Friday, October 5, 2007

A Few School Stories To Amaze And Amuse

For these first two stories, it never ceases to amaze me how our taxes are being spent - I mean we pay these people's salaries! Who hires these people anyway? These are supposed to be kids' role models.

Indiana Teacher Charged With Being Drunk At School
In Indiana, a Valparaiso first grade teacher was arrested with a blood alcohol limit twice the legal limit (.20 percent) and two cans of beer inside her purse.

Vegan Teacher Dave Warwak Was Terminated After Giving Lectures On Veganism
In Fox River Grove, Illinois, a vegan middle school teacher was fired after officials complained he had turned his art classes into lectures on veganism. The teacher said he would not return to the classroom unless the school served only lunches free of animal products. After that, District 3 school board members voted on Sept. 24 to fire him while also stating that meat would remain on the menu.

and here is this one about a University of Massachusetts at Amherst College Student who took his "C" to federal court
The judge dismissed the case. The story began when the student got really angry when he got a "C" instead of an A-minus and then went on to make a federal case of it.
Marquis, a 51-year-old paralegal seeking bachelor's degrees in legal studies and sociology, filed a 15-count lawsuit in US District Court in Springfield in January after a teaching assistant graded a political philosophy class on a curve and turned Marquis's A-minus into a C. Marquis contends that the university violated his civil rights and contractual rights and intentionally inflicted "emotional distress."
Well, that last one is an interesting article.. and can you imagine if he won in court? Every student from here to the moon would be dragging teachers to court. I do agree that this guy was probably given a questionable grade, but sometimes you just have to deal with a bonehead instructor - or worse yet, their student teaching assistants. I never really liked the fact that instructors pushed off their work to others - after all you pay good money for these college classes and you should be taught and graded by the professor you signed up with. I also never agreed with grading on a curve. That's just bogus.

So who is teaching your kids?
Moreover, what are they teaching them?