As a teacher and a principal for more than 45 years, I had a policy of avoiding classroom confrontations if at all possible.
The problem in many instances of student misbehavior is that adolescents value “saving face” in the presence of their peers above everything else. Some will even risk injury rather than appear weak when there is an audience.
In the scene that erupted in a South Carolina high school, we can’t know why a girl, who other students said “was usually quiet and not a troublemaker,” refused to leave the classroom when told to do so.
But things would have ended better if the teacher had told her quietly to stay and talk about the situation after class, and then set an appropriate consequence for her misbehavior.
Every time it rains, one of the bridges I use on my thrice-weekly bike rides is inundated, causing me to take another (and less-safe) route. This image, made today, shows the extent of the flooding (click to enlarge):
Here is the trail through River Legacy Parks, which was quiet today because of the inclement weather (click to enlarge):
I had fun today, despite the dreary weather. I listened to music as I pedaled and thought about logic and other things. I saw a turtle, several armadillos, some squirrels, and many birds. Another month of riding is in the book. I rode 13 times in 31 days, for a total of 442.3 miles. That's an average of 34.0 miles per ride and 14.2 miles per day. I've ridden 3,996.8 miles in 2015. I'm on track to have my second-best mileage year in the 35 years I've been abike. Life is good.
This is good news. No conservative (or Republican) can get a fair shake from the mainstream media, so there is no point in talking to any journalist from a mainstream media organization. I include Fox News Channel in that category. The "gotcha" questions from Megyn Kelly, Chris Wallace, and Bret Baier were disgraceful. There are enough media outlets now for conservatives to get their views out to the people without going through the mainstream media.
Why are the CNBC moderators being vilified for their questioning? John Harwood’s asking Donald Trump if he is a comic figure is now being questioned. Isn’t that exactly what everyone has been saying all along? When you are running for the highest office in the land, everything is subject to scrutiny—character as well as verbiage.
Note from KBJ: Harwood's questioning shows why journalists are near the bottom in public-opinion polls: