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Old 10-31-2008, 12:40 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Nice, he even listed the public school where he worked as his home address. Wonder what we'd find if we did random drug testing of public school teachers.
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Old 10-31-2008, 07:43 AM
 
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Wonder what we'd find if we did random drug testing of public school teachers.
Probably the same as any other profession.
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Old 10-31-2008, 07:48 AM
 
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We have already established that teachers are regular people,some who make mistakes. There are many employed crack smokers. Why does it only make the news when teachers do it? As a teacher who doesn't do drugs, I get frustrated when people use these articles as proof of how horrible teachers are.
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Old 10-31-2008, 08:26 AM
 
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We have already established that teachers are regular people,some who make mistakes. There are many employed crack smokers. Why does it only make the news when teachers do it? As a teacher who doesn't do drugs, I get frustrated when people use these articles as proof of how horrible teachers are.
You are exactly right. For every teacher that's a drug addict, sex offender, etc., you will find probably 5,000 outstanding citizens. But with the media the way it is today, every incident is a crisis and a reflection of the profession. As long as you are in a profession that is in the public's view, unfortunately unjust scrutiny will continue to come your way.

The same could be said for other professionals as well. I look at professional sports and think the same thing. The NFL for example; the general census is that it's dominated by a bunch of law-breaking thugs, when in reality only a very small percentage of players actually ever get in trouble. But a few bad apples can ruin the image of the group as a whole.
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Old 10-31-2008, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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It gets wider coverage because these people are employed to be responsible for large groups of children.
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Old 11-01-2008, 12:16 AM
 
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Probably the same as any other profession.
Agreed.
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Old 11-01-2008, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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It gets wider coverage because these people are employed to be responsible for large groups of children.
If a parent gets caught smoking crack....don't they lost custody? Shouldn't the same standard be set for a teacher in charge of our children for many hours in a day?

Personally, if I still had an elementary aged child going on a field trip, I just wouldn't want a crack head in charge. I'm sure this is not politically correct, but when it comes to my kids, I don't care about politics....I care that my kids are safe.
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Old 11-01-2008, 03:26 PM
 
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If a parent gets caught smoking crack....don't they lost custody? Shouldn't the same standard be set for a teacher in charge of our children for many hours in a day?

Personally, if I still had an elementary aged child going on a field trip, I just wouldn't want a crack head in charge. I'm sure this is not politically correct, but when it comes to my kids, I don't care about politics....I care that my kids are safe.
I'm not advocating that teachers be permitted to smoke crack. However, drug addiction is a disease that should be handled and treated. Teachers using drugs should be put in rehab until they are better and ready to work.

My gripe was that these stories are used to make all teachers look bad. The majority of teachers are not crack heads. I say that confidently because crack heads have trouble holding jobs. Their attendance is usually sporadic, leading to dismissial.
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Old 11-01-2008, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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I'm not advocating that teachers be permitted to smoke crack. However, drug addiction is a disease that should be handled and treated. Teachers using drugs should be put in rehab until they are better and ready to work.

My gripe was that these stories are used to make all teachers look bad. The majority of teachers are not crack heads. I say that confidently because crack heads have trouble holding jobs. Their attendance is usually sporadic, leading to dismissial.
Yes.
Instead of spending upwards of 26K per year to put a sick person in jail, how about helping some of the millions of drug-addicted people in the US?
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Old 11-01-2008, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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More than ten years ago I was in a school system where the boys coach sold drugs and at least one teacher bought it. As far as I know the same people are still educating children in the same school system.

I am a big advocate of teacher testing. Theachers are adults not children. They need to have enough self-control to make the decision as to whether they want to teach or turn in the teaching certificate and do drugs. The two are not mutually inclusive. Teachers who smoke crack make a good case for responsible homeshooling.

Last edited by linicx; 11-01-2008 at 04:03 PM.. Reason: script
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