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Should Teacher Who "Married" His Fourth Grade Student Be Fired?

Should Teacher Who "Married" His Fourth Grade Student Be Fired?

A Portland fourth grader went to the head of the class to "marry" her teacher. The child proposed to Paul Rosenblum who agreed to play groom in the pretend nuptials on the playground. He sported a graduation gown and tie and the bride wore a sheet. They sealed the union by holding hands and running down a ramp. After students told their parents about the ceremony, the school received complaints. The teacher issued an apology for his lapse in judgment saying he was "sick with regret." The superintendent did not comment on whether any further action had been taken. What's your take on the incident?


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MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I dont understand the budget cuts thing either..? Its not like budget cuts are significantly reducing the amount of time children spend in school, its always the same, and there have always been extra activities other then just straight book learning...clubs, and things like Clue Me In, and especially for the younger children make believe and pretend activities. I feel really badly for him that HE feels badly for it. I changed schools aproximately 1-3 times a year, and i can tell you now, 15 years later, that the only classes that really stood out for me and meant something were at 11 and 12 years old, (5th and 6th grade). Our 5th grade class had its own currency and economy. We were allowed to do basically whatever we wanted.. I had a gift card business, which sounds strange and lame for an 11 year old, but i can tell you i was the richest kid in that class. I sold cards by the day, had a layaway plan, and the most solid impact anyone had made with the money. Other kids had art supplies, school supplies, chocolate, etc, You name it. We were able to purchase things from the teachers store, either for our selves or was really awesome. I think of it and mentally thank him more then i ever thought i would. The second class was when we had a mock murder trial in 6th grade. We had all of the components of a regular trial, and we acted it out, slowly, and with examining all of the "evidence", etc. It makes me sad that in a time where we need as many good influences for our children as possible, that we are blowing good things out of proportion.
zoorph zoorph 7 years
So... he put on a graduation gown, had one of his students say a few words (I assume they had some sort of "officiant") and ran down a ramp holding hands with one of his 10 yr old students? If I were a parent with a child in this classroom, I'd wonder why I was even called on the phone or sent a letter about this. IT'S A GAME. A one time game the he went along with at the end of the year (I read a longer article) after much class discussion. Really? This is what we're worried about? I don't think this represents a "lapse in judgment" at all, unless the lapse to which they are referring is the teacher seeming to prefer one female student over the others. But in light of the entirety of the story, even that argument falls flat. If I had been this teacher, I wouldn't have apologized for a lapse in judgment; I would have apologized that my actions had been so taken out of context and my genuine affection and respect for my students had been so twisted that my recent behavior required explanation. @ Lilsugar: Your comment doesn't make sense. The school day is set for a specific length for this budget cycle already, so regardless of any upcoming cuts, a playground game played at the very end of this now closed school year - that couldn't have lasted more than a half hour, if that - is irrelevant to any upcoming "budget cuts."
Liss1 Liss1 7 years
I don't get what the problem is. They were playing it's not like they actually got married or did anything wrong.
Moms Moms 7 years
I'm all for fun at school and have a lot of teacher friends, but a professional "marrying" a fourth grade student seems like a lapse in judgement to me.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
Oh my goodness, who would call this a mistake? I think this is adorable. I just hope no one reminds the girl of this later, she'd probably be mortified lol There was an episode on Army Wives once where this little boy also took one of his mom's friends on a date, I thought it was too cute.
Dana-Ann Dana-Ann 7 years
The guy should be promoted, not fired! He was doing EXACTLY what I would want my kid's teachers to do, and what I myself have done as a pre-K teacher.
FrankiLee FrankiLee 7 years
Everything that I wanted to say has already been said -- totally blown out of proportion and ridiculous. Don't they have anything more pressing to worry about -- like adults that are REALLY doing bad things to children? Instead of one that socializes with the kids at recess?
sarahinparis sarahinparis 7 years
While I agree that this whole thing is overblown and he should not have to apologize. I did find the graduation gown and white sheet part to be a bit much. Was this whole thing planned? Who brought those items? Impromptu pretend play is fine, even great. But, planning the whole thing and bringing props might be a bit much. That said, he does sound like a great teacher and the parents are over reacting.
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