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Sacked for the truth!

Post by Jim_UK » Mon Dec 11, 2006 8:09 pm

Several UK newspapers report today that a teacher was sacked after telling her nine year old class that there was no such person as "Father Christmas" and the elves and fairies were also myths. Parents were upset at this and complained to the headteacher who terminated the teachers contract.
Should a teacher or anyone for that matter be sacked for telling the truth?

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Post by Anon » Mon Dec 11, 2006 9:15 pm

Link to a news source?

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Post by Jim_UK » Mon Dec 11, 2006 9:38 pm

Anon wrote: Link to a news source?

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Re: Sacked for the truth!

Post by Marshalrusty » Tue Dec 12, 2006 12:31 am

Jim_UK wrote: Should a teacher or anyone for that matter be sacked for telling the truth?

Definitely not sacked. In the US, the teacher would sue the pants off the school.

Teachers should not, however, take it upon themselves to inform children of such a thing. Nine is a bit old to still believe in Santa Claus I think, but that should be left for parents to decide. Teachers should stick to the curriculum to the best of their ability.
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Post by Gurv720 » Tue Dec 12, 2006 12:56 am

Well, there isn't a Santa clause. But still I think it's wrong to ruin a little kids Christmas by saying that. In fact I believe they shouldn't bring religion into school, all it does is make things a lot worse.
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Post by Noxwizard » Tue Dec 12, 2006 1:44 am

An elementary teacher in my hometown told her first graders that Santa had died. The school got all these calls from parents asking why their kid's teacher said Santa was dead. The teacher was refering to her husband who used to dress up as Santa at the park, but how were the kids supposed to know that? Quite funny.

Getting fired for that is a bit extreme. As Marshalrusty stated, there'd probably be a law suit, as that is hardly a valid reason for being fired. Maybe if it had been a repeat offense, being warned in previous years not to make that kind of statement. The school may have had other motives and was just looking for an excuse to get rid of her.
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Post by _ollie_ » Tue Dec 12, 2006 2:27 am

As it was a supply teacher, she does not work directly for the school. Granted it is extreme, but I would doubt she has lost her job, she will just get placed elsewhere.

Just a guess. When I was in school, a supply teacher was agency staff.

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Post by Ryan_W » Tue Dec 12, 2006 10:28 am

I think there was no need to terminate the teacher's contract. They could have let her off with a warning or something like that but sacking her from the job was a decision made in haste.

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Post by cbrain » Tue Dec 12, 2006 7:45 pm

Theres...theres no Santa?

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Post by beatme101 » Tue Dec 12, 2006 8:19 pm

I don't care what you all say, I still believe in Santa.

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Post by Bobble » Wed Dec 13, 2006 12:10 pm

The thing I find most shocking about this is that they managed to find some 9 years olds naive enough to still believe in Santa :roll:

Still, I would take the whole story with a large pinch of salt - it is in the Sun after all!

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Post by Jim_UK » Wed Dec 13, 2006 2:11 pm

Bobble wrote: Still, I would take the whole story with a large pinch of salt - it is in the Sun after all!

And in others as well - It just happened that that was the one that I scanned.

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Post by Ska4Christ » Thu Dec 14, 2006 7:26 pm

I just do not see the teacher's thinking. Maybe she was grumpy that day, I don't know, but I don't see any real reason to go and tell the kids this. You know it's going to upset parents. Ah well...
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Post by thecharmed01 » Thu Dec 14, 2006 8:08 pm

Bobble wrote: The thing I find most shocking about this is that they managed to find some 9 years olds naive enough to still believe in Santa :roll:


My 9 year old daughter still thinks there is a Santa :)

She also know she gets presents from her parents and family, but she still thinks Santa brings some of them :wink:
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