Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Crazy Angle

A math teacher in Alabama has been placed on leave for using a real-life example in a geometry class.

A Jefferson County teacher picked the wrong example when he used as­sassinating President Bar­ack Obama as a way to teach angles to his geome­try students.


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The teacher was appar­ently teaching his geometry students about parallel lines and angles, officials said. He used the example of where to stand and aim if shooting Obama.



“He was talking about angles and said, ‘If you’re in this building, you would need to take this angle to shoot the president,’ ” said Joseph Brown, a senior in the geometry class.



Efforts to reach the teacher for comment Mon­day were unsuccessful.

 Superintendent Phil Hammonds said the teacher remains at work, and there are no plans for termination.



”We are going to have a long conversation with him about what’s appropriate,” Hammonds said. “It was extremely poor judgment on his part, and a poor choice of words.”

Ya think?

The teacher has already had a little chat with the Secret Service, who decided not to file charges. But if he gets fired, I’m sure there will be those in some circles who will come to his defense, claim his free speech rights were violated, and start raising money to sue the school district. I’ll bet the Freepers are already all over this.

HT to Liss.