Question by jun_mei_ga: Trying to fire a teacher without getting suspended?
I just received my report card for fourth quarter, and my video production teacher gave me an F. I feel that I do not deserve that F as I did all the projects that he requested and with much effort too. Although the last project i turned was a film in which I made fun of him. It was JUST a parody.but I think that he found it offensive and gave me an F based on that personal matter. He (to me and MANY of the students) is not qualified for this job. He has no education in video production and NEVER taught us anything. I basically had to self-teach myself. Also, he is unrealible in grading. For example, he projected the grades once and one of the student’s percentage was 86%, but he gave her a C. Also he was fired from the last school for throwing a chair at a student. I want something to be done. ideally for him to be fired, but anything to stop his horrible “teaching” will satisfy me. I was thinking of a petition or a website?some students complained to the counselor but they didnt help
I tried my best to make my film appropriate. It was not meant to be offensive at all, just to poke fun at. Wouldnt it also be strange to receive an F just for that one project when I completed all his assignments and got his OK on it.
As for him getting fired, a student asked him if it was true he threw a desk at the student and he replied with, “it wasn’t a desk, it was a chair!” I think that pretty much verifies it.
No, he isn’t tenure. He’s been here for a year.
Rubrics– I asked him many times before for rubrics of his projects and he said he doesn’t make any. He asked ME if he should make one but never did the whole yr.
Did he really not teach us anything? To me he didnt. everyclass he would just sit at a comp and occasionally ask us what we are doing. for his projects he just tells us what he wants.. IE: “make a film about superheroes” thats it.
I also tried asking him for help, but he never answered and just told me to ask the guy who fixes computers.
Answer by Suthern Yankee’s S.O.
OK… Let’s take this a step at a time.. This is not an easy answer
Let’s start with the first one. YOur film. Doing a “parody” on your teacher was probably NOT the brightest idea. You don’t cover yourself in raw meat and walk into a lion’s den, so why would you do that? Whereas you may not have deserved and F on the project, as for lack of thought, you get the F.
Not qualified. That’s subjective, but, I’ll give you that.
Some schools hire teachers out of NEED. The school year is about to start and they don’t have a teacher and PRESTO, one shows up. Not saying this is right, just saying it happens.
Getting fired from last job. IF what you say is true, I am pretty shocked he could get hired. I have a feeling there is more to that story, but that’s just me.
Now to the real question. Getting him fired. Well, I am making an assumption here that he’s NOT tenure, meaning he hasn’t been there 5 years. Teachers are supposed to be “observed” twice a year and that is how they are “graded”. The principal makes recommendations and that is how contracts are awarded. If he is tenure, you basically are stuck.
YOu can start a petition, but, its going to take more than that.
You said the counselor didn’t help, so go to the principal and talk. you need a GROUP, not just you. YOu can be the “spokesperson”, but the other people need to be there.
You walk a really fine line here. I am going to say this, your “principles” are sound, you just have to get people to listen. Being obnoxious or disruptive and causing a seen WILL get you suspended. If you do it within the limits of the “law”, you will be heard.
If all else fails, you can talk it to the School Board. If that comes, you better be prepared.
The EASIEST suggestion, and maybe the most practical, is more of a “sit down strike”. If EVERYONE in this person’s class wants to be “transferred” to a different class, your voice will be heard because SOMEONE is going to have to look into it.
What do you think? Answer below!
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