After the much-publicised debacle of a fake teacher request form being sent home with students, the Everyday P-12 School community could have been forgiven for believing the drama was over.
In fact, it has gone into overdrive with a twist on the process being created by Outdoor and Physical Education teacher, Mr Stu Richards. The teacher explained, ‘Parents can make up any garbage and request their child not be taught by a certain teacher, why can’t we teachers do the same?’
I based my request on academic reasons just like the parents do.
This thinking led Mr Richards to pen a letter to the school leadership team requesting year nine serial pest, Riley Curtis, not be placed in any of his classes. ‘He’s bloody annoying,’ said Mr Richards, ‘he never shuts up and is always making stupid noises. But I didn’t write that. I based my request on academic reasons just like the parents do.’
The teacher, who usually avoids writing like a 12 year old boy avoids deodorant, read an excerpt of his letter, ‘I formally request Riley Curtis not be placed in any of my classes for the 2020 school year. An assessment of learning styles has indicated Riley is primarily an auditory learner while my teaching style is very visual. While I will sorely miss Riley’s presence in my classroom, I believe this request will provide him with the best educational outcomes.’
Mr Richards admits to then getting slightly carried away. ‘Harley Driscoll really gets on my nerves too. That kid can’t sit still for one minute so I added him.’ Once again the teacher read, ‘Testing revealed Harley Driscoll to be a kinaesthetic learner. My practical lessons involve a lot of movement, but the theory component of the classes will be highly unsuitable for an active student like Harley. I recommend he be placed in the care of a teacher with a more suitable teaching style.’
I recommend he be placed in the care of a teacher with a more suitable teaching style.
Ambitiously, Mr Richards then went for the hat-trick. ‘The two boys mentioned above are close friends with Jayden Smith-Williams. I would be severely disappointed if deficiencies in my teaching style are the sole reason for these three students being in different classes and missing out on each other’s support and care. I therefore regretfully request I not teach Jayden Smith-Williams.’
No nonsense vice-principal, Ms Ruth Horan, was spotted at her computer and was asked if she was typing a reply to Mr Richards’ request. ‘No. I’m writing to Principal Matthews to request not working with that moron Outdoor Ed teacher.’