I missed what?

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.

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Vicious Teacher Leads Bullying of Disabled Child

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 — who is in the process of being diag­nosed with autism — out of the class.

The teacher, Wendy Por­tillo (portillow@stlucie.k12.fl.us), 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.

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