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Old 11-01-2008, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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My son told me that a boy in his class was asking the teacher where the other students were going. She ask him if he was done with his test. He said no, then the teacher says,"Then shut up and turn around."
The boy started crying, and cried for a bit. Finally, the teacher went to him and told him that she was sorry for hurting his feelings.
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Old 11-01-2008, 04:15 PM
 
Location: California
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My son told me that a boy in his class was asking the teacher where the other students were going. She ask him if he was done with his test. He said no, then the teacher says,"Then shut up and turn around."
The boy started crying, and cried for a bit. Finally, the teacher went to him and told him that she was sorry for hurting his feelings.
I had teachers like that, mostly in high school. It's not the best response, but everyone has bad days. It's good the teacher apologized.
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Old 11-01-2008, 04:15 PM
 
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Using shut up is not nice. Can you be fired for saying it? I don't think so. I, personally do not say it to my students or allow them to say it to each other. The teacher may have been frustrated and let it slip.
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Old 11-01-2008, 04:20 PM
 
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My son told me that a boy in his class was asking the teacher where the other students were going. She ask him if he was done with his test. He said no, then the teacher says,"Then shut up and turn around."
The boy started crying, and cried for a bit. Finally, the teacher went to him and told him that she was sorry for hurting his feelings.
Kids should know that they are forbidden from talking while taking a test. Maybe "shut up" was not the correct phrase to use, and yes it may have been inappropriate for elementary school students, but it does not warrant disciplinary action on behalf of the teacher.
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Old 11-01-2008, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Maine
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My son told me that a boy in his class was asking the teacher where the other students were going. She ask him if he was done with his test. He said no, then the teacher says,"Then shut up and turn around."
The boy started crying, and cried for a bit. Finally, the teacher went to him and told him that she was sorry for hurting his feelings.
Would you find it acceptable if the teacher had said it to you? It is completely inappropriate for a teacher to speak that way to a student, I don't care if she apologized or not! Words have lasting affects on children and I can't believe that anyone would find it acceptable to bully a student like that!
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Old 11-01-2008, 04:54 PM
 
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No, that isn't acceptable.

Yes, kids should know not to talk during the test, but teachers are trained to deal with kids and if they resort to telling them to 'shut up', even on a bad day, then maybe they should consider another career path or get further training.
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Old 11-01-2008, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I thought it was out of line as well. I know that my son knew that it wasn`t right either. I have taught him that saying "shut up" to someone is wrong. My flags are definetly up with this teacher.
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Old 11-01-2008, 05:30 PM
 
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I was always told to shut up...even by parents.
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Old 11-01-2008, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I like the saying,"Be quiet."
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Old 11-01-2008, 06:45 PM
 
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I agree it's more appropriate for little kids to say "be quiet" (I'm assuming these kids are elementary aged), but after a certain age I think they can handle "shut up". My teachers in middle/high school occasionally cursed and it was never a big thing. Is it different in other parts of the country???
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