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Teachers Who Make Big Mistakes Should Do Community Service

March 20, 2016

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I have doubts as to whether or not this incident was a “mistake” as the teacher in question claims. What bothers me is the minuscule fine of $300.

Here you have an experienced teacher, who can be put to use in a number of constructive areas such as mentoring, learning support and special needs assistance and they fine her a small sum.

Teachers make mistakes. Some of the deserve instant dismissal. Some of them deserve a warning or apology. Some are harder to grade. Surely, instead of fining them, we could be using their expertise by giving them extra unpaid responsibilities. That way, as part of their penance, they can give back to their profession and help meet the demand for support in areas such as those mentioned above.

 

A Bronx middle-school teacher rattled her students — including one who was near tears — by showing an ISIS video of a terrorist beheading a journalist, documents show.

South Bronx Academy for Applied Media veteran Alexiss Nazario faced termination, but was let off with a $300 fine last summer after acknowledging she made a mistake by not previewing the clip or getting the principal’s permission.

Investigators spoke to three eighth-graders who were freaked out by the macabre clip, which showed a masked man holding a knife to the neck of a kneeling ­victim clad in orange.

The students testified that the video blacked out the actual beheading but showed its gruesome aftermath: the man’s severed head placed on top of his own chest.

“I’m scared at what I just saw. Ms. Nazario showed a beheading video and I was really scared,” one girl told a school staffer right after seeing the clip, according to an ­investigation by the Office of the Special Commissioner of Investigation.

“I don’t even watch scary videos at home,” the girl added.

Another student told probers he lost sleep the night after seeing the video, which had made him feel “uncomfortable.

“It was gross,” he said.

Nazario initially tried to blame the kids by telling investigators one of them had searched for the video on a computer attached to an overhead screen, during a lesson about Iraq, terrorism and ISIS.

Two students told investigators it was Nazario who had cued up the clip.

The technology teacher said the students started “shouting out” that they wanted to watch the video, but acknowledged she was responsible for what happened.

She couldn’t explain why she thought her 13- and 14-year-old students could handle the video, but one recalled her saying, “This is what’s going on in the real world.”

Nazario, a teacher for 26 years whose annual salary tops $105,000, told a different story Friday — telling The Post she had accidentally played the wrong video.

“I was scrolling looking for a specific video. I clicked on the wrong thing. It was a mistake. It was an error,” she said. “I freaked out. I had no idea that was playing.”

Department of Education officials tried to terminate her based on the video and two unrelated charges — but arbitrator Eugene Ginsberg said her years of ­unblemished service merited a lighter penalty.

“This teacher demonstrated a complete lack of judgment, and this incident betrayed our schools’ promise to provide a safe and supportive environment,” said DOE spokeswoman Devora Kaye.

“We sought to terminate this teacher’s employment on the recommendation of the Special Commissioner of Investigation, and ultimately followed the decision of the independent arbitrator.”

Nazario now works as a roving substitute at different schools, ­officials said.

 

 

Click on the link to read It’s Not a Teacher’s Job to Put Limits on Their Students

Click on the link to read How is this Teacher Still in the Classroom?

Click on the link to read You Shouldn’t Get to Apologise to Students You’ve Just Tortured

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Exercising Wont Help Overweight Children: Study

September 30, 2012

 

A recent study suggests that we forget about getting overweight children to engage in physical activity and instead focus on healthier eating.

Eating less, not forcing children to do more exercise is the key to combating the childhood obesity crisis, experts have said, as a study shows youngsters compensate by becoming more idle at other times.

A major review of research into childhood exercise programmes has found that enforcing extra activity on children does not affect how active they are overall, as they simply do less at other times of the day.

This means that extra exercise programmes will not reduce the childhood obesity crisis and policies should focus on what children eat instead, experts said.

There are no quick fixes to losing weight. Enrolling your children into an extra-curricular sporting activity may be a good start, but it is unlikely to be sufficient. Physical activity doesn’t just involve football practice, it also involves spending less time in front of a screen and more time in the fresh air. It encourage children to walk to the local shops or library instead of depending on a lift.

The key to any life changing decision is balance and common sense. A change of diet might be paramount to weight loss but other factors should not be ignored.

Click on the link to read my post School Weigh-ins Are an Insult Rather Than a Solution

Click here to read my post ‘Considered Too Obese to Keep His Kids‘.

Click on the link to read Charity Pays for Teen’s Plastic Surgery to Help Stop Bullying

Click on the link to read my post, ‘Sparing Young Children the Affliction of Body Image‘.


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