What do you do when you are overwhelmed with a class full of students who won’t stop giggling? This is not a hypothetical question, I’m really asking all the teachers out there. Because I am pretty sure every, single one of you will come up with a better solution than taping their mouths shut.
Priscila Davo Ortega was temporarily suspended from her job as Spanish and art teacher after she taped the mouths of 20-plus giggling students shut. She just lined up the 10 and 11-year-old students and taped their mouths shut. Hmm. Unless it was duct tape I would argue that this was a colossal waste of time. And tape.
It wasn’t duct tape, it was Sellotape – which I had to look up because I’ve never heard of it. It’s basically clear masking tape, about an inch wide. One student claimed that the tape cut her lip when she removed it.
I understand the anger of the parents of these children and I certainly don’t condone taping the mouths of children shut – but does anybody else feel a little sorry for this woman? I’m trying to think of the lengths one would need to be pushed to in order to actually think this was an effective idea. Obviously the kids are going to tell someone. Obviously an inch of tape is going to do nothing here but make a whole lot of people think you are coming undone.
I don’t mean to make light of a serious situation, but sometimes my heart goes out to people that have to get upwards of 20 kids listening. I can’t even get my one toddler to. This teacher was way out of line – but kids also need to be taught by their parents to listen in class and pay attention when the teacher tells them to.