The Dangers of Student Accusations

May 12, 2009 1 min read

One of NYC Educator’s students recently announced to the whole class that his science teacher is racist. NYC Educator admonished the student telling him not to talk about other teachers in the classroom and offered to talk to the student privately. The student continued, saying that his science teacher was racist because he yells at everyone. NYC Educator explained that that doesn’t make the teacher racist and got him to sit down and do his work. But it left NYC Educator with some concerns about the implications of students making unfounded claims.

I could imagine a circumstance under which that science teacher gets sent to the rubber room, or is suspended without pay or medical benefits for 90 days or more for pretty much no reason at all. When you're a city teacher, especially after that 05 contract, you aren't necessarily innocent until proven guilty.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Blogboard blog.