Monday, March 14, 2011

Two Unrelated School-Related Stories

Don't sleep in, even on the first day back to school after springing the clocks forward:
Chronically tardy and truant students at a Massachusetts high school are getting a rude awakening -- a pre-recorded morning wake-up call from their school principal.

The so-called "robo-calls" that began on Wednesday are aimed at rousting about 500 students, the worst-offending sleepyheads, from bed and getting them to school on time.

Guess it's too much to ask that students and parents take the responsibility. *sigh*

It's definitely safest, and more often than not probably a good idea, to keep the sexual innuendo out of class:
A quiz meant to teach high school students how innocent notions can become sexually charged as a person matures has landed a longtime William T. Dwyer High School teacher in hot water.

"We do feel that it was over the top," said Dwyer Principal Joseph Lee of the quiz given Monday by Frank Rozanski to his advanced placement psychology class.

Rozanski was disciplined but was still in the classroom teaching this week, Lee said.

It may have been academically valid, but still, in high school, people will complain.


Mary Elliott said...

Double standard, double standard, double standard....

We live in a world of sexual innuendo, i.e. the Austin Powers movies, Shrek movies, Two-and-a-half-Men, most of advertising. The reality shows on TV are in-your-face sexual situations.

Now, that being said, smart teachers know that parents cannot be trusted, and will turn on you in a moments notice. It's always better to err on the side of caution.

Parents too are not supportive, nor are they responsible. In the school I taught at, we had an enormous problem with tardies and absences. The administration decided it was time to take the bull by the horns, and told the faculty, and I quote, "We must eliminate our absences and tardies, even if it means going to student's houses, and dragging them to school."

I wonder if parents would get outraged at this??

Erica said...

I don't understand how the school teaches sex-ed, as I'm almost positive it does, but gets offended over this in a psychology of perception course. Are we liberals who want to introduce kids to sex as early as possible so that they can do it safely and with gusto, or are we puritans who can't tolerate a metaphorical reference to a lady's ankles?

My cognitive dissonance meter must need recalibrating.