Category: Education

New York Teacher Under Fire For Handing Out “Anti-Trump” Assignment

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A veteran Staten Island teacher who slipped an anti-President Trump question into her homework assignment to her sixth-grade class has been disciplined by school authorities for using “poor judgment” in the matter. Adria Zawatsky, a sixth-grade English teacher at Paulo intermediate School (I.S. 75) in Huguenot since 2005, had a letter of reprimand placed in her personnel file, according to officials. The letter followed a sit-down with Paulo Principal Kenneth Zapata. “We have clear standards and regulations in place to ensure school staff maintain neutrality with respect to their political beliefs while in school,” said...

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NBC Creates 2 Videos of Children Bashing Trump

NBC News released two videos on their website of children delivering personal messages to President Trump, with many of their statements criticizing the president a month into his presidency. The video series, “Dear Mr. President: Letters from the American Children,” opens with a young boy excited about the prospect of a political outsider bridging the disconnect between the Washington establishment and the American people, but things go downhill from there. “When you speak on things that make me feel uncomfortable, or I disagree with, you make me feel small because I know I can’t change it,” one girl remarks....

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Professors Warned Not to Assume Gender of Any Student

In response to growing concerns over “implicit bias and stereotype threat,” Penn State professors have been provided a checklist suggesting ways to avoid microaggressing students, as well as ideas on how to make their curriculum and classroom more “inclusive.” One bullet-point on the list: “Avoid assuming the gender of any student.” It’s among 53 tips on Penn State’s “Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms: Workshop Activity,” which was recently posted as an online resource for campus educators in response to “reports from students that they experience implicit biases, stereotype threat, and micro and macro aggressions in our classrooms,” the university’s website...

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Grade School Cancels Performance Of “A Christmas Carol”

The fifth graders at Centerville Elementary School in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania have been performing “A Christmas Carol” for decades. But this year that tradition came to an abrupt end. Parents told local reporters the play was canceled because two parents complained about a line in the Charles Dickens holiday classic. The unnamed parents took offense at the words uttered by Tiny Tim, “God bless us, everyone,” television station WHTM reported. “I was very surprised because it’s going on for decades and it’s a tradition at the school that everyone looks forward to,” resident Jane Burkhart told the television station....

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‘Assassination of Donald Trump’ skit lands Texas high school students, teacher in hot water

Two Texas high school students and their teacher have been reprimanded after a skit reportedly portraying the assassination of President-elect Donald Trump outraged parents. “The Assassination of Donald Trump,” performed last week at Marshall High School in San Antonio, featured one student making a gunfire sound effect with his cell phone as the other, portraying Mr. Trump, fell to the ground, parents told the San Antonio Express-News. Students were required to submit descriptions of their presentations for approval by their English teacher, but the two offending students changed their skit after it was already approved, the Express-News reported. Barry...

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