Overreaction of the day

>> Friday, March 12, 2010

Out in Modesto, California, a soon-to-be-former teacher is in trouble for responding to a layoff notice by telling her class she was going to become a stripper and sell her eggs.

Oh no! The school district really ought to fire her... oh, wait.... Well, y'know, maybe they can send a message by re-hiring her and terminating her again for trying to spin her first firing into a joke for a class of teenagers who, you know, possibly have heard of strip clubs and egg donation at the tender young age of sixteen-or-so.

Meanwhile, one student's mother is outraged because, gods know, there certainly isn't enough outrage in America these days. A story quotes Ms. Anna Geisen as saying:

"You are in a position of authority. You don't make comments of that nature you are dealing with teenagers...teenagers who are very impressionable...."

Hrm, yes, I think I see the problem--let me take the time to reassure Ms. Geisen's impressionable young daughter: no, you don't need a teaching certificate to become a stripper. Actually, I think all you have to do is turn eighteen and show up at an audition. You may want to check local ordinances and state law.

Ms. Geisen adds that the fired teacher, laid off during a recession in which millions remain unemployed and employers continue not to hire, who has invested time and effort into meeting the teaching qualifications of a state that just laid her off, and who probably lacks certification allowing employment in another state that's closing schools (e.g.) or laying off teachers, a woman who in fact may lack any readily-transferable skills at all, having devoted her own entire college experience to learning how to impart knowledge and skills to ungrateful little shits the bright, shining future of tomorrow's future in exchange for low pay and the scorn of parents like Ms. Geisen, should "be positive because isn't that what school is suppose to reinforcing [sic]?" (It's also possible that school is supposed to be reinforcing the ability to construct a sentence in English, though I have no idea whether the grammar FAIL in the preceding quote is Ms. Geisen's or belongs to the reporter who typed up the story.) I sympathize, but unless the teacher just happened to be the school's music instructor, I don't know that it's reasonable to expect her to spontaneously break into song when informing a class that she won't be returning next year thanks to the students' parents' failure to pay sufficient taxes and/or their state legislature's inability to allocate sufficient funds to maintain a school district. Anyway, spontaneous musical outbreaks mostly only happen on Broadway.

Am I waxing nostalgic to think that in my day there was room for a sense of humor in school, even in dark times? I had teachers who might have cracked a similar joke back in the day. Am I kidding myself, or wouldn't we have laughed? We would have, I think, and said goodbye to her, and been sorry to see her go, and nobody would have gone running home crying to Momma. A teacher like that, I think, would've been a favorite for her sense of humor and ability to crack a grim, self-deprecating smile at a time her entire career and life was falling apart. Or maybe I'm just nuts and my memory ain't what it used to be.


leanright,  Friday, March 12, 2010 at 4:14:00 PM EST  

Two things coming from the father of two girls:

1. The teacher should have probably NOT said what she'd said, and..

2. The school is overreacting completely.

Oh, and 3: California doesn't REALLY know how to manage a budget. This state is SO fucked. Glad to be a part of it;)

By the way, remember when I said Bakersfield was a shithole? Well, Modesto would the THAT shithole's asshole. Even Scott Peterson killed to get out of Modesto. (totally uncalled for attempt at humor)

Steve Buchheit Friday, March 12, 2010 at 9:17:00 PM EST  

"Or maybe I'm just nuts and my memory ain't what it used to be."

And you're expecting that we won't answer, "Yes," to that?

Actually, I think that's part of the problem these days. Everybody's just gotten wound so tight they can't crack a smile without farting.

Nathan Friday, March 12, 2010 at 10:17:00 PM EST  

My memories may be incomplete as well, but I don't remember many of my teachers having been young enough to have any eggs to sell. And the thought of them moonlighting as strippers? Ewwww.

Eric Friday, March 12, 2010 at 11:29:00 PM EST  

I had one teacher in high school who'd been a beauty pageant competitor in a previous life. She was actually a pretty lousy teacher, one of the worst I've ever had, but if she'd decided to be a stripper... rrrrowrrr.

That said, Nathan, maybe you're just not giving your septuagenarian teachers enough credit....

Warner (aka ntsc) Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 6:17:00 PM EDT  

My freshman Latin teacher, Miss Swanson, was 23 years old and had a figure that would have had Hef salivating.

However in 1961 strip clubs hadn't been invented yet, Hef had barely been invented.

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