03 August 2011

Age Discrimination.

I think sometimes it's ok. I do not want an 80-year-old teaching kindergarten, even if she's sharp, brilliant and a great teacher. Not without an aide. Sorry.

High school? Fine. High schoolers can go potty by themselves and get out safely if there's a fire. The good majority of them also know what to do in an emergency, which is pretty daggone important if the only adult in the room is over 75 years of age.

I realize it's an unpopular position to take, but depending on the job, I don't see where a physical exam shouldn't be required. If I'm in a burning building, I reallllly don't wanna hear about how Mr. Firefighter shouldn't be discriminated against just because he's diabetic and lost his sight. There really needs to be a limit there somewhere for safety's sake. I'm not sure just where that limit is, but I think there needs to be one.

This lawsuit sounds a lot like bull poopy to me. Listen to her doddering interview. Hey, the first sentence or two sounds fine... but listen a while and tell me whether you think she's really able to teach small children to speak coherently and keep 25 squirmy kids in reasonable order.

You know, I clicked the link thinking that the school was probably unfair and that I really don't care WHAT age this lady is if she can do whatever she needs to do in her job. But then I saw her stumbling about with her cane and speaking poorly and I changed my mind. Maybe I would change it back again if it were about a lawsuit involving a very sprightly lady of 85 who speaks intelligently wanting to teach that classroom of five-year-olds.

Hey, if she can do it, more power to her.

Come to think of it, I'm not sure what my opinion is. I just watched the video and thought, "No way." And maybe that's a snap judgment. Your thoughts?


  1. I didn't click the link, but I'm tending to agree with you. There needs to be some sort of protocol in place where the safety of children is on the line.
    All this anti-discrimination stuff has gone a little too far I think.

  2. I read about this here.
    Some people at age 80 are really sharp, with it people.
    But this lady is not physically up to looking after 25 young children in my humble opinion.

  3. She seems to have had her better days gone behind her. Time to pass the baton to someone a bit more spry and if she misses the children, volunteer to come in and visit/play/read once a week.


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