Father records verbal abuse of his son by teacher, aides

This is one that will make your blood boil. It’s worth watching the video all the way to the end.

Then saying:

– how can we stop this from ever happening again

-why was the teacher not fired?

The answer to the second question posed is clear. The teacher has tenure.  Her personnel records cannot be discussed publicly by school so we can’t even know who this is or how many times this may have happened in the past.

As we can see from the very recent case in NYC, teachers with tenure basically have a job for life under present strictures, with very limited possibilities of being fired.  Who does this hurt? Kids.

Why is there no recourse, even for cases so clear?

Update: Stuart Chaifetz notes today that while the aide who said “shut up” to Akian was fired, the teacher in charge who used the expletive about Akian is still with the district, moved to the high school.

Update: Here is another video of Stuart thanking people for their response, noting the teacher’s name, and that the school inaccurately was  telling parents and media that all the people involved were no longer with the district.

As we noted above, as of today, according to Stuart, the teacher still appears to be with the district. In New Jersey, the process to get rid of a teacher can be a long drawn out one.  That should change. But at least, get it started, don’t just transfer someone!


2 responses

  1. “Moved up to high school” where the students, presumably, are big enough to fight back.

    April 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm

  2. It’s a horrible system when it’s easier to move someone who has abused a child than it is to terminate their employment.

    The public school system is merely another example of a government institution that cannot sustain itself.

    For years, John Stossel has been pointing out the differences between pubic & private schooling in his “Stupid in America” series. It makes a world of difference when you can fire a teacher that is not performing well.

    April 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm

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