Tuesday, November 21, 2006

This teacher was lacking in common sense...

As if there is not enough to worry about when it comes to school safety issues, this story from Redwood City drives home how more care needs to be taken when hiring substitute teachers. An episode here a while back where the school never found a substitute to replace the other teacher in my youngest daughter's grade so the kids spent the day watching movies since one teacher could not be expected to teach over 60 children doesn't seem so bad after reading this:

Nearly two dozen students at a middle school in Redwood City will have to undergo blood tests Tuesday for Hepatitis and the AIDS virus because of a science experiment that should never have taken place.

The principal at Kennedy Middle School in Redwood City says as many as 20 students shared only a few needles. The substitute teacher in charge of the class was fired immediately.

Warren Sedar, principal: "He was a very hard worker and really cared about the students & really apologetic. He was really upset when he realized the mistake he made."

That's a real lapse in common sense, I'm not even a teacher nor an expert in science and I'd know better than that. Let's hope that none of the kids have a disease that could be transmitted thru this episode.


Roland Hansen said...

Our entire public education system in the United States needs to be re-invented. We are still operating under a 225 year-old system that is agriculural-based, not easily adaptable to our modern mobile society that is left up to each state, and to individual smaller sub-systems totally lacking economy of efficiency.

Eric said...

What I would like to know is whether the teacher in question has a background (i.e. degree(s)) in the science field or was he one of the many teaching outside of his domain. Not that it excuses his actions but I, as a teacher and a parent, would be curious.

Lisa Renee said...

That's a valid question Eric, I haven't seen anything in the media yet that states what his background was, only that he was a "long term substitute teacher".

Roland Hansen said...

There are some public school systems that do not hire substitute teachers or instructional classroom aides themselves.
Rather than doing the recruitment and hire process and all those good things related to human resources (fka personnel), some school systems contract those functions out to private propietary temporary help agencies.
I wonder how this particular sub was initially retained.