Saturday, December 6, 2008

Teacher suspended for requiring pushups?

A teacher in the UK was suspended because he made late students do pushups.

The Derby Moor Community College secondary school teacher, who was not identified, was suspended by head teacher Wendy Whelan pending an inquiry, after it was disclosed that 11- and 12-year-old students who came late to his class were punished in a variety of ways -- including being forced to do pushups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, and to tell jokes in front of the class.

Of all the things a teacher could be suspended for they suspended a teacher because he was suspected of making kids do pushups or tell jokes? To make it even more absurd the students themselves chose and agreed upon this list of items and were allowed to choose which one they did. The administrators that I've worked with in schools would have praised my originality if I'd used punishments such as this, they sure wouldn't of disciplined a teacher for original discipline.

One parent, who requested anonymity, agreed with Jennison, saying the children in the class did not feel the punishments were inappropriate.

"It's ridiculous. The kids thought it was fun."

Hopefully the teacher will be reinstated soon.


Jenni said...

Didn't you know that teachers aren't supposed to discipline students anymore? For that matter, adults aren't supposed to discipline anymore. Discipline is so old school! Just teach and hope that the students pick up some information.

(said completely sarcastically if you didn't pick up on that)

Sara said...

Or. . . .

The schools are supposed to discipline kids and teach them morals because the parents don't have time or don't want to be the "bad guy"

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