The teachers all over the world should be drug tested. If the teachers of America can come to school drunk, or if they have been drinking is not a safe environment for the children and teens. They should randomly drug test the teachers just like the students. The teacher job should be like any other job. Drug testing is necessary, and it should be random to keep the kids safe!.
Drug testing should be required for teachers. Besides parents, teachers have the most influential power over children. If you are going to have a job molding the young in our society, regardless of whatever opinion you have of marijuana, you need to be following the laws that our government has made.
Of course, a drug testing may be degrading in some ways. But teachers are supposed to be role models for the students. They should steer the students in the right direction. Some argue (in the no column) that using drug does not mean the teacher is incompetent. Sure, why not? However, the usage of drugs have bad side-effects that will affect the teacher's ability to educate the student, which will also affect the students' learning environment. In addition, drug addicts are unpredictable in many way and will be a hazard to the children. And to say that the government is trying to monitor our lives? Honestly, I think that's absurd. There is a difference between taking away our rights to privacy and drug testing for safety.
We can't have drug addicts teaching our children. A drug test is a perfectly sensible way to be sure of this. "Right to Privacy" is irrelevant; If you want a job, you need to do what is required to get it. If you're not a drug addict, you have nothing to worry about. If you are, you shouldn't be a teacher.
If you have nothing to hide, why oppose. And don't give me that "you're infringing on my rights" crap.
Teachers are responsible for 30 odd children in there classes & some with disabilities.They are paid better than most people & get 12 weeks a year off, not including annual leave,sick leave & school closers. On that note,They should be tested & held accountable for their actions in the work place, as are the rest of us.Drug testing isn't the only thing they should be tested for.Alcohol is another factor in the teaching environment.I have witnessed teachers consuming alcohol on a regular basis on school sites, then driving home while under the influence. Some teachers have even been caught by police for drink diving "RESPONSABLE BEHAVIOUR"... I THINK NOT!!...This is not only a general teacher problem.Some school principles & special education teachers also consume alcohol on school sites regularly! The education department is very quick to scrutinize other people working on school sites such as cleaners,building contractors & parents with very thorough police clearances.If you don't get cleared,you don't work on school sites! Teachers who consume alcohol,use drugs on school sites, or convicted by police for DUI or test positive for drugs at any time should face disciplinary action from the school they are employed at & also from the education department.It seems like anyone & everyone working on school sites must & will be be held accountable for actions taken in schools, as they should be!... But not the teachers!!
School is a work place , every factory or plant as drug testing , schoools should be no different
I personally know a school teacher who smokes cannibus on regular occasions on a daily basis with the attitude that they are a school teacher so no one will find out they are taking the drug.
I've reported this matter to the Education Department.
I believe that any state employee should undergo random drug screens. If a teacher is given the responsibility to educate our children then they should have the responsibility of keeping themselves drug free. They are there to teach children the right ways of doing things and they need to set a good example.
Parents have to be sure that their kids's education is not being jeopardized by teachers being on drugs. It impairs their mental abilities to teach and therefore impairs the children's learning.
Drug usage and testing in America has changed dramatically throughout the years. High level persons in every genre of business from politics, medical, legal, educational and corporate world have identified and admitted to previous or current drug usage. That usage does not reflect how well a person is able to perform their jobs or the quality of their work. There have been employment studies done that showcase that 'users' miss less time from work, are more creative and produce much more than non-users of drugs.
I believe that even though teachers are responsible for our children while at school, the issue of invasion of privacy takes precedence over everything else. What teachers do in their own time should not be the concern of the community and random drug testing interferes with the right to privacy in ones life. If teachers are drug tested then so should almost every other citizen that works since all jobs have some level of importance in the community.
All employees, including teachers should be judged on the quality of their work, not the content of their blood. A persons ability to increase profit, or provide a service, are the only things that should be considered for employment. Employers should be allowed to terminate an employee for any reason and that would be the incentive to improve quality of work, including personal sobriety.
Teachers should be evaluated by their performance at work. Nothing else. Teachers are people too and should not have their rights infringed upon. If they are effective teachers, what they do in their own free time is their own business, just like any one else in another profession. It's not like they are coming to work high.
Teachers should have criminal background checks, which they do. No teacher would be able to function/ teach if they were "high" on anything... C'mon. Might as well add "no alcohol" use for teachers too? This isn't an issue that should be bothered with. Something that matters please???????????? & thank you!
What is the difference between a teacher going home to grade papers over a glass of scotch or a bowl of sweet herb. Heck a shot of heroin for all I care. As long as a teacher isn't high or drunk around the students then there is no harm. If you think differently you need to go back to school. Heck some teachers are flying all day on OxyContin. What a person does with his own body in his own home is his own business
I'm not comfortable with my urine being unlawfully checked. If there is suspicion of inappropriate drug use then by all means but if a teacher is doing their job then there is no reason their privacy should be invaded. Its simple. People become so deluded with fear they will take away all every single right until they can feel someone is protecting them.
Who cares if the teacher is smoking dope on their time off, or the pupils for that matter. I feel that as long as the person is performing at a sufficient standard in what they are doing and there is no probable cause for a drug test then leave each to their own
Testing and firing teachers based on a drug test that tested positive would rid the US of many amazing teachers. Just because someone smokes a little marijuana on the weekends does not mean they are still high when they are at work. This should be the same as if they drink alcohol on the weekends. It's not like they are drunk when they work the next week. Testing highly-qualified teachers for drugs would probably just lead to great teachers quitting their jobs, making more room for teachers who possibly could be terrible at teaching. If someone comes to work under the influence in anyway, I definitely agree that they should be fired since they are working with children. As long as what they are doing at home doesn't effect how they teach, then it shouldn't matter. That's just ridiculous.
We should not be focused on finding good teachers that use drugs. We should be focused on the people who are bad at their job. People believe that drugs will make people become bad at things. If we focus on dealing with the teachers who are bad at their jobs it should solve the drug "problem", save our money, time, and help our children learn.