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Letter of the day: Lap dancing lapse

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The lap dance imitation at Churchill High got the two teachers involved suspended and then fired. The video taken inside the school was illegal. Yet, on CTV News Friday evening the video was shown to whole families watching their televisions with little or no new content.

Since the teachers were suspended for this act and nothing seems to have been done about the illegality of the video, shouldn't the news people be suspended for the showing of an imitation lap dance and shouldn't someone be guilty of showing an illegally taken video?

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It seems self evident that so many more children, not yet Internet savvy, will have now witnessed this video on TV. And, it would seem likely that so many others will be laughing about the validity of the law if TV stations can replay illegal video not to mention that the students, having taken the video, have not been given suspensions themselves for flaunting the law.






Congratulations to the Winnipeg School Division for their non-response to the lap dancing teachers at Churchill High School. After allowing this issue to linger since mid-February, they waited until one teacher resigned and the other teacher's contract expired to complete their "investigation." A very poor decision by these teachers was compounded by the unwillingness of the division to make a decision at all and to wait for the end result to fall into their lap (no pun intended). Trustee Mike Babinsky seemed more interested in appearing on CNN and FOX news than dealing with this problem. I agree with school board chairwoman Jackie Sneesby that the division has some of the best teachers in the world but, unfortunately, that same measure can't be applied to the so-called leadership at the school board itself.






I'm sure a lot of people who read Nick Martin's article about Churchill's lap dancing teachers, Chrystie Fitchner and Adeil Ahmed, asked themselves the same question that came to my mind. How is it that Fitchner now qualifies for extended sick leave the length of which is "unknown," according to Winnipeg school board chairwoman Jackie Sneesby. I think it is a fair assumption that Fitchner was not ill prior to her and Ahmed's little dance. What this should point out to the people of this province is just how ridiculous these teachers' union contracts have become. It's time to stop having school boards (whose members are generally voted on to the boards by about 25 per cent of eligible voters) negotiate contracts with teachers and to put the negotiations where they belong, that being the provincial government. Don't bet on that happening, however, as the teachers' union is a powerful lobbying group and has had our elected provincial politicians cowering for decades.






Re: Churchill's Lap-dancing teachers bow out (April 20). What a lost opportunity. Chairwoman Sneesby, isn't education your business? What is the lesson here -- make the problems disappear? These two young, and I stress young, teachers are mostly a product of your education system. Sure you can just shove them to the side and pretend it didn't happen, but what if you take the teaching approach? Don't let them quit or their contract expire. Take responsibility for them and let everyone know they made a mistake and, through education, guidance and mentoring, you will make them the great teachers you thought they could be. Canada is a great country. How will your system teach kids that Karla Homolka can apply for an appeal but you can't help a couple of young teachers who made a minute-long mistake?




Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 22, 2010 A15

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