Discussion in 'Fifth Grade' started by teachingfran, Jan 29, 2012.
Feb 1, 2012
I don't think a video is necessary but I do support talking with administration.
I agree completely with CutNglue. Set up a meeting with administration ASAP for the good of those students.
Be careful with video. Going around filming people without their will is border line illegal and some can really be upset if you do this in a school setting. You have the truth on your side. I agree with CutNGlue--a video is not necessary.
Oh, I've already met with the admin...who seems aware of the issue and has the teacher working with a mentor on more appropriate ways to control the class. Stories about this teacher started coming home on the 2nd day of school....and kids we know in other periods of the same class have similar stories. I even saw some of it during parent observation day in November...the teacher really, honestly, does not see that what he's doing is wrong or inappropriate. He told the admin that he has a great rapport with the kids...that he can talk their language. ARGH. It's been a challenging year, one of many reasons I've stayed away from this site for so long. I'm to emotionally drained to be helpful to anyone else...
I'd have her pulled from the class and put in another section, but this is the ONLY teacher to teach honors 7th grade LA. She'd have to drop a level.
I agree the video suggestion is walking a very thin line on a slippery slope, which is why I normally would NOT suggest it. But if admin is aware of the teachers' behavior and has allowed it to continue (which they obviously have), then it is time to take the issue to the next level, in my personal opinion.
I had a teacher in Jr. High that did things to the kids that would NEVER be tolerated now. He would be fired within the first two weeks, but this was back in 1976 and admin just overlooked his actions. He was also a great teacher - one of my favorites, in fact - but that still doesn't excuse some of the things he did in class.
I think the school would have a pretty tough time charging the student or parent with libel once the video was shown to the public. ANY actions taken by admin to protect the teacher in that case will result in public outcries of "cover-up" and bring unwanted heat on the admins themselves. When it comes down to them or the teacher losing their job, you can bet the teacher will be the one released from service.
As I said, I don't normally condone such an approach, but the sheer audacity of his actions need to be documented. Remember the PE teacher that attacked a classroom bully in Houston? Without the video, she could have easily downplayed the level of her anger and actions. With the video, she simply had no reasonable defense for her actions.
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