Monthly Archives: January 2009

Battle field teachers


I have a friend who is a teacher in a south-western Sydney school.  One day she spied a kid showing off his dad’s pride and joy, a hand gun.  Stupidily, (she now admits) she stormed up to the group of boys and in her best teacher mode confiscated the weapon.  It wasn’t until she handed  the weapon into the office to she realise the seriousness of what had just occurred.  What else was she suppose to do?  Ignore it?  Panic and make a massive fuss that could have lead to a terrible accident? 

I was reminded of my friend when I read the story about two Japanese school boys from the island of Okinawa taking a WWII era shell to school thinking it would make a good school assignment.  The article went on to say that the shell ‘flustered’ teachers.  Maybe their not trained the same in Japan as here.

I can just see my friend and others that I know in this situation.  They would confiscate shell,  ask the class to quietly leave the building while they called the police on their mobile.  They would get each child to taken a classroom and inform each teacher what is happening while sending another child to the office to set off the alarm.  Once everything was safe they maybe more than a little flustered, time with a councillor may be suggested.  But, in the heat of the moment teacher’s training send them into battle mode.  It’s no surprise that during the two world wars teachers were often given the automatic rank of Captain.