Explicit Questions Just The “Tip” of School Problems

Explicit Questions Just The “Tip” of School Problems

Explicit Questions Just The “Tip” of School Problems

The New York Post printed an article that anyone who has ever had a child, met a child or personally been a child should read. The article is “Dad Outraged by Sexually Explicit Question on Daughter’s Homework Assignment”. From the article:

“This needs to be seen. [What the hell] is going on in our schools???” the Florida father asked as he read the question aloud in a video posted to Facebook on Wednesday.

The mulitple choice question reportedly read, “Ursula was devastated when her boyfriend broke up with her after having sex. To get revenge, she had sex with his best friend the next day. Ursula had a beautiful baby girl nine months later. Ursula has type O blood, her ex-boyfriend has AB blood and his best friend is type A blood. If her baby daddy is her ex-boyfriend what could the possible blood type(s) of her baby NOT be.”

Let’s take a look at the video:

This needs to be seen. WTH is going on in our schools??? #FCN

Posted by Omar Austin on Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Dad is right. What the Hell?

The school’s response is a master class in unaccountability:

“This was a district-generated worksheet that her teacher just printed offline and it was given to the students,” Austin explained to the local news station. “I want it to be acknowledged. I want it to be reviewed. And I want it to be changed.”

Duval County Public Schools said in a statement obtained by First Coast News that it agreed the question was “highly inappropriate” and confirmed it was not part of a district assessment.

“Immediately upon being made aware of this matter, school and district leaders began conducting a review of the situation. Appropriate and corrective action will be taken,” the district stated. “We encourage parents to contact their school leaders directly if they ever have any concerns about their child’s school and instructional experience so that we can immediately work to problem-solve.”

Right!?

Public education is a highly expensive proposition. Teachers may or may not be underpaid. Administrators are surely overpaid. The concept of sitting at desks, feet on the floor, facing forward to listen to an “educator” drone on does not work for most people. If you are content to sit like that and repeat back to the “educator” exactly what you have been told, congratulations, you will be a straight “A” student and make Honor Roll.

If, however, you are a dreamer, or a wiggler, or a hands on type human, this will not work for you and you will spend an enormous amount of time in the guidance office, principal’s office or detention. Not that I know from personal experience.

Then, there is the bullying. Bullying seems to have gotten worse since we went on the anti-bullying campaign. Don’t you dare be different. Don’t you dare not fit in to a clique. Not all the bullies are students. Many of the bullies are “educators” or administrators. You know exactly what I am talking about.

Clearly, the father in the Post story is a great, hands on Dad. Most schools don’t love great, hands on parents.

When my son was in sixth grade, he had to read the book “Julie of the Wolves”. One of the greatest joys in my life is reading. So, I picked up the paperback copy (I can’t remember whether we bought it or the school had them) and began to read. I was appalled. “Julie” is raped by her husband, her husband is a drunkard, and she is beaten by her husband.

People wail about images in the media and making children grow up to fast. Naturally, I wrote a note to the teacher about my concerns and, not for the first time, I heard the line that became the bane of my existence:

“Mrs. Williams, you are not an educator.”

I heard this line a lot. Make sure you read it with dripping condescension. Don’t dare ask any questions.

Most people send their little cherubs off to school and expect them to come home some day ready to be sent to the next level. In between times, the parents don’t want to be bothered with any “problems.

We need a lot more dads like Omar Austin and more moms like yours truly.

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13 Comments
  • Harvardr says:

    “Not an educator”

    In other words, not a failure in all other majors at the college.

    • Rick Caird says:

      One time I put up a post about the state of education today. A retired administrator replied with a somewhat lengthy defense of the education establishment and then said I was not qualified to comment.

      My response:

      “Shut up, she explained”.

      • TMLutas says:

        You don’t see a lot of people dumb enough to explicitly argue against the congressional guarantee of a republican form of government

  • Dude says:

    Public schools are child abuse. Vouchers faster secretary Davos.

  • helltoupee says:

    I think my response to the letter you received from the teacher would have been:

    I spend a good deal of every day “educating” my child. Unfortunately, I find I’m spending more and more time every day “re-educating” them to overcome the nonsense that you other “educators” are “teaching” them.

    I had a conversation with my daughter about my tendency to ask her to explain her positions

    • helltoupee says:

      sorry.

      explain her positions on issues. We discussed my belief that she needed to see both sides of the issue to fully understand it. I told her she needed to read alternative viewpoints. It was at this point she told me that her teachers had told her the same thing and that they recommended “The Guardian” as a good source of information. Things suddenly became more clear to me.

    • GWB says:

      “Re-educating” – exactly right.

  • Oldhawker says:

    Things to know about public schools.
    1. It is highly unlikely that the Math teacher is a mathematician.
    2. It is highly unlikely that the Science teacher is a scientist.
    3. It is highly unlikely that the History teacher is a historian.
    4. It is highly unlikely that the Geography teacher is a geographer.
    5. However, it is highly likely that the Social Studies teacher is a socialist.
    Once you understand those facts, you can better understand what to expect from public schools.

  • R.C. says:

    Your correct retort to the line, “Mrs. Williams, you are not an educator,” is:

    “You are mistaken. Indeed you are ignorant. I am the parent. For the human species, I am therefore the PRIMARY educator of my child.”

    Primary in what sense?

    1. Barring abuse, you have a Natural Law right to educate your child as you see fit.
    2. Together with that right is the responsibility to educate your child well: It is your responsibility.
    3. Towards that end, you employ school principals, teachers, coaches and the like as your Representatives, your Proxies. Your placement of your child in their care is an act of DELEGATION.
    4. Power and responsibility thus delegated still resides in you. You may revoke it at will.

    For an educator to be ignorant of these considerations is atrocious. It is exactly in parallel with a lawmaker who is ignorant of such notions as “The Constitution” or “The Bill of Rights” or “The Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.”

    Finally, persons in families are not all alike, but distinctive patterns of behavior and personality and skill emerge repeatedly within families simply because human talent and tendencies are a matter of both nature and nurture. Consequently family-members, due to their own childhood experiences and their familiarity with repeating patterns in the family, are often best-suited to understand the ideal educational styles for the members of their families.

    Naturally, some parents fail to execute their duties properly. But: “abusus non tollit usum.” Moreover, “ab abusu ad usum non valet consequentia.” (But my guess is that your “educator” is vastly too ignorant to grasp either concept.”

    Homeschool your kids, people. If you can’t, get them into private schools which, so far as is possible, abandon post-Dewey models of education in favor of the Classical Trivium and Quadrivium. And ensure their model for the relationship between man and society is founded on Natural Law and Natural Rights and teleological Natural Law Ethics. Point them towards the True, the Good, and the Beautiful.

    In other words: Educate them to be humans, not cogs and slaves and ciphers.

  • Lawrence Regan says:

    Generalization = drivel: Public education is a highly expensive proposition. Teachers may or may not be underpaid. Administrators are surely overpaid. The concept of sitting at desks, feet on the floor, facing forward to listen to an “educator” drone on does not work for most people. If you are content to sit like that and repeat back to the “educator” exactly what you have been told, congratulations, you will be a straight “A” student and make Honor Roll.

    If, however, you are a dreamer, or a wiggler, or a hands on type human, this will not work for you and you will spend an enormous amount of time in the guidance office, principal’s office or detention. Not that I know from personal experience.

    Then, there is the bullying. Bullying seems to have gotten worse since we went on the anti-bullying campaign. Don’t you dare be different. Don’t you dare not fit in to a clique. Not all the bullies are students. Many of the bullies are “educators” or administrators. You know exactly what I am talking about.

    My dreamer and wiggler did great in the very blue, well funded Montgomery County Public Schools.

  • Tom Billings says:

    “Don’t you dare not fit in to a clique. Not all the bullies are students. Many of the bullies are “educators” or administrators. You know exactly what I am talking about.”

    Yes, and it can vary widely according to the dominant ideology of the school district the child is in. In the 1950-60s my school district was run by, of, and for, the jocks. To be clear here, …in my definitions, an athlete is a scholar who likes sports, …a jock is someone who thinks playing sports makes him better than other males, …a jock bigot is someone who believes you cannot be a decent male without playing team sports. The administrators I was so often “counseled” by were all jock bigots, who the jocks I was forced to play on teams with took their cues from. As one “teammate” put it to me at the age of 12, “Don’t bother complaining to the Dean, because he and the Principal hate your kind worse than we do”.

    As an Aspie, this ideology would have been hard enough if confined to my family, where it flourished. When it dominated the schools, my health and even my life were in danger for most of the 12 years I was forced to stay in public school. Today the dominant ideology is different, but the logic structure that protects the school hierarchy is the same.

    Today it is almost explicitly the anti-industrial ideology of most university campus life, and both theoretical structures and practical implementation will refuse to support values that culture up a student to succeed in an industrial society. (No, “post-industrial society” is an academic dream name for a reactionary return to pre-industrial society, but whose hierarchies are dominated by the academicall indoctrinated.) As long as the hierarchy of the school comes first, because they are terrified of losing control, this sort of thing will be a problem.

  • Hal C says:

    When the teacher replied that you were not an educator, beyond being happy with the compliment what did you say? I mean i would have told them i was impressed with her mental gymnastics of keeping one foot in the gutter while the other remained on her High horse.

  • GWB says:

    “Mrs. Williams, you are not an educator.”
    Back that train up, sweety. Like he’ll I’m not!
    (Loads of good responses to that, already, so I won’t repeat.)

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