Educators across the state have been in an uproar over the new Compass teacher evaluation system since it was passed by the Louisiana Legislature.
If you recall, even teachers in Lincoln Parish were a little upset when State Superintendent of Education John White and Gov. Bobby Jindal first announced the plan, which heavily ties teacher performance scores to student outcomes. That means if students don’t perform well, teachers get a bad grade.
Like most young adults, I woke earlier this week and as usual checked the various social media outlets. What would flood my feed in the next few seconds was neither shocking nor surprising.
At this point, the names of the Robertson family are used as commonly as “take a bath” and “brush your teeth” in most households. They are just as known for their wild antics — ranging from hunting and fishing to teaching Sadie how to drive — as they are their Christian beliefs and how they are portrayed on their nation-wide hit television show.
Not many people know that the president of the largest association of business and industry in Louisiana grew up in a union household. My dad was a member of the firefighters’ branch of the AFL-CIO for over 30 years.
He grew up poor, was very blue collar, was a darned good firefighter (retired as assistant chief), and felt for years that the ordinary working man deserved the representation that came from affiliation with a union. I remember gatherings in my home in my early years where my dad and my uncles who belonged to private-sector unions extolled the power of organized labor and its special place in the fabric of a rising middle class.
The familiar strain of music accompanying the pan of a cloudy sky combined to give me a warm, fuzzy feeling on Friday night. The latest and penultimate installment of the films featuring the world’s favorite boy wizard hit the screens last week, and theaters filled with fans young and old. Even the theater here in Ruston had only the undesirable seats left open 20 minutes before show time.