Thursday, May 23, 2002

Teacher displays porn during exams

BBC reports that in the UK a teacher who was conducting an exam unintentionally displayed porn pictures to his students. Apparently, the invigilator, math teacher Richard Jowett, was looking at the material on his personal computer, forgetting it was linked up to the monitor that could be seen by everyone. Full text here.

Monday, May 06, 2002


Pinoy Hell

A Pinoy dies and goes to hell. There he finds that there is a
different hell for each country.

He goes first to the German hell and asks, "What do they do here?" He
is told, "First they put you in an electric chair for an hour. Then they
lay you on a bed of nails for another hour. Then the German devil comes
in and whips you for the rest of the day."

The man does not like the sound of that at all, so he moves on. He
checks out the USA hell as well as the Russian hell and many more. He
discovers that they are all more or less the same as the German hell.

Then he comes to the Filipino hell and finds that there is a very
long line of people waiting to get in. Amazed he asks,"What do they do

He is told "First they put you in an electric chair for an hour. Then
they lay you on a bed of nails for another hour. Then the Filipino devil
comes in and whips you for the rest of the day."

"But that is exactly the same as all the other hells - why are there so
many people waiting to get in?"

"Because there is always a blackout, so the electric chair does not
Somebody stole all the nails to sell it 'por kilo'. And the devil
used to be a public official, so he comes in and punches his time-card,
shakes hands with all the people waiting there and then goes back home... "

Friday, May 03, 2002

Sixth Grader Suspended for Stick Figure Doodle

CNN reports that a Pennsylvania school suspended an 11-year-old girl for drawing two teachers with arrows through their heads, saying the stick figures were more death threat than doodle.

Becca Johnson, an honor-roll sixth-grader at Mellon Middle School, drew the picture on the back of a vocabulary test on which she had gotten a D.

"That's my way of saying I'm angry," Becca said, adding she meant no harm to the teachers.

The stick figures, on a crudely drawn gallows with arrows in their heads, had the names of Becca's teacher and a substitute teacher written underneath. Another teacher spotted the doodle in the girl's binder Tuesday and reported it, prompting the three-day suspension.

Did this Pennsylvania school go over board on this one? The answer appears very uncertain. This is an academic community where punishment is imposed not only as a form of retribution but also as a way of reforming wrongful behavior. In other words, the punishment is part of the education that children get from a school. Thus, nobody can argue against what the school believes as the right punishment because it's part of the school's academic freedom.

Yet, surely looking at the offense, one can sense a great disproportion. The punishment appears to be too much for a simple childish behavior of doodling. I once did this to a Social Science teacher in high school and all I merited was a smile from my teacher. Why should anyone be suspended if I happen to stick an arrow on the doodle?