Friday, May 8, 2009

Forum #1: Is it okay for teachers to smoke pot?

Is there anything wrong with teachers occasionally smoking pot in places (like Hawaii, Canada, or California) where it is widely accepted? Feel free to define your own parameters.

[left: I have no particular reason to believe the woman at left is a teacher. I have taken to posting visually interesting pictures that may have nothing whatsoever to do with the actual post, à la Grand Narrative.]


  1. I am not a big fan of any drug. It is one of the reasons that I have very few childhood friend anymore. One of my best friends said of a click (sp) of friends we knew, that they would do any drug you put in front of them. He was no better. My best friend was shot in the head and killed because he would buy drugs to do with him friend, a man he had known his whole life. Although, I do believe it should be legal in Korea. Maybe then the Koreans would mellow out a bit.

  2. "...I have taken to posting visually interesting pictures that may have nothing whatsoever to do with the actual post..."

    Good move

  3. as a anti-prohibition activist (and by that, i mean i once stood outside the vancouver art gallery on 4/20) i think people should be free to do whatever they want.

    now, if they let drugs be an excuse for them to act like an asshole, then that's something for friends and family to police, and if it affects your performance at work you ought to shape yourself up before you accuse your employer of being intolerant. same with any other kind of bad behaviour.

    even bill o'reilly said that an honour roll student smoking a joint on the weekend is like a surgeon having a martini while he's off-call, and bill o'reilly is a limp-dicked windbag.

  4. So, nb, you are opposed to teachers doing it because you're opposed to anyone doing it, right (except Koreans)?

    Anyway, you might have fun talking about this with Scott (or here).

  5. Goku, half my 200 or so hits a day are image searches, so, yeah, I'm really learning what a good move that is.

    Shinbone, so you would allow them to do it but not allow them to be assholes while they're doing it. Much as we treat alcohol, right?

    The problem I see with teaching (or operating machinery) is that by the time you realize someone's pot smoking is affecting their job or not, a lot of damage has already been done.

    As for Bill O'Reilly's hypothetical honor roll student smoking a joint on the weekend, it may be just that. It's a rare type (at least in California) that smokes pot on the weekends and still possesses the drive and energy and clarity of mind to consistently get high grades.

    Or in reverse, it's rare that a student who is that driven toward academic achievement and is that smart to decide that weekly pot smoking is something he/she wants to do.

    They do exist, but they're very rare.


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