An 11-year-old girl in Staten Island, New York got quite a surprise she checked out her vocabulary homework.
When she told her dad, he was not a happy camper.
From NY Post:
Annadale dad Vincent Ungro was furious when his 11-year-old daughter, who attends IS 75, asked him to help her with her vocabulary homework last Friday night.
She was having a hard time filling in the blanks from a word bank for question No. 8.
“President Trump speaks in a very superior and _________ manner insulting many people. He needs to be more __________ so that the American people respect and admire him.”
The question after that read: “Barack Obama set a _________ when he became the first African American president.”
The words that the daughter was supposed to file in? Haughty, humble and precedent.
The dad was outraged that his daughter would be forced to answer these political questions, so he told her not to fill those in, and he complained to the teacher on the homework.
Not only didn’t the teacher apologize for the homework, she took off 5 points for each blank on the homework and gave the child an 85.
Adria Zawatsky sent an email to the dad, telling him, it was free speech, she could say what she wanted.
“Firstly, I do not believe I was expressing a political view at all on my vocabulary sheet. My reference to President Trump was about his personality traits rather than his ability as a president,” the teacher wrote.
“The media is nonstop on very similar references. This is considered freedom of speech and I feel I have the same right as they do.”
How sad is it that not only does this teacher not understand proper decorum in homework assignments, but that she also doesn’t understand the concept of free speech. The school has every right to set parameters for what should be in an assignment.
DOE spokesman Michael Aciman said: “The DOE encourages respectful conversations about civics that help students become more thoughtful and engaged citizens, but staff are directed to maintain neutrality when discussing political issues in school.”
The school wrote up the teacher and put the complaint in her file.
But since she has tenure and has been teaching at the school since 2005, she isn’t going anywhere.