Monday, September 17, 2007

Finally, A Teacher That Gets Results

Recently eaten: brown rice, beef stir fry
Recent annoyance: unwieldy hormones

This is what's wrong with America today. If I threw a chair, and a tiny one at that. at one kid, do you think they would name me teacher of the year? Heck no. I'd be thrown into high security prison before that kid lost another baby tooth. I'm moving to Japan.

Chair throwing coach named 'super teacher'
A Japanese teacher who threw a chair at his students was named "super teacher" by the local board of education despite having been reprimanded several times for using corporal punishment, a news agency said on Saturday.

The 52-year-old high-school teacher in Kyoto has been awarded the title every year since 2005 in spite of a history of aggression in the classroom because his strict teaching methods improved his students' performance.

He was punished three times between 1997 and 2001 for physically attacking students, including throwing a chair at the volleyball team he was coaching, and was again accused of corporal punishment this year, Kyodo news agency said.

The teacher, who was not identified in the news agency report, resigned on Friday, having been on medical leave since the latest accusation. He was selected as a role model due to his "outstanding achievement in leading the volleyball team", Kyodo said, citing board officials.

Japan's school system has been at the centre of heated political debate for some time. Some politicians have demanded stricter discipline at Japanese schools, including harsher forms of punishment, to improve overall standards.

But others say that school children are already under too much pressure due to a heavy workload, a strict exam system and frequent cases of bullying.

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