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I spent last night filling out Community Service Hour forms for the students who volunteered at OctopodiCon.  I was happy to do that because it meant that next year, we'd have more students volunteering.

What perturbed me, though, were the number of parents who needed to have Community Service Hour forms filled out so their student would pass this semester.

When did junior and senior high schools start requiring that parents participate in and prove they did community service in order for the student to get a good grade?

I would be pissed if my grade depended on a non-student's efforts.  My grade is mine, proof of my skills, my knowledge, my efforts at mastering the subject, my commitment to my community, and of my ability to engage in teamwork for group projects.

To tie my grade to a non-student, even if that non-student is a parent, is unjust.  It is unjust to the parent who already gave their schools their community service hours and it's unjust to require a parent to spend time away from their child collecting community service hours so their child can get a passing grade in school, and it's unjust to the child whose parent may be working 2 - 3 jobs just to keep a roof over their head and food on the table and still be a parent.  


And do send Get Well wishes to FloridaSNMom, who is having issues with her gall bladder.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 05:35:43 AM PST

  •  Good morning everyone! (7+ / 0-)

    Gloomy chilly day in Chicago.

    Had a nice lunch with figbash and Millie Neon yesterday.  Looking forward to more good times with Chicago Kossacks.  

    Having breakfast with a friend today.  My life has turned into eating, but it's good being with friends.

    Hope you're feeling better FloridaSNMom.  We need you back here soon.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 05:44:11 AM PST

  •  Wishes for a quiet gall bladder (6+ / 0-)

    for FloridaSNMom. I know how painful it can be. I spent quite a few sleepless nights a few years ago with mine.  finally did a series of cleanses under the guidance of my chiropractor. It's been behaving it's self ever since.
    Hope you can get some relief without surgery.

    Only thing more infuriating than an ignorant man is one who tries to make others ignorant for his own gain. Crashing Vor

    by emmasnacker on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 06:15:32 AM PST

  •  FloridaSNMom, I am hoping your treatment can be (3+ / 0-)
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    on your schedule and is not an emergency.  The pains are severe, but less if you don't eat much and avoid foods that trigger the bladder.  When it's resolved, some of that shoulder pain should be gone too.  Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 07:31:20 AM PST

  •  Looking forward to bringing LuvLee home (5+ / 0-)

    from the pet hospital today. Her not-eating problems are from an acute pancreatitis, and she's been responding well to the treatment. I saw her last night at visiting hours, and she was Very Pissed Off and willing to tell anyone about it. That's my LuvLee! She did seem to be much better. So now I wait for the call to tell me I can come pick her up.

    Best wishes to FloridaSNMom

    Handmade holiday gifts from Jan4insight on Zibbet. Get 10%off everytime with coupon code KOSSACK.

    by jan4insight on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 08:07:35 AM PST

  •  Sending good mojo to FloridaSNMom (2+ / 0-)
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    I'm so sorry to read about your health problems!  

    I send mojo (which I envision as this really HUGE dragon who will wander up and shred whatever the problem is with her very sharp talons.)

  •  Hugs for FloridaSNMom (2+ / 0-)
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    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:27:11 AM PST

  •  Hi all, thank you so much for the well wishes! (2+ / 0-)
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    They must have worked because they sent me home without surgery. Essentially the Dr. said that while I have one or two small stones, there's no sign of infection and the function study came out normal. So no reason to do surgery right now. They also blasted me with IV antibiotics.

    So I'm having tea and toast and I'll probably take another nap in a bit. I've been sleeping a LOT the past couple of days, at least once the morphine kicked in LOL. Now though I'm on no pain meds and no more fenergen either though I'm still a bit nauseous. I wasn't that fond of this doctor though, he was of the 'suck it up and deal with the pain, you're fine' variety.

    I am going to hope my gall bladder decides to behave itself so I don't end up back in there again.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 12:25:45 PM PST

    •  There are things you can do (2+ / 0-)
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      to lessen it.  

      These are the foods that most often trigger an attack:

      eggs, pork, gluten, onion, dairy, coffee, grapefruit, oranges, corn, dried beans and nuts, alcohol, saturated fats (palm and coconut oil, coconut, lard, shortening, fish oil, brazil, cashew, and macadamia nuts, goat cheese, cheddar, roquefort, gruyere, fontina, muenster, parmesan, and monterey cheeses, sausages, and pates), hydrogenated oils (peanut, corn, and cottonseed oils) and partially hydrogenated oils (any oil can be partially hydrogentated, but you can't buy partially hydrogenated oils except margarines for home cooking)
      What you can use instead:

      Cheese:  mozzarella, cream cheese, brie, havarti, camembert, neufchatel, butterkaese, tilsit, asiago, mascarpone, and edam (but go lightly on these - they are still dairy and could trigger an attack).

      Oils:  safflower and olive

      You can still,probably, eat these, just be aware that they are known for triggering gall bladder attacks and go lightly on them.  Eliminate them entirely if you feel you may be getting a gall bladder attack; any 2 or more of the following:  pain in your shoulders, upper back, pain in the upper center or slightly to the right of your abdomen, pain under your sternum (similar to GERD or indigestion), bloating or feeling of fullness, changing position or taking antacids doesn't bring relief, pain may increase when taking a deep breath, there may be fever and chills, or nausea.  

      If there's jaundice, dark urine, lighter than normal stools, rapid heart beat with a fast drop in blood pressure,with or without the previous symptoms, it's serious, seek immediate help.

      If your doctor didn't tell you this, look up the Mayo Clinic's information on gall bladder attacks.  It's the best one on the internet.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 04:20:43 PM PST

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      •  yeah, I'm going to do some research (2+ / 0-)
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        tomorrow, hopefully I'll be thinking clearer then. I slept poorly at the hospital. They didn't give me any of my normal meds including my steroids until this afternoon just before I left AND I didn't have my c-pap machine. Add in they had me NPO after midnight, and I was up wheezing and coughing most of the night away last night and most of this morning, and the night before that was the pain... so yeah. I've been up for an hour, in bed for an hour or two this afternoon.

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 05:57:18 PM PST

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