2018

 

The Media Ignores Trump's Victories

https://amgreatness.com/2018/03/23/burying-the-lead-the-media-ignores-trumps-victories/


Saturday, March 24, 2018

 

73 Teens shot to death inq 37 days since Parkland

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5ab54cd5e4b0decad049d34c


Friday, March 23, 2018

 

Should We Build the Wall? We Asked Trump Supporters

http://reason.com/reasontv/2018/03/23/trump-wall-immigration-borders-illegal


Thursday, March 22, 2018

 

Elizabeth Warren Pummels Ben Carson Over Dining Set: You Should Be Fired!

https://www.mediaite.com/tv/warren-pummels-ben-carson-over-dining-set-housing-discrimination-thats-the-scandal-that-should-get-you-fired/


Thursday, March 22, 2018

 

Hillary Clinton: Trump Undermined Presidency To Enrich Family

http://www.breitbart.com/video/2018/03/21/hillary-clinton-trump-undermined-presidency-enrich-family-erratic-behavior-undermining-global-order/


Thursday, March 22, 2018

 

Trump: Biden would go down hard and fast in a fight

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/22/politics/donald-trump-joe-biden/index.html


Thursday, March 22, 2018

 

Video shows man biting Police k-9

http://fox6now.com/2018/03/21/racine-county-officials-release-body-cam-video-of-man-accused-of-biting-police-k-9


Thursday, March 22, 2018

 

From the NFL to opera standout comes home to perform and teach

http://fox13now.com/2018/03/21/from-the-nfl-to-opera-weber-state-standout-comes-home-to-perform-teach/


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

 

Mom, 20, arrested after forcing 1 year old to smoke marijuana

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5529503/Mom-arrested-video-shows-forcing-child-smoke-marijuana.html


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

 

Joe Biden: I would have beat the hell out of Trump in high school

https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/mar/21/joe-biden-i-would-have-beat-hell-out-trump-high-sc/


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

 

Political Correctness Strikes Again: HS Teacher Fired For Offensive Comments About Troops

http://reason.com/blog/2018/03/21/political-correctness-strikes-again-high


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

 

Trump furious over leaked warning not to congratulate Putin

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/21/politics/donald-trump-vladimir-putin-congratulations/index.html


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

 

Austin bomber detonates explosive device kills himself

 https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/21/us/austin-explosions/index.html


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

 

Good Guy With Gun Opened Fire On Md HS Shooter Ended Threat

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/03/20/good-guy-gun-opened-fire-md-high-school-shooter-end-threat/


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

 

Clinton on Ivanka Being 1st Female POTUS: We Don't Want Any More Inexperienced Trumps in White House

http://freebeacon.com/politics/clinton-notion-ivanka-being-first-female-president-dont-want-any-more-inexperienced-trumps-white-house/


Monday, March 19, 2018

 

Robert Mueller Has Been Botching Investigations Since The Anthrax Attacks

http://thefederalist.com/2018/02/08/robert-mueller-botching-investigations-since-anthrax-attacks/


Monday, March 19, 2018

 

Why the lottery is not helping Oklahoma education as much as you think it should

http://kfor.com/2018/03/15/why-the-lottery-is-not-helping-oklahoma-education-as-much-as-you-think-it-should/


Monday, March 19, 2018

 

Pro-Bernie Sanders group cancels Hillary Clinton protest

https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/democrats-vs-trump/pro-bernie-sanders-group-cancels-anti-hillary-clinton-protest-n857926


Monday, March 19, 2018

 

College: Saying God Bless You Is A Microaggression

https://www.christianpost.com/news/god-bless-you-microaggression-simmons-college-221690/


Sunday, March 18, 2018

 

Trump to urge Justice Dept to seek death penalty in drug trafficking case

https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/mar/18/trump-jeff-sessions-seek-death-penalty-drug-traffi/


Sunday, March 18, 2018

 

Indian Children's Book List Hitler as Leader Who Inspires You

https://nytimes.com/2018/03/17/world/asia/india-hitler-childrens-book.html


Sunday, March 18, 2018

 

How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions

https://nytimes.com/2018/03/17/us/politics/cambridge-analytica-trump-campaign.html


Saturday, March 17, 2018

 

He tells NJ trooper: I'm an f--ing judge and fails sobriety test but beats DWI charge

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/03/video_shows_judge_cursing_at_nj_troopers_during_dw.html


Saturday, March 17, 2018

 

Trump silent on national debt while adding 1 trillion in 14 months

https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/mar/15/donald-trump-adds-1-trillion-national-debt-14-mont/


Saturday, March 17, 2018

 

Student says he was suspended for not participating in school walkout

http://video.foxnews.com/v/5753387880001/?#sp=show-clips


Saturday, March 17, 2018

 

Trump Lawyer's: It's Time To End Mueller Probe

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-lawyer-its-time-to-fire-robert-mueller


Saturday, March 17, 2018

 

Little Ceasars honoring bracket busting win with Free Pizza

http://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/trending-now/little-caesars-honoring-bracketbusting-win-with-free-pizza/717288333


Friday, March 16, 2018

 

Outrage Over New Yorker Magazine's Cover Body Shaming Donald Trump

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/03/16/outrage-over-new-yorker-mags-repulsive-body-shamping-president-trump.html


Friday, March 16, 2018

 

Ex-FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe fired

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/16/politics/andrew-mccabe-fired/index.html


Friday, March 16, 2018

 

GOP Sen Jeff Flake: My Party Might Not Deserve To Lead

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jeff-flake-republicans-lead_us_5aab28aae4b0c33361af33a6


Friday, March 16, 2018

 

Russia Adds Americans to Black List in Revenge for Sanctions

https://www.thedailybeast.com/russia-adds-americans-to-black-list-in-revenge-for-sanctions


Friday, March 16, 2018

 

Insurance company to pastor: This doesn't look like chronic pain

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5494599/Pastor-says-shes-suffering-pain-condition-sued-insurer.html


Thursday, March 15, 2018

 

Robert Mueller Subpoenas Trump Organization for Russia Probe

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/15/us/politics/trump-organization-subpoena-mueller-russia.html


Thursday, March 15, 2018

 

Three Arkansas Teens Face Corporal Punishment For Participating In Gun Control Walkout

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/03/three-arkansas-teens-face-corporal-punishment-participating-gun-control-walkout/


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

 

Democrats Fume over Hillary Clinton's Latest Comments About Losing 2016 Election to Trump

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/03/14/democrats-fume-hillary-clintons-latest-comments-losing-2016-election-trump/


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

 

Teacher accidentally fires gun and injures student during safety lesson

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/14/us/california-teacher-fires-gun/index.html


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

 

Sheriff who pocketed $750G from inmate food fund bought beach house for $740G

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/03/14/sheriff-who-pocketed-750g-from-inmate-food-fund-bought-beach-house-for-740g.html


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

 

On National Walkout Day students across country march for gun control

http://www.msnbc.com/hallie-jackson/watch/on-national-walkout-day-students-across-country-march-for-gun-control-1185718851583


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

 

Trey Gowdy: Russia Undermined Clinton Breaks With GOP

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/03/13/gowdy-russia-undermine-clinton-republicans-461612?lo=ap_c1


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

 

National Pi Day 3:14

http://www.fox5dc.com/news/trending/national-pi-day-2018-delicious-deals-and-freebies


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

 

Hillary Clinton: I Won The Places Moving Forward Trump Won The Places Looking Backwards

http://reason.com/blog/2018/03/13/clinton-i-won-the-places-moving-forwards


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

 

Illegal immigrants charged with voting in Presidential election

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/crime/ct-lns-lake-election-charges-st-0312-20180311-story.html


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

 

Freed after decades in prison man commits robbery to return

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/freed-after-decades-behind-bars-murderer-robs-clayton-restaurant-so/article_1fd1a8c0-2164-5822-8c46-a1c07228b4b1.html


Monday, March 12, 2018

 

Hillary Clinton: White Women Voted for Trump Because Their Husbands Told Them To

https://ntknetwork.com/clinton-white-women-voted-for-trump-because-their-husbands-told-them-to/


Monday, March 12, 2018

 

Explosions rock Texas capital

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/03/12/austin-package-explosion-leaves-teen-dead-woman-hurt-after-second-blast-in-2-weeks.html


Sunday, March 11, 2018

 

Elizabeth Warren on Taking DNA Test to Prove Native American Heritage: 'I Know Who I Am'

http://www.breitbart.com/video/2018/03/11/warren-taking-dna-test-prove-native-american-heritage-know/


Sunday, March 11, 2018

 

The Missing Obama Millions

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/10/opinion/sunday/obama-trump-voters-democrats.html


Sunday, March 11, 2018

 

Woman charged third time for hiring hitman

https://www.ksl.com/?sid=46277499&nid=148


Sunday, March 11, 2018

 

Will the free-falling 8.5 ton Chinese space station crash into lower Michigan?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5486985/Lower-Michigan-crash-site-falling-Chinese-space-station.html


Sunday, March 11, 2018

 

This Photo of Joe Biden is Going Viral

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/03/this-photo-of-joe-biden-is-going-viral/


Sunday, March 11, 2018

 

Bernie Sanders defends smart and compassionate Maxine Waters after Trump attack

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/377857-bernie-sanders-defends-smart-and-compassionate-maxine-waters-after-trump


Saturday, March 10, 2018

 

Bernie Sanders: Texas Can Go Blue in 2018

http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2018/03/10/bernie-sanders-texas-can-go-blue/


Saturday, March 10, 2018

 

Trump Suggest Death Penalty For Drug Dealers

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5aa481d8e4b07047bec724c1


Friday, March 9, 2018

 

Bay Area coffee shop won't serve police for customer safety

https://m.sfgate.com/news/article/Bay-Area-coffee-shop-won-t-serve-police-for-12741262.php


Friday, March 9, 2018

 

Sheriff jailed wife after she posted a comment about him on Face Book

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/09/us/facebook-post-ex-husband-police-jail-trnd/index.html


Friday, March 9, 2018

 

Promises Kept: Donald Trump Signs Steel and Aluminum Tariffs to Protect Workers

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/03/08/promises-kept-donald-trump-signs-steel-and-aluminum-tariffs-to-protect-workers/


Friday, March 9, 2018

 

6 police officers overlook body in trunk at crime scene body found at impound lot 49 days later

http://wreg.com/2018/03/08/new-information-reveals-six-officers-initially-overlooked-body-found-in-van-on-mpd-impound-lot-after-49-days/


Friday, March 9, 2018

 

Army Black Hawk Chopper Drops 'Errant Bundle' on Elementary School

http://www.newsweek.com/army-black-hawk-chopper-drops-errant-bundle-elementary-school-837783


Thursday, March 8, 2018

 

Ingraham takes on Baltimore mayor over DC gun control march

https://youtu.be/EG0o3TAW7zU


Thursday, March 8, 2018

 

Trump To Meet Kim Jong Un by May

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2018/03/08/south-korean-security-chief-trump-to-meet-kim-jong-un-dictator-by-may/


Thursday, March 8, 2018

 

Is a 4-day week the answer to low teacher pay?

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/four-day-school-week-oklahoma-cut-costs/


Thursday, March 8, 2018

 

16 Girls Who Changed The World

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/16-girls-who-changed-the-world_us_5a8f4f09e4b01e9e56b9e26c


Thursday, March 8, 2018

 

Jerry Brown: Trump 'Going to War Against the State of California'

http://www.breitbart.com/california/2018/03/07/jerry-brown-trump-going-war-state-california/


Thursday, March 8, 2018

 

The growing list of White House Departures

http://www.msnbc.com/velshi-ruhle/watch/the-growing-list-of-white-house-departures-1179067459726


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

 

Foster parents refuses to tell kids that Easter Bunny is real foster home shut down

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/03/07/requirement-to-tell-foster-kids-easter-bunny-is-real-violated-couples-charter-rights-court.html 

 

http://m.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/04/13/easter-bunny-foster-parents-hamilton-childrens-aid-frances-derek-baars_n_15991494.html

 

 

ORIGINAL STORY WITH PHOTO: 

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/hamilton/easter-bunny-1.4067854


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

 

14-year-old pretends to be deputy pulls cars over

https://www.sbsun.com/2018/03/07/14-year-old-pretending-to-be-deputy-arrested-after-victorville-deputies-find-ballistic-vests-fake-firearms/


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

 

Police pull man over for excessive honking find drugs and gun

http://www.wcjb.com/content/news/Gainesville-Police-pull-man-over-for-excessive-honking-find-guns-and-drugs-in-his-car-476150673.html


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

 

Pelosi slams California ICE raid as unjust and cruel

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/03/07/pelosi-slams-california-ice-raid-as-unjust-and-cruel-amid-outcry-over-mayors-tipoff-to-immigrants.html


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

 

Ex-deputy rams truck into store robs it mistakes owners as Muslims

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/03/ex-deputy-rams-truck-louisiana-store-robs-mistaking-sikh-owners-muslims/


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

 

Grandma claims she was tricked into bringing drugs into prison for grandson

http://fox6now.com/2018/03/06/grandmother-claims-she-was-tricked-into-bringing-drugs-to-grandson-in-prison/


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

 

Michelle Obama Meets and Dances With Toddler Mesmerized By her Portrait

http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2018/03/06/michelle-obama-meets-fan/amp/

 

 

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/michelle-obama-has-dance-party-with-2-year-old-who-was-stunned-by-her-portrait/article/2650829


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

 

20- year old sues Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart over new gun rules

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2018/03/06/walmart-dicks-sporting-goods-sued-over-new-gun-policies/398288002/


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

 

Should police officers be selling t-shirts that say 'House of Pain?'

http://www.nj.com/union/index.ssf/2018/03/should_police_officers_be_selling_shirts_that_say.html


Monday, March 5, 2018

 

Father Ask Son To Shoot Him To Delay Prison Sentencing

https://wsrz.iheart.com/content/2018-03-05-father-asks-son-to-shoot-him-to-delay-prison-sentence/


Sunday, March 4, 2018

 

Eric Holder predicts Mueller will charge Trump with obstruction of justice

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/03/holder_predicts_mueller_will_charge_trump_with_obstruction_of_justice.html


Sunday, March 4, 2018

 

Dolly Parton celebrates her love of reading by giving back

http://video.foxnews.com/v/5744739417001/?#sp=show-clips


Sunday, March 4, 2018

 

Teachers asked to punch time clocks what does this mean for the profession

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2018/03/04/teachers-are-now-being-asked-to-punch-time-clocks-what-does-that-mean-for-their-profession/

 

 

Teachers are now being asked to punch time clocks. What does that mean for their profession?

Valerie Strauss

 

 

School reformers in recent years have talked a lot about ensuring that all students have “high-quality” teachers — though they have both fudged the definition of what “quality” actually means and, in many cases, taken steps that many teachers feel are assaults on their profession.

Those actions include scapegoating teachers for problems that are beyond their control, implementing evaluation systems that are unreliable and unfair and emphasizing the importance of standardized tests to the point that classroom time is dominated by teaching to the test.

There have also been repeated attempts to undermine due-process protections for teachers as well as tenure and reduce the power of organized labor. Right now, the Supreme Court is considering a case that may deliver the biggest blow to organized labor in decades. The case asks the court to make it impossible for unions to charge fees to nonunion members who are still covered by the contract benefits that unions win through bargaining.

Now, in North Carolina and some other states, there is something new that teachers believe is further undermining their profession: requiring them to use a time clock that would, among other things, suggest that they work only a set number of hours a day. What teacher really does that?

Here’s a look at this and what it means to the profession. This was written by Chris Gilbert, who was a teacher of English at a high school and community college before entering a doctoral program in education. His work has appeared on this blog and in the National Council of Teachers of English’s publication, English Journal. He is a 2013 recipient of NCTE’s Paul and Kate Farmer Writing Award.

 Where have all the teachers gone?

Chris Gilbert

Public educators in North Carolina have certainly faced their share of challenges in recent years. These challenges have included a multiyear salary freeze, the loss of due process rights and advanced degree pay for some teachers, and wages that remain distressingly low. Unsurprisingly, North Carolina is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s worst states for teachers.

As a former North Carolina teacher, I readily empathize with educators in my state, and I strive to stay aware of new challenges confronting them. Relatedly, I recently learned that teachers in multiple North Carolina school districts are now required to clock in and out of school each day through a virtual time clock in “TimeKeeper,” a payroll software system.

After learning of this requirement, I wondered: How does punching a time clock impact the way these teachers perceive themselves? How do these salaried professionals feel about this mandated practice?

To explore these questions, I initiated a qualitative study and interviewed four experienced public educators who work in a school district that requires teachers to clock in and out with TimeKeeper. I also contacted a number of other districts in North Carolina to learn about teacher time clock requirements throughout the state. I discuss my findings below.

The deprofessionalization of teachers

Regarding the mandate to punch a time clock, several teachers I interviewed characterized it as deprofessionalizing. One stated, “When I first heard about it … I felt disempowered and felt like I was not viewed as a professional. Now I just accept it and move on, but feel resentful.” Similarly, another noted that time clock use seems at odds with teachers’ professional status.

Educators in North Carolina have experienced a series of attacks on their professional status in recent years, and teachers’ interview responses suggest that time clock use continues this assault. In light of this, one must consider the consequences of shifting the status of teachers from that of “professional” to “nonprofessional.”

These consequences include lower wages, diminished health insurance plans and other benefits, and the erosion of educators’ social prestige and political power. Additionally, lowering the status of teachers is an ideal way to incentivize current and prospective educators to take their talents to the private sector. Much of this has already occurred in North Carolina, but policies and practices that explicitly frame teachers as nonprofessionals threaten to worsen these outcomes.

A climate of distrust

The teachers I interviewed repeatedly associated time clock use with feelings of distrust. Here are some of their comments:

* “There have been multiple conversations [among colleagues] with themes of teachers constantly feeling a lack of trust by administration and state rules/laws. This just reinforces that theme … I feel less trusted.”

“[Time clock use] seems to, on some level, suggest that we need to be more closely monitored … [that] we aren’t doing what we should be doing.”

* “It’s just that many of us no longer feel trusted to ‘earn our keep’ without the watchful eye of TimeKeeper on us.”

Overall, these statements suggest that the use of a time clock creates the perception that some “higher-ups” (administrators, politicians, etc.) view teachers as deficient, untrustworthy workers who require close supervision. Conversely, interview responses also suggest that this practice encourages teachers to cast a wary eye toward administrative and political figures. In this context, distrust appears to be reciprocal.

Data, uncertainty and the misrepresentation of teachers

I was especially struck by this comment from one of the teachers: “[Time clock use] is meant to provide on-site administration with a snapshot of relative entry/exit times for each faculty member. I assume these entry/exit times are stored at Central Office for HR [Human Resources] purposes as well. It is actually unclear how the data is interpreted, used, stored, and if it could be used by HR in a negative (or positive) way.”

While I did not investigate how or where time clock data is stored, it is logical to assume that this data is maintained in some capacity. This raises questions concerning how long it is stored, who has access to it and if it could be used to penalize teachers.

While the possibility certainly exists for this data to be used in positive ways (some teachers, for example, hoped that time clock use would highlight the many hours they routinely work beyond the required 40-hour workweek), it is easy to envision how anti-public education entities could weaponize this information.

For instance, teachers clock in and out when they enter and exit the school building. This only records the time they work while at school; importantly, the additional work that teachers typically complete at home is not reflected in the aggregated data. Consequently, the potential exists for this data to be used by policymakers to misrepresent teachers’ total work hours and justify lower wages and other harmful initiatives.

A form of privatization

One teacher said, “I do feel this [the time clock] is yet another attempt to normalize the privatization of the public education system, which now includes TimeKeeper as well as taxpayer-funded private ‘voucher schools’ and being urged to treat our students like ‘customers.’ … For those of us who’ve been in the profession awhile, it’s yet another example of the corporatization of our once noble profession.”

Virtual time clock applications (TimeKeeper’s is one of many) are typically developed and marketed by private companies. As one teacher suggested, the distribution of this software to public districts indicates yet another form of privatization as private entities extend their reach into the public domain to secure new profit sources.

Framing schools as businesses, and educators as suspect employees who require supervision, creates a need for accountability software that is used to monitor workers while also establishing a continuous income stream for private companies.

Overall, my interviews with educators suggest that teacher time clock use is a consequential, demoralizing practice. Through additional research, I learned that teachers are using time clocks in at least 15 North Carolina school districts. While not all of these districts require teachers to clock in and out (some districts require both actions, while others only require teachers to clock in), the existence of this requirement in any form is troubling. Unfortunately, I also learned that teachers in other states are grappling with this practice.

In closing, when viewed in isolation, teacher time clock use is undoubtedly problematic. However, when viewed in relation to the many demoralizing practices and policies that North Carolina educators have endured in recent years, this practice takes on a heightened significance. In a state where teachers’ salaries persistently lag the national average, and where more than half of all public educators work an additional job to make ends meet, mandates must be issued with care.

If we believe that attracting and retaining talented educators is truly important, we must ensure that educational policies and practices promote trust, respect and professionalism. Requiring salaried, professional educators to punch a time clock ultimately undermines this goal.


Sunday, March 4, 2018

 

Teachers asked to punch time clocks what does that mean for the profession

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2018/03/04/teachers-are-now-being-asked-to-punch-time-clocks-what-does-that-mean-for-their-profession/


Saturday, March 3, 2018

 

Trump reportedly driven to pure madness by Cable News coverage of WH controversies

https://www.mediaite.com/trump/trump-reportedly-being-driven-to-pure-madness-by-cable-news-coverage-of-recent-controversies/


Saturday, March 3, 2018

 

Man shots himself outside WH

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/03/politics/white-house-shots-fired/index.html


Saturday, March 3, 2018

 

Second family member arrested in homicide involving Colorado ranch worth millions

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/03/03/second-family-member-arrested-in-killing-man-over-colorado-ranch-worth-millions.html


Saturday, March 3, 2018

 

Car explodes after man uses body spray and lights cigarette

https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Car-Explodes-When-Cigarette-Lit-After-Body-Spray-475644053.html


Friday, March 2, 2018

 

We Can't Make Schools Safe Unless We Get Government Out

http://thefederalist.com/2018/03/02/cant-make-schools-safe-unless-get-government/


Friday, March 2, 2018

 

Police unions defends cops who do awful things why won't they defend Broward County deputy

http://reason.com/blog/2018/03/01/police-unions-defend-bad-cops-who-do-awf


Friday, March 2, 2018

 

Drug dealer arrested sneaking heroin in hospital

http://wtvr.com/2018/03/02/suspected-drug-dealer-arrested-accused-of-sneaking-heroin-into-hospital-room/


Friday, March 2, 2018

 

Mugshot of robber triggers gun battle but mother and daughter were ready

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5454727/Busted-mugshot-robber-attacked-mother-daughter.html 

 

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article202992664.html


Thursday, March 1, 2018

 

UPDATE: Check Out The $31K Dining Set Ben Carson Was Forced to Return After Criticism

https://www.mediaite.com/online/check-out-the-swanky-dining-set-housing-secretary-ben-carson-dropped-30-racks-on/


Thursday, March 1, 2018

 

Why the Parkland students are so good

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/02/the-student-activists-of-marjory-stoneman-douglas-high-demonstrate-the-power-of-a-full-education.html?


Thursday, March 1, 2018

 

White House meltdown on full display

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/01/politics/white-house-donald-trump-meltdown/index.html


Thursday, March 1, 2018

 

Barack Obama: I'd Like To Sign With San Antonio Spurs Popovich Responses

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2018/02/gregg-popovich-joked-barack-obama-spurs-nba-free-agent-background-check-response?csp=trueanthem


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