There's been a firestorm of controversy in Philly lately. One of the suburban school districts which distributes laptops to its students for at home use remotely activated the laptop's webcam and key tracing program. They took pictures of the his bedroom and e-mails which suggested he was dealing drugs. Now his parents are suing the school for invasion of privacy. Read a surprisingly non-biased article from NPR here. Read a more biased (in favor the student) but also more descriptive article by the Philadelphia Inquirer here.

I've been opposed to the school district since the moment I first heard about this, but I've finally realized what bothers me so much about the controversy: it's sexist.

How do you think people would react if instead of a fourteen year old boy this were a fourteen year old girl who school administrators were watching, without her knowledge, in her bedroom?

Dance of the Day - Nightclub Two-Step

Wedding lessons are picking up again, and that means I'm teaching a lot of slow dances, and that means a lot of nightclub two-step. When asked to describe nightclub two-step, I say that if rumba and bolero and cha cha and salsa are the hot, sexy girls flirting their way through life, nightclub two-step is the girl next door. She's a bit plainer, but she's loving and sincere and in the end, she's the one who makes you happy. This is the video I use to show students what the dance is like at a beginner level, and explain that they can reasonably expect to learn two to four of the patterns demonstrated plus an entrance and exit over the standard six-lesson package.