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Square Root Symbol is a gun: Shark Jumped?

Postby bignflnut » Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:52 pm

During a math discussion, a student being helped by another student with a math problem was told the square root symbol he’d drawn looked like a sketch of a pistol. (NARRATOR: But it was not a pistol). It was a principal square root symbol.

One of the students then popped off with something along the lines of, “well, let’s get to work before I shoot you with a pistol!” A horrible game of telephone later and the cops were called, the student was removed from campus and his home investigated.


Somebody isn't adulting well.

The student who made the comment is still banned from school, even after the investigation found he had done nothing wrong. Worse still? The student cannot return, assuming he’s allowed to return to school, while he awaits an expulsion hearing.

In response to the recent Florida school shooting boondoggle, it’s understandable that school systems want to ensure any and all threats are taken seriously. But in a case like this, it seems pretty clear there was absolutely no reason to believe this student is a threat to himself or others.

The school board created a new policy to deal with talk of guns and shootings. If a student is even accused of talking about either, they’ll be investigated by the sheriff’s department, the school board, and the DA. Thorough, but leaves the door wide open for weaponization of the policy. Just look at how far fetched this story became.
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Re: Square Root Symbol is a gun: Shark Jumped?

Postby Qfac » Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:45 pm

Well we better cease all history classes as discussions of battles and war will have weapons talk.
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Re: Square Root Symbol is a gun: Shark Jumped?

Postby schmieg » Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:22 pm

No good deed goes unpunished. Moral: don't help weaker students - they may be stupid.
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Re: Square Root Symbol is a gun: Shark Jumped?

Postby sodbuster95 » Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:22 pm

This all could have been avoided.

Ban math!
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Re: Square Root Symbol is a gun: Shark Jumped?

Postby Chuck » Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:31 pm

This happened in Oberlin LA
Wonder if it has something to do with the name of the town?

Stupidity run amok
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Re: Square Root Symbol is a gun: Shark Jumped?

Postby kcclark » Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:23 pm

schmieg wrote:No good deed goes unpunished. Moral: don't help weaker students - they may be stupid.


In my school system, the kids are the ones teaching math at high school level these days. The teacher sits at the desk while the "teams" work on math with the stronger students explaining things. There are team tests and individual tests. This is the fourth year of this stupidity.
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Re: Square Root Symbol is a gun: Shark Jumped?

Postby schmieg » Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:29 pm

kcclark wrote:
schmieg wrote:No good deed goes unpunished. Moral: don't help weaker students - they may be stupid.


In my school system, the kids are the ones teaching math at high school level these days. The teacher sits at the desk while the "teams" work on math with the stronger students explaining things. There are team tests and individual tests. This is the fourth year of this stupidity.

Probably because the teacher doesn't understand the subject.
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Re: Square Root Symbol is a gun: Shark Jumped?

Postby Javelin Man » Sat Feb 24, 2018 10:40 pm

schmieg wrote:
kcclark wrote:
schmieg wrote:No good deed goes unpunished. Moral: don't help weaker students - they may be stupid.


In my school system, the kids are the ones teaching math at high school level these days. The teacher sits at the desk while the "teams" work on math with the stronger students explaining things. There are team tests and individual tests. This is the fourth year of this stupidity.

Probably because the teacher doesn't understand the subject.


Nope, this is Differentialized Instruction, the way the STATE is telling teachers to do things. The smarter students are helping the others who aren't completely understanding the subject so both ends of the spectrum get help or learn more about the subject. :roll: I got docked many points on my Observations and Review this year because I didn't do that. I'm sorry, but a good band rehearsal is almost the definition of Differentialized Instruction!

The state will change to a new buzz word shortly and we'll have to be trained a new way of teaching before the tests show how well/poor the last way worked. All to please a few pinheads at the top. :x
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Re: Square Root Symbol is a gun: Shark Jumped?

Postby SMMAssociates » Sat Feb 24, 2018 11:47 pm

The mud monster (my Becka) graduated from High School in 2004....

(Probably because her vice-principal's dad was a friend of mine....)

(Don't ask....)

Somehow, she ended up in a course I like to call "Science For Blondes". Major issues like "what hemisphere are we in"....

She ended up teaching a good bit of the course herself. The assigned teacher noticed that she didn't belong there, but they both did well - she got an A, he got some rest :D....

Seriously, the inmates can run the asylum under certain conditions. But it takes a bit of luck and students and teachers capable of dealing with it. It also seems to take a lack of control by idiots who don't get it, or who insist on putting a bit of themselves into it.

In short, it's a crapshoot to get it right.

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Re: Square Root Symbol is a gun: Shark Jumped?

Postby AlanM » Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:12 pm

I love the comment in the link.

The were worried that the student had been "radicalized".

I love a good pun and usually catch on to them quickly but that one took a moment.

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/radical Definitions 7b or 12c.
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