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Sral Rolyat
We deserve the worst government we will tolerate.
05:44 PM on 06/24/2013
he is just desperately trying to get kids interested in the subject. It is very difficult to get most kids engaged in math.
09:10 PM on 07/12/2013
I do agree with you that maybe the teacher wanted to engage the kids, but seriously if scenarios of driving your car over a baby are the only way to interest kids in math then I'm pretty worried...
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armadillious2002
07:48 AM on 06/22/2013
Did the teacher go by the alias of Heisenburg by chance?
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11:13 PM on 06/21/2013
personally i hate math anyway, English!
04:11 PM on 06/19/2013
LOL!!!!
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09:25 AM on 06/17/2013
I wonder how many of those outraged parents restrict television, video game, computer and movie access to child-appropriate ratings?

By the age of 18, kids are exposed to 200,000 acts of violence through the media and most are perpetrated by the 'good guys' according to the organization KidsHealth. To reach a media-savvy generation, this teacher may have sought common ground through familiar allegorical references.
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eifelplatt
Riding the Last Train to Paris
03:47 PM on 06/04/2013
We need to standardize everything everywhere so every test is the same for everyone and then no one can complain about anything. And a pony.

Right?
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greenskeeper
some have greatness thrust upon them
10:41 AM on 06/08/2013
Better that -- than to let these freaks and racists near our children.
12:30 AM on 07/03/2013
how about neutral questions" something moving at the speed of something (if the number is too high, the speed quotient might scare them) encounters another something doing something. What is the result?
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eifelplatt
Riding the Last Train to Paris
09:43 AM on 07/03/2013
I suppose so. Sometimes its the question, sometimes its the answer, sometimes its the effort.
If the student won't put forth the effort, no question is fair.
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Debater60660
11:13 PM on 06/03/2013
So this teacher has a rather sick sense of humor and a considerable lack of judgment and foresight . . . he can be forgiven. Given that he's made national news, he's probably learned a valuable lesson. Teachers are human and, like most humans, make mistakes of the sort that should be forgiven and forgotten.
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Ruby Davis
07:31 PM on 06/02/2013
Maybe he could have used more appropriate real-life situations such as unemployment, housing and banks that sinked this country into a recession -- just a thought
05:51 PM on 07/18/2013
Or maybe something like . . . if you have 5 babies and it costs x amount to raise just one baby, then how much does it take to raise 5 babies? Or, if one cannot support oneself, what makes one think they can support a baby? Real life things that kids are grappling with today because they saw their parents grapple with the same problems, making poor decisions and setting poor examples for their children who will continue to replicate the same problem because nobody showed them anything different.
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Ruby Davis
07:28 PM on 06/02/2013
Dean Liptak could have used better judgment in his teaching methods!!! Some children that he is teaching will take those things literally and probably act on them -- kids do stupid things ALL the time and they do not need to be encouraged down that path!!!
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Michael Allison HWD
Is it just me?
05:41 AM on 07/13/2013
Ruby. That is some good looking Pasta.
06:31 AM on 06/02/2013
Finally! Math with some real-world implications!
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05:57 AM on 06/01/2013
Every day this country get a little bit softer.
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WYHKTai-Tai
Wyoming, Hong Kong, Tai-Tai
01:41 AM on 09/29/2013
By softer, I'm not sure you mean we can't handle the dead_baby jokes in our math quizzes anymore, or that kids can't be expected to do math quizzes with boring (BORING?! Oh, the horror!) questions. (?)
09:05 PM on 05/30/2013
Parents are soooo far out of touch with what entertains their children. My students love questions such as this. They know its both disturbing and yet so far out there that it is funny.
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SDpianomom
faith, values, truth, logic
03:44 PM on 05/31/2013
I get your point and I would consider the teacher launching the student question to be hysterical to high school students, so outrageous that they'd think it was funny. The car running over the baby, not so much. But, as far as appropriateness neither fits the definition.
03:07 PM on 08/13/2013
thank you.
12:34 AM on 07/03/2013
generations ago, when I was in elementary school (and when dinosaurs roamed the earth) we used to make up "dead baby" jokes all the time: how do you make a dead baby float? Two scoops of ice cream in coca cola. How do you unload babies from a pickup? With a pitchfork. We were 7, 8, 9 years old and this cracked us up. None of us were distraught, destroyed or violent. I also enjoyed when Moe would saw Larry's head or poke Curly in the eye. These parents probably need a forceps to take a crap.
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budalla
virum stultum in furiosum mundi
03:02 PM on 05/28/2013
As a teacher myself, I've encountered many who should never entered the profession. For far too many of those, the only reason they got into teaching was with the ease they could get an education degree and the prospect of a steady, reliable income with decent benefits and a good retirement plan. The usual out for those unhappy with the grind of classroom work and constantly dealing with students is to go into administration.

Personally, I've taken the middle route. I am the headmaster and I continue to teach. But then I enjoy my work. :-)

Math anyone? lol!
05:49 PM on 06/14/2013
Yeah math!!!
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budalla
virum stultum in furiosum mundi
06:06 PM on 06/14/2013
Today I spent drilling my summer school students in the Slope Intercept form of linear equations. Spent most of the time drilling them on Showing Every Step Of Their Work!  lol!
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budalla
virum stultum in furiosum mundi
02:51 PM on 05/28/2013
I think the gentleman may need a little counseling. He seems to have some issues he needs to work through.
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tristin313
05:09 AM on 06/30/2013
I doubt it. As a high school student, I'm pretty sure everyone I know would find questions such as these humorous or amusing.
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budalla
virum stultum in furiosum mundi
12:00 AM on 07/01/2013
Oh, I'm a teacher, I *know* the students would find it funny.  But the point is, the teacher had no business using the questions he did. It's the sort of thing that will, almost inevitably, bring the wrath of some parent or adult down on both him and/or the administration. It's hard enough to run a school without having to deal with some employee created headache.  It shows poor judgement.

I am sure you have jokes or amusing anecdotes that are perfectly acceptable among your peers. But would you tell them to a teacher in class?  Probably not. Not worth the trouble.  And unlike the teacher in question, you probably exercise better judgement.  As you've undoubtedly discovered, being an adult doesn't mean and adult acts like an adult!  lol
03:23 PM on 05/24/2013
If a student driving a car runs down a teacher every 10 minutes, how many teachers would be killed in a day and a half?
12:51 AM on 07/03/2013
was it a driver's ed car?