Nearly every schoolchild has to complete fill-in-the-blanks vocabulary exercises, but they’re not always written with an attempt to drive a teacher’s political agenda.
Vincent Ungro was helping his eleven year old daughter complete such a piece of homework, when he came across the inappropriate questions.
“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,” reads one of the politically-charged statements.
The next: “Barack Obama set a _________ when he became the first African-American president.”
The three words left to fill-in-the-blanks affirm the teacher’s political ideology, which is now being pushed on her students: “haughty,” “humble” and “precedent.”
Not impressed, Mr Ungro and his daughter refused to continue the homework, instead writing a short note slamming the teacher.
“Please keep your political views to yourself and do not try to influence my children on them. Thank you.”
Instead of apologizing, or perhaps taking a moment of self-reflection, teacher Adria Zawatsky knocked fifteen points off Miss Ungro’s homework for being incomplete. Not only that, but she sent a nasty email to Mr Ungro.
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 media is nonstop on very similar references. This is considered freedom of speech and I feel I have the same right as they do.
Zawatsky’s job and salary remain intact, but she has had a “disciplinary note” placed in her file. This comes only shortly after pro-Trump teachers at a Georgia school were fired for expressing pro-Trump views.
One bright spot – when future employers Google her, reports of this incident will be the first thing they see. Not only that, but her score on RateMyTeacher.com has fallen to, at the time of writing this, one and a bit stars.