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May 26, 2008

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Ute

Oh my gosh! :( That is the saddest thing I've ever heard. Yes, I am quite horrified.
I was just walking through Village the other day, and watched the "cafe" kids sell their snacks. One of the boys, P., is special. You might have noticed him. He usually wears a long black trench coat. He's a big kid, and slower than the others. He is one of the friendliest kids I've ever met. He will perform in the play at summerfest, as he has last year. He is not a great actor, but he's funny, and he loves it. And he is accepted in the group, just like any other kid. This is heart warming. This is what makes me so proud to be a part of that community. :)

I will not leave this place until my kids tell me they're tired of Village.

Alasandra

This is so sad. And if it's not emotional abuse I don't know what is. And not only did the teacher do damage to the poor boy, but to all his classmates. Surely some of them knew what they were doing was wrong and felt bad about it.

This woman doesn't need to be around kids period. Maybe someone should make her stand in front of a group of her peers while they tell her what a disgusting human being she is.

Helena

Holy cow. That is just reprehensible.

Herm

That is horrible. The fact that it is a story means that EVERYONE recognizes it as horrible. It is an aberration, even in (gasp) public school. I can't imagine a single teacher I know doing such a thing. And of course, that teacher ought to be fired. She doesn't belong in a classroom.

There are lots of reasons that homeschooling might be a good idea for many kids (NCLB, lack of arts and physical education, etc), but this is so out-there that I can't imagine it qualifies.

RedMolly

I agree that this incident is an aberration (though, sadly, a read-through on the comments at the original story reveals that there's a not-insignificant number of people who think this is a good example of bringing back discipline to the classroom). But I think the ganging-up, bullying mentality is not uncommon, not among students and not even among teachers. I definitely remember having more than one teacher who enjoyed embarrassing or shaming students in front of the rest of the class.

And I think the fact that even the few students who felt uncomfortable with the scenario ended up going along with it speaks volumes about the inappropriate power relationship that exists in many classrooms and schools. The teacher's word is law, even when that word is stupid, cruel or just plain wrong. Definitely not all schools, or all classrooms; but one doesn't really get to pick one's child's learning environment when the child enters a school system away from home.

That said, I definitely agree with you that this by itself would not be a valid reason to consider homeschooling if no other factors were in play. Just another drop in the proverbial bucket, proverbially.

Summer Aiello

I think behavior like this is more common that you would think. Yes, I am sure there are wonderful, caring teachers out there, ( i.e. My incredible little sister who just received her Masters in Special Education and who received the Teacher of the Year Award for her county after only 2 years of teaching!! :) ) I think stuff like this happens more often than is reported. In 6th grade I let loose a fart to beat the band. Unfortunately, I didn't possess the sense of humor about that stuff that I do now, and was humilated when the class laughed at me. It could have stopped there, but my A-hole, Chauvinistic teacher made me stand in front of the class and admit I was the culprit. He then began to question my eating habits, my manners and upbringing, then excused me to the principals office to " think " about what I had done. As I fled the classroom I distinctly remember him spraying Lysol around my desk, much to merriment of my classmates.
I've never forgotten his unkindness. You can bet this child won't forget hers.

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