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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4950 on: December 06, 2013, 07:08:43 AM »
it's regrettable so many school administrators take the position that if they just close their eyes, these problems will "sort themselves out".

Yep. DS was bullied by one boy in 3rd grade. The school punished him, and made notes in both kids' files to keep them separated as much as feasibly possible.

In middle school, the 6th graders go to an overnight camp for 4 days/3 nights. Guess who is put in a cabin with DS? When we brought the issue up, they switched the other boy out of the cabin. But their response when we asked why in the world they were put together, knowing their history, was that they don't transfer bullying reports between the schools, to give the kids "a fresh start"  ::)

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4951 on: December 06, 2013, 08:46:41 AM »
Many years ago, when I was studying as a teacher, I did a practice stint in a local senior high school. Discipline, of course, was always an issue (as one student said, "It's our job to mess with the student teachers!"), but when I did my review, I said I thought I'd done pretty well, except for one student. No matter what I tried, he was surly and inattentive.

"Oh, well," my reviewer said, "I think you did pretty well. Considering he put a teacher in the hospital last semester."

... OK, file that under "I'm not sure whether knowing that fact would have helped me or hurt me."
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4952 on: December 06, 2013, 09:39:50 AM »
So, it probably wonít turn into PD, but one can hope.

My friend is a high school teacher. A student assaulted her in class. She was not hurt, but the other students saw it, potentially affecting her authority.

She finds out the student is getting a VERY light punishment for the assault. Friend did not care for that, went to talk to the appropriate person in charge.

Who basically told her that being assaulted was part of her job and she needed to get used to it.

Stunned, my friend said she was fairly certain the teacherís union would disagree. Said person in charge laughed, said no they wouldnít, but she should feel free to talk to them about it.

The teacherís union is not amused, does not think that being assaulted is part of friendís job description, and the complaint is now working its way through the proper channels.

(This will probably not affect the studentís discipline, but now friend is mostly upset at the lack of support she has received from the administration. And on the up side, all the students in the classroom who saw the assault, all of whom think snitching is for female dogs, volunteered to write up what they saw if it would help my friend/their teacher.)

Yeah, that's when you say screw it and file a police report.  Getting hit is not part of my job.

She would have, had that been an option she was given. Last time she was assaulted (again, friend wasn't hurt, but it didn't look good), she was talked out of filing a police report. She regrets that decision. But now she's just so over the student's behavior, she wants the union to go after said administrator who told her to learn to take it.

I would get written statements from all the students who witnessed the assault and start communicating with the executive via email. Paper trail, paper trail, paper trail...

Update. Friend filled out correct form with Union. Administrator quietly removed student from friend's class. Although administrator did not follow the proper procedure, all the Union was really going to be able to do was get the student out of her class, so once they hear the student has been removed, they'll drop it.

Friend is still mad as ehell, especially since this administrator is in charge of her review, but they have mostly been avoiding each other. Administrator retires this school year, so friend won't have to deal with it for longer than that.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4953 on: December 06, 2013, 10:36:14 AM »
Update. Friend filled out correct form with Union. Administrator quietly removed student from friend's class. Although administrator did not follow the proper procedure, all the Union was really going to be able to do was get the student out of her class, so once they hear the student has been removed, they'll drop it.

Friend is still mad as ehell, especially since this administrator is in charge of her review, but they have mostly been avoiding each other. Administrator retires this school year, so friend won't have to deal with it for longer than that.
Next time, friend shouldn't bother with the school's chain of command, since they have proved that they aren't responsive, or the union, since they were willing to expose ANOTHER teacher to a violent student.  If she's assaulted again, she needs to call the cops and have the student charged, not just shuffled off to another class.  And maybe the local news.

Both my girls were assaulted at different times, on school property.  The school was just going to suspend the perps for 3 days.  We called police and filed charges.  The more violent offender was sentenced to Juvie, the other got community service and an additional punishment that fit the crime.
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4954 on: December 06, 2013, 02:31:27 PM »
Update. Friend filled out correct form with Union. Administrator quietly removed student from friend's class. Although administrator did not follow the proper procedure, all the Union was really going to be able to do was get the student out of her class, so once they hear the student has been removed, they'll drop it.

Friend is still mad as ehell, especially since this administrator is in charge of her review, but they have mostly been avoiding each other. Administrator retires this school year, so friend won't have to deal with it for longer than that.
Next time, friend shouldn't bother with the school's chain of command, since they have proved that they aren't responsive, or the union, since they were willing to expose ANOTHER teacher to a violent student.  If she's assaulted again, she needs to call the cops and have the student charged, not just shuffled off to another class.  And maybe the local news.

Both my girls were assaulted at different times, on school property.  The school was just going to suspend the perps for 3 days.  We called police and filed charges.  The more violent offender was sentenced to Juvie, the other got community service and an additional punishment that fit the crime.

This is why I'm glad that the time I got repeatedly slammed into my locker, the two kids had police reports filed on them by the school. No one should have to sit idly by and be physically abused.




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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4955 on: December 06, 2013, 08:16:48 PM »
A fellow nurse was once hit with a metal footstool by a patient. Said patient was in full control of his senses and was competent, and was a larger male than the nurse who was struck. Coworker called hospital security, and insisted they call police so he could file an assault  report. Security was reluctant to do so, but coworker was a stubborn, and he insisted.

His unit manager later called him into her office and read him the riot act for wanting the patient charged. IIRC, the patient was not charged/punished in any way.
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4956 on: December 09, 2013, 12:05:35 AM »
This isn't exactly professional Darwinism, but I can't believe they let themselves be caught for such a dumb reason...

Saw on Yahoo News that a bunch of American gangsters (73 of them, in fact) have been arrested for Medicare fraud.  They stole a bunch of identities of patients and doctors, set up phantom clinics where phantom doctors saw equally nonexistent patients, and billed Medicare.  They got caught.

How'd they get caught?  Medicare got wise to what was happening because (among other things)...
(1)  ENT (ears, nose, and throat) doctors were doing pregnancy ultrasounds.
(2)  Ophthalmologists were doing bladder tests.
(3)  Obstetricians testing for skin allergies.
(4)  Dermatologists billing for heart exams.

It just amazed me that these people didn't have the brains to research this a little bit first.  I don't think anyone would have suspected a thing if a low-level minion had walked into a book store and picked up a medical guide.  There are a couple of companies (Merck is one) who put out very comprehensive medical guides for the general public.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101014/ap_on_bi_ge/us_medicare_fraud_arrests

I know this is an extremely old post, but thought I'd add another one to it. On the old show ''Unsolved Mysteries,'' a group of Medicaid scam artists who did the same thing were profiled back in the early 90s. Best example? They wrote that men were having gynocological problems.  ::)

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4957 on: December 09, 2013, 07:42:43 AM »
This isn't exactly professional Darwinism, but I can't believe they let themselves be caught for such a dumb reason...

Saw on Yahoo News that a bunch of American gangsters (73 of them, in fact) have been arrested for Medicare fraud.  They stole a bunch of identities of patients and doctors, set up phantom clinics where phantom doctors saw equally nonexistent patients, and billed Medicare.  They got caught.

How'd they get caught?  Medicare got wise to what was happening because (among other things)...
(1)  ENT (ears, nose, and throat) doctors were doing pregnancy ultrasounds.
(2)  Ophthalmologists were doing bladder tests.
(3)  Obstetricians testing for skin allergies.
(4)  Dermatologists billing for heart exams.

It just amazed me that these people didn't have the brains to research this a little bit first.  I don't think anyone would have suspected a thing if a low-level minion had walked into a book store and picked up a medical guide.  There are a couple of companies (Merck is one) who put out very comprehensive medical guides for the general public.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101014/ap_on_bi_ge/us_medicare_fraud_arrests

I know this is an extremely old post, but thought I'd add another one to it. On the old show ''Unsolved Mysteries,'' a group of Medicaid scam artists who did the same thing were profiled back in the early 90s. Best example? They wrote that men were having gynocological problems.  ::)

To be fair, medical billing can be incredibly complex.  Doctors' offices have to tick off boxes on sheets with thousands of billing codes, many of which aren't labeled intuitively, and if they tick the wrong ones the insurance may deny payment altogether.  Obviously for a fraud operation of that size they should have made sure they had everything right  ::) but I can absolutely see how even a reasonably intelligent person could be billing things wrong and not know it.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4958 on: December 09, 2013, 08:48:40 AM »
A second-hand PD!

My BFF works for an advertising agency in London. They recently took on a new junior executive, who my BFF was supposed to train. Let's call her "Crystal".

According to Crystal's CV, she had a lot of basic experience in advertising, including a 9 month internship at one of the agency's competitors. Everything seemed to check out.

Apparently she is a complete nightmare. She doesn't have a very professional attitude - very loud, joking all the time. In her first two weeks, she had to be given 3 talks about dress code. Her time management skills are completely absent. She picks up some aspects of the job really quickly, but others have to be explained to her over and over again. Part of her job is to liaise with employees/clients in other countries, but she frequently Female Dog about having to stay late or come in early to talk to them (time zone issues - this was all in the job description and contract that she agreed to). She has very poor spelling and grammar skills, making even more work for my BFF because a lot of what they do goes online to the public, and poor English doesn't reflect well on them or their client.

The tipping point came on Friday. She was supposed to have an hour-long meeting with the "big boss" (my BFF's boss's boss), to explain exactly how their biggest client's brand works / exactly what her job is going to entail once her three-month "training" period is over. Now, this guy is super busy. SUPER busy. For him to take an hour out of his schedule to talk to an employee three rungs below him is a big deal.

- Crystal was 10 minutes late.
- She put on lipstick during the meeting.
- She asked several questions about salary/benefits/expenses (not his area, and definitely not what the meeting was about, wasting time).
- After half-an-hour, she told him that she had loads of work to do, and she ought to get back to it.
- Then she just got up and left.

My BFF is pretty sure they're not going to be keeping her after this week!!!

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4959 on: December 09, 2013, 10:16:03 AM »
I'm not sure there's much more Crystal could have done to really destroy her chances with keeping her job! And I don't see her getting much of a reference either.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4960 on: December 12, 2013, 03:40:32 AM »
Umm... wow... (not sure if this falls under Special Snowflake or PD, since I'm not sure he's even a SL translator in the first place).

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/southafrica/10510455/Nelson-Mandela-memorial-interpreter-was-a-fake.html

On the funny side of things, some scoundrel has set up a fake twitter account under the name "@memorialsigner" that had me crying with laughter.
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4961 on: December 12, 2013, 10:27:13 AM »
Does anyone else ever think, "Maybe I shouldn't be reading this while at work?"
« Last Edit: December 12, 2013, 05:05:39 PM by Sophia »

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4962 on: December 12, 2013, 10:27:48 AM »
No.  >:D
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4963 on: December 12, 2013, 06:00:44 PM »
Does anyone else ever think, "Maybe I shouldn't be reading this while at work?"

It may have crossed my mind a time or two . . .

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4964 on: December 12, 2013, 06:55:56 PM »
Does anyone else ever think, "Maybe I shouldn't be reading this while at work?"

It may have crossed my mind a time or two . . .

That doesn't stop you though, does it? ;)