Across the street from Brooklyn College is Midwood High School- a high school that I attended. A few days ago, an English teacher got suspended. Guess why?
For personally purchasing 101 copies of "Frankenstein" for $220 and selling them to his students for $2.
This man was suspended for providing BOOKS to his students.
I get it. There’s a rule which states, “Materials and textbooks supplied by the Department of Education for use in classes, shops or laboratories shall not under any circumstances be sold, nor shall any charge for them be made to the student."
But it doesn’t make any sense. There is absolutely no logic behind it. He didn’t even commit a crime; he didn’t molest anyone, he sold BOOKS.
He took money from his own pocket to purchase books, and then went on to sell them to his students for LESS than he brought them for.
Sociology is the study of social problems. Well, THIS is a social problem. What’s the difference between that and purchasing the same book for $25 from the bookstore (which is worth way more)?
The NY Post did a whole article on him, and they noted that none of the students complained. In fact, they were all happy to have paid the $2. The only people having problems with it were the administration. This teacher was a teacher for 29 years. Which means that he got paid more- because the longer you teach, the more you get paid (I believe). They suspended him, and could possible "terminate" him- which will mean, one less teacher to pay. It all makes sense, but it doesn’t.
Personally, I think the whole situation is beyond ridiculous. In the world we live in now, teachers get suspended for benefiting their students. We close our eyes and blindly follow rules which were written so long ago, not taking into consideration that times have changed, and the rules must change with them.
What do you think?