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    British teacher suspended over push-up punishment

    British teacher suspended over push-up punishment
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    A British schoolteacher has been suspended after making his pupils do push-ups as a punishment for arriving late to class, Britain's main teaching union.

    Ian Jennison, a representative for the National Union of Teachers, said the suspension could have a negative impact on how teachers dealt with their students in the future.

    "It's political correctness gone mad. The repercussions are quite far-reaching," Mr Jennison said.

    "If this man is sacked for this, teachers are not going to take kids on trips, if two kids are having a fight they won't intervene, because they will be too worried."

    Mr Jennison said different punishments for latecomers had been discussed by the whole class and that it was the pupils who had suggested push-ups.

    The Derby Moor Community Sports College, where the unnamed teacher worked, said an investigation was underway and that its "priority is to ensure that students are happy to be in school."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    A British schoolteacher has been suspended after making his pupils do push-ups as a punishment for arriving late to class, Britain's main teaching union.
    Rightly so, physical exercise/punishment is not a good thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    Mr Jennison said different punishments for latecomers had been discussed by the whole class and that it was the pupils who had suggested push-ups.
    hang on a second, sounds like this teacher was doing the right thing.....

    is their more to this story?

    ie were they given 10 pushups (nothing much, bit of fun really)

    or were they given 100 pushups, boarding on physical punishments, I recall reading an artlce several years back ... some russian soldier recruits had gone to hospital due to doing too many pushups each day eg3000 or summtink

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    is their more to this story?
    Pope -Catholic ?

    Teacher suspended for punishing pupils with press-ups - at a sports college
    By Andy Dolan and Daily Mail Reporter
    Last updated at 9:59 PM on 04th December 2008

    A headmistress was accused of 'heavy-handedness' yesterday for suspending a teacher who imposed press-ups as punishment for late pupils.

    The teacher imposed the disciplinary measure after allowing his form of 11 and 12-year-old pupils to vote for the penalty they thought would best improve punctuality.

    None of the children or their parents had complained in the two weeks it was in place at Derby Moor Community Sports College in Derby.


    Wendy Whelan, headteacher of Derby Moor Community Sports College, said: 'We have begun a full investigation and appropriate action is being taken.'

    But the teacher was suspended last Friday after a colleague went to the head, Wendy Whelan.

    Yesterday, the teacher, who has 15 years' experience in the profession and is married with two children, declined to comment or be identified.

    But a union spokesman told how he has been left 'devastated' by the suspension. Ian Jennison of the National Union of Teachers said: 'We cannot understand how he has come to be suspended over something like this.

    'The teacher concerned is dumbstruck. He hasn't told his children what has happened and still leaves the house each morning as if he was going to work.

    'Suspension is usually reserved for allegations of gross misconduct, such as verbal or physical abuse, or embezzlement.

    'To take him away from lessons for a whole week over such a trivial matter seems an over-reaction.

    'He's totally devastated and feels he can’t show his face at school again. He feels embarrassed for his family.'

    'Clearly, there is nothing improper in this case and a quiet word with the teacher would have sufficed if the head wasn't happy with the situation.'



    Ian Jennison, Derby branch secretary of the NUT, said of the suspension over press-ups that it was 'ironic that this has happened in a sports college'

    Mr Jennison, a fellow teacher at another school in the city, added: 'It's ironic that this has happened in a sports college.

    'If children had complained then perhaps it would have been appropriate to stop doing it. But this was done in a light-hearted way and the children were helping to choose their own punishments.'

    The unusual disciplinary scheme appeared to be bearing fruit as the teacher's Year Seven class recently won an award for punctuality at the 1,267 school, rated 'satisfactory' and improving by Ofsted earlier this year.

    But the union said the case should have been dealt with internally without recourse to the LEA, who would always 'err on the side of caution'.

    Mrs Whelan said: 'It came to our attention last Thursday that a form tutor may have been using unacceptable sanctions when students in his form have been late to registration.

    'We have begun a full investigation and appropriate action is being taken. These actions will ensure that these events will not be repeated.

    'All parents concerned have been informed. Our priority is to ensure that students are happy to be in school and are supported well by our staff.'

    Yesterday one parent, who didn't want to be named, said: 'It's just ridiculous. It was only done to encourage the kids to get there on time as a bit of a joke.

    'They thought it was fun and didn't take it seriously and it was working because they were all getting to registration on time.'

    Another teacher is also believed to have used similar punishments for lateness, and is also due to be disciplined.

    Mr Jennison is due to accompany both teachers to a meeting with the governors tonight to resolve the situation.

    Tonight the teacher and his union representatives were due to meet with the school's governors in a bid to resolve the situation.

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    interestingly no mention of a number

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    Mr Jennison, a fellow teacher at another school in the city, added: 'It's ironic that this has happened in a sports college.
    FFS.....

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    I wonder how much resolving this issue has cost so far.

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    I'm sure in most of our schooldays, kids would be delighted to do 10 or 50 pushups to avoid the swish.

    Hope he gets fired, then sues the school for trillions.

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    Bring back corporal punishment.

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    When I'm coaching rugby, it's part of the fun if someone makes a silly mistake (dropping the ball for instance), especially if it's us coaches who screw up. I must've done about 6 sets last weekend. The kids loved it.

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    Has the ol' British stiff upper lip gone limp?

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    Years ago, mate.

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    also suffered some severe bruising

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    so what form of discipline is supposed to be used for rules infractions these days? this is also beneficial to the children as they don't get nearly enough proper exercise in schools these days anyway sports college or not.. it's PC over the top..

    of course the school marm in charge would think it's cruel and unusual punishment look at her FFS she hasn't done a physical exercise in her entire life..

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    I was late for a religious education class once and the bitch of a teacher hit me over the back of my hand with a ruler, not a tap, a hit, hurt like hell and left a red ruler mark for 2 days. I wonder what would happen to that vindictive bitch if she did that to some kid at school nowadays?

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    Waterboard that little bastard!

    Late for school? Git a rope!

    What are 11- and 12-year-olds doing in college?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat
    What are 11- and 12-year-olds doing in college?
    yah and what the fcuk is a sports college anyway?? know what the name implies but that is a new terminology from where I come from.. we don't have colleges dedicated to just sports except Notre Dame that is..

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    It's just a school which has received special acknowledgement for having good sports facilities etc... They will receive extra funds as a result from the government for sports related projects and stuff.

    Usually these kind of things are just an excuse for laying off teachers which they have been wanting to get rid of for one reason or another.

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    I get it! so it is like Notre Dame then!! the irony is too much to be believed...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat
    What are 11- and 12-year-olds doing in college?
    in UK and aus secondary schools are called colleges.

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    Here's another teacher story from the US this time.
    I wonder how this one would teach sex education


    Teacher sorry for binding girls in slavery lesson

    By JIM FITZGERALD, Associated Press Writer Jim Fitzgerald, Associated Press Writer Fri Dec 5, 6:27 pm ET
    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – A white social studies teacher attempted to enliven a seventh-grade discussion of slavery by binding the hands and feet of two black girls, prompting outrage from one girl's mother and the local chapter of the NAACP. After the mother complained to Haverstraw Middle School, the superintendent said he was having "conversations with our staff on how to deliver effective lessons."
    "If a student was upset, then it was a bad idea," said Superintendent Brian Monahan of the North Rockland School District in New York City's northern suburbs.
    The teacher apologized to the mother who complained and her 13-year-old daughter during a meeting Thursday that also included a representative of the local NAACP. But the mother, Christine Shand of Haverstraw, said Friday she thinks the teacher should be removed from the class.
    "I think the teacher should have gotten some discipline," Shand said. "I know if that was me, I would be uncomfortable going back to that class. Why should my daughter have to switch?"
    Monahan refused to say what, if any, measures were taken against the teacher, Eileen Bernstein, who was still working on Friday. The school district said she was not available for comment.
    "We encourage our teachers to deliver the curriculum in a variety of ways, to go beyond just reading the textbook," the superintendent said. "We don't want to discourage creativity. But this obviously went wrong because the student was upset."
    On Nov. 18, Bernstein was discussing the conditions under which African captives were taken to America in slave ships. She bound the two students' hands and feet with tape and had them crawl under a desk to simulate the experience, Monahan and Shand said. Monahan said the girls were not the only blacks in the class.
    Gabrielle Shand burst into tears at home, her mother said.
    "There are other ways to demonstrate slavery," Christine Shand said Friday. "It doesn't matter the color of the kids, it's just not right to tie them up. My daughter is still upset, still embarrassed. She didn't go to school today."
    Wilbur Aldridge, director of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said the history demonstration, first reported in The Journal News, "went wrong when she started to do that binding."
    "I don't care what color, no one should be put in the position of having their hands and feet bound," he said.
    Aldridge said he feared that the teacher still "didn't get it" after their meeting. He said the teacher apologized "because Gabrielle was upset, not because she admitted she did something wrong."
    Shand said she had not decided whether to take any further action, including filing a lawsuit.

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    Sanity prevails! Ol' teach has got his job back...I saw it on the local news. The school in question is about 15 miles away from my home...

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    Firing squad is the only solution.

    No repeat offenders.

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    That's right, shoot the kids for being late.

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