Via the Lufkin Daily News comes this story about high school Math instructor Bill Newell. Mr. Newell was, in effect, selected as one of the 10 best teachers in the state of Texas by the University of Texas.
The award came with a catch:
Newell learned that, in order to receive the award, he had to attend the conference.
"They didn't say anything about that in their application," he said. "I thought it was a no-win situation. If I didn't go, I wouldn't get the award. If I did go, I didn't think it would be fair to my students. My students depend on me to be here every day. They always say to me, 'What will we do if you're not here?' I get that all the time, because they're so used to seeing me all the time."
Not wanting to miss his classes, Newell explained the situation to award administrators to no avail.
Mr. Newell will also have to forfeit a $2250 cash award for his refusal to miss 2 days of work.
It sounds like some people at the University of Texas has their priorities a little messed up, doesn't it?