*** Pressured by the teachers’ union, the Los Angeles School District never opened during the 2019-20 school year. At the same time, it demanded that teachers not teach remotely for more than four hours a day BUT receive their full pay.
*** Almost 66% of students ignored this version of schooling, with teachers often simply posting assignments that kids were expected to download and complete on their own.
*** Los Angeles School District Superintendent Austin Beutner quit his job on June 30 saying, “The United Teachers of Los Angeles leadership were asked to consider all the different ways to [return to classrooms] with full pay. They would not agree to any of these.”
*** United Teachers Los Angeles president Cecily Myart-Cruz recently told LA Magazine, “There is no such thing as learning loss. Our kids didn’t lose anything. It’s okay that our babies may not have learned all their times tables. They learned resilience. They learned survival. They learned critical-thinking skills. They know the difference between a riot and a protest. They know the words insurrection and coup.”
*** Washington state’s East Lake High School students were banned from wearing red, white, and blue to a football game in honor of all victims. Citing “leadership teachers,” Principal Chris Bede said, “I know tomorrow is September 11 and understand the sacrifices and values our flag represents, but I think they just did not want to unintentionally cause offense to some who see it differently.”
*** Beth Reams, a 25-year veteran Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City, was sure to always avoid talking politics in her math classes. She did so, however, on her private Facebook page with such posts as, “It’s racist to think only white people can be racist.” She was fired.
*** While Black Lives Matter and LBGT messages remain, a teacher at Michigan’s Marysville Middle School was ordered to take down a (pro-police) Thin Blue Line flag in her classroom. According to the district’s human resources department, “it’s a political symbol” that could be “disruptive.” She was ordered to take it down.
*** Portland State University philosophy professor Peter Baghassian recently resigned because, “… Brick by brick, the university has made… intellectual exploration impossible. It has transformed from a bastion of free inquiry into a Social Justice factory whose only inputs were race, gender, and victimhood, and whose only outputs were grievance and division.”
In June 2020 and in response to George Floyd’s death, a group of UCLA students emailed accounting professor Gordon Klein asking that he “institute a ‘no-harm’ final exam that could only benefit students’ grades and for shortened exams and extended deadlines for final assignment and projects.”
Because of that trauma, they said, “We have been placed in a position where we must choose between actively supporting our black classmates or focusing on finishing up our spring quarter. We believe that remaining neutral in times of injustice brings power to the oppressor and therefore staying silent is not an option.”
For refusing, Professor Klein was suspended and denounced by the university, damaging both his career and reputation. He was later reinstated.
And that’s the way it is school-wise this fall…
~ With my thanks, Carol