The other big story here that has been picked up by national media has to do with a homework that two local teachers sent home with their third graders referencing slavery in a way that was without context or explanation and got everyone up in arms. It reminded me of the time when I first began teaching elementary school and we were required to make displays in the hallway for the book of the month each month. That was all fine and dandy until the principal chose the book The Cats in Krasinski Square . It’s a “children’s story” that takes place during WWII. I was teaching seven year olds. It saddened me that I had to even read them the story. The kindergarten teachers had to read it too. It seems to me that we aught to be about to find more age appropriate things to teach our very young children without jumping right in to Hitler in kindergarten, or elementary school at all. So I saw very clearly in my head the “collaborative teaching” meeting that the teachers were forced to attend. In order to appease the administration, the teachers were placed in a room during their planning period and asked to connect the social studies standard (Fredrick Douglass) with the math standard (multiplication and division facts) it’s possible there was a helpful idiot from the district office in there telling them how to meet the directive. So the next thing you know Fredrick Douglass is getting two beatings a day for a week and seven slaves are picking an equal amount of fruit from a tree with 56 apples. I don’t know the teachers involved, their racial background or if they are secretly pro-slavery racists. I do know that the school system who is responsible for this at the district level is likely to leave these two teachers out to dry.
So today, I find myself with nothing fun to write about. Maybe tomorrow I’ll write about some of the filming going on around town. Or maybe I’ll just take another day off. But right now I am going to try to find a fun movie where no one dies at the hands of a monster and no one slashes anyone’s face open.
UPDATE: They are “investigating” the entire third grade team (four teachers). One has now quit under the pressure. This is such a sad thing. They all had to send home the same homework. The homework was made up at the direction of the district to include Fredrick Douglass in math problems. I know the stupidity of teaching in Georgia first hand. Teachers have to do weird stuff all the time at the direction of the district idiots or the principal. I am sure they just shook their heads over this. I told you the district would leave these educators out to dry.