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Getting Your Teacher Fired Has Become a Popular Sport

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There is an utterly distasteful YouTube trend emerging featuring young children filming confessions on how they bullied, harassed and campaigned against their teacher. In some videos they even confess to deliberately lying in order to get them fired.

The video below is just one of many examples:

 

Not everyone can be a teacher’s pet, but some students who think their instructor doesn’t like them are saying they’ve fabricated stories to get them fired.

KRIV-TV out of Houston recently conducted an investigation and found a disturbing number of YouTube videos with students describing what they’ve done to get teachers sacked.

“So, we’re going to tell you guys about how we got our first-grade teacher fired,” a young boy in a video posted to YouTube a year ago said.

“Wanna share the story?” he continued to his friend.

“What first happened is we got the suckiest teacher ever,” the other boy said. “I forgot her name … but she’s gone.”

The boys went on to describe a discipline system the teacher had in place. It was a common tactic that included a warning system, a small writing punishment for minor offenses all the way up to getting sent to the principal’s office.

“Anyway, how we got her fired … we just kept going to the principal’s office and telling her [the teacher] was harassing us,” one of the boys said, adding that they eventually told their parents as well at which point formal reports were filed. They also described having hidden cameras on their clothes to capture the alleged harassment.

“We got her pretty good but they said we didn’t show that much,” the boy said.

So, they went on to get people to sign a petition — about 20 students — to have the teacher ousted.

“We gave her a lot for her to handle,” the boys said wondering if they really got her fired or if she quit.

Watch the students talking about the efforts they went through to have the teacher leave:

 

 

 

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2 Responses to “Getting Your Teacher Fired Has Become a Popular Sport”

  1. kedavis99 Says:

    and this is what we deal with on a regular basis but there are still people who think teacher’s shouldn’t be paid better and should be paid by student performance… I just… smh

  2. John Tapscott Says:

    This is no more than a symptom of a dysfunctional system. Our politicians see the tactics used by school districts in the US and the UK that have no basis in sound educational theory and practice but plenty of basis in dysfunctional management, operating unimpeded by a sound trade union system. Under such management workers are treated like dirt and are expected to cop not only starvation wages but primitive conditions. If they complain they are sacked. This is management by fear – fear of being unemployed, fear of not being able to provide for your family, and this is the kind of management creeping into our schools.

    Elements of such management systems have greatly disempowered teachers in recent years. This will explain why teachers resort to elaborate schemes of bribery to get students to behave – largely because there is very little back up from administration. When a child misbehaves and is referred to the principal, the child is often sent on an errand and returned to the classroom. I have seen this routine all too often. Now with more prescriptive curriculum teachers are further restricted in what they can do to engage their students in learning – disengagement becomes the response of students who are fed on the dregs of an irrelevant curriculum, and increases as teachers are further disempowered, by lack of effective training, and a management that focusses on what they perceive as teachers doing something wrong, rather than simply attempting to survive in a cockamamie system.

    There are two main factors in this illogical equation. The first is that teacher training follows a political agenda and, therefore, lacks balance because certain theories are out of political favour. The second is in management and selection for promotion. Management has become more bullying than consultative. This is a direct result of the selection processes for promotion. In times past people were considered for promotion on the basis of on-the-job assessment by an outside party (e.g.inspector). Once considered suitable for promotion the teacher could be confident that his/her turn would come. Now anybody can apply for promotion on the basis of their own recommendation (resume) and an interview, which favours people with a slick personal advertising style so the whole thing is a matter of spin. (This is not to say that people promoted in this way are undeserving, but that this method works against “Boxers” and favours “Napoleons”, for those familiar with Orwell’s “Animal Farm”; the pigs are favoured above the draught horses.)

    In short, once the focus was on the system and how to improve it (sound management). Now the focus is on the workers and getting rid of those perceived to be failing. The system doesn’t improve, but neither does the standard of the work. A dysfunctional system will make even the most conscientious workers ineffective. Can the system be improved? You bet it can. There is plenty of room.

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