New Jersey's kids, like all kids, are our future. And in many places, it takes a village to raise those children, complete with teachers' unions.
Which is why New Jersey teacher Arnold Anderson, who has held a post as an educator for over a decade, can be forgiven for being late for class to squeeze in a little breakfast.
The problem? Anderson was late 111 times in two years, the AP reports:
"I have a bad habit of eating breakfast in the morning and I lost track of time,"
Wrong, Mr. Anderson! Eating breakfast is a great, eggcelent habit to have. It's being late for work that's the bad habit. (Perhaps wake up earlier? Go to bed earlier? See me after class, please.)
Anyways, New Jersey rightly tried to fire Mr. Anderson, but that didn't work out.
In a decision filed Aug. 19, an arbitrator in New Jersey rejected an attempt by the Roosevelt Elementary School to fire Anderson from his $90,000-a-year job, saying he was entitled to progressive discipline. But the arbitrator also criticized Anderson's claim that the quality of his teaching outweighed his tardiness.
Supposedly, Anderson argued that his stellar teaching skills required less time in the classroom. Yet, his breakfast-making skills and life-work scheduling practices could use some work.
New Jersey Governor and presidential hopeful Chris Christie, a foe of the New Jersey Teachers' Unions, took to Twitter to mock the decision:
In the meantime, Anderson is suspended until January. Which leaves him more time to improve his breakfast skills and sleep habits.