A Shrewdness of Apes

An Okie teacher banished to the Midwest. "Education is not the filling a bucket but the lighting of a fire."-- William Butler Yeats

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

What a relief that idiocy knows no bounds.

Apparently, there ARE stupid people everywhere, and some of them teach school (just like every other profession). From Australia:
An Australian teacher was reprimanded after giving students an assignment to plan an extremist attack designed to inflict maximum casualties, officials said Wednesday.

The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School class in Western Australia were told to plot against "an unsuspecting Australian community", with the goal "to kill the most innocent civilians in order to get your message across".

The students, aged between 15 and 17, had to explain their choice of victim, location, time and weapon, as well as describe the effects their method would have on the human body.

The assignment, which was designed to test pupils' ability to apply what they had learned about terrorism in a society and environment lesson to "real life", was quickly withdrawn after an angry backlash from parents.

"It was certainly an inappropriate method of exploring the issue of conflict and had the potential to offend and disturb parents and impressionable students," said Western Australia state education minister Liz Constable.

Sharyn O'Neill, head of the state's education department, said it was "inappropriate, it was insensitive and rightly, people are upset".

She apologised to one family in particular with a girl in the class who had lost a relative in the 2002 bombings on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.

"We are very sorry for the pain and discomfort that this situation has caused," said O'Neill. "Certainly no ill was meant by this assessment task."

School principal Terry Martino said the teacher was "relatively inexperienced" and it was a "well-intentioned but misguided attempt to engage the students".

Wow. Really? It would have been such a better assessment of the lesson's goals to assign kids this: You are the new Home Secretary (or whatever Australians call an equivalent position). How specifically would you attempt to prevent a terrorist attack in _________ (name the nearest large city in Australia). Create a list of at least 5 concrete actions or programs that could be created to address specific situations discussed in class."

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At 8/25/10, 5:25 AM, Blogger Mrs. Chili said...


At 8/25/10, 9:18 AM, Blogger NYC Educator said...

Wow. Words fail me. What's the follow-up? Genocide?

At 8/25/10, 12:39 PM, Anonymous Shiela said...

That's one crazy idea for assessment.
How about giving the kids an assignment of planning a gang rape to see their awareness in this crime?!

At 9/2/10, 5:13 PM, Blogger Joep said...

I'm not going to throw a stone at that young teacher who invented this. I know too well how foolish I was as a young teacher. If only he takes it as a thing in his experience.

At 6/18/12, 11:12 AM, Anonymous duko said...

It can't work in reality, that's exactly what I think.


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