Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Not What Pythogoras Had In Mind...

Wow. You would think at some point, this teacher, maybe while putting together his lesson plan, would have stopped and thought, "Maybe this is not the best idea...". Unfortunately, if that thought crossed his mind, it didn't prevent him from teaching Geometry using President Obama's assassination. From Al.com:

"A Jefferson County teacher picked the wrong example when he used as­sassinating President Bar­ack Obama as a way to teach angles to his geome­try students.

Someone alerted autho­rities and the Corner High School math teacher was questioned by the Secret Service, but was not taken into custody or charged with any crime.

"We did not find a credible threat," said Roy Sex­ton, special agent in charge of Birmingham's Secret Service office. "As far as the Secret Service is concerned, we looked into it, we talked to the gentleman and we have closed our investigation."

Sexton said he generally doesn't discuss threat cases, but confirmed his of­fice investigated the inci­dent. No federal charges followed the probe.

The teacher was appar­ently teaching his geometry students about parallel lines and angles, officials said. He used the example of where to stand and aim if shooting Obama.

"He was talking about angles and said, 'If you're in this building, you would need to take this angle to shoot the president,' " said Joseph Brown, a senior in the geometry class.

Efforts to reach the teacher for comment Mon­day were unsuccessful.

 Superintendent Phil Hammonds said the teacher remains at work, and there are no plans for termination.

"We are going to have a long conversation with him about what's appropriate," Hammonds said. "It was extremely poor judgment on his part, and a poor choice of words."

Caroline Polk, the parent of a ninth-grader at the school, said she doesn't be­lieve the teacher ought to be fired.

"We all make mistakes, and we should be able to learn from our mistakes," she said. "What he said was just wrong and inappropri­ate. Everyone's got their own opinions, but we have to be aware of our sur­roundings. At this point, it just needs to be handled in a way that it won't be re­peated."

Uh, yeah. Okay, Ms. Polk, that's a "fail" to you for dismissing it as someone's opinion and cautioning the teacher to be "aware" of his surroundings. So it would be okay, in say, a Physics class? Maybe they could calculate the speed of the bullet and distance from the target to calculate how long it would take for a would-be assassin to shoot the Prez... *rollseyes*

And they say we New Jerseyans are bad. At least we just stuck to theorems I forgot a few weeks after 10th grade wrapped.


Don said...

Your blog is like an episode of Jeopardy. I can click pretty much anywhere and enjoy a good read.

I am no longer surprised by anything said or done when it comes to negative actions, specifically aimed at Barack Obama.

Almost as if the teacher is wishing death.

Alisha De Freitas said...

LOL! I'm glad you find it informative.

I really find it disturbing that the reaction was, "Meh, he's got to remember others' opinions. *Yawn*"


Rich Fitzgerald said...

Let's flip the script and push this back a couple years and make this a Middle Eastern teacher whose target would have been President Bush. Do you think Ms. Polk would have had the same sentiment or would she have jumped on the "he's a terrorist" bandwagon.

Alisha De Freitas said...

Rich, do you even have to ask?

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