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Miss FCAT, get humiliated by your teacher



Over the years we've heard many Florida teachers lament -- even despise -- the advent of the FCAT. Yet their livelihoods have become more intertwined with the annual test each year, as lawmakers have tied their evaluations even more closely to student results.

One Lakeland teacher appears to have taken the whole issue a bit too far. CF13 News reports: 

Sleepy Hill Middle School eighth-grader Thomas Cancellare missed his FCAT Writes test last week because he was home sick.

"I felt horrible," Cancellare said. "I could barely get out of the chair without throwing up."

He had a doctor's note to prove he wasn't faking, but when he came back to the Lakeland school this week, his teacher put a sign around his neck. Cancellare said he was humiliated.

"It said ... 'I decided to come to school today, but I didn't come to school during the FCAT,'" he said.

Cancellare claims the teacher did nothing as classmates laughed at him.

Check out the whole story. We know most teachers wouldn't do this, though maybe they're tempted. What are some of the positive ways you've seen teachers prepare students for the annual stress of the FCAT without increasing the stress factor?

[Last modified: Monday, March 12, 2012 9:14am]


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