Taichung School Opts Not to Punish Teacher's "Inappropriate" Behavior|错误教育! 师用癌症期别分类学生成绩
A teacher at Taichung City's Chung Hsiao Elementary School has been accused of inappropriately categorizing students by grades with categories named after cancer stages. The Taichung City Education Bureau investigated and found the complaint valid, but school officials believe it was just an isolated incident and the teacher wasn't trying to target anyone. The Humanistic Education Foundation believes otherwise, and says the Education Bureau and school need to rectify the situation. Chung Hsiao Elementary School students run out to the field for recess. One parent recently filed a complaint with the Taichung City Education Bureau against a substitute fifth-grade teacher. According to the parent, the teacher categorized students by their grades and further subcategorized students in the lowest category into "cancer stage 1," "cancer stage 2," and "terminal" for six months. One student reportedly transferred from the school in March because of this. School officials say the teacher was only "making a metaphor." She was using this kind of metaphor to encourage her students. If we can work harder and improve more, we can worker harder to learn more as we move on up. This was an isolated incident that took place in class one day. The comments were made to the whole class; no individual student or students were targeted. School officials say the teacher has performed extremely well in her six years at the school and they investigated immediately after receiving the complaint in April. They concluded it was an isolated incident and don't believe the teacher did anything wrong. The Taichung City Education Bureau says while the teacher acted inappropriately, there is no punishment forthcoming. When we encourage children, we should of course use positive guidance. If you use negative (guidance), children of course won't feel good. The teacher, she already knows what she did was wrong. I think how she rectifies the situation from here on out -- we will definitely ask her to do it. The Humanistic Education Foundation says regardless of the teacher's intent, she may be guilty of slander. In addition, public student rankings are banned in elementary and junior high schools and the teacher's actions amount to miseducation. The foundation says the school and education bureau should punish the teacher instead of trying to sweep the incident under the rug.