A Concerned Parent is Unhappy With Their Daughter’s Teacher Who Expressed Her Political Opinions to the Class and Forced Her Students to Write an Essay Supporting Vegetarian Thanksgiving

A concerned parent found themselves grappling with a series of issues involving their daughter’s fifth-grade teacher and their experiences with distance learning during the pandemic. Here is what they had to say:

Using Google for Help

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Since the beginning of the school year, the parent had been troubled by the teacher’s approach to educating. One concern was that the teacher advised students to rely on Google for assistance with math problems rather than seeking help directly from her. This practice raised questions about the effectiveness of the teacher’s support.

Inappropriate Behavior Caught on Mic

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Another troubling aspect was the teacher’s frequent use of an open microphone. “She was talking badly about parents and saying horrible things about the kids”, explained the parent. “It was extremely inappropriate, to say the least.”

Did She Know?

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It remained unclear whether the teacher was aware that her microphone was on, but the inappropriate remarks were deeply concerning to the parent. Such behavior raised questions about professionalism and respect within the virtual classroom.

Teacher’s Political Opinions

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The parent had also observed that the teacher was outspoken about her political beliefs in the virtual classroom. She not only expressed her opinions but also silenced students who expressed differing views. 

Teachers Should Remain Neutral

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The parent was not happy about this behavior. “I am a firm believer that teachers should not vocalize their political beliefs to children”, they remarked. “It is a very touchy subject for most people, especially now, and teachers should remain neutral so as to not sway young minds”.

Expressing Their Disapproval

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Each instance of this behavior prompted the parent to reach out to the teacher via email, recognizing that adapting to new teaching methods during the pandemic involved a learning curve. However, nothing seemed to change. 

A Disturbing Assignment

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The most recent issue involved an assignment that the parent found deeply concerning. The teacher had assigned the students to write an essay advocating for a vegetarian Thanksgiving, arguing that consuming turkey was unhealthy, unsanitary, and inhumane. 

The Child’s Suggestion

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The parent’s daughter, who valued the family tradition of having turkey on Thanksgiving, suggested alternative essay topics. However, she was met with a threat of receiving an F if she did not follow the teacher’s directive.

Outrageous Behavior

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Along with the teacher’s past behavior, the parent was shocked when their daughter recounted this event: “When she told me and then showed me, I was taken aback and quite unsure of what to say. I’ve never had a teacher be so blatant with their personal beliefs and then shove them onto the kids for a grade.”

A Difficult Decision

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Faced with these escalating concerns and the teacher’s unwillingness to accommodate differing viewpoints, the parent contemplated reporting the teacher’s behavior directly to the principal. However, they were hesitant and uncertain about the potential consequences of such action.

The Dilemma

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The parent grappled with a moral dilemma. They felt that they should report the teacher to the principal and request a meeting to discuss the teacher’s outspoken beliefs. However, they worried that they were overreacting and that they might disrupt their daughter’s education further by doing so. 

The Internet Responds

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Upon posting the dilemma on the internet, the parent was relieved to see everyone was on their side. “This teacher has repeatedly abused her position of power over her students and it’s disgusting”, remarked one commenter. 

An Alternative Essay Suggestion

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Another reader continued to defend the parent, offering an alternative essay suggestion: ‘I agree that the assignment is unreasonable and the teacher is pushing her beliefs on the students. A more appropriate essay would be “Present the pros and cons of having a turkey at Thanksgiving”’.

Go to the Principal

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Everyone agreed that the parent should take action. “I’d go straight to the principal over this”, advised one person. “I would make sure you have documentation – emails, notes, etc. of every time you approached her about something and her lackadaisical response. I’d be sure to include where she told your daughter she would get an F if the essay wasn’t done how she said”.

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