So Let me Get This Straight: Tera Myers Has To Quit, But This Jerk KEEPS His Job?

"You gave your students WHAT????!!!"

I write this not only aware that the story might be a hoax, but hoping against hope that it is.

Teacher Frank Rozanski gave the students in his advanced placement psychology class at Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens what he called “The Sexual Tension Quiz.”

The test, which was given to the class for a grade, is a sophomoric gag quiz in which sexually suggestive questions have innocent answers. Har. Har. As humor, it is something that one might expect to see in a college magazine (for a not-so-great college), or maybe Playboy in a weak month. As brain-teasers, only the sexual innuendo takes the quiz out of the range of 5th grade or lower. If the quiz was completely inoffensive, it would still raise the question of why such drivel was being given to an advanced placement high school class, unless the class was Drivel 101.

The quiz, however, is objectively offensive for a high school setting, and it is difficult to imagine what kind of thought process would inspire a teacher to give such a thing to students, when a manager who gave this to a staff would be instantly clobbered with multiple sexual harassment complaints and shown the door in a New York minute. Giving this test to students for credit would constitute a low point in course planning, if there were any low points left in American public schools.

Of course, there are not.

I am getting sick of writing this, so I can guess how sick you must be of reading it, but once again: when a teacher demonstrates such wretched judgment as this, there is no reason to trust him with the responsibility of instructing young minds in anything. Palm Beach County has said that disciplinary action was taken against Rozanski immediately, but he didn’t miss a day. He still is teaching.

He shouldn’t be.

True, that only makes him one of thousands of incompetent teachers who school administrators either can’t or won’t dismiss for cause. I will state for the record, however, that Frank Rozanski has to be a bigger jerk than almost any of them.

Oh…I almost forgot! Here is Frank’s “quiz”. The answers are at the end. How did you do? Feel any smarter?

The Sexual Tension Quiz

A. I am a protrusion that comes in many sizes.
When I’m not well, I drip.
When you blow me, you feel good.

What Am I?

B. I’m spread before I’m eaten.
Your tongue gets me off.
People sometimes lick my nuts.

What Am I?

C. I assist an erection.
Sometimes big balls hang from me.
I’m called a big swinger.

What Am I?

D. Over 1,000 people went down on me.
I wasn’t maiden for long.
A big hard thing ripped me open.

What Am I?

E. You stick your poles inside me.
You tie me down to get me up.
I get wet before you do.

What Am I?

F. When I go in I cause pain.
I cause you to spit and ask you not to swallow.
I can fill your hole.

What Am I?

G. A finger goes in me.
You fiddle with me when you’re bored.
The best man always has me first.

What Am I?

F. All day long, it’s in and out.
I discharge loads from my shaft.
Both men and women go down on me.

What Am I?

G. I go in hard.
I come out soft.
You blow me hard.

What Am I?

H. If I miss, I hit your bush.
It’s my job to stuff your box.
When I come, it’s news.

What Am I?

I. I offer Protection.
I get the finger ten times.
You use your fingers to get me off.

What Am I?

J. I have a stiff shaft.
My tip penetrates.
I come with a quiver.

What Am I?

K. My business is briefs.
I am a cunning linguist.
I plead and plead for it.

What Am I?

L. I make some guys shoot in the air.
I usually have a little pecker.
I’m better in your hand than in your bush.

What Am I?

Answers:

A. Nose

B. Peanut Butter

C. Crane

D. Titanic

E. Tent

F. Dentist

G. Wedding Ring

H. Elevator

I. Chewing Gum

J. Newspaper boy

K. Glove

L. Arrow

M. Lawyer

N. Bird

 

 

 

23 thoughts on “So Let me Get This Straight: Tera Myers Has To Quit, But This Jerk KEEPS His Job?

  1. yes that was stupid there are better lessons to teach. and its not even that funny our education system, is screwed up i mean look at me instead of teaching me punctuation my english teacher showed the god father?

  2. Dear article author,

    Sir I do not see how you are passing judgement on a situation for which you know little details. First I would like to give you some background informaiton that you are missing: I am an alum of Dwyer high school and have had the pleasure of being in a class taught by Mr. Rozanski, he is one of the top AP teachers in the school and has the highest passing rate of students taking the AP psychology exam in the entire county.

    Now onto the ‘quiz’ which was not given as a major test grade, it was just given as a completion grade. This quiz has been given in the past to AP classes without even a murmur of discontent or wrongness, he even gave the test to his own child who was a student in his class. The ‘quiz’ is not supposed to make one feel dirty or aroused, the lesson is to show that your initial thought may be skewed towards the dirty but in the end you are able to work through that.

    This test is coupled with the knowledge/example that elementary school
    often complete the quiz with 100% accuracy very quickly. This is because they are still in that “innocent” mind set. The ‘quiz’ or as it should more appropriately be referred to as lesson is done to prove that notion to the students. It was not something given out of the blue on a random day but coupled with the lesson being taught in class.

    I hope that you now have a more informed view of what actual occurred. I think it is a testament to Mr. Rozanski and his character that so many of his former students have hit the message boards, for the various postings on this article, in his defense. Can you say you would know people who would do the same for you? I know I could not.

    • Thanks for your reply.
      And also: Baloney.
      One of the examples would have sufficed to make the point you describe, which is hardly so complex that it deserves 12. It is an inappropriate exercise for a grade, and everything I wrote remains true. If he ever gave the exam to an elementary school child, I would personally see that he got arrested.

      I think he has an emotional problem. If the school was aware of the test and allowed it to go forward over many years as you say, then the school administration should be overhauled.

      Your letter is obviously canned, and is being sent around to multiple sources. Some advanced placement class. I’m not impressed, and the test speaks for itself. My post stands.

  3. Jack,
    What’s funny is that I was taught from an early age that form letters (like this one) are easily spotted and ignored, making them largely a waste of time .. strike three for “advanced placement” at Dwyer.

    -Neil

  4. Form letter? It was just a letter that appropriately described the situation, that needed to be posted to the various articles that were wrong. The bottom line is that the course requirements for AP psych on the college board’s website say students are to learn and understand topics such as “sex motivaiton, creative thinking, decisions related to intimacy as people mature” as well as topics related to “cognition and language”, this lesson follows directly in those descriptions.
    Moving on to other issues you have made, you are right this is some AP class, it is one of the top in the county and easily one of the best in the school. I like how you fail to address the fact that the students who have been in the class over the years have come to his defense saying that all the comments by outsiders (you included) are complete baloney and asinine. I am glad you feel strongly about an injustice that you think is occurring but in simple terms this is not the case.

    • Which is what we call “a form letter.”
      There was nothing in the post about “injustice.” The issue is incompetence, lack of judgement, and responsibility. I’m sure the students enjoyed having a “Penthouse” gag for a test. Animals in a zoo would endorse a zookeeper who fed them little boys, too.
      I repeat: he should be fired, and it if I were a parent there, or a taxpayer, I’d make it my business to see that he was.

  5. It was not a penthouse gag type of test, it originated in the psychology realm and then was probably used by various sources including adult magazines. Bottom line is that psychology explores Freudian thought and that is what the lesson intended on conveying. In fact, Freudian thought would ask why you chose to say that the animals desire to be fed “little boys” instead of saying children.

    • 1. Give it up, “Tom”–the more you write, the more you show what a bogus class this was.
      2. Re-read #1.
      3. You need to read more Penthouse. Certainly more useful as psychology than that test.

  6. Well I am sorry you feel that way. Interesting web site though, enjoyed reading some of the articles, although I disagree with your Mike Vick no dog policy, also Jay Leno really was not the wrong person in it all, blame NBC (see link – http://www.cracked.com/article_18950_9-major-stories-everyone-got-wrong-this-year.html), the NYC mosque was overblown yes I agree but it was not wrong to be built where they originally intended it. Interesting arguments for the death penalty as well, not that I am surprised. Keep up the good work on the site, als0, I too have high hopes for the Sox this year.

      • Well now I am disappointed you did not stick to your guns. Haha. See when you grow up in south florida you cannot be a Marlins fan as they pull too much on the heart strings of their fans; build a championship team and then trade away the players (usually to the Sox). Watching the Sox play spring ball as a young’n made me a fan.
        Seeing as the Sox are common ground, I will give one last plug for Rozanski. You, looking at him from the outside, with only limited knowledge of his character and the situation and saying he should be fired is like a casual baseball fan/sports fan saying Bill Buckner lost the 1986 World Series for the Sox and should be cut. When you and I both know that Buckner was a solid player (won a batting tittle, multiple all star, great field player) who probably wouldn’t have thrown out the runner on third had he fielded it cleanly and (lets be honest) the Sox lost the game due to poor pitching, bad plays all around and still had a game 7 to win the series, which they lost as a team. This is not unlike Rozanski who has been a tremendous teacher and mentor to current and past students in and out of the classroom and is one of the few high school teachers these days who actually cares about his students.
        With that, I leave with this: only 18 days left.

        • Glad you and I see eye to eye on Billy Buck. (My villains: Mac, Gedman, Schiraldi). The teacher may well be a prince. But trus is the key in any profession. Just as we knew Roger Clemens was a special pitcher when he pitched that two hit, no walk shutout in”85, I know that no teacher who would give a test like that in high school, for a grade, even once, has trustworthy judgement sufficient that I would feel comfortable with him teaching my son. I mean it–that silly thing would get any manager in America fired and sued. Double entendres on that scale are inappropriate in any professional setting except a whore house, porno shoot, or a strip club. His other virtues may be sterling, but the key is that he’s untrustworthy.

          Kind of like Dice-K. I sure hope Wake makes the squad.

  7. I have to say I am a bit confused with your analogy, more a comparison I guess, with Roger Clemens. Is it that you think the “specialness” of Clemens pitching was as evident to you as the teacher being untrustworthy or of poor judgement? Maybe I am missing the point as I never witnessed Clemens in ’85, as it occurred 5 years before I was born. Also I find it a little bit funny , maybe a tad ironic, that Roger Clemens was your choice to compare to trustworthy and ethical behavior, granted you were focusing on his skill, but still.
    Also, I am not sure about your statement “would get any manager fired.” If you are saying sexual innuendos would get a manager fired, I present to you Ozzie Guillen who has gotten away with a lot worse.
    I have to apologize, when I said it was for a completion grade I was just speculating, I have learned from friends who are still students that no grade was given of any kind for it, just a class exercise. I ask then, if it was not for a grade would you have less of an issue over it? I ask because a lot of your points say that it is inappropriate to give for a grade, so since it was not is it less offensive to you? I have to assume so, since it was part of your argument.
    Again pure speculation but I bet your son would have thoroughly enjoyed the AP psych class, it truly is a college level class that, while hard work, teaches the students about psychology. Rozanski is one of the few teachers these days who cares about his students (which I am sure you think is impossible given his poor judgement). The piece of information that gets overlooked is that there was context and expectations set before the exercise was given. It was established that the answers where not of an adult level, that the questions could be answered by an elementary school child with great accuracy. Still I have a feeling that as you read this you still stand strong to your adage that the double entendres are on such a magnitude that it is inappropriate but I guess that is where we never meet eye-to-eye.
    I think the greatest issue that troubles me is that you feel that one instance defines a person. Is Bill Gates a generous man? I know you think so, as he was one of your “Best of the Year” but let me tell you, he has done his fair share of questionable, unethical practices that have ruined a lot of lives. Is he given a pass over his bad, life wrecking decisions because he contributes so much to charity, if you think so, then you are quite the utilitarian. Again, how can you pass so much judgement on someone you barely know, especially when so many who do have come out of the woodwork to his defense.

    • 1) The concept of “signature significance” holds that certain single incidents can prove that an individual has special characteristics. Clemens’ game literally couldn’t be pitched by a mediocre pitcher, ever. And no trustwothy teacher could have so wretched judgment as to give such a “test.” Sorry I wasn’t clear.
      2) I meant “manager” in the business world, not baseball. Mixing metaphors.

      • I’ve noticed that a lot of times that you have failed to address points I have made and have completely ignored them (I actually waited the whole day to reply to see if there was more to your last comment you hadn’t posted yet). In order to make things more clear I will follow your established format:

        1) I am familiar with the term “signature significance” but I have to say many no name pitchers have had tremendous single games (Wilson Alvarez) but I will say that while it is a good example, however I do not see how being untrustworthy and of poor judgement are special characteristics. I still make my same point that I made in the previous post, that one instance does not make a person. especially to tack them to a certain, common trait. Also, not a “test” or a test or a “quiz” it was an exercise; I see many inaccuracies about the way the test was presented as well. It did not have the header: Sexual Tension Test, it did not have the preface that is circulating telling you what type of lover you are based on score.

        2)I thought that was the manager you were referring to, but I figured that you would surely see that the business and classroom are incomparable settings.

        3) For this I reposted what I did previously since it was not addressed:
        “I have to apologize, when I said it was for a completion grade I was just speculating, I have learned from friends who are still students that no grade was given of any kind for it, just a class exercise. I ask then, if it was not for a grade would you have less of an issue over it? I ask because a lot of your points say that it is inappropriate to give for a grade, so since it was not is it less offensive to you? I have to assume so, since it was part of your argument.
        Again pure speculation but I bet your son would have thoroughly enjoyed the AP psych class, it truly is a college level class that, while hard work, teaches the students about psychology. Rozanski is one of the few teachers these days who cares about his students (which I am sure you think is impossible given his poor judgement). The piece of information that gets overlooked is that there was context and expectations set before the exercise was given. It was established that the answers where not of an adult level, that the questions could be answered by an elementary school child with great accuracy. Still I have a feeling that as you read this you still stand strong to your adage that the double entendres are on such a magnitude that it is inappropriate but I guess that is where we never meet eye-to-eye.
        I think the greatest issue that troubles me is that you feel that one instance defines a person. Is Bill Gates a generous man? I know you think so, as he was one of your “Best of the Year” but let me tell you, he has done his fair share of questionable, unethical practices that have ruined a lot of lives. Is he given a pass over his bad, life wrecking decisions because he contributes so much to charity, if you think so, then you are quite the utilitarian. Again, how can you pass so much judgement on someone you barely know, especially when so many who do have come out of the woodwork to his defense.”

        • Don’t take it personally. For some reason, your posts keep ending up in the “pending” file, even though I have approved you. Also, long exchanges become hard for me to exchange—there were a lot of comments about yesterday’s issus—this is why most bloggers write a post and let the commenters duke it out among themselves.
          3. The point of signature significance only applies to extreme actions…not good or lucky games, but the best of the best. Outside of baseball. I believe sigsin is more probabative with unusually bad conduct—bad people can do one good thing, but some unethical things are literally impossible for an ethical person. Gates’ charity is a good thing, but tycoons have historically been charitable after they cheated and screwed their way to the top. I agree with you that is doesn’t prove anything.
          4. Reports were that the quiz was for a grade. Yes, I’d be less critical if that were true. It still shows awful judgment, in my view. I have yet to show the quiz to anyone in education who isn’t horrified. There’s a rason you are the only one defending the guy:the vast majority looks at the quiz and think: “You’ve got to be kidding! How do peopel like this get teaching jobs”—meaning teacgers who would use something so inappropriate in a highschool.

  8. I think it is safe to say the only posters here will be you and I.

    1) If you say that a bad person is capable doing good then you must believe that the inverse is true: A trustworthy person can do something untrustworthy. I am not saying the teacher did anything wrong, if you know all the facts then that is an easy conclusion to come to, however at the very least you would have to admit that he could be a man of trust and good judgement who made a poor choice.

    2) Again you say that the vast majority looks at the quiz and are appalled but I say it is even split at best. Also, the fact is I am not the only one defending him, countless students have taken time to defend him. Do you find it a bit telling that every person who has been in the class, taught with the teacher, knows the teacher has come to his defense saying that everyone’s claims are ridiculous and ludicrous (minus the initial student who complained).

    3) I think it is established that many statements made in the news article are inaccurate, including but not limited to the fact it was not a test/quiz/graded assignment, it was not presented as a Sexual Tension Test, there was no indication of the context or material being discussed about in class. To be honest I am pretty sure I could find an article on here, pull a paragraph out and show you to some people who would be abhorred at you ‘post’.

    4) The reason for this inaccuracy is the parent who went to the news was obviously out for blood, this report did not come from the beat reporter in the School District or the school, it was started when the parent complained to the news source. That just doesn’t make sense. Your first move would be to talk to the principal, maybe the superintendent, and maybe if you were not satisfied with the outcome, then the news. The progression of straight to the news tell me the individual was more about slander than justice.

    • 1. You’re just not getting it…and I can’t try forever. A child molester may help an old lady across the street, but an ethical person will not, literally never, molest or harm a child. Once is enough to prove that that person is not “good.” See?
      2. No, it’ not telling. It’s typical. How cool to have a teacher that uses filthy imagery to teach. Lots of students would feel that way. That’s why they don’t run schools. The test was obscene, in the classic meaning of the word. I know of no adult who believes otherwise. I have heard from none on the site, and there are people here who will debate whether the sky is blue.
      THAT’s telling.
      3. Irrelevant, irrelevant, incompetent, and immaterial. The test speaks for itself. It is its own context. Grade or no grade. It didn’t belong in school.
      4. Yes, it was unfair—though if you are correct that the test had been given for years, the school was complicit. There is no “slander,” because the complaint is true.

  9. Dear Jack: I doubt that “Thomas Paine” is actually an alumnus of that school, or actually took that teacher’s class. And I don’t understand people who feel the need to hide behind pseudonyms when expressing their views in debates on ethics.

  10. Again, Jack your level of comparisons are apples to oranges. I understand you are trying to make a point by giving a clear cut example and saying it is applicable but it really isn’t. I just don’t think we can agree on the issues.

    And to Chip, I graduated Dwyer in 2008, had Rozanski for AP psychology. I was top in my class. I actually took every AP offered at the school and can say that Rozanski and Gouldy (who teaches AP Calc) are some of the best teachers I have ever had. I entered college with 64 credits thanks to the AP classes I took at Dwyer, and the fact I passed them (a testament to both the teachers and myself). I even played on the volleyball team that Rozanski coached, when he gave one of his graduating senior players (who came from a very poor neighborhood and family) a graduation present to pay for books.

    • You seem to see some kind of magic in using gutter language and filthy imagery for a psych class. There is no excuse for it. It is unnecessary. It is vulgar, It is smutty and disrespectful of women. It is inappropriate for kids, teens, or adults. It is absolutely unnecessary. It is gratuitous. The educational value is miniscule, and the violation of decorum and dignity is huge. You offer nothing to excuse this, just unsupported claims that he is a great teacher, when it is obvious that great teachers don’t distribute such garbage to high school students.

      The burden, in case you don’t know, is on you, and the teacher, to explain why he can cross lines that no other teacher can cross, and indulge a juvenile enjoyment of indecent puns when he should be acting like an adult. You’ve given me nothing but rationalizations. Persevering is only a virtue when there is a point—obstinacy isn’t a point.

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