Posts Tagged ‘teachers’

When punishment goes seriously wrong

August 6, 2009

Well in my school people got detention, or expelled at a push, but in Malaysia the punishment for being caught with a cigarette in your locker goes  a bit further. A boy was forced by his English teacher to smoke 42 cigarettes in 4 hours.Afterwards, the boy had to be hospitalised.( If I had been his parents, the teacher would have to have been hospitalised also…….).

Commenting on the incident, the school principal said:

” This doesn’t happen often.”

Well hallelujah. Maybe Mr Balls could offer some in-house training?

Ah well, as Oscar Wilde once said…………. ”Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.”

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Jack Waterhouse Update

July 15, 2009

Haven’t heard much on this case over the past few days. Think the BBC are reporting that he is out of hospital, so the injury can’t have been life threatening.

 

Has the charge of attempted murder been reduced to aggravated assault?

How do the police actually define what is attempted murder? Is it intent? Result? Method? Day of the week?

I’d like to know. And for some reason the teacher concerned, Peter Harvey is going to appear in court via video link…………..why?

All Saints and a few scholars…..ex-student speaks out.

July 12, 2009

The following is a comment from an ex student of All Saints, giving us a brief insight into the integrity of the school in days gone by.

I remember the same scenario myself a few years back. At my grammar school, we had to raise our hands and ask permission to remove our blazers in class……. the headmaster wore a long black gown and instilled terror in all. Then he retired and the school seemed a less formidable place. However, with that  new earned sense of freedom, standards lapsed too and the place never quite seemed the same again. Was there a recent change of management at All Saints?

Anyway, here is that ex student perspective:

” am truly shocked, after hearing about Peter Harvey from All Saints R.C. I attented All Saints in the 80’s and remember a very strict and fair school. I remember taking home a letter from the form teacher for wearing the wrong socks!
The teachers were very concious of social values and I certainly remember the teachers being very authoritive figures. There was always one or two that didn’t have the weight they needed, but the head of year certainly balanced the scale.

I no longer live in England and after hearing all about England’s ” modern pupils,” I don’t think I ever will again.

What is happening to a country I used to adore. The social values have slid to an all time low! What are the parents doing or not doing? Does
no one care anymore? Mr Harvey was in a highly stressfull situation, where he saw red! Why was he in this situation to start with? After such a traumatic illness, why wasn’t he in rehabilitation? Why did he have to be back so soon? After a stroke, stress levels are no longer the same. You don’t have the patience of a saint anymore, which is what you need nowadays! Poor Mr Harvey!! He should have never been there.

My heart really goes out to the parents of Jack. I hope he recovers from the ordeal, and perhaps it is an eyeopener to all, that there are some social problems in a not so long ago wonderfull country, called England.”

H Heinrich

The ”lovely lad” and the murderous teacher…..

July 11, 2009

Now that teacher Peter Harvey has been charged with attempted murder, local residents are coming out of the woodwork to comment on the parties involved……we should take all comments with a pinch of salt. Perhaps more of a good point of reference would be the boy’s school reports?

Neighbours commented to ( that oracle of truth and moral integrity, The Daily Mirror) on Jack Waterhouse, rumoured to have sworn at Harvey and wound him up : 

  • Jack was “a lovely lad who wouldn’t hurt a fly”. ‘
  • ‘He’s a good quiet lad and I’m surprised he’s mixed up in this sort of thing.” 
  • We’ve never had trouble from him in the seven years we’ve lived here.
  • “Jack’s not like a typical 14-year-old, he’s a lot quieter. He’s also very small for his age.”

My son is an angel in the classroom and as soon as he sets foot in my car, is a devil………

I have seen children elective mutes throughout their school careers, who sing and dance and recite poetry at home.

Children who behave perfectly at home with their parents can be uncontrollable with an audience in school.

Let’s wait and see. As I said, if I was little Jack’s parents, and wanted to show what a shining example of a good student he was, I’d publish his school reports- asap.

 

sex, maths and rock’n’roll

July 10, 2009

”Conservatives say teaching sex education in the public schools will promote promiscuity. With our education system? If we promote promiscuity the same way we promote math or science, they’ve got nothing to worry about.”

 

Textbook homicide

July 10, 2009

We usually hear about violent attacks on teachers from unruly and unstable students. We rarely here of this phenomenon in reverse.

However, today we did. A teacher in a secondary school in Mansfield , UK has been charged with attempted murder of a student. When does illegal corporal punishment become attempted murder? When the victim ends up in a pool of blood at the science classroom door.

Sky reports : 

Peter Harvey, 49, is accused of attacking Jack Waterhouse, 14, at All Saints’ Roman Catholic School in Mansfield on Wednesday morning.

Harvey will appear before the town’s magistrates tomorrow morning, Nottinghamshire Police said.

Jack was found by paramedics unconscious in a pool of blood at the entrance to a classroom in the school’s science block at 11am on Wednesday.

He is currently in a stable condition at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, where he is being treated for serious head injuries.

A police spokesman said: “A man has been charged with the attempted murder of a pupil at a Mansfield school.

“Peter Harvey, aged 49, of Rannoch Drive, Mansfield, is accused of the attempted murder of Jack Waterhouse, aged 14, at All Saints’ Roman Catholic School on Wednesday, July 8, 2009.

He will appear at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning.”

Point of interest,

In April 2009 , the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, released details of a survey of over 1,000 of its members which found that nearly one quarter of them had been on the receiving end of physical violence by a student.

In Wales, a 2009 survey found that two-fifths of teachers reported having been assaulted in the classroom. 49% had been threatened with assault.