Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Cowans sack "wizard"

Teacher Jim Piculas does a magic trick where a toothpick disappears and then reappears.

Piculas recently did the 30-second trick in front of a classroom at Rushe Middle School in Land 'O Lakes.

Piculas said he then got a call from the supervisor of teachers, saying he'd been accused of wizardry.

"I get a call the middle of the day from head of supervisor of substitute teachers. He says, 'Jim, we have a huge issue, you can't take any more assignments, you need to come in right away,'" he said.

Piculas said he did not know of any other accusations that would have led to the action.

The teacher said he is concerned that the incident may prevent him from getting future jobs.
Oh for goodness sake - when I was a teacher, I outed myself as a Wiccan, let students play on computers when they shouldn't, and definitely deviated from lesson plans (especially the time when I tried to get the kids interested in CAD by suggesting they design a weapon of mass destruction). It's obviously because Florida is the state where they want to stop teaching evolution and teach intelligent design instead, and they're so fundamentalist they even think conjuring is a snare of the devil. Er, hello, Land o' Lakes, this is the 21st century, not the 17th.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness he didn't go ahead with his original plan of sawing a student in half. Rather than firing him, they might've burned him at the stake!

-- Jarred.