#1 Brookfield Teacher Faces Possible Firing For Insulting Teen03-30-2011, 11:40 PM
1:27 p.m. EDT, March 30, 2011
A Connecticut math teacher is fighting to keep his job after asking an overweight student if he ate his homework.
Brookfield High School teacher Robert Wollkind says he has Asperger's syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism in which social interactions can be awkward.
Wollkind was placed on administrative leave in November after the comment to the student, who previously had been teased by others about his weight.
Wollkind is scheduled to appear at a termination hearing Wednesday.
School district officials say the comment was the latest in a string of demeaning remarks over Wollkind's 32-year career, including telling a student he hated him.
Wollkind has said his Asperger's makes it difficult for him to read others' emotions. More than 1,000 Brookfield parents and students have signed a petition supporting him.
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03-31-2011, 12:38 AM
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Too little info to call it.
If he really has a 32 year history of being a problem then in Thinking World he should be dismissed... but in Legal World one wonders how it is that he's still there. So we have to assume that none of his previous infractions was serious. On the flip side of Thinking World, we know that admins sometimes make statements suggesting an ongoing problem when they think they might be taking severe action, often one based in personal animosity.
Aspergers or no Aspergers, he owes the kid an apology. Golden ticket notwithstanding, if he had Tourettes he wouldn't get a pass for walking in the classroom and making a similar remark about anyone but a fat kid. And not surprisingly, there is a comment to the effect that the fat kid needed someone to tell him he is fat. Yeah, because a fat kid in high school doesn't get told that often enough.
Better yet, put this special Ed. teaching Special Ed.
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03-31-2011, 12:45 AM
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I find it interesting that it now seems that everything can now be reduced to a disease, affliction, syndrome or disorder.
Based just on what was posted here, I would say this guy suffers from TAS or Thoughtless Asshole Syndrome and maybe finding a job amongst say, carny workers, may be more appropriate.
03-31-2011, 12:59 AM
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Brenda: "He's completely oblivious to the fact that we're all just exhausted. They should call it 'bipolar asshole disorder'."
Best line from Six Feet Under:
Brenda: "You know what I find interesting? If you lose a spouse, you're called a widow, or a widower. If you're a child and you lose your parents, then you're an orphan. But what's the word to describe a parent who loses a child? I guess that's just too fucking awful to even have a name. "
03-31-2011, 08:21 AM
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Aspergers is not a reason for this guy to be a complete and total asshole. it puts a negative light on kids and adults that have genuine problems with Aspergers. Besides that if it hasn't been a problem before now after so many years of teaching, then this ass is just trying to get out of trouble
03-31-2011, 08:30 AM
No one is responsible for anything because everyone has a syndrome. The teacher obviously suffers from GGS (Gilbert Gottfried Syndrome) and the student is in the final stages of GMASPD (Give Me Another Slice of Pizza Disease)."I believe what really happens in history is this: the old man is always wrong; and the young people are always wrong about what is wrong with him. The practical form it takes is this: that, while the old man may stand by some stupid custom, the young man always attacks it with some theory that turns out to be equally stupid."
G. K. Chesterton
03-31-2011, 08:43 AM
It's not unbelievable that the teacher would spout off like this. It sounds as if it's a regular occurence. The Aspergers syndrome isn't an excuse; it's a reality. I commend him for making his way through life this far and supporting himself. What's amazing is they'd call him for making a fat comment. The overweight don't seem to be a protected class in our society.
It's too easy to condemn someone if you're not aware of the horrendous problems entailed with this disease.
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