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Last updated on August 9th, 2017 at 07:26 am
A letter to the SMH:
About four weeks ago at our school, Mount Annan Primary, the crossing guard was sick for a week. The first day, there was some confusion. The second day, teachers assisted children and parents at the crossing. The crossing guard is employed and trained by the Roads and Traffic Authority but it could not supply a replacement.
I was surprised on Friday of that week to see a police car out the front of the school. Because of the litigation-fearing bureaucracy that runs our governments, the police were there to warn the teachers they would be fined if they persisted in helping with the road crossing, because they are not trained crossing guards.
The police stayed there until the children went into school, to make sure no teachers assisted …
I know that teachers—or tachers, as they now refer to themselves—are thought of as, well, a little hopeless when it comes to practical issues, but I wasn’t aware that perception of their inabilities had reached a point where armed authorities would stop them helping children across a street.
UPDATE. Reader (and teacher) Greenpike:
If you’d like a look at real teachers in action check out the discussion forums at Plato WA. This is an anti-hippy-outcomes organisation and is single-handedly demolishing the WA government’s attempts at education hippification. Wonderful times over here in boom town.
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