They’re not always angels….


Again I just want to say thanks to everyone who voted for me! The money for those wondering is going into continuing to run the site as well as pay a few medical bills that for some reason they feel I should pay. :) And maybe something pretty…like a new spatula.

We are finally getting our summer now that school started back yesterday; well it started back for the districts I sub in at least. I was reading an article and posted it on my personal FB page called “What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents”. I full heartedly agree with the article, especially the part where they talk about grades. Nowadays when a parent tells me their kid gets straight A’s or is on honor roll, I’ll be honest and say I am not impressed. It truly doesn’t mean what it does anymore. If you ever saw the movie The Freshman where the mob bosses daughter says to the teacher “My father thinks that Clark is an A student. An A student, that’s what my father says” almost rings a little true these days. See fear of the annoying helicopter parent as they are called can cause many a teacher to just bump a kid’s grade up or grade on a curve to make sure that they don’t have to deal with parents. I was on such teacher and often had to defend myself time and time again as other teachers do this practice.

When I moved to my last school and taught math the teacher that taught math the grade below me was all about the curve. If you are unfamiliar with a curve system basically whatever the highest score was became the 100%. So you were having kids getting a 77% on a test and this became an A and everyone’s grade was adjusted accordingly. Parents were livid with me that a 77% in my class was a C. I was ruining their kids G.P.A. No, your child is ruining their G.P.A. They were so used to not really having to study or do much that they expected the same. My first quarter was basically spent teaching an entire year of 7th grade math in a quarter. Not fun. But they got caught up and my kids were the second highest for test scores in the district on the end of the year test 8th grade math students. And I can assure you they earned that. Luckily that 7th grade teacher moved on, sadly to administration though, but that’s a whole other post.

Point being parents if your kids get a C they probably deserved that C. Just doing work doesn’t mean it’s an A. It could even be a D or an F. You child’s teacher isn’t out to ruin your child’s life. They are trying to give them an education so that they achieve what they desire in life. If you skate by because mom and dad come yell at the teacher what happens when you go to work? You best go work where mom and dad do because someone is going to have to bail your butt out apparently. Also, if your kid is in an extra-curricular activity and their grades start to slip, don’t send a note to the teacher excusing your kid saying he has been having late practices. How about not letting them play until they get their grades back up? Nah, that’s crazy talk, little Jimmy’s going to play in the NFL he doesn’t need to study.

I also don’t know what happened to the days of having faith in the teacher. In the old days if a teacher called my parents listened. My parents used to say to me when I was at school it went God, Teacher, Parent, You. Seems like now teachers are the ones constantly on the defense. Again, let me say, the teacher is not out for your kid. Educators don’t get paid crap, they are there because they want to teach. Help them make that easier for your child instead of harder.

I made these a while back. Angel Food Cake always reminds me of summer. And since summer comes to an end in my opinion when school starts we will throw these in for good measure. My favorite thing about them is the whipped cream. It has white chocolate hot chocolate which gives me many ideas for the upcoming fall and holiday baking(which thanks to me winning I should now be able to do!)

Angel Food Cake with White Chocolate Cocoa Whipped Cream Frosting

1 ¾ cups sugar
1 ¼ tsp. salt
1 cup cake flour, sifted
12 egg whites (the closer to room temperature the better)
1/3 cup warm water
1 tsp. Lemon extract
1 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a food processor spin sugar about 2 minutes until it is superfine. Sift half of the sugar with the salt the cake flour, setting the remaining sugar aside.
In a large bowl, use a balloon whisk to thoroughly combine egg whites, water, orange extract, and cream of tartar. After 2 minutes, switch to a hand mixer. Slowly sift the reserved sugar, beating continuously at medium speed. Once you have achieved medium peaks, sift enough of the flour mixture in to dust the top of the foam. Using a spatula fold in gently. Continue until all of the flour mixture is incorporated.
Carefully spoon mixture into an ungreased tube pan. Bake for 35 minutes before checking for doneness with a wooden skewer (mini cakes will take about 15-20 minutes…watch carefully). (When inserted halfway between the inner and outer wall, the skewer should come out dry).
Cool upside down on cooling rack for at least an hour before removing from pan.
Recipe from Alton Brown at Food Network.com

White Chocolate Cocoa Whipped Cream Frosting

½ cup heavy whipping cream
3 TBSP powdered sugar
¼ cup white chocolate hot chocolate powder

Beat the whipped cream on high using a whisk attachment. Beat until stiff peaks form, add sugar and chocolate and beat another 30 seconds.
Top on cake and add blueberries.

Comments

  1. I could never be a teacher. That is such a tough job…

    Congrats! I’m glad you won.

    That cake look dreamlike!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. Congratulations Peabody on winning for the best home farm!I have so many “what if’s” to even have a sprout growing on my balcony.

  3. Congratulations on winning!
    Your whipped cream sounds delish, and I can’t wait for fall baking either!

  4. Congratulations on winning! I have been in education for almost 20 years and a parent for almost 17 and have seen both sides. Currently battling a *difficult* teacher for my son, but the other 5 teachers seem to more than balance her out. I keep reminding him that a difficult teacher is like a difficult boss in life and call this a learning experience. I’ll try your recipe, but angel food cake is usually an epic fail for me!

  5. You’d be proud of me – I actually suggested to a teacher last year that she fail my son on a project, because that’s the mark he deserved. She was shocked I would both suggest and support it but I saw what he was doing and thought that’s what he deserved.

  6. @Jenny- good catch. It’s a good lesson to teach kids. If they do piss poor work they deserve the matching grade.

  7. @Julia- yes, there are always a few difficult teachers, just like any profession. But glad that the other teachers balence that out.

  8. Mmm, that whipped cream frosting sounds delicious!
    You’re right about teachers … they are under so much scrutiny & pressure nowadays. Everyone should be working together for students’ benefit. I was fortunate as a teacher to work with students’ parents who communicated well and would take seriously what happened in school.

  9. i remember being in high school and kids were getting a free pass if they were in grade 9 math and should have been in grade 11. It was ridiculous.

  10. I thought about being a teacher for about minutes, until I realized what a unrelenting it is! I like kids, it is their parents that get to me. This whipped cream looks awesome. I may have to try it on an Irish coffee (you should too!)

  11. Once again you speak with the wisdom of ages. I left another career after 20years to teach in a public school. I made more money checking groceries than I do now, but I love teaching and I love the kids. Some parents need to step up and be a parent and stop living their missed youth through their kids. Kids need expectations from their parents and not someone wanting to be a friend. Stop blaming the teacher and let your child learn that life is demanding, but success comes with work and adversity. Also, can’t wait to make these cakes…. They look fantastic.

  12. Peadboy, I swear you are STEALING MY THOUGHTS. I was just thinking about how bloated grades/GPAs have become. There are some ridiculous kids out there. I was teaching a GRADUATE LEVEL class at a university. I got my comments back after the semester and just by chance the first comment in the pile was:”I felt I wasted my time in this class because we were told to study more information than what was on the tests.” Insert me banging my head against the wall. I wanted to know who that student was (a GRADUATE STUDENT WHO IS WORKING TOWARDS A PhD) and say “SERIOUSLY?” And I actually had another grad student that I was tutoring who was complaining about a professor for the same thing. Kids these days….

    Also…the squidgeness of the whipped cream is awesome in the top picture. I can’t explain it…but it is awesome.

  13. I agree with the whole grading system thing. I am a straight A student, but I work my butt off to get those grades. I am very particular about what I hand in, and every time I click the “print” button, I worry my project or essay isn’t good enough. Then there are the slackers who make the class a joke, and I want to strangle them every day. All they do is say how much of a joke the class is and then they brag about having a D in the class. I feel sorry for what teachers have to go through, especially the verbal attacks they get from parents that berate them because thier kid is failing the class.

    Nice looking angel food cake! :D

  14. Very cute little angel food cake, and BTW, the high school where my sons go, don’t allow D’s, a D is an F and though that took some getting used to, now I’m glad. Pushes them not to ‘settle’, which goes well into ‘real life’-

  15. You spoil me…you really do!

  16. Dont even get me started on school these days. I think its a load of BS and I feel terrible for my friends who are teachers who are too caught in red tape and school ‘politics’ to be great teachers – and they want to be. Oh, I can feel a rant coming… Dessert, think dessert… This angel food cake looks divine. The whipped cream though, that’s the best part.

  17. I’m not an angelfood cake fan, but the whipped cream with blueberries looks outstanding. You are a great photographer!

  18. Pea, how did you get the mini angels out of the pan without destroying the moulded shape? Is it baked in a silicone mould perhaps?
    I do like these mini angels…so lovable!

    Don’t think I can comment on schools since I haven’t lived in USA for a very long time now and my daughter was a ‘swat’. She had outstanding teachers here and we owe them much praise.
    Being a teacher is still something quite wonderful to me.
    I don’t think teachers should drop their standards and nor should they be asked to.

  19. sorry…I typed swat and meant swot. (slang term here for kid who studies because they like it.)

  20. I taught an anatomy lab for freshman college students and I could tell that many (most) of them have been coddled and hand-held through grade school. Its like they just wanted me to give them the answers. And then they couldn’t believe how poorly they did on the exams, even though I warned them. Letting kids slide has the possible downfall of ruining them for life. Not everything is easy, nor should it be.

    And you know, think about how it makes those kids feel who work hard for their good grades.

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