Drugs and Maths… Is there any links?

Correct Maths concepts used wrongly

banner-1183445_1920The History teacher brings Kay, who is in year 10, to my office suspecting he has ‘weed’ on him. Need to do a search so I march Kay to the deputy principal’s office. Kay takes a seat and the deputy principal quizzes him. It’s as though the deputy principal becomes a CID from The Bill (television series which ran from 1984 to 2010). Under intense scrutiny Kay takes out a bag of weed from his underpants and gives another name of a student with drugs on him called Josh who is in year 10 too.

I rush out the office and get to the class room where Josh is located. As I walk calmly pass students who are working away I start to sniff quite loudly, as though I smell something very strange. As I walk passed Josh I stop, pause and take a few steps back to Josh. I start sniffing very loudly and in a calm manner tell Josh, “Pick up your belongings and come with me.” We march to another meeting room where the deputy principal quizzes Josh. Josh quickly admits that he has weed on him and pulls out a bag of weed from inside his shoe. Josh tells his side of the story and gives a name of a student that he purchased the weed from called Paul.

Paul has just returned from exclusion and has been behaving exceptionally well. He is in year 11 and only has a few months left at school. The deputy picks him up from his class room and brings him to the meeting room. The deputy asks him straight out, “You’re selling drugs to other students.” “No,” Paul retorts back in denial. The deputy replies, “we’ve seen everything as there’s a camera in the toilets”, (there is camera but it’s fake and Paul does not know this). Paul puts his hand up and replies, “Yeah, you’re right… I have.”

The deputy goes to the boy’s toilet. There is a strong smell of weed coming from the last cubicle. From the toilet paper holder the deputy pulls out a large bag of weed, also with lots of small bags in the large bag. He takes the weed back to Paul who says, “That’s my bag… are you not giving it back.” “Definitely NO,” the deputy responds back assertively. Paul remarks, “But it’s mine… I paid £50 for that large bag of weed. I can make 20 small bags, and sell each bag for £10 and therefore make £200… a profit of £150!

I taught Paul for Business Studies and retort, “You never could learn the formulas for revenue…  or total cost…  or profit or loss… but it seems you’re quite an expert!”

maths-1426893_960_720A day as a head of year! But my question is should unethical, immoral or illegal scenarios be used to teach young children maths concepts or any other educational concepts or is it totally unacceptable. What’s your view? Leave a comment on your thoughts. Thanks.

Note: All names above are not their real names and have been changed.

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