There has been a lot said about the Ontario teachers who recently pulled a fast one on their Grade 8 students.
You probably know the story. A group of teachers at Roseland public school in Windsor duped their kids into thinking they were going to get a school trip to Disney World.
A Power Point presentation with pictures and video of the Florida tourist attraction got their hopes up high before the Disney dream was dashed when they were shown photos of a bowling alley, the real destination for the students.
Once they clued in to the ruse, the reaction of the students went from jeers to tears.
Parents were not amused, with some registering complaints with the school principal and the local school board.
In the latest development to the story, the Greater Essex County School board criticized the teachers, saying they used “extremely poor judgment” when they decided to pull a fast one on their young charges. And the teachers have apologized as well, hoping to learn from “a very hard mistake.”
But hang on a minute.
The whole thing started when one of the teachers suspected students were sifting through his desk. He got the Disney World ball rolling by planting a grad-trip brochure inside a drawer.
The rumour mill then began to swirl.
So what’s wrong with this picture?
The kids were caught snooping and, ultimately, paid the price for their actions. Nobody got hurt. Everybody learned a lesson.
And isn’t that one of the reasons we send our kids to school; to learn, among other things, that every decision they make has a consequence, and that, sometimes, bad decisions result in bad consequences?
In this case, it seems the teachers got the short end of the stick.
Is the scorn for teachers well deserved?
Hardly. After all, they may have taught their young students one of life’s most valuable lessons — if something appears too good to be true, it probably is.
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