Teacher Gets Fired for Giving Students Zeroes for Turning in Zero Work

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It seems like there’s an age-old conflict when it comes to school educators, one that Florida teacher Diane Tirado recently learned firsthand. 

Some people don’t understand why teachers are always complaining about their salaries (or lack thereof) because “they have it easy.” Others think that educators deserve a ton of more respect, and compensation, than they currently receive for all of the work they’re expected to do for the sake of our children. I mean they are shaping the future generations of humanity, after all.

Regardless of what you think of educators and the United States education system, there are some statistics that can’t be denied: like the fact that, year-by-year, other developed countries are kicking our butts when it comes to getting their learning on.

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I’m no expert, but I’d like to think that the reason for a dip in education rankings might be directly attributed to a dip in the quality of education itself. There are tons of reasons for the quality of education to fly below par, but there are a number of people who believe that one of the contributing factors is how much “easier” school is nowadays.

Diane Tirado believed giving students 50% credit when they make zero effort to turn in an assignment was coddling and served no benefit to their overall education. So she decided to ignore her school’s “No Zero” policy.

Diane opted to grade her students based on the actual work they put into during their time at West Gate K-8 School in Port St. Lucie. The first assignment she gave her 8th graders for the semester was something I personally found kinda cool: keep a journal for two weeks, as if you were a 15-century explorer.

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They were expected to note important historical events and draw maps in their notebook.

But there were many parents who felt the history teacher of 17 years was piling too much homework on their children. Soon, Diane was getting called into the Principal’s office after groups of parents began calling the school to complain.”I got called down to the principal’s office because parents were not happy with me. It was ruining my life for weeks,” she told the NY Post.

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During her talks with the principal, Diane learned of the school’s “no zero” policy and that the lowest grade a student could receive, even if they did no work whatsoever, was a 50. While still a failing grade, if a student decided to turn their grades around, they’d have a much better shot than they would with a bunch of zeroes in the grade book.

Despite knowing the school’s policy, when a group in her class failed to even attempt completing the assignment, Diane decided she would give them no credit. “I’m used to kids not handing in work… but then chasing them until the report cards are in to make sure they make it up. But I don’t give a grade for nothing.”

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On September 14th, 2018, Diane was fired from the school — she worked there for less than two months. When questioned, the principal said she was let go because she was still technically under the school’s probationary period.

For Diane, the reason for her pink slip was clear: she refused to give students credit for nothing.

“I loudly bucked the system. I refused to do their policy. I guess you would call that defiance.”

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Diane left a message for students on her classroom’s whiteboard on her last day at the school. It read, “Bye kids! Mrs. Tirado loves you and wishes you the best in life! I have been fired for refusing to give you a 50% for not handing anything in.”

She posted the farewell message on her Facebook account, where it was shared over 3,000 times and amassed over 2.4k reactions with tons of people commenting on the post. Diane further explained why she shared the post and thinks that lenient grading systems are making “monsters” out of our children.

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“It’s absurd to give someone something for nothing and to do that is creating a future that is pretty darn bleak. We’re creating monsters out of our children,” she added. “We give them too much.. people that experience that kind of childhood then that’s what you want, you’re entitled for the rest of your life.”

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In an interview with WPTV, the St. Lucie school said that their institution doesn’t implement a “no zero” grading policy. “There is no district or individual school policy prohibiting teachers from recording a grade of zero for work not turned in.”

However, Diane pointed out to The Post that in bold, big, and bright read capital letters in the West Gate and Parent Handbook it says, “NO ZERO’S – LOWEST POSSIBLE GRADE IS 50%.”

I guess that’s whoopsie daisy on the school’s part.

Diane’s story began picking up steam not just online, but on local news outlets as well. She issued statements doubling down on her belief that lax public school policies are ruining students by allowing them to easily pass through the system.

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And there were tons of teachers who, after seeing the story on Reddit, relayed some of their own thoughts and personal experiences with the “no grade below” 50 policy. Many of them echoed Diane’s own beliefs.

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On the one hand, I understand concessions need to be made and advantages provided for those who have been at a historic disadvantage, be it due to their country of origin, socioeconomic status, ability, or the color of their skin.

On the other hand, I only need to look how far the US education system has fallen behind other industrialized nations to see we are probably doing something wrong. Maybe these “coddling” policies aren’t really that effective?

What do you think?

Source : https://www.distractify.com/trending/2018/11/16/Z1cYHhz/teacher-fired-giving-zeroes

Everything You Need to Know Before Turning Your Clocks Back for Daylight Saving Time

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Winter is coming so prepare to change your clocks back an hour this Sunday, Nov. 4. The (editor’s note: useless) practice dates back to the early 20th century. And other than knowing we all get an extra hour of weekend sleep and that it’ll get dark super early, there are other things you might have wondered about the first Sunday in November.

Like, why do we have Daylight Saving Time? Will Daylight Saving Time ever be eliminated? And which states or countries even abide by it? For example, does Arizona have Daylight Saving Time, you might ask yourself.

Read on for answers to these questions and other fun facts.

First things first.

It’s Daylight Saving Time not Daylight Savings Time. Glad we got that out of the way.

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Who invented Daylight Saving Time?

Benjamin Franklin is often credited with giving us all an extra hour of sleep, but the practice of changing clocks wasn’t actually his invention.

The common misconception comes from a satirical essay he wrote in Paris in 1784, called “An Economical Project.” In it, he details the thrifty benefits of waking up and going to sleep with the sun — i.e., saving candles by relying on sunlight.

As a result of this essay, the Founding Father is often thought to also be the father of Daylight Saving Time, but all he was cheekily proposing was a change in people’s sleep patterns, not a change in clocks.

An Englishman by the name of William Willett can be more directly blamed for DST. After a morning of horseback-riding, he had an epiphany that the UK would enjoy much more sunlight if their clocks were moved forward by 80 minutes between April and October. He zealously campaigned for this throughout his life, but died without ever seeing his idea come to life.

Daylight Saving Time has nothing to do with farmers.

I feel particularly bad learning this, because I’ve always blamed reduced sunlight hours on farmers. I assumed they’d petitioned to get an extra hour of sunlight in, but it turns out this isn’t the case.

In fact, when it was first implemented on April 30, 1916 as a World War I measure in Germany (to conserve electricity), farmers hated the time change. By the time the practice made its way to America in 1918, farmers disliked it so much, they led a fight to repeal national Daylight Saving Time in 1919. See, the sun, rather than the clock, dictates farmers’ working hours, so the change in time actually worked in their disadvantage.

Not only did farmers have to wait an extra hour for dew to evaporate in order to begin harvesting hay, they also didn’t have as much help — as hires had to be home an hour earlier for dinner.

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Why do we have Daylight Saving?

Officially, the answer is to “save energy,” but I’m not sure I’m fully buying it. According to CBS, “Daylight Saving Time gives people that extra hour of sunlight during the warm summer months, then comes Standard Time when that extra hour of daylight is snatched away in the evening and shifted to the morning hours.”

It appears urban entities like retail outlets and recreational businesses have been the championing force behind DST all these years.

Does Arizona have Daylight Saving Time?

Luckily for them, no. And neither does Hawaii.

Between 1919 when the farmers successfully repealed Daylight Saving Time and 1966 when it was somewhat standardized, telling time was a bit of a mess. States and cities were allowed to begin and end Daylight Saving whenever they pleased, resulting in what Time called “a chaos of clocks” in 1963.

In 1966, the Uniform Time Act standardized when people had to change their clocks to abide by Daylight Saving, but some states, like Arizona and Hawaii, decided to remain on standard time year round. Must be nice.

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Will Daylight Saving Time be eliminated?

A girl can dream, can’t she? Many have tried to eliminate Daylight Saving Time, but no state has been more successful than Florida, which passed the “Sunshine Protection Act” last March. Unfortunately, Congress must amend federal law before Florida’s act can take effect, so they’ll be falling back this Sunday just like the rest of us.

A February 2015 poll found that most people are kind of content switching times twice a year — with 23 percent preferring Daylight Saving Time year round, 23 percent preferring Standard Time, and another 48 percent who like to switch back and forth between the two. 

So enjoy the extra hour this Sunday — see you in March when I come out of hibernation!

Source : https://www.distractify.com/trending/2018/10/30/xfhz5/why-do-we-have-daylight-saving-time

People Are Sharing Personal Unsolved Mysteries and It's Turning Us All Into Sleuths

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Have you ever lost something in your room and had it turn up in, say, the kitchen trash can? These trivial — yet trippy — occurrences are enough to pretty much blow our minds and have us calculatedly retracing steps all day, like we’re detectives who were just assigned to solve our own mysteries.

These stories are a bit more baffling than that — or, we should say, most of them are. From a library card disappearing right before the librarian’s eyes to inexplicable visits from strangers who leave photos of themselves behind, the internet came together on reddit to share incidents so confusing, they’ve been trying to account for them for years.

Read on for 25 stories so mysterious, they’ll leave you searching for your magnifying glass (hint: it’s not where you last placed it).

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We demand an explanation!

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They disappeared just as suddenly as they appeared.

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This person’s asking all the serious questions.

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Houdini hangs out in public libraries?

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Is this daughter in cahoots with mom’s secret admirer?

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Inexplicable meteorology.

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Terrifyingly confusing.

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Mystery playing card?

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For me, the real mystery involves this emergency axe.

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Did the mom never believe it or was she just too scared of the possibility?

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Hello, Brandy.

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The further from home, the more mysterious the encounters.

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Decade-old ocular mystery.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers? Really?!

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Disappearing Mario

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Maybe someone at the violations office has a crush!

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This makes zero sense whatsoever.

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How does one even get there?

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The 3AM detail adds a bit of creepy to this already confusing tale.

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Maybe they saw an actual dragon-dragon.

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This *is* mysterious! How does one manage to bed a longtime crush?

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I once found $500 in a house I was moving into, so perhaps I just solved it.

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This brings toilet paper frustrations to a whole new level.

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Sounds at least like an *advanced* calculus teacher to us.

Source : https://undefined/trending/2018/10/11/Z24qXKJ/personal-unresolved-mysteries

Hulkamania Is Turning 65: Here Are the Most Shirt-Ripping Moments From His Career

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My entire childhood was defined by the rivalry between Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan. It explains why I love ripping t-shirts and the colors yellow and red so much, and why I have such a deep-seated hatred for men with grey hair who rock bedazzled robes.

This made me like every other kid in America because, let’s face it, Hulk Hogan was the guy when it came to professional wrestling. In fact, he was one of the few first stars to really break out of “just pro wrestling,” following in Andre the Giant’s footsteps of being a widely recognized household name.

Both in and out of the ring, Hulkamania ran wild on everyone. Here are some of the most amazing moments from his career.

When he bodyslammed Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania III.

While my Albanian relatives looked at me with slight worry and awe as I ran around the house holding a piece of wood pretending I was “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, or ripping the neon streamers off of the neighborhood girl’s bikes to look like The Ultimate Warrior or Macho Man Randy Savage — even they stood and watched in awe as Terry Hogan lifted Andre The Giant off the mat and slammed him to the ground.

The lead-up to the match, we’d find out years later, was even more dramatic than the spectacle the world saw on TV. The Hulkster wasn’t sure Andre, with an ego big enough to match his frame, was going to comply with the script he had come up with for the fight beforehand, and Andre’s health troubles meant that it was possible the match could be called off at any minute. But he ended up electrifying the crowd along with Hulk Hogan, and the rest is history.

When he tried selling a meatball maker instead of a grill.

Celebrity endorsements of household products are nothing new, just ask Selena Gomez and Kylie Jenner how much they get paid to pretend they like stuff on Instagram. But when it comes to “As Seen on TV” cooking apparatuses, there’s one man whose product reigns supreme: George Foreman and the George Foreman Grill.

However, at one point in time, Hulk Hogan was approached to market the grill to the masses, but the leg-dropping, bicep-popping, ridiculously red-tan-rocking wrestler opted to sell meatball makers instead. The man lost about $200 million picking the meatball maker over the now-iconic grill. Food product fails and Hogan are a bit of an item: He once tried launching a chain of pasta restaurants that didn’t go over too well, and his pre-packaged cheeseburgers didn’t fare great either.

When he was in Rocky III out of nowhere. 

If you grew up in a family that loved testosterone-fueled movie franchises, or underdog stories that involved a lot of violence, then you probably watched all of the Rocky films repeatedly. And if you didn’t, well, then you can just imagine the delight on kids’ faces everywhere when they realized that the “charity” match opponent Stallone’s character was facing was none other than Hulk Hogan himself.

Sure, he didn’t appear as himself and his name was the ridiculous, had-to-be-conjured-up-by-Stallone, “Thunderlips,” but Hogan’s scene with Rocky was one of the most memorable in the film — and years later, the actor gave props to Hogan for his work on set. Hogan responded, thanking Sly for giving him his start in movies and helping him expand his career opportunities outside of the world of professional wrestling.

His awesomely bad film/TV career after Rocky III.

The Princess Bride is a classic film packed with smart writing, incredible performances, and an aesthetic that perfectly fits the movie’s fairy-tale theme. Among all that greatness, Andre the Giant managed to stand out as the character of Fezzik. Just look at him say, “Anybody want a peanut?” and tell me it isn’t awesome.

Now, The Rock got his start in pro wrestling (he still makes appearances) and has managed to go on to become the biggest box-office star in Hollywood right now. Hulk Hogan had a few films of his own, but didn’t enjoy anywhere near the amount of success that The Rock is lapping up right now. And it’s probably because a lot of the stuff Hogan was in was bad. I mean, really, really bad.

Did I love No Holds Barred as a kid? Yes. Did I memorize all of the lines and get legitimately scared every time the film’s main protagonist, Zeus, appeared on camera? Absolutely. No man should angrily shake that much. But does that mean the movie is good? Hell-to-the-no.

Suburban Commando didn’t really astound the box office, or critics either, along with the similarly poor-performing Mr. Nanny

That hasn’t stopped the Hulkster from constantly returning to WWE for spells here and there and epic one-off matches, nor did it impede him from having his own action TV show: Thunder in Paradise and being featured from time to time on various TV shows and cameo roles in movies.

The greatest wrestling promo of all time: when the Madness met the Mania.

Anyone who’s ever worked with professional wrestlers will tell you that, especially during the ’80s, it was a traveling circus. You’ve got a bunch of dudes on the road away from their families with nothing to pass the time between matches because they were in a different city every night. You can imagine that a certain amount of substance abuse came into play. Some substances were clearly at work in this promo with the inimitable Macho Man Randy Savage. 

If you’ve ever seen the Macho Man cut a promo, it was evident that there was something else at work aside from pure human enthusiasm. He and Hulk knew that the first promo they cut together as newly-joined forces needed to be special. So they stepped up their game.

I’m assuming that they dropped tons of acid and snorted enough cocaine to kill an elephant in order to record this absolute insanity, you’ve got to watch it to believe it.

Leg-dropping ‘Gawker’.

A friend of mine have noticed a trend that whenever he’s been snuffed, rebuffed, or rejected by an individual or a company, something terrible befalls them. Whether it’s an MMA fighter’s career going downhill after ghosting him when they were supposed to chill, or getting embarrassed against a no-name opponent when they got condescending when he asked for an interview, to a local restaurant going out of business after they got his food order wrong and were rude to him: The man has strong karma associated with him. He’s also an avid pro-wrestling and Hulk Hogan fan. But years back, he applied to a job at Gawker Media… They ultimately passed on him, but both he and I agree that if he had been working there, the site would’ve thought twice before posting a link to a sex tape the pro-wrestler recorded.

They somehow got their hands on it and linked to it on their site. Hogan took Gawker Media to court and, after some embarrassing court depositions where the people at Gawker realized they couldn’t snark their way through a hearing, the site settled with the wrestler for $31 million. Gawker never recovered after the 1-2-3 the Hulkster dealt them.

There’s tons of other moments from Hogan’s career that are probably missing from this list, like his VH1 reality show Hogan Knows Best, along with the wrestler’s use of the n-word in an audio recording and the response to that. What do you remember the Hulkster for? These ice cream bars that defined your childhood

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Source : https://www.distractify.com/trending/2018/08/07/Z181aE7/hulk-hogan-2018