Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/victoriaderbyshire/2009/07/sacked_racy_novel_teacher_spea.shtml http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/victoriaderbyshire/2009/07/sacked_racy_novel_teacher_spea.shtml en-gb 30 Sat 01 Aug 2015 19:41:05 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/victoriaderbyshire/2009/07/sacked_racy_novel_teacher_spea.shtml tigerdarwin http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/victoriaderbyshire/2009/07/sacked_racy_novel_teacher_spea.shtml?page=95#comment19 The party was at the house of a colleague whose children attended the school. Are we to ban sleepovers for children of teachers. All this to placte the moralisers that have taken over teaching. Its getting pretty pendantic. Are these the same people that constantly complain about over regulation. They know nothing about 16 year olds it appears.Long gone are the liberal days now all we have is a diet of finger wagging. Yet 16 year olds don't warm to this - they warm to teachers like this lady and her colleague who gave them their time for free. Thu 09 Jul 2009 00:10:16 GMT+1 Clairy123 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/victoriaderbyshire/2009/07/sacked_racy_novel_teacher_spea.shtml?page=90#comment18 I was listening to this today, and while I admire the effect it seemed to have on the boys (which is fantastic), something just didn't sit well with me regarding the whole thing.So long as the parents/children were ok, thats fine by me, but:1. All this effort for 5 kids?2. Why didn't the teachers arrange taxis home from the BBQ, rather than a sleepover? Seemed odd, and unnecessary in a small town.It is an unusual approach to a common problem, and I commend Leonora for it, but it was always a bit risky I think, given the nature of the flirting stuff..... It does seem unreasonable though, to sack her for the availability online, when it was all OK before. Silly mistake, hopefully her talents will be utilised in some shape or form. Tue 07 Jul 2009 21:45:40 GMT+1 tigerdarwin http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/victoriaderbyshire/2009/07/sacked_racy_novel_teacher_spea.shtml?page=85#comment17 Carrrie- I made a typo- have you never done one- the urban spaceman hey. Tue 07 Jul 2009 21:04:10 GMT+1 Annie-Isobel http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/victoriaderbyshire/2009/07/sacked_racy_novel_teacher_spea.shtml?page=80#comment16 All the people that complain about this teacher should spend a morning visiting their local Comp. and then tell us how they would handle some of these "I don't want no education" kids. Its extremely hard let me tell you and the kids that want to learn are being deprived of a good education. She tried her best and should be applauded for it. Tue 07 Jul 2009 11:23:41 GMT+1 Gavin Corder http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/victoriaderbyshire/2009/07/sacked_racy_novel_teacher_spea.shtml?page=75#comment15 Hardly zelda, it was data protection wot she got zapped for. She'll have to write another one about her experiences. Tue 07 Jul 2009 11:04:20 GMT+1 zelda http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/victoriaderbyshire/2009/07/sacked_racy_novel_teacher_spea.shtml?page=70#comment14 And of course this morning has been excellent free advertising for her tome! Tue 07 Jul 2009 10:47:13 GMT+1 Gavin Corder http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/victoriaderbyshire/2009/07/sacked_racy_novel_teacher_spea.shtml?page=65#comment13 What is this country coming to that a teacher of such ability and talent is sacked? Tue 07 Jul 2009 10:28:45 GMT+1 jbassett44 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/victoriaderbyshire/2009/07/sacked_racy_novel_teacher_spea.shtml?page=60#comment12 When Frank McCourt wrote Teacher man about his method of getting unruly New York teenagers to write and do descriptive writing, he got out all their excuses for absences and used this as a platform. Anything to do to encourge them to write and read must be encouraged!! Tue 07 Jul 2009 10:27:53 GMT+1 danithomas http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/victoriaderbyshire/2009/07/sacked_racy_novel_teacher_spea.shtml?page=55#comment11 when i listen to the lines out off this story it took me back to my school years. an i just wish i had a teacher who put her job on the line to help these kids. what was out off control! an to conect with them in the way she did it is an should be the way forward for kids like this , she should be given some kind of reward not the sack ! hope some one see this be for this lovely teacher is lost, it far to easy to just put the bad kids out off school than it is to conect with them . Tue 07 Jul 2009 10:24:00 GMT+1 taperconnect http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/victoriaderbyshire/2009/07/sacked_racy_novel_teacher_spea.shtml?page=50#comment10 Miss Rusty said her Headteacher had been supportive. Who leaned on him?I used to teach these very same type students and knew for fact that some teachers were bullies and abused their power over children who they knew would overreact and thereby become a self fulfilling prophesy.It is sad that too much of what is provided in our secondary schools is at best of only marginal relevance. It is self evident that they benefit from innovative or unconventional approaches such as Miss Rusty's.Sadly though, targets and league tables result in uniformity and suppression of creative, imaginative and relevant approaches.Sir Keith Joseph in the 1980's hit it on the head; "education has to be relevant" Tue 07 Jul 2009 10:08:46 GMT+1 zelda http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/victoriaderbyshire/2009/07/sacked_racy_novel_teacher_spea.shtml?page=45#comment9 I think she probably is an OK teacher but she has crossed the line between teacher and pupil. Teachers are paid to teach not to be the best friends of the students. You can be an interesting teacher without mixing with the pupils outside school. Tue 07 Jul 2009 09:56:53 GMT+1 Binkie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/victoriaderbyshire/2009/07/sacked_racy_novel_teacher_spea.shtml?page=40#comment8 Has anyone mentioned ' partner ' yet ? Tue 07 Jul 2009 09:49:05 GMT+1 jimmy-dean-2009 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/victoriaderbyshire/2009/07/sacked_racy_novel_teacher_spea.shtml?page=35#comment7 i think this teacher is a great loss to the school and the teaching profession if she helped inspire difficult kids and given them the chance to broaden there outlook on life and education then that she desserves respect we often hear about kids on our street out of control yet we become judgemental of this teacher i wish mrs rusty all the best an hope she gets back in teaching Tue 07 Jul 2009 09:48:18 GMT+1 Binkie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/victoriaderbyshire/2009/07/sacked_racy_novel_teacher_spea.shtml?page=30#comment6 Nearly an hour of this ?I'm going back to bed ,it's sending me to sleep.Aren't there more important things going on in the world ? Tue 07 Jul 2009 09:47:45 GMT+1 feelin_blue http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/victoriaderbyshire/2009/07/sacked_racy_novel_teacher_spea.shtml?page=25#comment5 I think she sounds very genuine and developed a good relationship with these difficult lads. Why are some of you so judgemental? The story was written for the lads, and with the knowledge of the Head. It was the first book one of them had ever read!!I think she should be reinstated! I think someone with such passion for her job should be rewarded not punished! Tue 07 Jul 2009 09:41:20 GMT+1 carrie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/victoriaderbyshire/2009/07/sacked_racy_novel_teacher_spea.shtml?page=20#comment4 Excuses, excuses, excuses. Someone else was to blame for a simple innocent mistake.This is so boring.I think the kids of Calder High School have had a lucky escape as she is so full of herself and her abilities. Good job she is good a self-publicity ............. Tue 07 Jul 2009 09:28:07 GMT+1 theroosterpie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/victoriaderbyshire/2009/07/sacked_racy_novel_teacher_spea.shtml?page=15#comment3 Sounds like if I had a teacher like her I would have done much better in my GCSE's. A radical teacher who has made boring lessons interesting. OK, publishing the book on the internet was a mistake, but is it as bad as politicians claiming taxpayers money for toilet seats? Tue 07 Jul 2009 09:25:59 GMT+1 laughingmarmalade http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/victoriaderbyshire/2009/07/sacked_racy_novel_teacher_spea.shtml?page=10#comment2 oh, it was all a mistake, none of it was her fault.it just "got" onto the internet somehow - dont know how cos she is just the little woman that doesnt know anything about technology or the interweb or anything complicated like thatpurllleeeeeeeeaaaaaase Tue 07 Jul 2009 09:25:40 GMT+1 carrie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/victoriaderbyshire/2009/07/sacked_racy_novel_teacher_spea.shtml?page=5#comment1 She might be able to help you with your spelling, tigerdarwin. Tue 07 Jul 2009 07:43:56 GMT+1 tigerdarwin http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/victoriaderbyshire/2009/07/sacked_racy_novel_teacher_spea.shtml?page=0#comment0 Well if she hasn't got a career as a teaher she's got one as a writer. Nice charecterisation and I am sure she will be on the Nat Curr list in a few years. Mon 06 Jul 2009 21:41:58 GMT+1