This is the personal Blog of Todd Cochrane CEO of RawVoice and Podcast Connect. Who is the Host of the Geek News Central Podcast and Lead Blogger
Todd resides in Honolulu Hawaii with his family and is heavily involved in Podcasting space.
For over 24 years the US Navy asked me as a condition of my employment to piss in a bottle on demand. This happened on weekends, afternoons, getting off airplanes and a host of other scenarios, designed to catch drug users when they least expected it. If I where to count I would say that I pissed in a bottle with direct observation of me doing so, well over 100 times in that 24 year career. I did so willingly and knew that drug use was strictly forbidden, and that utilization of any illicit non-prescribed drugs would result in my removal from the Navy with a discharge that would make getting a job very difficult. I remain drug free having never smoked, snorted, shot up or whatever other terms they use for 47 years and would piss on demand again if need be.
So it literally pisses me off, that the teachers that teach my kids how to read, write, and hopefully get a decent education have blatantly refused through their union to participate in random drug testing. Why is it that nearly ever employer in this country can have drug testing in their workplace but a state paid teacher is given a pass when it comes to a drug test.
These drug test are effective in finding drug users /abusers who then can be referred to treatment and removed from our children’s classrooms. The state of Hawaii, the Governor, the ACLU and teachers should simply be ashamed of themselves.
We demand a drug free zone in out schools, yet we have no way of policing the teachers that would rightly so investigate a student thought to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Hawaii is well known for being very liberal in nature but I am simply ashamed at what has transpired, especially being the unions initially agreed to the testing as part of a contract negotiation. Let’s remove all of the provisions in that same contract and start over.
Teachers are often like Police Officers, they protect their own. Bad teachers are often simply transferred from school to school but yet rarely fired. Teachers should lead by example and proclaim in their classrooms I am drug free and I have the paperwork to prove it. Students respect teachers that lead by example and drug testing should be part of all educational settings.