New York: Teacher Causes Outrage, What`d She Do?

Submitted by: MCMXCIII 5 years ago
http://yourlife.usatoday.com/parenting-family/story/2011-12-02/School-Scrooge-Teacher-reportedly-tells-2nd-graders-no-Santa/51578348/1

One guess, I-A-B. But ask yourself, is 7-years-old in the classroom the appropriate place for this bombshell?
There are 52 comments:
Male 559
It`s about time they got a teacher that isn`t afraid to tell the truth. We need more like her.
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Female 357
She crossed a line, period.
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Male 1,569
humbug
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Male 42
Guilty of being a mean spirited bitch.
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Male 660
Why should she be punished for telling the truth. I don`t think I believed that crap at that age anyway......hmmm..... maybe I did, but I don`t think it was a big deal when I found out it was a fairytale.
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Male 36,542
For little kids, the correct "answer" a teacher should give is: Ask your parents.

Is this teacher going to say: "So sorry Billy, but your Grandpa ISN`T in Heaven because God is a lie." Or other "truths"?

Jeez, they`re little kids! Give them a chance to dream.
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Male 546
Santa isn`t real and parents buy your gifts...

Say it aint so! Santa still lives in Washington DC, doesn`t he?
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Male 2,850
@BlankTom

"Not a *Second Grade* Teacher you ignorant fool!"

And why not?

Is there some benefit to be gained by lying to kids for longer?
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Male 265
At least the kids will still believe in Hannukah Harry.
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Male 1,810
Hmmm, so no one saw what I did there in my previous post on this thread ?? I-A-B, I am disappoint....
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Male 1,674
"Belief in Santa is a delusion, not a dream. Correcting delusions is EXACTLY what teachers are for"
Not a *Second Grade* Teacher you ignorant fool!
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Male 2,850
@5Cats

"Bad meat should be thrown out. Any "teacher" so devoid of human emotions as to crush the dreams of small children should be in lock-up until further notice."

Belief in Santa is a delusion, not a dream. Correcting delusions is EXACTLY what teachers are for.
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Male 987
There is no room for the truth in school.
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Male 1,832
It is not her job to tell the kids that painful truth. Its for kids to figure out on their own and tell other kids who will then degrade the kids who still believe. THIS IS THE LAW OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL!
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Male 5,194
Imagine if she admitted that God wasn`t real.
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Male 1,745
Every child is going to learn santa isn`t real in one way or another, this was their time. Why is this a big deal?
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Male 1,810
On the other hand, she told the dyslexic kids that Satan isnt real. That should balance things out, no ??
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Male 1,686
busted for NOT lying!!?
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Female 136
i don`t remember how old i was, but when i started to suspect that the whole santa thing was impossible, i tried asking for something from santa that i didn`t ask for from my parents. i didn`t get that thing.
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Female 1,589
I was told he`s not real by my older brother. I was 8. I wasn`t that crushed. By that age I think I started to figure it out for myself. Most kids do once the parents slip up and let the kids see that wrapping paper, or they use the same kind for a gift that`s from them. A big clue for me was that I noticed to handwriting on the stickers (that say who the gift it for) was the same for her`s and Santa`s.
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Male 1,083
@TangoDexx, the hard way is having no gifts show up under your tree..(potentially because no one told your parents Santa is not real so they didn`t buy you anything)
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Male 934
God forbid she teach reality.
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Female 1,380
It`s not the teacher`s job to keep up with the lies parents tell their children.
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Male 158
We were all told when we were six. We were in class and the teacher basically told us all he didn`t exist, and guess what, we just accepted that. He didn`t do it to "crush our dreams" or whatever, just telling us instead of finding out the hard way which is seeing one of our parents doing it. I think.
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Male 1,931
Separation of Church and state. Children go to school to learn FACTS, not to maintain silly superstitions. I`m sorry, but I don`t want an official that reserves my tax dollars to tell children that Santa is real. But if the school passes policy to just not comment on it, I`d be fine with that.
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Female 1,008
Wow. What an non-nice individual! I found out santa wasn`t real when I was 8 or 9, but that was just by my own critical thinking skills.
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Male 36,542
Bad meat should be thrown out. Any "teacher" so devoid of human emotions as to crush the dreams of small children should be in lock-up until further notice.
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Male 1,674
"Nobody is at fault here... only those people complaining."
yes, them and the teacher, of course.

I do think the teacher should be fired or severely reprimanded for this. You have to understand that she is teaching "children" not young adults. PArt of the job is to be able to relate to the children and she clearly doesn`t know how to do that. So how effective can she be as a 2nd grade teacher then?
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Male 10,440
Nobody is at fault here... only those people complaining.
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Male 928
But I love the comments section on that site. So many people think that someone else has the god given right to tell my children the "truth" and it is ok because they are doing them a favor because it is the truth and we the parents of children are wrong because we are telling a "lie" Sounds to me like some butt hurt folks who had a poor childhood and now think they need to wage a crusade against "lies" we tell our children. Don`t read a book or watch TV it`s all LIES! Cuz you know anything not real is a lie right...
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Male 244
a few weeks ago, my 5 year old daughter`s classmate said he doesn`t believe in Santa - that he`s fake. Not taking that crap, my daughter replied "I don`t think Santa believes in you either." (retold by teacher)
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Female 4,086
jeez, they`re only 7 years old; at least give them SOME hope.
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Male 335
I refuse to "Click Here to Launch:"
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Male 25,416
Wow.. now thats harsh!
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Male 265
Oh the "shocking" things that happen when parents expect teachers to raise their kids.
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Male 2,419
wait... these kids still haven`t figured it out? they teach at the `special` school?
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Female 1,386
Telling kids there`s no Santa is for amateurs. Its the one about Jesus not being born on Dec 25`th and the wise men not even visiting him in a Manger when he was born, that`s trickier. Oops spoilers.
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Male 598
its not her place, but its also not her place to protect kids from their parent`s lies. It seems to be quite the gray area since it was brought up in her class, but she could have gone around addressing santa claus.
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Male 1,442
...they was 7-8 years old. I bet only couple kids in that class still really beleved in him by then.

Lets flip the coin!
"IF" the lady is a good teacher, this stupid thing could ruin her career if the perants push the issue. It could possibly be ruining her life`s ambition, all because she dropped a spoiler on a few children a year or two early.
If she`s not then just who cares all round.
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Male 2,422
So what? Teachers are supposed to lie to kids? That actually explains so much about this country.
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Female 3,696
What a grump!! No, you`re right it doesn`t make her incompetent as a teacher but somebody needs to have a real talk with her. That`s unnecessarily cruel. Doesn`t she remember how exciting it was waiting for Santa to come with your presents?? I`m still get presents from my parents wrapped to me from `Santa` and I ALWAYS get one toy. Even though I`m 23 hahah
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Male 1,582
Dick move
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Male 501
Santa must exist. How else could you so readily recognize his picture. And many are in correspondence with him.
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Male 37,903

Bitter old maide couldn`t let other`s be happy.
No, she has to crush the dreams of children as her own
dreams were crushed by men who plied her with promises of love
but only led to the back seat of numerous cars, sweaty groping hands
and empty declarations of love that were forgotten as soon
as the clothes were back on . . .





what were we talking about? Oh, Santa... stupid cow.
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Female 857
dirty pool, old man!
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Male 1,471
pleez.. how is this an issue??? Phenominally stupid "news"..
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Male 7,353
Yes, the reality is that there is no Santa Clause.

Yes, she was cruel in revealing that to the kids (although it had to happen at some time).

Does that mean she can not teach information to 2nd graders? No.

Does that mean she probably doesn`t need to be teaching 2nd Grade? Could be.
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Male 14,330
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Male 98
Seems fine to me. If you hold any of those beliefs after 5 years old it`s kinda weird.
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Male 1,091
First-world problems...
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Male 1,793
omg.... there`s no santa...... omg, omg....
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Male 356
Link: New York: Teacher Causes Outrage, What`d She Do? [Rate Link] - One guess, I-A-B. But ask yourself, is 7-years-old in the classroom the appropriate place for this bombshell?
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