Teaching English involves literature, which is inherently dangerous. Not only are people prone to objecting to what’s actually written, they’re even more prone to objecting to ideas that aren’t so much as implied by a given work. Add in trying to make literature of the past relevant with the occasional reference to current events, and I often contemplate applying for combat pay. Then there are teachers who shoot themselves—and every other teacher–in the foot, such as the 7thgrade social studies teacher at Hampton Middle School in Hampton, GA as National Review.com reports:
For this assignment, you are writing a letter to the lawmakers of the United States. The purpose of this letter is to pressure lawmakers to have stricter gun laws in the United States. Your letter should contain at least five complete sentences. Make sure that you use proper grammatical skills when writing your letter,’ read the assignment given out by social studies teacher Corey Sanders to his students at Hampton Middle School.
This might be fine if the teacher said write the president on how to handle mass shootings. But the teacher let her inner SJW rule her mind and massive FAIL ensued
A parent of one of the students, William Lee, told Blue Lives [Matter] that his son came home from school “and said he had to write a paper on gun control.
‘I looked at it, and I told my son, ‘No, you’re not doing that assignment,’ Lee said. ‘Then I emailed his teacher the next day and told him that my son would not be writing that.
Lee was not the only parent that objected. And considering the curriculum focus, they were right to do so:
According to Blue Lives, the purpose of this class was to teach students about Africa, Asia, and the Middle East — so Lee was confused as to how the subject of gun control even came up in the first place. For me, however, that’s not the problem. If a social-studies teacher wants to bring current events into a middle-school classroom, that’s fine with me, but he did it in the completely wrong way.
Well, yes, yes the teacher did. The school, naturally, denied this is something they approve of. Mike wraps up with this and notes that this school might have fudged the truth
Asking students to express their opinions on such issues is legitimate, as long as those opinions are graded on criteria other than whether the teacher agrees with them, but telling students to support a particularly point of view for political purposes is wrong. In this case, the teacher might have asked kids to construct arguments on both sides of the issue, and graded them only on the effectiveness of those arguments and the quality of their writing, which would have been appropriate. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be an isolated incident at that particular school, as Fox News reports:
Go read it all, and if you have kids in school, watch out for things like this. Stay vigilant, and, if something like this happens, raise your concerns, and spread the news around to other parents