Good News from Discovery Education

Discovery Education’s mission is to celebrate and support the millions of dedicated professionals around the world who have made teaching their life’s work.

As such, we share your concerns with the ID program “Bad Teachers.”

Discovery Communications operates over 200 channels worldwide and 14 in the US, including the entertainment channel ID. The program “Bad Teachers” on ID is not associated with, nor does it reflect the beliefs of, Discovery Education.

© 2000 EyeWire Inc.We appreciate the support of the educational community for bringing this to our attention and
we are pleased to share that Discovery Communications has decided to immediately cancel this program, removing it from ID’s on-air and online schedule.

At Discovery Education, we hold teachers and the teaching profession in the highest regard. We remain committed to supporting educators around the world in their tireless efforts to enhance the culture of learning for every child, every day.

Comments

  1. Michael Pena

    Mr. Dembo-

    As a teacher, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you and the Discovery Network. As a science teacher, I utilize your educational materials and even though I would have chosen to exempt them from my curriculum, I would have done so unhappily. The choice to remove Bad Teachers from the air and online schedules shows me- and all teachers- that you truly do see us as a resource in the continuing efforts to raise the level of knowledge in our children.

    Thank you- and the Discovery family- for respecting and supporting the millions of teachers who serve children every day.

    • Guest Post Online

      As a mother of five school age children, I applaud your decision to cancel the show “Bad Teacher.” I have experienced nothing but hardworking, dedicated teachers, giving all they’ve got, every day, to children from all walks of life. Thank you for realizing they deserve our support!

  2. Deborah Howard

    From this veteran educator… Thank you, Discovery, for taking the high road. The good, compassionate and dedicated teachers in this country FAR outweigh the bad. Maybe you could do a show about them in the future?

    • Guest Post Online

      As a mother of five school age children, I applaud your decision to cancel the show “Bad Teacher.” I have experienced nothing but hardworking, dedicated teachers, giving all they’ve got, every day, to children from all walks of life. Thank you for realizing they deserve our support!

  3. Erin Osborne

    Steve,

    It’s refreshing to see a network reevaluate their programming and take the opinions of their viewers to heart. I applaud Discovery Education standing up for the millions of teachers across the country. Now let’s get back to learning!!

    Erin

    • Guest Post Online

      As a mother of five school age children, I applaud your decision to cancel the show “Bad Teacher.” I have experienced nothing but hardworking, dedicated teachers, giving all they’ve got, every day, to children from all walks of life. Thank you for realizing they deserve our support!

  4. Gail Richmond

    I am truly stunned and grateful for the VERY good news. I am the first to draw attention to a wrong but I also believe in celebrating honorable acts. Thank you for canceling the show “Bad Teacher”. You have made this retired teacher very happy.

  5. Karen Hyland

    As a mother of five school age children, I applaud your decision to cancel the show “Bad Teacher.” I have experienced nothing but hardworking, dedicated teachers, giving all they’ve got, every day, to children from all walks of life. Thank you for realizing they deserve our support!

  6. Brenda Guy

    Thank you for making this decision to cancel this program, “Bad Teacher”, and thank you for your support for the teaching profession.

  7. Neene

    As teachers prepare for another round of horrible “assessments” that steal the joy from students, it is wonderful to see Discovery stepping up and recognizing the value “Good/Wonderful/Amazing Teachers” have. Let’s move away from the negativity that sadly exists in our world. Reach for the stars…
    ~A very pleased DEN Star

  8. Iram

    Woah, I honestly am surprised. Great work and thank you!

  9. John

    Any chance of a show called \Bad Students?\

    • Tim Conde

      As a parent and a tutor, I am truly offended by your removal of “Bad Teachers.” I get that the unions do not want the actions of its members paraded in front of the public. Scrutiny is not what teachers or their representatives want, in any form. That is clear. That is also why Bad Teachers get by and have gotten by for so long, no public scrutiny. Well, you get what you are willing to accept. Let’s sweep the Bad Teachers under the carpet and maybe no one will notice. Great job, unions. You wimps, Discovery Channel.

  10. Kristin Vogel

    Excellent news! Thank you for taking “Bad Teacher” off the air. May I suggest a replacement: “Teachers”, showing the amazing, everyday work of public school teachers around the country?

    • Elaine Lombardi

      Yes, this is an excellent idea!

  11. Elizabeth Lynch

    I am both surprised and grateful for the wise decision to cancel \Bad Teacher\. Thank you for responding to the concerns of so many of us who are tired of the vilification of our profession by the media.

  12. Eilene Corcoran

    I am so glad that you have chosen to take your loyal followers into consideration and cancel this show. We teachers, especially public school teachers, are fighting so many uphill battles these days, and are feeling very down-trodden. Thank you for supporting us.

  13. Elizabeth Lynch

    I am both surprised and grateful for the wise decision to cancel “Bad Teacher”. Thank you for responding to the concerns of so many of us who are tired of the vilification of our profession by the media.

  14. Marla Kilfoyle

    Thank you! As noted, please celebrate our teachers and all that they do!!!

  15. Sally Wachowski

    I cannot thank you enough for the change you made in removing this program from your lineup.

  16. Sandy MacDougall

    This is amazing and GREAT news. Thank you to Discovery Communications for this honourable action.

  17. Elaine Lombardi

    Thank you, Discovery, for listening to our concerns. I truly appreciate that you have removed this show from your lineup, and I look forward to a continuing relationship with Dicsovery.

  18. Cat tak

    Thank you for being so responsive to our consternation over this program, and for your obvious support of educators!

  19. Karen Wells

    Thank you so much, Steve, for all your work on this matter. Once again let it be known . . . “You Rock!”.

  20. Luann Lee

    Thank you, Steve, for following up on this and for taking the time to tweet me back with the link to this blog post. I was horrified and disgusted when I learned of the show; now, I have great respect for Discovery and Discovery Ed for doing the right thing. Again, thank you for acting so quickly and responsibly.

    Luann @Stardiverr

  21. MICHELLE HANKEY

    Thank you Discovery Communications for listening at the grassroots level. I am sure there was a significant financial deficit to invest in a new program that then is cancelled so quickly. We appreciate the fact that you cancelled it anyway. DE is so well known for its support of the teaching profession that it is great for the umbrella company to act upon this mission too.

  22. Debra Kadon

    Thank you for canceling this show.

  23. Gregory Kovacs

    I am disappointed that Discovery pulled the show ‘Bad Teachers’ from the air and Internet. This is coming from a person who is not an educator in the Public School Arena. I have 3 kids in PS right now. They all have a’s and B’s. Yet from what I can see of the material they are given I don’t know. Common Core has infected the whole school systems.

    I was a Union Electrician for 6 years and non-union for 10 years before. One of the problems that plagued the Union was that all the BAD electricians were c=guarenteed a job no matter how bad their performance or work. These shoddy workpeople were allowed to slow work down, not show up, Do as little as possible and still get paid. The Union could do nothing nor would they do anything to glean their ranks of this dead weight.

    THis is no way a refection on the 80% who are competent and do outstanding work, day-in and day-out. This applies to Plumbers, Carpenters, Heating and Cooling, Stone and Brick Layers etc. All the trades have many outstandind and average workers who do their work to the best of their ability and traing. The Bad trades people give them a bad name at times. If they are unionized then they are protected as well.

    Having watched the ‘Dumbing Down of America’ process go on for decades, Watching enforced educational learning that requires kids to memorizefacts instead of true learning at times. Pass the test is what seems to be the educational motto. Bad teachers thrive in that environment. The system protects them and damages our kids due to that.

    I have talked to Teachers who told me that they loved teaching. The problem was the Eductional Sytstem. Their hands were tied. They would not say any more, but I can guess quickly. Looking at their contracts with the School District and all the rules and regulations etc that are imposed. It is tought to be a Teacher/Eductor these days. My Hat is off tot hese dedicated professionals who strive to do as good a job as they can with the means that they have.

    My question is: Why do we protect these “Bad Teachers”? Why does the Teachers Union allow them to do substandard work in the classroom year in and year out? Why not show the public what Bad Teachers are like? What if my kids get bad teachers next year? I would pull them and homeschool them immediately if I could.

    In one state I remember a teacher saying that they could not incorporate something they found on TV for the clas because the whole cirriculem was spelled out and they were not to deviate from it. Bad Teachers can thrive in this environment of a canned cirriculem. Like serving luch, just pass it out and let them go.

    There is so much more to teaching and inspiring children and adults as well. I have taught soem subjects in the past to adults and it is work and takes real dedication to be good and successful at it. To all of you great teachers and educators I salute you. They still should air the series. You have nothing to fear.

    • Anne T

      We DON’T protest the bad teachers, we don’t like them either. There are procedures put into place for fireing bad teachers who cannot get it together after retraining and professional development. It is up to the administrations to file the paperwork and document the problem, try to remediate and finally fire if it doesn’t work out. These rules are there for a reason. WHen I first began teaching in the 1970’s, it was commonplace to find the principals and supervisors hiring their cronies over perfectly good teachers they had fired to make room for their friends and relatives. This is why we have tenure – it is the due process we have a right to, if we are accused of something we didn’t do. Bad teachers exist, but not in the numbers that many people think and not because we have tenure.

      I thank Discovery for pulling the show. We are under attack from all sides and could really use some help.

  24. April Sanderson

    There are a lot of bad teachers. I am sorry you canceled this programme. It would have been fun seeing how my teachers measured up.

  25. Vada Polite

    I liked the show I think it sucks that you took Bad Teacher off. Dont hide what is true. So what it affended a few then dint watch. The stories help us look out for things like this

  26. Steven

    There is not a week where I do not hear or read about inappropriate behavior by some teacher somewhere. Rather than focusing your ire on Investigation Discovery, teachers should be doing more to expose the predators within their midst.

    • Anne T

      You only hear about the bad teachers, not about the other 94% who are doing their jobs well. It doesn’t pay for the news organizations to air good news. Have you heard about my schools nationally ranked chess team? About the kindergartener that beats adults at chess after a teaching assistant taught her the game? Have you heard about our Little Kids Rock band who played at the local high school and did a better job that the high schoolers because I prepared them well? Did you hear about the student who gave all her birthday money to the local SPCA and worked with the teacher for a fundraiser so the dogs and cats could be taken care of? Or the student who was failing math in my 5th grade class and ended with an A through hard work and my help? How about our principal who used to walk troubled kids home so they wouldn’t get in trouble? How about the counselor who bought coats, hats, gloves, and shoes for needy students? Things like this happen every day also. Many more positive things than negative.

  27. Randi Weingarten

    I was surprised to learn, through a barrage of tweets Sunday night after “Bad Teacher” aired, that Discovery would use its brand to promote such an offensive program. However, I am heartened that it has taken steps to cancel the show and publicly affirm that Discovery Education’s mission is to celebrate and support educators.

    Every day, educators go into the classroom to make a difference in the lives of our children. Their work should be honored and valued, not bashed, and we hope to work with Discovery to showcase the real work teachers do every day to help kids achieve their dreams.

    • T.McGarry

      Teachers work 7 months of the year, yet whine and complain full time. Somewhere along the way, our school taxes became the equivalent of paying rent on our own property. You people are parasites , paid for by confiscatory taxation implemented by force. Your greed forces people who worked their whole lives out of their homes. No healthcare or retirement in our future, we’re busy paying for yours.

  28. Tammy Callahan

    Thank you Discovery for listening to concerns expressed, and addressing them with expediency. Maybe programing demonstrating the way in which teachers are being made into scripters, testers, producers, test givers, ,etc. and contrasting “those teachers” that break the mold need be the gocus. The teachers that are standing up and displaying they are teachers filled with passion, and possess the artistic nature to ignite students to be knowledge seekers and problem solvers. No matter what the sacrifice needs to be that is their focus. This type of airing might help reframe actions imposed on teachers and allow their voices to surface. Following this, the “sinkers” tied to their teachers legs would be lifted and they could joyfully return to teaching. Now this kind of airing would be beneficial for airing to each and every cpmmunity.

  29. VIKKYE

    THIS IS RIDICULOUS!!! THEY CANCEL A SHOW JUST BECAUSE TEACHERS DONT LIKE IT!!! WOW SO NOW MORE TEACHERS CAN DO THEIR DIRTY WORK N IT CAN BE A SECRET, IT SHOULD SHOW THAT NOT ALL TEACHERS ARE BAD!!! HEY LETS CANCEL ALL HORROR SHOW/MOVIES CUZ THEY SHOW US HOW TO KILL!! REALLY IF U TEACHERS ARE COMPLAINING ITS PROB BECAUSE U HAVE SOMETHING TO HIDE SO STUPID!!!

    • Denise

      I completely agree! It’s a show based on TRUE stories. These teachers should have thought about their actions before committing the crimes they did. It’s ridiculous this show was cancelled over those who can’t handle facts. They weren’t saying all teachers were bad they were just showcasing the stories of the ones who clearly were in the wrong.

  30. Marion

    The unions do not protect \bad teachers,\ they ensure that ALL teachers have due process. Why aren’t you railing against the \bad administrators\? Show me a truly \bad\ teacher, and I will show you one or more administrators who are not doing their jobs!

  31. Carolyn Rains

    Steve and the DE Team,
    Thank you so much for sharing the news. I was unaware of the show, but not surprised at all when Discovery Education stepped up to be supportive of educators. The support Discovery Education gives is what sets you apart from the rest! The reinforcement and encouragement we get from you is one of the many reasons we stay connected to what you’re doing. The fact that you honestly listen to teachers empowers us to continue reaching students and treating them with the same kind of respect.

  32. Pocono Charlie

    I would very much like to see the program. I believe you do your audience and the general public a disservice by not at least streaming the show online.

  33. Pocono Charlie

    The frequent counterpoint to ‘Bad Teachers’ is that it portrays teachers in a bad light.

    By that argument, ID should immediately pull “Wives with Knives” for the same reasoning.

    ID has caved to a vocal and politically connected group. Sad.

  34. Ghost Reader

    I was a Union Electrician for 6 years and non-union for 10 years before. One of the problems that plagued the Union was that all the BAD electricians were c=guarenteed a job no matter how bad their performance or work. These shoddy workpeople were allowed to slow work down, not show up, Do as little as possible and still get paid. The Union could do nothing nor would they do anything to glean their ranks of this dead weight.

    THis is no way a refection on the 80% who are competent and do outstanding work, day-in and day-out. This applies to Plumbers, Carpenters, Heating and Cooling, Stone and Brick Layers etc. All the trades have many outstandind and average workers who do their work to the best of their ability and traing. The Bad trades people give them a bad name at times. If they are unionized then they are protected as well.

    Having watched the ‘Dumbing Down of America’ process go on for decades, Watching enforced educational learning that requires kids to memorizefacts instead of true learning at times. Pass the test is what seems to be the educational motto. Bad teachers thrive in that environment. The system protects them and damages our kids due to that.

    I have talked to Teachers who told me that they loved teaching. The problem was the Eductional Sytstem. Their hands were tied. They would not say any more, but I can guess quickly. Looking at their contracts with the School District and all the rules and regulations etc that are imposed. It is tought to be a Teacher/Eductor these days. My Hat is off tot hese dedicated professionals who strive to do as good a job as they can with the means that they have.

    My question is: Why do we protect these “Bad Teachers”? Why does the Teachers Union allow them to do substandard work in the classroom year in and year out? Why not show the public what Bad Teachers are like? What if my kids get bad teachers next year? I would pull them and homeschool them immediately if I could.

  35. AJ Flyn

    I don’t get why it is such a good thing to suppress a piece about bad things! Exposing these things should only lead to steps to make sure they don’t happen in the future. You teachers and parents applauding this suppression are in effect protecting future perpetrators. Instead of persuading suppression of this information you should be working on a response as to how to prevent these situations in the future. THAT would be welcome! I hope someone buys this program from Discovery and goes forth with it, It is information the public has a right to know. Shame to the unions, teachers and parents applauding the suppression of this information.

  36. Jim Dunavant

    Before you cancelled the program you should have done some investigation into the LAUSD. They have admitted to distroying evidence against teachers who have sexually molested students “for the protection of the student who filed the complaint”. You need to re-think cancelation of this program.

  37. Tom Wright

    Acquiescing to a bunch of thugs. Disgusting, however that is the new America. It explains the shambles of our educational system.

  38. Tom Wright

    Acquiescing to a bunch of thugs. Disgusting, albeit the new America. Explains the shamble of our educational system.

  39. Bill Braddock

    This was the biggest “sissy” (and I only used that words only because children may read this) move I have every seen. You allowed yourselves to be bullied by a bunch of Facists in the NEA. I guarantee you if you polled their union members, the majority were not offended by “Bad Teachers”. “Bad Teachers” highlighted “Bad Teachers”…not the GOOD ONES or even MEDIOCRE ONES! Would you cancel “Amish Mafia” if the Amish complained…answer…NO, because the Amish do not even own TV’s by rule. You create a show like that to be insightful and probably a little bit edgy, because you are in business to gain viewers, only to let some gangster style union coerce you into cancelling it! UNBELIEVABLE! I thought very highly of your network and frankly have lost all respect for it. Grow a pair and maybe I’ll watch again sometime soon…until then, count me out.

  40. Gabe

    Cowards.
    There are bad teachers out there in all shapes and sizes. From those who abuse their students, to those who sleep with them, to those who are lazy, to those who just don’t care. For you to ignore this is asinine. To bow down to thugs who kick and whine shows that you really don’t care about showing the truth. Just what’s entertaining to the lowest common denominator, in this case, the goons in the teachers unions.
    So keep on programming your worthless tripe. Bow down to the thugs and show more mind numbing swill that makes the sheeple bleat away happily.

  41. Ewa Bruhn

    Greatest thanks for the never ending enlightment of the importance of education! As a teacher within the adult teaching system in Sweden the reality of not qualified or unemployed young adults in this most democratic of countries, is a rapidly growing problem. On the other hand what we are providing and need to continue to provide is our ability to enlighten and support the adult students and prove to them that they are able to study, to learn, to grow as individuals even when they are older then 18! ????
    Best regards, Ewa Bruhn

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