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May 15, 2006

Michael Maxwell, Teacher Apologizes for asking students to write about who they’d kill

Posted in: Academy,Bizarre,Education,WTF

What ever happened to reading, writing and arithmetic? In some states we wonder why some students cannot read after being graduated through elementary and high school. In some states we wonder why students cannot pass the standardize testing in order to fulfill their graduation requirement.

Maybe its because we have teachers in charge of educating our children who at best may need to be locked up rather than having a teaching job. Michael Maxwell, who teaches industrial technology at Central High School gave an assignment to his students “to write about who they would kill and how they would do it.”

Michael Maxwell, who teaches industrial technology at Central High School, said his request that students in his beginning drafting class describe how they would carry out a murder was merely a writing prompt. It was not clear why he asked the drafting class to write fiction.

“I made a horrible mistake that I regret,” Maxwell said. “I want to apologize to my students, my colleagues and to the community.”
(AP via ABC 13)

The punishment for such an irresponsible act, nothing. Apologize and move on as if nothing happened. Instead of reprimanding the teacher, praise him instead. What a joke. I wonder if the school district would have been laughing if this irresponsible act had prompted a student or a group of students into committing another Columbine Massacre?

Albright expressed regret and apologized for Maxwell’s “lapse of judgment.”

“He’s an exemplary person … this is very out of character,” the principal said

Why these teachers are allowed to get away with such things is mind-boggling. Remember when this Ohio teacher handed out homework for high school kids to research porn on the internet? Rather amazing that these types of assignments were approved by school boards.


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