Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Anger Management Class a Bust

            Every teacher plans lessons, teaches content, gives feedback, and keeps her fingers crossed that her students will be successful. In these days when teachers are required to demonstrate results, it is a catastrophe if students don’t do their part. The teacher’s paycheck could be on the line. That’s big.

            Some teaching jobs are more difficult than others. Yes, it’s hard to motivate middle and high school students to learn, but it’s not an impossible task. However, what if your job is teaching anger management to adults who have been arrested for road rage or heat-of-the-moment assaults on another person? Now that has got to be a job from you-know-where!

            Take for example the sad case of one Mr. Philip Croft of Manchester, England. Mr. Croft has difficulty controlling his temper. This was patently obvious to the cop who pulled over Mr. Croft to give him a warning for speeding. Mr. Croft proceeded to harangue the officer with language that polite people don’t use in public. Instead of receiving a warning for speeding, Mr. Croft ended up having to pay a large fine for a public order offense.

            What makes this scenario ironic is that Mr. Croft was on his way home from a court-ordered anger management class at the time of the incident. Apparently, a fight had broken out during the class, and Mr. Croft was still angry about that when he was confronted by the officer. I’m sorry, but this has to be considered an epic fail on the teacher’s part. Sending angry students home from an anger management class is a bad idea.

            I certainly hope that the teacher’s pay isn’t based on Mr. Croft’s ability to control his temper. The probability of successfully teaching Mr. Croft anger management techniques that he will use seems slim to me. Yup, some teaching jobs are definitely harder than others.