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BJ'S BLOG 11/26/12 "Give Peanuts, Get Monkeys"

Last week before Thanksgiving break, we talked about what one teacher did that completely outraged me.

Idaho 4-grade teacher Summer Larsen is in trouble for what she let students, who met their reading goals, do those kids who didn’t.

The students who did meet their reading goals were allowed to draw on the faces of those who did not reach their goals. The students who fell short of their goals could choose to either skip recess or allow other students to draw on their faces.

Nine of the 21 kids in the class didn’t meet their goals; six chose to be drawn on and three chose to miss recess. Of those six, some had goatees and mustaches drawn on them at the other students.

Larsen was put on temporary leave for a week as they investigate this incident further.

What a very dumb thing for this teacher to do. This is a perfect example of supervised bullying. Let’s demean the children who are having difficulty in school and make them feel dumb by the hands of the other students…yeah, that’s the smart thing to do.

If I was a parent in this situation, I would be going into this school guns blazing, demanding for anyone associated with this to be fired.

This is what happens when we don’t put enough emphasizes and money in our public school system. If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys to fill the position.

The way to stop dumb incidents like this is simple…give public schools more funding to pay for better teachers.


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11/26/2012 9:14AM
BJ'S BLOG 11/26/12 "Give Peanuts, Get Monkeys"
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11/26/2012 10:30AM
Paying more wont help
The teachers are apart of a union and all that matters is how long they have worked. By no means is their salary dependent on performance, it only depends on how long they've been there.
11/26/2012 11:10AM
Really fired..
She was trying to motivate through humiliation or loss of recess. It was the kids choice. I could see her ring disciplined but not fired. You are not a teacher. It's not always easy to reach kids. Sometimes you have to think outside the box. I meanhaving your face drawn on by kids isnt the worst punishment
11/26/2012 11:11AM
Really fired..
She was trying to motivate through humiliation or loss of recess. It was the kids choice. I could see her ring disciplined but not fired. You are not a teacher. It's not always easy to reach kids. Sometimes you have to think outside the box. I meanhaving your face drawn on by kids isnt the worst punishment
11/26/2012 11:35AM
paying more wont help at all
BJ, what a inaccurate thing to claim. it is the Tenure and the union that is the issue with the teachers, not the amount of money going into the district. the worst performing schools are historicly the most highly funded per capita. This teacher deserves to be fired on the spot for what she did, howeverbecause of her union, she will not be. she will be givin more paid vacation, go to a review board, and next year she will be shipped off to another unsuspecting school during the "dance of the lemons".
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