North Carolina Middle School teacher Rex Roland has an interesting method for motivating his students. He calls them “losers.”
Mother Patty Clement wants Roland removed from his position as the teacher repeatedly wrote “loser” on her 6th grade daughter’s papers. Some parents of Roland’s other students disagree. They say, along with the teacher himself, that the use of the “L-word” is entirely a joke, a way for the teacher to relate to his kids. Often times the teacher will reward an overachieving kid by calling them a loser.
Patty Clement is not laughing. She claims her daughter is being bullied. She’s started an online petition to jettison Roland, a petition 151 people have signed so far. She claims her daughter receives 100 threatening texts a week. Perhaps that has something to do with her mom trying to oust an apparently popular teacher?
For his part, Roland has apologized, though many think he’s done nothing wrong.
Many of you reading can probably remember having a teacher with a far worse sense of humor than this. I recall an A.P. teacher who would call kids losers and it wasn’t a joke.
That said, while it seems many, if not most, of Roland’s kids get the joke (one former student described him as “the cool teacher that people wanted to be in class with.”) teasing kids of any age, especially younger ones, can be confusing and even traumatic for some. I don’t know the guy, but I doubt he should be fired. He might just want to find a more clever way to be “cool.”
Source: AOL News