Friends, Romans, countrymen...Leave me alone.
It may be that the student was "set-up" by equally strange parents. But I feel Stambaugh displayed a great deal of unprofessional-ism by speaking his personal and political beliefs to a nine year old. When asked if he was married, the age-appropriate response to the child should have been something like, "No, I'm not. But I hope to be married some day." End of conversation. No excuses, no political agenda. Children do not go to school to hear about their (student) teacher's political agenda or their private lives. Fourth graders aren't really interested in those things. Perhaps Stambaugh slept through his child development classes or perhaps he didn't take any childhood development classes at all. His answer as quoted was inappropriate in a public school setting.
I was working for a public school district on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. A few of the students mentioned planes and crumbling buildings that morning. The age-appropriate response was, "Yes, I heard about that! What do you think?" The students would respond that their mom/dad/grandma was really upset and worried. The developmentally appropriate thing is to make the student feel like it's a regular day, even though mom/dad/grandma are freaking out. The age-appropriate response was, "I understand that your mom/dad/grandma is upset, but you're safe here at school. Did you get your homework done? Stop running in the hall!" I digress. What Stambaugh said to that student was way outside the bounds of professionalism and I hope this incident helps him to re-think his career choice because, based on this article, he has no understanding of children and should probably not be around them six hours a day, 10 months a year.
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