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Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.

From The New York Times:

Her Parents Thought Swimming Lessons Were a Good Idea

Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.…

Former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

Good video about former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

http://www.foxsports.com/video?vid=396080195760

A Brooklyn teacher is about to get a tough lesson in the power of social media. After making a callous remark on her cell phone about a beach field trip that had resulted in a student’s death, her friend took the discussion to Facebook.
When her friend asked the teacher if she wouldn’t throw a life-jacket, she responded, “No. I wouldn’t for a million dollars.”
During her phone conversation, the teacher also commented, “I hate their guts!”
The Facebook remark was copied and forwarded to the school’s vice principal. The teacher is now fighting for her job, claiming that she does a good job, and those comments were supposed to be private.
She picked the wrong time and forum to vent.

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Comment by ERROL DUPLESSIS on March 16, 2011 at 1:00pm
Thank you, Jayson, for posting the blog report.  Indeed, it is a very sad situation.  From a professional, the teacher was wrong, and needs to move on.  She was not effective then as a teacher, and won't be in the future (my opinion).  Teachers who truly teach love what they do and their students; teachers who hate do not belong in the classroom (my opinion).  She has got to go!
Comment by Jayson Jackson on March 16, 2011 at 12:11pm

I read about this the other day. Here's another blog about it. She made these comments a day after the tragedy. The whole situation is very sad.

 

http://thestir.cafemom.com/big_kid/117486/teacher_jokes_about_drown...

Comment by ERROL DUPLESSIS on March 16, 2011 at 11:39am
Thoughts are things, Angela.  The teacher harbored hatred, at a conscious level, the moment she put her thoughts in writing.  Question:  Was this incident racial in any way?  Not that it matters, hatred is hatred and the deed was done, and the teacher also failed at a teachable moment.  Your argument and vision is strong for homeschooling - not everyone has the energy and talent to follow-through.  Our daughter is a high school English teacher in Tucson, at a private school.  And she has seen everything that goes on inside and outside the classroom.  And,  she is raising three very active boys ages 4-12.  My hat off to you.

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