Nothing like a buzz word to set off an administrative investigation that leads to a teacher firing. For instance, if a student ran through the hallway and a teacher put out his hand to stop the student how could the student get the teacher in trouble instead? "He grabbed me."
Or, if a student tried to walk out of an assembly without a pass and with no where to go and a teacher grasped the students arm to get his attention how could the student get the teacher in trouble instead? "He grabbed me."
Grab is a buzz word. Teachers can't grab a student because the word grab is violent. The poor teacher. But I like this student:
"Meghan Johnson, the captain of the varsity softball team, said it's 'unbelievable' a teacher can lose his job for enforcing a school rule while students who break rules go unpunished."
Again from Connecticut, another teacher is in trouble for "targeting," anothe buzz word to get teachers in trouble. Tough call. Class assignment or silent protest? But in contrast to Ms. Johnson in the quote above, one of the moms who is quoted gets the Why Parents Should Be Held Accountable in NCLB award for this stupid remark:
"I’m pleased that there is an investigation but whether I’m satisfied depends on how it ends."
WAIT. STOP THE TRAIN. This mom is pleased that an investigation is happening, but will only be satisfied if the result of the investigation are to her liking. But, what if the investigation finds that her daugther was in the wrong. What if the investigation uncovers nothing improper by the teacher and nothing improper by her daughter? She's still going to be mad.
Those statement reflect everything that is wrong with public education.