Beware of wizardry

This story of a Florida substitute teacher being fired for practicing “wizardry” is just bizarre:

The telephone call that spelled the end of Jim Piculas’ career as a substitute teacher in Pasco came on a January day about a week after he performed the disappearing-toothpick trick for a group of rapt middle school students.

Pat Sinclair, who oversees substitute teachers in the Pasco County School District, was on the phone. She told Piculas there had been a complaint about his performance at Rushe Middle School in Land O’ Lakes.

He asked what she meant.

“She said, ‘You’ve been accused of wizardry,’ ” Piculas said…

The school district puts a somewhat different spin on the disappearing-toothpick incident.

Performing a magic trick at Rushe Middle is just one of the reasons the school district gives for dumping Piculas from the substitute-teacher list. The others are: Piculas did not follow the lesson plans, he allowed students on computers even though another teacher said not to, and he told the fifth-period student peer that she was in charge.

Clearly just a cover for deep-seated anti-magician bias…

[Via Seeing the Forest.]

Comments

  1. RumorsDaily says:

    In fairness, would YOU want to have a wizard working in your school? He’s a wizard! Who knows what he might do.

  2. Matt says:

    The really impressive part of the trick is when he makes his job reappear.

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