"We need more teachers willing to take risks, take chances and think out of the box. Too many are fearful of making waves or losing their jobs so they simply go through the motions and don't make any waves, graduating kids that should be held back..."
Sounds like a normal comment, doesn't it? Well, it does until you read the article it references. A teacher makes kids put cotton balls with vinegar on 'em in their mouths and chew them as punishment.
"I remember teachers making kids stick gum on their noses. Humiliation was a good disciplinary tool back then," quips another commenter.
"Personally, I applaud her for her work and creativity. Vinegar would only cause discomfort and not any serious bodily harm as long as they were not allergic. People need to understand that there is little you can do to get through to these students that require special attention, and sometimes you need to resort to alternative means of punishment to state your point. Most schools allow 'alternative' punishments to normal students such as paddling if the student wished to take that instead of an in school suspension, and last I checked, prior to enrollment of a school, there is a paper that asked the parents if they were willing to allow these 'alternatives' be used if necessary, and hey, it worked! Ask those kids if they didn't think twice before they committed the same act again."
It isn't just one comment supporting one teacher who had a little oddish disciplinary technique that concerns me. It's an overall lack of sympathy for children who are admittedly not perfect. In my opinion, about half the commenters on the article were at least nominally eligible for Crazy Comment Monday. Congratulations, World. You stink.