Monday, April 23, 2012

Visual Aids: When Teachers Go Crazy

Two little news items about teachers being inappropriate with visual aids. The first, a college professor in the UK speaks to colleagues:Professor Depicts Blood-Dripping Knife, Machine-Gun, While Talking Population Control :
A video has popped up showing University College’s Emeritus Professor John Guillebaud, patron of the UK-based “Population Matters”, standing before a screen depicting among other things a machine-gun, a hospital bed, and a knife dripping with blood, as examples of “natural” population control as opposed to “artificial” methods such as contraception and family planning.

The professor also impressed upon his audience to hide the true nature of their efforts by never ever using the phrase “population control.”

Guillebaud gave the lecture on October 14 2010 in front of a group of scientists at Cambridge University’s Triple Helix Society. On the top of the screen of Guillebaud’s slide show we read the words: “guide to “population control” methods”, showing on the one hand a contraception pill, which is described as an artificial method of population control.

Interesting juxtaposition with another news item of the shop teacher who lined up his students and fired blanks at his students. The above article is full of hyperbole and right wing "global warming what global warming?" and anti-intellectual and academic opinions. However, the symbolism is interesting in both cases.

In another item, a teacher in Virginia told his students to line up, then fired shots (blanks).
A Virginia teacher has been charged with 12 felony counts after allegedly pulling a blank firing gun on his students and firing several times.

"One for each student who was in there. And basically the charges result of inciting fear into the students," Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman told

The incident occurred just days after the five-year-anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings, during which 32 people were shot by a mentally ill student.

The Kingsport Times reports that Manuael Ernest Dillow, 60, was teaching a welding glass at an Abingdon, Virginia, vocational school when he reportedly "gathered" the attention of his students by forcing them to line up.

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