Saturday, October 25, 2014
Wheel of Misfortune
Wheel of Misfortune
A cranky opinion for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of a cranky old man with little or no expertise on the topic opined. Other opinions are welcome, they will be ignored, but they are welcome and please, no name calling. That means you, you big stupid head!
A Washington State teacher was recently disciplined for bullying her students. She also has to attend “sensitivity training.”
Sensitivity Training always sounds to me like “learning to think the way we damn well tell you to think.” Anyway, that’s just me.
Here is what this horrible teacher did. When a student misbehaved, chewed gum, talked out of order, texted or other such minor classroom stuff, they had the choice of lunch detention, or to spin the “Wheel of Misfortune.”
The news article where I read about this monster did not elaborate all the punishment items on the Wheel, but the one that caused the stir was a student was made to stand by a wall while everyone bombarded her with Koosh balls. Oh the Humanity!
Apparently in this case the student claimed she did not know she had a choice, and she was humiliated and embarrassed by the punishment.
Parents were in an uproar.
Have you ever been hit by a koosh ball? It is kind of like having a soap bubble pop on your nose.
Well the Wheel of Misfortune is no more, and this teacher is being conditioned to be more sensitive. I suspect part of the conditioning is to remove all sense of humor. If the teacher has any thoughts of creative thinking, they will be erased,
“You will do as you are told, you will be boring, you will not have fun in your class!”
If I was still in school, I think the Wheel of Misfortune would have been a terrific change from the old fashioned hard ass disciplinarians we grew to dislike so much.
This teacher sounds like a fun person. School should be fun once and awhile. School shouldn’t always be boring. Too bad, some people don’t like different, to them school needs to be boring and painful.
School used to put me to sleep. I would have responded positively to a teacher who had the imagination and creativity to discipline with the Wheel of Misfortune. But we can’t have that. We need teachers to march in lock step. We need students that are herded like sheep.
Anyone who disagrees, anyone who wants to try different things, anyone who wants to keep students on their toes and to maybe actually enjoy class…well we need to send them for sensitivity training.
The Zombie Apocalypse is coming. Sensitivity training for those who have a little creativity and a sense of fun is the first step.
The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.