A teacher from the Staten Island area of New York has now been disciplined after giving an Anti-Trump homework assignment to children.
Adria Zawatsky, a teacher at an intermediate school, gave a vocabulary assignment to her class that included some fill-in-the blanks about President Trump.
SIlive reported on the assignment, which was to fill in the words to these phrases:
“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,” Zawatsky wrote.
The sentence was supposed to be completed using the words “haughty” and “humble”.
A second question, that read “Barack Obama set a _________ when he became the first African American president,” was supposed to be completed with the word “precedent”.
“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,” Zawatsky responded.
Adria Zawatsky, a veteran sixth-grade English teacher at Paulo Intermediate School (I.S. 75) received a letter of reprimand following a meeting with the school’s principal, Kenneth Zapata.
“We have clear standards and regulations in place to ensure school staff maintain neutrality with respect to their political beliefs while in school,” said education department spokesman Michael Aciman.
Ungro said the teacher “should have known better” to avoid political references and should have at least apologized when the issue was raised with her.
“First, I don’t think that putting your personal feelings about politics into a sixth grader’s homework is proper,” Ungro said. “There were at least a thousand sentences that she could have used besides disparaging our president.”
The parent added that his daughter learned a valuable lesson from the experience.
“That she should stay strong with her beliefs even if it’s not the beliefs of her peers,” he continued. “That you don’t have to block traffic, wear silly costumes or destroy other people’s property to be heard. Through patience, persistence and the power of the pen, you can accomplish many things.”