Georgia mom arrested, shackled over honor roll son’s unexcused sick days

The state believes your children belong to it. Here is a reminder, in case you thought otherwise. From the NY Daily News:

A Georgia mom said she was arrested and shackled because her honor roll-listed son, 10, had too many unexcused absences from school.

Julie Giles, of Sylvania, said she received a warrant for her arrest the day before Mothers’ Day because her fourth-grader son, Samuel, missed 12 days for illness — double the number the school district allows.

Giles, said she obtained doctors’ notes to cover three of those days after the fact, but did not get them for the days Samuel was home with the stomach virus.

“The truth is, l cannot afford a copay every single time they are sick, but I never want to send them to school when they feel bad or could possibly get others sick,” Giles wrote on Facebook on May 12. “I have NEVER been in trouble before in my life and the boys are beside themselves.”

The mother of two said she turned herself in and was placed in ankle shackles, which she was told was part of procedure. She was booked into jail and had her mug shot taken before she was allowed to leave on her own recognizance.

Days later, Samuel was presented with his prize for being “Student of the Month” because the teacher said “he always tries to make others feel better about themselves,” Giles said.

Giles is by no means the only parent sent to court for not working with the district, Screven County Schools Superintendent William Bland said, noting court was “a last resort.”

Samuel Giles had 12 unexcused absences from school this year, but the honor roll-listed boy was sick those times, his mother says.FACEBOOK

Samuel Giles had 12 unexcused absences from school this year, but the honor roll-listed boy was sick those times, his mother says.

“It’s important for these children to be in school and I think the courts recognize that,” Bland told WTOC.

Giles said the school last contacted her about Samuel’s absences in January, when he had missed five days. Her husband and father of her children, Keith, was not arrested.

Screven County Sheriff Mike Kile was not immediately available for the Daily News’ request for comment.

Giles, who sometimes works as a substitute teacher at the district, is scheduled to appear in court July 14. Her case has received so much attention that she is receiving free legal help from the National Association of Parents.

She told Fox News she was relocating her family and posted a listing for her current house on Facebook.

“I do not believe that after this that my children will be treated fairly in this school system, so we’re going to move,” she said.

Memorial Day


Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country. The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

The ceremonies centered around the mourning-draped veranda of the Arlington mansion, once the home of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Various Washington officials, including Gen. and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, presided over the ceremonies. After speeches, children from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home and members of the GAR made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers and singing hymns.

Local Observances Claim To Be First Local springtime tributes to the Civil War dead already had been held in various places. One of the first occurred in Columbus, Miss., April 25, 1866, when a group of women visited a cemetery to decorate the graves of Confederate soldiers who had fallen in battle at Shiloh. Nearby were the graves of Union soldiers, neglected because they were the enemy. Disturbed at the sight of the bare graves, the women placed some of their flowers on those graves, as well.

Today, cities in the North and the South claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day in 1866. Both Macon and Columbus, Ga., claim the title, as well as Richmond, Va. The village of Boalsburg, Pa., claims it began there two years earlier. A stone in a Carbondale, Ill., cemetery carries the statement that the first Decoration Day ceremony took place there on April 29, 1866. Carbondale was the wartime home of Gen. Logan. Approximately 25 places have been named in connection with the origin of Memorial Day, many of them in the South where most of the war dead were buried.

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Toxic culture of education: Joshua Katz at TEDx University of Akron

Joshua Katz is a public school teacher in Florida. He started off like many a new high school teacher: He lined the desks up in neat rows, taught bell to bell, made sure students stayed awake — the usual.

But then he started to read and research more of the nuances of his profession. He started trying different teaching techniques, experimented with desk organization, but he still found he couldn’t go as deep as he wanted to on certain topics with students.

“We had this looming test in April, which is bizarre. To assess a student on year-round learning in April with two months of school left is ridiculous,” he said.

Katz is referring to standardized testing. While it’s nothing new, Katz argued that its purpose has changed in a way that’s detrimental to students, teachers and the system as a whole.

This and other frustrations eventually led him to a national platform where he talked about what he calls the “toxic culture of education.”

Arne Duncan proposes public boarding schools for our kids

Breitbart reported Tuesday that at the Youth Violence Prevention Summit in Arlington, VA, Education Secretary Arne Duncan proposed government-run public boarding schools which would be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He poses the question of what about the children where there’s not a mom, there’s not a dad, there’s not a grandma, there’s just nobody at home? Who could argue with his reasoning of there being certain kids that we (the government) should have 24/7 to really create a safe environment and give them a chance to be successful?

Actually, it’s not a new idea. Authoritarian governments have always known that it is important to mold the young in their ideology. The first Premier of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Lenin, thought of it decades ago. He said, “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted. Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.” We saw the results of that.

While this all sounds wonderfully benevolent on the surface, Duncan admits that is a controversial concept. As stated Wednesday by Rick Wells from Constitution Rising, one has to consider the costs of staffing, including security, the meals to be provided, the increased costs of electricity, insurance, curriculum and how cash-strapped school districts might be expected to pay those costs. The curriculum would be virtually free of inspection by non-government, independent citizens. Having no parents involved, the children would come to view their school masters and classmates as a substitute family. The state could then relocate those children deemed “at risk” from homeschooling or those who had parents with objectionable political opinions.

It should be noted that the idea is gaining momentum. Supporters claim such a dramatic step is necessary to get some students into an atmosphere that promotes learning. And they say it’s worth costs estimated at $20,000 to $25,000 per student per year. The SEED Public Charter School of Washington is a public boarding school for poor and academically at-risk students. Buffalo school board member Carl Paladino envisions a charter boarding school that immerses students as young as first or second grade.

You can’t properly or totally indoctrinate the next generation if parents have the ability to teach their values and morals. This is the obvious next step.

Early Academic Training Produces Long-Term Harm

Research reveals negative effects of academic preschools and kindergartens. From the Psychology Today article:

The results are quite consistent from study to study: Early academic training somewhat increases children’s immediate scores on the specific tests that the training is aimed at (no surprise), but these initial gains wash out within 1 to 3 years and, at least in some studies, are eventually reversed. Perhaps more tragic than the lack of long-term academic advantage of early academic instruction is evidence that such instruction can produce long-term harm, especially in the realms of social and emotional development.

So, of course our government is trying to institute universal educational pre-school for all.