Teacher with fear of young kids sues Ohio district
Do you think she has a legitimate case?
(I'm not debating the fear. We all have fears and they are our own. I'll let her have hers.)
I think its crazy. If her position was eliminated at the high school...they could transfer her, or let her go.
I don't see how they should be forced to keep her position at the high school.
Are there rules around laying teachers off? I'm really asking because i don't know
Cecilia Marie 1/10/10
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Um...if you have a fear of young kids then don't become a teacher. Why would you go into a field where you are automatically limited in terms of what you are willing to do? Most teachers I know don't get first pick of the grade they are interested in.
I think the whole story is just weird.
Laurie, mom to:
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Our contracts specifically state that if enrollment in certain classes goes below a certain number for a certain amount of years we can discontinue the class and then they would be let go.
I think it sounds like nonsense. The biggest problem I have with the claim is that all of the seventh and eighth graders I know are taller than me and hardly are *young* children. Young children is like 5 year olds compared to high school. I seriously just don't think that the kids ability to trigger a fear like that would magically disappear over that summer between eighth and ninth grade.
The cynic in me wins this one and says that she just hates her new placement and quit, then found that she needs the income.
I don't think she has a case. For one, what is the difference between 12/13 year olds and a high school freshman? Of course there are some maturity issues but typically it is about the same..no? I was only slightly different at 14 than 13.
But I agree, sometimes your position is eliminated and I think she was lucky to be given the option.
The only thing on the grade level I'll give her is that usually it is specific to your degree. Secondary education can vary...like when I went for my Spanish degree that was my major and secondary ed was my minor which is typical. I would have been certified for 5-12. However if you do Math and secondary education (at least in Mass.) you are certified 5-8 or 9-12 and that is it. We can't teach in an elementary setting.
Obviously, the school district would know if she was certified or not so she knew it could happen. Just like I would have preferred to teach HS Spanish but could have been moved to a lower grade.
I really think it's a ridiculous lawsuit. I don't see middle school aged kids as being young. To me, young is elementary aged kids and that's about it, not middle school aged. Regardless, she apparently has issues with these ages too. They could have just let her go. I just can't fathom how we entertain these lawsuits!
If you have a true phobia of kids, then teaching is probably not the best job for you. I can see having a preference of either High School, Middle School, or Elementary. DH would rather be working in Middle School, but is in High School right now. If they put him in Elementary school he would probably ask to switch, but would accept it if they said no.
It may work differently in OH, but here is how it works in CO:
DH's teaching certification allows him to teach middle school or high school. Elementary education is a separate license. If they are eliminating a position for a tenured teacher, the district has to offer that teacher a position within the district. BUT, it could be that a middle school teacher has to go to a high school or a high school teacher has to go to a middle school, since their certification allows them to teach both. They aren't guaranteed a job at the same educational level, they are just guaranteed a job that they are certified for. At that point, the teacher has an option; they can either go where the opening is, or they can quit. It sounds to me like the district did what they were obligated to do (find her another position within the district) and then at that point the onus was on her to decide if it would be a good fit or not. If not, it's on her to quit. On a side note, who gets certified as a teacher if they are afraid of children? Seems extremely off to me.
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