Thursday, February 4, 2010

Have You Heard?

Here are a couple of news items you may find interesting.....

PHOENIX--Elementary principal, Ron Sterr, composed a letter to the parents of the children attending Litchfield Elementary school. Intending to be a joke, the letter was handed out to the teachers. The letter stated in part.....

"The math we do is really easy, if your child is either too lazy or too stupid to finish it in class, I'm sending it home so that you can work with them and judge for yourself whether it is laziness or idiocy that inhibits your child's progress."

However, one 2nd grade teacher failed to understand Sterr's intent and sent the letter home with her students. As a result, Sterr has been suspended from his duties and is facing a possible demotion or termination.

I feel the real story here is in the teacher who sent the letter home. How could you read such a letter and think it appropriate to be sent home to the parents without questioning the principal first? Don't they have staff meetings or a teacher's lounge where things like these are discussed? Either this teacher did not read the letter or, if she did, she just didn't get it. Geeez, talk about being stupid.

PHOENIX-- The Screaming Me-Me!!!, a humor blog, has been presented the Beautiful Blogger Award by Arizona blogger Chickenista who writes The Next Step. When finally reached for comment, blogger MadMadMargo said.....

"I would like to thank Chickenista for this lovely award. I appreciate the recognition. Thank you so much for thinking of me."

When asked why all the conditions of receiving the award were not met, MMM went on to say.....

"Although I may not follow all of the rules, this award is important to me and will take a starring role on my sidebar feature, The Award Show."


  1. Item #1 goes to show some teachers are few volumes short of a complete library. Item #2 goes to show you're thought of more highly than some teachers! Congrats.

  2. Aw, now poor little Paco and Manuel as well Jimmy and Suzie have had their widdle feelings hurt.

    Now they'll grow up to be failures.

    Life is so unfair.

  3. It's always fun to write bogus "letters to parents" that you'd like to send home... but to actually send them home. Epic Fail!

  4. Item #1: Common Sense, so rare it's practically a Superpower!

    Item #2: Congratulations!

  5. I can't believe that teacher sent that home! Even if the principal had intended it to go home (which of course was not the case), as the teacher I would have made the educated, executive decision NOT to send it!

    Congrats on your award!

  6. I going with she probably didn't read the letter. Being busy or whatever, but still she probably feels like a huge arse!

  7. "I feel the real story here is in the teacher who sent the letter home. How could you read such a letter and think it appropriate to be sent home to parents without questioning the principal first?"

    Undoubtedly you are right in thinking that the real story has to do with the teacher who sent home the letter. But you are overlooking some real possibilities. For instance, the principal has been expelled, so to speak, hasn't he? What kind of principal has he been? Has he ever cut the legs out from under his faculty? Very possibly, the teacher who sent the offending letter out is doing a little jig just now, shouting, "Mission accomplished!"
    Or, the teacher has been immersed so long in an environment made up of mostly dunces that he honestly saw the letter in terms of realism, not satire.
    A third possibility is that the teacher had finally gotten fed up with memos reminding him/her that being unable to add and subtract, or to read and write is never sufficient reason for students being held back from the next grade. It's easy to imagine this teacher finally getting his license to sell real estate, and deciding that same day to send out the principal's letter.
    You might like taking a look at
    Barry Knister

  8. Congrats on your award!!!!

    I'm going to check my son's book bag.

  9. I saw that on the news last night. And you're right, Me-Me, the teacher is stupid for sending that letter out without first questioning it and checking to see if it was meant to be sent out. Even somebody with the IQ of tree bark could have seen it was not meant to be put out to the parents. And Principal Sterr must be really lacking in the tact and common sense dept for composing the letter in the first place.

    Congratulations on your award!

  10. It's such a shame when great humor is laid waste due to overwhelming ignorance. That one teacher's name should be made public so that the people that appreciate the intent of the letter have a name and a face with which to level our condescension.

  11. I'm with the principal on this one, partly because he has a sense of humor, and partly because he was an idiot to put his sense of humor--however truthful--into writing and distribute to his staff. Been there, done that. Poor fellow.

  12. I think that principal needs to write another letter regarding the stupidity of

  13. To the AZ principal: Get a blog!

    (And if he loses his job, he'll have lots of time for blogging.)

  14. Wow that teacher was not very bright. I know if I was the teacher I would have went right to my boss and been like "Are you serious?"

    Love your award slide show by the cool is that???

  15. I can't believe that teacher didn't realize it was a joke...but then again the principal probably should've prefaced the letter with "this is just a joke".

    Congratulations on your award! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I've really enjoyed yours and I'm following you now!

  16. Congratulations on the award. You'll probably need to build a new shelf soon to hold all of your awards.

    Now to the ill-fated letter. Interesting set of circumstances. For the principal to send the teachers a humorous, sarcastic letter, addressed to the parents, was a disaster waiting to happen.

    The teacher, who I'll give the benefit of the doubt here, was likely busy and rushed and probably just had enough time to glance at the letter, saw it was addressed to the parents, and the rest is history.

    You just don't put something like that in writing. Better to state it verbally to get the point across. Sarcasm is a dish best served hot or something.

  17. "The adventures of the unlucky Principal and the foolish teacher."
    This should be a great story. I wouldn't understand such a silly joke, the principal would play and I can't believe how the teacher would simply give away the letters.
    "The chronicles of the silly school" - Hey this name sounds good too...:)

    Congrats on your award. So that's another award entering your Award Show. Hooray...!

  18. Congratulations on the award.

    I'm expecting my 'Eh..okay for his age, I guess' award any time now.

  19. It's too bad about the principal and the teacher probably was too busy to read it...but she would have had to make copies of it to send it out.

    Congrats on the award!!


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