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(NECN/WLOS) - A middle school teacher's controversial style of educating has him in hot water with one parent. Rex Roland teaches sixth grade at Enka Middle School in Candler, North Carolina. Parent Patty Clement said Roland wrote "loser" in red ink after correcting her daughter's paper.
"I went to the principal in November and complained," Clement said. "She said she would put a stop to it." A few weeks ago, another of 11-year-old Heather Clement's graded assignment made its way home and at the top of the page was a step beyond the original -- "minus 20% for being a loser."
The word "loser" underlined twice and capitalized. Mrs. Clement called the assistant superintendent, then met with the principal and Mr. Roland. She said Roland apologized and said it was his way of joking with students. To Mrs. Clement, the practice is unacceptable. "Suspend him," she said. "Make him think about what he has done -- the severity of this."
The Buncombe County School District released a statement saying that it was a personnel matter that is being looking in to. The school's Web site says Roland has been teaching at Enka Middle School for 12 years. Clement said that teachers should inspire, not degrade and bully young children. "This is telling her that you're a loser, you're not going to go anywhere," Clement said. She had her daughter removed from Mr. Roland's class. Some parents defend his teaching style, calling it his way of relating to his students. None of them would go on camera in his defense.
During a telephone interview, 42-year-old Imelda Paredes, a Spanish teacher at San Benito Veterans Memorial Academy, confirmed that she was the educator in question. The video, filmed by one of her students on Monday, shows Paredes begin a discussion about Jesus Christ and how he was in love with Mary Magdalene, a conspiracy theory popularized by Dan Brown’s fictional novel, The Da Vinci Code. But the discussion soon turned bizarre when Paredes, who was speaking in Spanish during the majority of the 12-minute video, said that Mary Magdalene is not dead but instead reincarnated in different people. “Soy yo (It is I),” Paredes said in Spanish, claiming she was the reincarnated Mary Magdalene and that Jesus Christ, who she claimed was in love with her, was planning on taking her to another planet where they would marry and conceive a child.
So you are damned right I am blaming teachers for my kids failures. Teachers have stopped communicating with me, saying that they have this gradebook now. Thus the state has increased workload since not as much parent teacher time is needed. So this really cool email thing....goes unused. I send emails to them that never get answered. Until I have to report it to the principle. Then my kid tells me the teachers are treating them differently.
I blame the teacher for not using their tools. For not informing me and communicating with me before there is a problem. For not taking enough of a concern for their kids to grade daily and enter scores daily. For teaching them facts which are not true (and have been multiple times proven untrue, because it drives me nuts the garbage they teach my kids) and mathematical models that I am unfamiliar with.
Mind you, my son doesn't get a free pass either. But how the hell do I NOT blame the person who can't even give me the courtesy of a reply. Or who has lost homework that I help him complete myself (multiple times over multiple years)?
Originally posted by starwarsisreal
reply to post by smyleegrl
But there are times when we cannot trust teachers if that's the case what should we do?
reply to post by kdog1982
Don't get me wrong,my wife truly cares about the kids and all,but the hoops she has to jump through to get the assistance they need met are amazing.