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Posted on Shop teachers response to the question about missing safety features "Its too expensive"...

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#1 posted 11-20-2010 10:36 PM

Ultimately, a child is the parents responsibility, not some baby-sitting school. If you think the shop is unsafe…don’t send your kid to that class. If you think school funds are being spent incorrectly….like the metal shop got some safety stuff but the woodshop class your kid is in is short on funds…then get political with the school…or maybe better…pay for the safety stuff yourself….then decide how affordable it is.

This is an old story, always political in nature. Our government doesn’t spend our tax dollars correctly and neither does a school.

The cost of safety equipment was probably spent on something else that some other parent thought was a crime that THEIR kid wasn’t getting in school.

If everybody got everything needed, then everyone would complain about how high taxes were.

If I were the teacher, I would write a letter to every parent of the kids in my classes and tell them that the course is unsafe. I would tell them that if they want their children to attend that class and be safe, then, they need to get political and have something done about it…whether it’s a fund raiser (which I think would be the best deal to raise awareness of the situation) or make the school shift funds or take their kid out of the class if they didn’t like it.

I think the teacher is in the worst position. The teacher is supposed to teach the class, the school is supposed to support that teacher, the teacher can’t make the school do anything, but they are probably front line liable if anything happens….and they can’t just quit…so rock and a hard place.

The people are paying the school to do something for their kids. I don’t think it’s the teachers responsibility to ensure that happens. It’s their job to teach. The parents need to get the school to do something.

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