Magnify this news report about public school teachers disciplined in the Orlando area, what, 10,000? 100,000? times, and the complete untrustworthiness of the U.S. teaching profession should come into sharp focus.
- The teaching certificate of Jeanne Michaud, who taught math at Longwood’s Lyman High was permanently revoked in a settlement agreement approved last month by the Education Practices Commission, quasi-judicial group that levies penalties against educator’s certificates.
Michaud showed students a crude wooden carving of a penis and testicles. Michaud also kept an umbrella that students “regularly used to strike each other with,” according to the evidence. She spread gossip about teachers and administrators in class, denigrating them in front of students.
- Gregory Alan Sims, a former science teacher at Lake Brantley High in Altamonte Springs, was accused of putting tape on a girl’s mouth and taping her belongings to a pole. Sims claimed that he only mimicked putting tape on the girl’s mouth. Sims’ settlement agreement calls for two years of probation and completion of a classroom management course if he returns to teaching. He also was fined $750.
- Dina Ortiz, a former teacher at Princeton House Charter School in Orlando, “inappropriately disciplined” two students with autism, according to the state’s documents. In one incident, Ortiz was accused of placing tape over a 12-year-old autistic boy’s mouth to stop him from talking. In the second incident, Ortiz “crossed both of [a 13-year-old girl’s] arms and forcefully held them down while she yelled into her face.”
Mouth-taping seems to be a thing in Orlando. Ortiz was fired from the charter school in May 2014. Her settlement calls for two years of probation, courses in exceptional student education and classroom management, and a $750 fine
- Robert Douglas Garland is accused of threatening to hit students with a baseball bat and kicking a student’s desk. In another incident, a 15-year-old boy repeatedly asked Garland a question. The teacher reacted by grabbing him by the shoulder and shouting in his face, “It’s gonna be a freaking ratio!'”
Mr Chips, Garland is not. His settlement calls for two years of probation, a fine of $750 and a classroom management course.
- Carol Clark Finch instructed the students to get on their knees, face the wall with their heads touching it, and forced the students yo maintain this position for a period of between three and 20 minutes. Documents also say she “pushed or shoved another student to the ground and locked him out of the classroom.” Finch’s settlement agreement calls for a year of probation, a course in classroom management if she returns to teaching, and a fine of $750.
Just fills you with confidence, doesn’t it?
Teacher training is inadequate; there is no standard Code of Ethics for the profession; oversight is poor, and as a result, there is an unacceptable proportion of incompetent, untrustworthy teachers and administrators in the system that make education for far too many children an ordeal rather than a preparation for life, other than the undeniable value of learning how to deal with power-abusing assholes, of course.
Bad teachers are also treated far too leniently. In this group, for example, only Michaud was banned.
How many would you like to see teaching your child, after they were re-instated?
And now, to cleanse your brain, LULU!