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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 12, 2014 / 12 Iyar, 5774

Broom-swinging teacher did what she had to do to protect students

By Mitch Albom




JewishWorldReview.com | Two teens were beating up on each other. It looked like a barroom brawl. Their bodies hurled around the room. Furniture flew. Onlookers screamed.

Except this wasn't a barroom. It was a classroom. At Detroit's Pershing High School. And the first responder was, naturally, the teacher, a 5-foot-2 English instructor named Tiffani Eaton.

She did what she was supposed to do. She screamed at them to stop. She radioed for security. No one came because the radio given to her was broken. The teens tumbled to the floor now, one punching the head of the other.

So Eaton grabbed the first thing she could, a broom, and swatted the back of the young man on top, several times, screaming at him to get off the other student. They separated. Soon after, the fight broke up.

If I stop right there, many of you would give this woman a medal.

Instead, she was fired — fired? — because she violated the school's corporal punishment rule.

It is hard to write that without gagging.

A few days after the incident, which, of course, was filmed by a student's cell phone (heaven forbid that kid break up the fight instead of worrying about YouTube viewers), one of the combatants, Kiren Lowery, was asked by a Fox 2 News crew whether he was at fault for his teacher's firing.

"No " he said. "She could have waited for the security. So I think that's what she deserve."

Astonishing, right?

A SECOND CHANCE TO TEACH

Today is Mother's Day, so let's talk about this working mother. Eaton, 30, is like many Americans, divorced and bringing up two kids on her own. While raising her family, she received a master's degree in teaching at Wayne State, took a job in the challenged Highland Park School District, was laid off for budgetary reasons, had to take work as a medical assistant, and finally found an opening this year at Pershing, which is run by the statewide system for the worst-performing public schools, the Education Achievement Authority. EAA teachers do not belong to a union.

According to Eaton's attorney, several teachers already had quit the job Pershing offered her. Eaton happily accepted.

"I never lost hope that I would return to teaching," she told me through an e-mail. "I simply couldn't imagine my life without it."

Yet, suddenly, she is without it. Fired. She wouldn't be if she'd just leaned against her desk and watched two kids try to kill each other.

But then she wouldn't be much of a teacher — or a mother. Because good mothers, like good teachers, know that there are times you do things for the safety of children and don't worry about ramifications. Eaton saw two strong teens at risk of seriously hurting each other. How many times does a head need to be banged on a floor before real damage occurs?

With security not coming, "I realized I would have to deal with this alone," Eaton wrote. "It was the worst fight I'd ever seen."

Had she tried physically to break it up, she likely would have been injured herself (and still perhaps been accused of corporal punishment!). So she grabbed the broom. Maybe not the best move. But nobody ever died from a broom whack. The video shows the teens didn't even acknowledge it. They continued tearing up the room and each other.

For this, they were merely suspended — one for 10 days, one for three — while Eaton was axed.

By the way, if you're wondering where kids get such disrespect for schooling, consider Tawanda Richardson, Lowery's mother, who told Fox 2 that Eaton "shouldn't have hit him with the broom. She should've let them kept fighting until security got there."

What if one of the kids pulled a gun?

"She should've run out of the room then."

Still wondering?

TEACHERS HAVE RIGHTS, TOO

Eaton will appear before an EAA board of directors meeting next month. Meanwhile, she remains fired. Not only is that ridiculous, but in reading the Michigan revised school code, I don't see what she did wrong. It states that a school employee may use "reasonable physical force upon a pupil" in trying to:


  • "Restrain or remove a pupil whose behavior is interfering with the orderly exercise and performance of school functions."

  • "For self-defense or the defense of another."

  • "To quell a disturbance that threatens physical injury to any person."

  • "To protect property."

Are you kidding? How could Pershing not interpret all that in her favor? At worst, give her a warning or a minor suspension? Remember, her radio didn't function and the security person assigned outside her classroom was away on another problem. How much more stacked could the deck be?

That video is the worst piece of advertising Detroit schools could get. Yet amazingly, Eaton only wants her job back. Pershing should throw rose petals at her feet. Instead, the protocol has her being investigated for — dear G0D — child abuse.

"I want to continue teaching," she lamented. "It's frustrating to know that the career path I had chosen for my life, my passion, might end prematurely."

It shouldn't. This is a travesty. The students who don't respect school get to stay in it, while the teacher who cares is thrown out.

Maybe that's Detroit's "new math."

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