Rick Scott Plays Teacher at Public Schools for a Sigh-Inducing "Let's Get to Work" Day

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With teachers being one of the largest collectives in the state pissed off with Gov. Rick Scott and his tradition of avoiding public schools like the plague, it seems a bit strange that the governor would play teacher for one of his "Let's Get to Work" days.

Regardless, that's what the governor's doing today at three public schools in Collier County, which included teaching high school government students about campaign finance laws -- which we're guessing included getting rich and paying for a campaign yourself -- and teaching science classes to elementary-school children.

According to the governor's office, "During his lunch break with teachers, Governor Scott listened to their concerns about the teaching profession and suggestions for improving education in Florida."

We're sure he listened real hard.

The governor's office says Scott also taught about farming in the American colonies to a middle-school history class, which sounds like -- holy s*** -- environmental anthropology.

Scott also saw over two science classes at an elementary school, one of which included playing around with owl pellets.

Of course, there's a job-creation talking point in that.

"It was great to see the students really get engaged with the hands-on activities in the science classes," he says in a statement from his office. "The only way we will increase the number of graduates in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math is by getting our students interested in science at an early age and then making sure they gain the skills needed to pursue those interests."

Probably the best story coming out of all this is from Naples Daily News reporter Ben Wolford, who says he heard the following quote that didn't manage to make it into his story:

Best Rick Scott quote that won't make the story. To middle schoolers: "I milked a goat when I was in Africa one time."
Nov 10 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

Sounds legit.

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He certainly wouldn't succeed as an English teacher.


was he in africa taking pointers from qaddafi or mugabe?

Lady Blah-Blah
Lady Blah-Blah

Maybe he should try and live on a teachers salary for a month, to see what it is all about.


no he was visiting a Obamaa in kenya...

To teachers ; if you enjoy your job , you KNEW THE PAY SUCKED why are you bitching if you do your JOB YOU SHOULDN'T WORRY, IT'S THE ONES THAT DON'T CARE THAT NEED TO GO ....

Ben P.
Ben P.

I always get so tired of the folks who say "You knew the pay sucked." Because they refuse to acknowledge the flip side of that argument, which is "Yes, we knew the pay sucked, but the benefits and stability and future pension payouts were awesome, so we took it as a tradeoff of the long-term positive for the reduced income, and now you want to yank away all the stuff that factored in as the positive when we took the low pay." In other words, it's the folks who hammer at teachers who are trying to change the deal and demand more.


Obviously you didn't do well in school due to a lack of intellect, and you still resent schools and teachers to this day. By the way, the Brown Shirts didn't like their teachers either. Ask one of your educated friends to tell you who they were.

Ben P.
Ben P.

I also note here: I am not a teacher. I never have been. My late mother was one many years ago, and one of my favorite aunts was one for most of her life, but that's the extent of my dog in this race.

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