Archive for August 26th, 2005

26th August

First Published in The New York Sun, August 26, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

Two New York City public school teachers were recently fired, having been caught working at other jobs while collecting sick pay. Presumably, among the 80,000 or so teachers who work in the school system, something like this is bound to happen. What made these cases noteworthy is what the double-dipping teachers were doing during the time they should have been in the classroom.

The first case involved a fellow named Matthew Kaye, a social studies teacher at Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside, Queens. Mr. Kaye, 31, by all accounts a popular and particularly effective teacher, was pursuing a mildly successful career as a professional wrestler, using the alias “Matt Striker.” While the incident made interesting tabloid reading, I concluded that Mr. Kaye’s wrestling exploits added no particular value to his ability to teach history. (more…)