Thursday, October 04, 2012

A Tale of Two Public Schools....


This story hasn't made national news yet...but it will. I couldn't help but wonder what I would do if this happened to one of my kids? Injustice is one thing when it happens to you, but when you have to watch it effect your children...

"A Philadelphia high schooler says she was humiliated after her teacher told her to lose her Gov. Mitt Romney T-shirt comparing it to “wearing a KKK shirt.”

Samantha Pawlucy, a 16-year-old sophomore at Charles Carroll High School in the Port Richmond section of the city, says she wore a pink Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan T-shirt last Friday during the school's dress down day.

No one made an issue of Samantha’s political T-shirt until she got to geometry class.

"The teacher told me to get out of the classroom, I said no," Samantha said.

"She told me to take off my shirt and said that she has another one if I need one. And then the teacher asked me… 'are your parents Republican?' I said, 'I don't know.' She said that's like her wearing a KKK shirt."

Samantha was so embarrassed by the public criticism in front of her classmates that she told her parents she didn’t want to return to school.

A spokesperson for the Philadelphia School District tells NBC10 the teacher was transferred to another classroom as the district investigates the incident."
(source)

Last night, I heard this story while driving to my son's junior high for the beginning of the year Open House. I was feeling discouraged about the teachers out there as I was walking through the halls looking for Spanish I and then I took a wrong turn and happened upon this:


Social Studies teacher. At my kid's public school. So, I went home feeling just a tiny bit better.

Then, I went home and watched the debate and went to bed feeling A LOT better.

15 comments:

Bram said...

My old Yankee upbringing is coming out - we considered it rude to talk about politics or religion in public. So I would never send my kid to school with a political shirt of any type.

My daughter has one teacher who is a big Obama guy. We've already talked about how she'll meet lot's of teachers and professors who are committed leftists. They will preach to students even though it is unethical and they don't have a single days' worth of real world experience to back up their babbling. Do your work, keep your mouth shut, and form your own opinions based on logic and facts.

ALa said...

Well, she's 16, so I'm assuming she picks out her own clothes :)

Just heard that the story got worse....the teacher brought in other teachers to mock the girl who ended up hiding in the bathroom. If this were my child, my life mission would be to make sure she never taught again.

Jpck20 said...

Yeah I'd be kicking some commie leftist fucks right in the face if this had happened to one of my kids.

Pieces of shit.

Zelda said...

I don't want to change the subject, because what that teacher did was outrageous. But I'm having a problem with my eldest and her school counselor. I'll try to make this as short as possible.

My daughter has a girlfriend who has decided to start dressing like a boy and is referring to herself as transgendered. My daughter, chronic crusader for the socially oppressed, went with another girl to speak to the school counselor about it. They think their friend is suffering from depression and loneliness and this is what is causing her to act out like this.

The first thing the counselor does is tell them the girl is probably gay (which they both know and that doesn't bother them). Then the counselor asks them what religion they are (Catholic and Muslim) and tells them that their religions teach them that homosexuality is wrong and that is why they are concerned.

My daughter was so upset when she got home, partly because she'd been basically called a homophobe (which she most definitely is not), but mostly because she was doing exactly what she'd been told to do if she'd suspected someone was suffering from depression and it was dismissed.

I'm furious about it, mostly because I want to know just what we're paying those counselors for. The little girl's father died a few years ago and she hasn't been able to grieve properly. Her parents were divorced, her mother works 7 days a week, doesn't speak much English, and hasn't been able to help her daughter work through any of it. But none of this makes any difference to the counselor. It's just a gay thing to her.

Anonymous said...

Zelda, sounds to me like you should teach your kid to mind her own business.

Bram said...

My teenager gets to pick her own school clothes too. She can wear the long-sleeve uniform shirt or the short-sleeve one.

Zelda said...

Zelda, sounds to me like you should teach your kid to mind her own business.

Very helpful. You should run for governor.

Bram said...

I can't recall ever talking to a school counselor for anything other than help filling out college applications - after I disregarded their advance on where to apply.

ALa said...

Z: I would call the counselor and express your concerns....A) that he is jumping to stereotyping conclusions B) that he is dismissing concerns that should be explored.

I called my kids' counselor the other day about some things I was seeing on facebook that were unacceptable for 13 yr olds (actually, unacceptable for any age IMO) He was actually very open to hear what I had to say and thanked me a bunch of times for taking the time to be involved...

Fearthuinn min an Saille said...

Z: yeah, call the school. If the counsellor dismisses you, ask to speak with the school nurse and the girl's homeroom teacher. Some counsellors are just jackasses who want to make everyone "feel better" and the mixed signals in regards to bullying seems to be making this one's head spin. But keep at it, including sitting down with the girl herself.

Rickvid in Seattle said...

A-nony-mouse put the nit in nitwittery. So, A-nony, this girl is acting oddly. Her friends are concerned as they think it is due to depression. The girl's family situation is pretty tough. Let's see, Z's kid and her pal should just STFU, right? And if the girl hurts or kills herself? what then? The counsleor has a duty to check this out. Z's daughter and her friend are totally in the right. You are wrong.

Zelda said...

Thanks. I had every intention of letting my daughter handle it, but when they asked her religion, I became concerned. It has nothing to do with her religion and everything to do with her friend being depressed and alone.

Rickvid in Seattle said...

Now, about the "teacher." She crossed a big line there. To have a personal discussion on politics with a 16 year old, maybe. MAYBE. But mocking her and bringing in other so-called adults to pile on? Nope, not gonna have it. Fire the first teacher, and suspend any who took part. Hey, if students had done it, what would the school do?

A prof in college had the perfect answer about politics and other topics not appropriate to class: I have my opinions, and they shall remain mine.

Freemom said...

Zelda, I would speak to the counselor first - and depending on that conversation then I might go to the principal. You have heard only one side of the conversation. Plus, I am worried about the depressed girl. I would TELL the counselor of your concerns both for the girl...AND for the fact that it seems the counselor sees your daughter's concerns only through her religion - and is thus dismissive of genuine concerns. That poor child could end up DEAD! I would not want any of that on my head.

Anonymous said...

Z
Why did she go to the counselor?
You aren't clear on that.
What did she expect from the paid mediator? To intercede? How? With who?
Or was she just looking for them to be an echo board and just say the same things back?