Role Models

@laglen (19782)
United States
February 19, 2011 7:57pm CST
I have never been one who thought that professional athletes should be required to be role models for kids. I think they should be required to play their respective sport. I have also never believed that rock stars or movie stars should be held to a higher moral standard (or I would clearly be disappointed). But I DO think that a part of a teachers job is setting the standard, the moral code if you will. Dont get me wrong, I realize that teachers are people too. The have homes and families, wants and desires. But if you cant be honest or reputable, then do NOT set out to teach children. The Wisconsin teachers along with other STATE employees not only called in sick so that they may protest actually having to pay part of their pension and insurance, now they are turning in fake doctors notes. [i]they obtained the notes from alleged doctors standing on street corners handing them out to whomever asked. They added that doctors did not examine or inquire about their current health condition before passing the notes away. Schools throughout the state have closed this week after teachers called in sick, [/i] Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/02/19/saturdays-protests-wisconsin-expected-biggest/#ixzz1ESaNpYXO What kind of example is this? By the way, the teachers that took students out of class and to the protest, as a parent, I would do EVERYTHING in my power to ensure that they did not have a job on monday.
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@epicure35 (2822)
• United States
20 Feb 11
You have hit on just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the moral depravity of MANY (but not all) who are allowed to call themselves "teachers". Yes, in olden times being a teacher was a "calling" requiring dedication, a superior moral base, and, oh, yeah some intellectual "smarts" or ability. That is now far from the case, due to both the rise of unionism and the dumbing down of generations of our children.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
21 Feb 11
I think you are exactly right! I figure these people getting degrees are a true testament to the value of education today.
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@epicure35 (2822)
• United States
21 Feb 11
What's worse than their being stupid is just how dangerous they are. Trust me, our children are in NO WAY safe in their "care".
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
23 Feb 11
I agree and that is what scares me most!
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
20 Feb 11
I disagree that professional athletes, rock stars, movie stars, et al, shouldn't be required to be role models for kids. I think they should, as well as teachers, parents, grandparents, etc. and anyone else kids look to for guidance, etc. But I do agree, way too many rock stars, movie stars, professional athletes, et al, are anything but... The Wisconsin teachers and state employees protesting are breaking their contracts. I don't care if they are getting sick leave slips, trying to get around the terms of their contracts... After the protests are over, I'd be investigating and checking everyone of the sick leave slips, verifying the individual was sick and at home, not on the street, etc. I'd fire as many as I could. I'm sure there would be lots of lawsuits, but I'd do it anyway. And if the teachers that took students to the protests did it without parental permission, they'd be the first to go.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
21 Feb 11
Just look at the news footage, there is your proof too!
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
21 Feb 11
News footage, camera phones...I'd use everything I could get.
@onlydia (2808)
• United States
20 Feb 11
OK I do agree with you on that at least. But it is there right to protest and it is a learning experience. But I feel that the parents had to sign a slip to let there kids go or yes the teacher mite not have a job come Monday. Have you ever been in a protest before? I have and it was kind of boring walking in cirles with signs for most of the day. They must be willing to loose there job's for what they believe. So we have to respect that. But you sis leave out that there was 7,000 or more people there today on bothsides. Not all Teachers and State workers are on the same side. Other people as well, were there. You are keeping me busy tonight Can't wait to see what is next. Talk to you later my friend.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
20 Feb 11
Yes I have been to protests, but I didnt call in sick to work to go I dont think the kids had notes... not sure. I understand them having the right to protest, I am not questioning that. I am questioning the example they set for the kids. Fake doctor notes indeed.
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@onlydia (2808)
• United States
20 Feb 11
That is grounds for firing right there. I mean really they could of called in and used a personal day. Or say it was personal as to them it was. Lie and let kids see it NO NO. The Doctor would be next on my list of all people they take a oth can't spell right now. So the Doctor could be in trouble as well.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
21 Feb 11
I agree, great example they are all showing.
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@skysuccess (8882)
• Singapore
23 Feb 11
laglen, I am sorry but I have to disagree with you that professional athletes right down to popular celebrities have to be responsible for their moral actions and if I may add - all the more. Considering the fact, that they are actually being looked upon by people of all ages including underage children as well - I cannot imagine the adverse influence and lessons being brought to these group of country's promising potentials. We are buying products and even lifestyle programs that are being endorsed by them. The least I would expect would be for them to teach the children something contrary to our conscientious morals. I am sure you would feel the pain when your child comes up to you and say things like if so and so could do such and such a thing, then why not me? So, like you...I cannot wait to sack these irresponsible and lying teachers who make fake sick calls just to participate in some civil protests which could bring about unrest and violent outbreaks even. I hope the schools will do something with these errant role models especially when they are so grossly unfit.
@laglen (19782)
• United States
23 Feb 11
I understand your point. But I figure these guys (athletes) are star struck. Teachers are not
• Canada
22 Feb 11
How else can they protest?? We had teachers go on strike here before, they are the less paid of the civil servants and they are to be held in the highest of standards. Pay them more and then you'll be able to ask them to be holier than holy!! This is MY opinion and I dont have kids, so it might be different if I had kids.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
23 Feb 11
these teachers make double the average citizen. AND they only work half the year. The Governor is wanting them to pay PART of their pension and Part of their health coverage.
• China
20 Feb 11
There is no perfect man under the sun.just as what you said,the teachers are people too.However in view of the particularity of teaching profession which calls for good moral character,the teacher must be a paragon of virtue and learning,for "example is better than precept."
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
20 Feb 11
so what example do you think this situation sets?