My first grade teacher told my mother "Your boy will never read." Mrs.
Thompson was a short, stern, demanding woman with greying hair pulled back into
a bun so tight that it caused MY eyes to water. Her wrinkled face was unadorned
by any makeup, the creases on it were not from laughter. She was emotionless at
best and stern at worst. To my mother's credit, Mrs. Thompson's
assessment elicited a wan smile and a just audible, "Hmm.. We'll
see."Over the summer we worked on reading. Mom paid me to read
books to my little sister. Capitalism may be flawed, but it produces results. I
got paid to read AND drive my sister crazy.That fall I entered
second grade at a different school. A newly minted teacher named Miss Robinson
walked into class. She was willowy blond who smiled a lot. Her warmth,
kindness and gentle spirit permeated our classroom like a spring breeze. A
young boy will do a lot for a teacher he loves. By the end of the school year I
was reading two grade levels ahead of my peers.Thanks mom. And
thanks Miss Robinson.
I'm imagining with a thinking error what I could've written on this
teacher's face if that was my child.
Holy Eighth Amendment Problem!! This is very poor judgment. Maybe all of next
week these nine students should get to draw with permanent marker on this
teacher's face. Ironically, it may be the only way she learns.
You have all ignored the decision of the students. 3 chose to miss recess and
work on meeting the goals. 6 chose to continue recess and be marked. How is this
translated into fire the teacher. I say kudos to the teacher. She is trying to
use several methods in achieving reading success. And many studies show that
reading success at this time in their lives is a predictor of future success.
Those 6 could have chosen to miss recess but they had less respect for working
on a deficiency than having "fun" time off. I would hope their
respective families would reinforce the importance of working on the deficiency
over the fuss regarding their decision to be marked so they could have recess.
Glad this didn't happen to one of my kids, my wife would have slapped this
teacher and then we would be the news story.
I have to agree that the teacher should never have let this happen. She
should've known that children at that age would take something like that
too far. However, I do think it is a good lesson for the students about choices
and consequences. I'm betting some of those students who advocated marking
faces of those who didn't reach their goal ended up having their own face
marked. Again, I'm not advocating what happened. The teacher
should've intervened and imposed some guidelines regarding the
award/punishment, and hopefully she took the opportunity to teach the students
about choices and consequences. My guess is that some kids did learn that
lesson, but it's unfortunate that played out the way that it did. Kids
should feel safe at school.
That teacher would be gone in my school district. And we'd consider
ourselves fortunate to avoid litigation.There are many ways to encourage
healthy competition; this isn't one of them.
It truly is amazing what some people, in this case a teacher, think is a good
idea. I would guess, maybe wrongly, that if the teacher ran it by the
principle, the idea would be nixed. Not having a clue that there there are
issues with certain behaviors by teachers these days is amazing to me. We had a
substitute teacher here body-slam a child a few days back. Again, how can you
beleive that that's okay?
I hope that teacher is no longer teaching.
As a teacher, I cannot imagine how this is going to motivate anyone to achieve
anything, esp. a 10 year old. These kids are going to be even more frustrated by
their reading problems, suspicious of their teacher and fellow students, and
quite likely to turn their humiliation into defiance (as defiance is a way of
undercutting the authority which directed their humiliation). This teacher needs
to be removed from the classroom pronto.
Oh Idaho, how I will never miss being there. I vow to not even fly over Idaho.
I've politly asked my daughter not to even date someone from Idaho. Anyone,
just not from Idaho.Of course most people from Idaho are pretty
normal but the bad eggs are just to frequent and seem to be in charge there for
me to have anything to do with the place.
Public humiliation is generally not the best motivator. Inspiring a young mind
into wanting to read takes some effort and creativity on the teachers part and
support from the parent or caregiver. But once hooked on the joy of reading, a
young student will generally want and like to read sometimes to excess.
It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the
humiliation of their fellow beings. --Mahatma Gandhi