A Staten Island teacher, Adria Zawatsky, slipped political messages into the homework assignments of her 11-year old class. Outraged parents brought this to her attention and she dismissed it as her enacting her freedom of speech.
From the POST:
“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.”
Vincent Ungro was furious when his 11- year old daughter who attends IS 75 asked him for homework help on her vocabulary sheet. The correct answers were supposed to be the words haughty, humble and precedent. Ungro was offended and told his daughter not to answer those questions.
“Please keep your political views to yourself and do not try to influence my children on them. Thank you,” he wrote. “This woman is forcing my child to put words on a piece of paper describing our president in a disparaging manner,” Ungro told The Post Thursday. “Her political opinion should be left at home.”
The teacher then responded by docking the girl’s assignment by 15 points for the unanswered questions. The school wrote up the teacher for the assignment and put the complaint in her file. She has tenure and isn’t going anywhere.
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.”