Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Bass Fishing Scandal: Teacher’s Fault?

At the U.S. Open Bass Fishing Tournament in August 2010, Mike Hart was disqualified for cheating. He decided it would be a good idea to stuff iron weights down the throats of live bass so that they would weigh more. Kudos to Mike’s math teacher for teaching him basic math skills; obviously he has mastered them. However, Mike’s high school biology teacher has some explaining to do. Didn't you teach him that stuffing iron weights into live fish would most likely be detrimental to the health of the fish? Yes, it’s true. The fish died, and Mike was caught when the fish were filleted prior to donation to the local food bank.
Obviously, the blame for this whole fiasco lies with that one science teacher. If you’d only done your job properly, Mike would never have been caught perpetrating such a stupid act. Of course, we can’t really blame his lack of morals on your teaching weaknesses, but at least Mike would have been able to come up with a less ridiculous plot for cheating. This incident is clearly an example of why teacher compensation should be tied to student achievement. I’m sorry to have to announce that Mike’s biology teacher will receive a 20% pay cut this year.

If you would like to read more about this pathetically stupid incident, Pete Thomas at GrindTV.com wrote a fine article. http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/blog/19468/cheating%20scandal%20at%20us%20open%20rocks%20bass-fishing%20community/

Also check out Pete Thomas’s blog Trail Blazin’. It’s well worth a look.

Thank you to McLaughlin Outdoors for the use of the photo of Karissa Trobec, the daughter of Dr. Jay Trobec, meteorologist for KELO-TV in Sioux Falls, SD.