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Old 05-27-2008, 12:55 PM   #21
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I think this is a classic example of bullying in school. Sadly, the teacher was the biggest bully of all and turned all the children into accomplices. There are lots of schools that have serious anti-bullying rules and programs in place because it's clear how devastating this is to the target of such behavior. I can have some sympathy for a teacher who has a classroom full of very young children and one who has issues that were not fully diagnosed and no extra support in handling his needs BUT any teacher who tries to "solve" issues like this should never be allowed to teach children again. It indicates what I would call a mean streak.
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Old 05-27-2008, 01:35 PM   #22
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Wow, that is unbelievable. As someone else said, that was cruel to all of the kids in the class.

I did have one child in my class (4th grade) a few years ago who was keeping everyone from learning because of wild, erratic behavior, but I would never have asked the other kids if they thought this child should stay or go! I did talk with the principal and the child's mother, and the child was eventually moved into another class. The thing is, this child should have never been in my class in the first place. This child's father had died a couple years before and this caused terrible problems. Everyone agreed, even before placement in my class, that this child needed a male influence. This child was moved into a male teacher's class and while it did not eliminate all behavior problems, it did help a lot.

Truthfully, I am typically drawn to the children everyone else wants to give up on, and very often they became my favorites. If moving a child to another class ever becomes an option, children should not be involved, and it should be done in a way that lets the child know that it is not because he/she was "bad." Moving a child should only be done to help that child learn better. I believe moving a child to another class should only be done as a last resort. I know, from experience, that once a child is moved out of a class, many of the other kids start wanting to move (they think they want to anyway--the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, as the saying goes).

I have always said there are two kinds of teachers--the ones who are there because they want to make a difference, and the ones who are just there to pick up a paycheck. Most schools have plenty of both kinds. The teacher in the article is obviously the second type and should be sent packing.

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Old 05-27-2008, 01:40 PM   #23
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Out of the classroom isn't good enough!
I hope you don't think that I think it is enough. I said earlier in the thread that I think she should be fired. Clearly she has no idea how to deal with children and is in the wrong job.
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Old 05-27-2008, 01:51 PM   #24
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Yoiks, and George W. Bush thought his approval rating was low.

Here's a question: why did mom, who's obviously concerned with her son's feelings, let the paper use that photo of her son? Does she want him to be recognized as "that highly unpopular, learning disabled kid"? If she wants to make a big stink about this in the news, good. That teacher botched up in a big way. But if you're worrying about emotionally scarring the kid, why plaster his face all over the news?
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Old 05-27-2008, 01:59 PM   #25
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Here's a question: why did mom, who's obviously concerned with her son's feelings, let the paper use that photo of her son? Does she want him to be recognized as "that highly unpopular, learning disabled kid"? If she wants to make a big stink about this in the news, good. That teacher botched up in a big way. But if you're worrying about emotionally scarring the kid, why plaster his face all over the news?
It would not matter. Everyone in that town already knows who the kid is. What difference would posting his picture or not make?
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Old 05-27-2008, 02:09 PM   #26
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Have you read some of the comments, some of them are even worse than the situation at hand.

But otherwise I am not surprised. Democracy at it's best. The type of democracy I had to live in, in Soviet Union. What's next socialised medicine?
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Old 05-27-2008, 02:18 PM   #27
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it's my opinion that that little guy needs lots of love, maybe Mom/Dad to allow him to invite his buddy over, even spoil him for a day or 2. his ego's bruised & needs fixin.

as fer that teacher, well, she needs to be placed in a roomful of angry parents who say THIER thoughts towards her lousy self.
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Old 05-27-2008, 02:43 PM   #28
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Have you read some of the comments, some of them are even worse than the situation at hand.

But otherwise I am not surprised. Democracy at it's best. The type of democracy I had to live in, in Soviet Union. What's next socialised medicine?
I noticed the same thing. Anyone who thinks what that teacher did helps teach kindergarteners how a democracy works obviously does not have children and doesn't know anything about them.

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Old 05-27-2008, 03:42 PM   #29
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I say PUBLIC FLOGGING!!! How dare she.
Why did she wait til the END of the school year? (school here lets out in 2 days.)
It is a disgrace the child who needed compassion most and made to feel he was more normal than different was so isolated and suffered such indignity for something beyond his control.
To bring up the past.... teachers were teachers. They didn't just teach subjects, but were examples to follow in life. They were models. They were one of a few examples we were taught to respect, ie; teachers, parents, your church/temple, police, fire and military.
Now they say teachers don't get paid enough, etc, etc.
But they knew that going in. Teachers used to stay after school and were involved in the community, knew your family and what was going on at your home. The classes are too full. BS I say. They were babyboomers or children of baby boomers. There were lots of us then too.
I had a 4th grade teacher that hated lefties. My older brother had her and ignored her ignorant comments about lefties. When I got her, poor me. I went home crying more days than not. I would feign illness, or beg not to go to school, until my mother finally got it out of me what was wrong. She went to school and straightened out the principal and teacher.
My mother always taught - respect your elders- until that point. Then, right in front of them, she said to me, - respect those who deserve it, and she doesn't deserve it. And had my class changed.

And to the students she forced to participate. Poor them.
It's hard at 5 to teach them the cruel, cruel, world.
But to keep drawing attention to how bad it was is to continually tramatize them. I'd explain it was a bad thing, and the teacher was punished and sometimes people hurt people, and go on. What else can you do.?
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ewwww.........
LOL, i take it you know what i mean.
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