The Maths teacher who composed a quiz question about sending nude selfies clearly did the wrong thing. It was unprofessional and degrades both the teacher and subject.
But let’s put that aside for the moment.
Why would he do such a thing? Is he sick?
No. The obvious answer is that he was trying to engage his students by conflating skills to be assessed with real life interests shared by the students. This is something we are encouraged to do and is often quite effective.
The problem this teacher probably faced was that his students are really only interested in one thing.
So for all the parents that may have ranted and raved over the inappropriateness of the handout, this saga doesn’t just reflect poorly on the teacher:
A teacher set a maths question around nude selfies in a bid to make the subject more appealing to his students. However, his tactic has backfired – and he’s been given a written warning for his actions.
The teacher from the US wrote, “Tony can send 5 texts and 3 nudes in 19 minutes. He could also send 3 texts and 1 nude in 9 minutes. How long would it take him to send one text and one nude?”
Two students took a picture of the problem, and their father made a complaint to Fox News, who called the school. The City’s district supervisor Michael Sheppard then spoke with him.
Sheppard later told Fox: “We addressed the teacher and kind of clarified exactly what happened, and in this case provided what we thought was the appropriate consequence, which was clarification that that was inappropriate.”
He added, “He’s a good teacher, and just in this case, used an inappropriate word. You have to look to see if it is out of character or not, and in this case, it was something that happened that was just obviously not acceptable from the school district’s perspective. That’s why we took it, looked at it very seriously and provided the appropriate consequence.”
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