It was National Grammar Day AND Gamemaster’s Day, and I didn’t realize either until the day was almost over!
It was date night, though, and my favorite GM and I did play, so at least there’s that. I’ll have to get him a make-up present, though.
You know all those different click-to-give sites? I very geekily gathered up all the ones that I know about and stuck the links on one page so I don’t have to try to remember them, or install shortcuts or toolbars or what-have-you. It isn’t gorgeous, but it is convenient.
I finally got started on Season 1 of Shadow Unit, now that Season 2 has started. Good stuff!
And finally, just so I can close the tab that’s been open for a couple of days, a new wrinkle in that whole nature/nurture debate: Child Abuse Alters Stress-Fighting Gene.
Teacher lets kindergarten students vote 5‑year-old “out of the class”
After each classmate was allowed to say what they didn’t like about Barton’s 5‑year-old son, Alex, his Morningside Elementary teacher Wendy Portillo said they were going to take a vote, Barton said.
By a 14 to 2 margin, the students voted Alex â€” who is in the process of being diagnosed with autism â€” out of the class.
The teacher, Wendy Portillo (firstname.lastname@example.org), has acknowledged that the incident happened. She had been participating in the child’s IEP team since February, so she knew that Alex was being evaluated for a disability (most likely Asberger’s syndrome, from the information in the article).
There isn’t be any excuse for any adult treating any child that way, but a teacher to encourage children to ostracize a disabled child? That’s even worse.
The school district has refused to fire Portillo, but claims that she has been moved to non-classroom duties. That isn’t nearly enough.