Skip to comments.He Taught a Ta-Nehisi Coates Essay. Then He Was Fired.
Posted on 08/18/2021 1:11:42 AM PDT by Olog-hai
The first time Matt Hawn suspected that he might run into trouble for what he was teaching was last August. His contemporary-issues class was discussing the events in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where protesters had taken to the streets after a police officer was filmed shooting 29-year-old Jacob Blake in the back. Hawn showed his students a picture of Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old accused of killing two people and injuring another during the protests, to demonstrate the concept of white privilege. “What are we going to do about racism in the U.S.?” he asked his students.
The principal of Sullivan Central High School, where Hawn taught, pulled him aside at a football game. Apparently, Hawn had mistakenly posted the images from his contemporary-issues class to another class he taught on personal finance. A parent had seen the materials and complained. Hawn corrected his error and apologized. […]
Then, in January, a group of rioters took over the U.S. Capitol. Hawn wasn’t quite sure how to talk to his students about what had happened, so he decided to focus on the 2016 election instead. He assigned an Atlantic article by Ta-Nehisi Coates, “The First White President,” which argues that Donald Trump was elected on the strength of white grievances. A parent complained about the slurs used in the piece and accused Hawn of not presenting multiple points of view. […]
Hawn is now contesting his dismissal. In a hearing yesterday, Ingrid Deloach, the assistant director of Sullivan County Schools, described what she perceived as “a hint of disrespect, and a very strong sense of arrogance” in Hawn’s attitude. Coates’s article “was a very liberal perspective,” she said, and although strong perspectives are appropriate for a contemporary-issues class, “maybe a more conservative stance would have been an appropriate alternative.” …
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The Atlantic is to responsible journalism what Pennywise is to babysitting.
It’s good to see a commie teacher getting canceled for a change.
That’s funny right there!
And I certainly don’t disagree.
Show of hands if your school had a "contemporary issues" class.
That’s probably a class where Critical Race Theory reinforced.
Rittenhouse is white and shot 3 white guys. How does that relate to racism?
It's a shame that he was hired in the first place, but all's well that ends well.
What possible good outcome could there be? The teacher is bound to be significantly biased in some direction: everyone is. The students are ignorant and easily led: almost all students are.
The place for “contemporary issues” is at home.
“The students are ignorant and easily led: almost all students are.
The place for “contemporary issues” is at home.”
I couldn’t agree with you more on that statement. If we don’t get more parents parenting, we’re a lost cause...we may already be.
The Department of Education’s purpose has come to fruition.
As a side note, Tali-Biden withdrew Trump’s policy of tracking communist Chinese influence in our schools and universities.
Currently, several hundred K-12 schools and about 100 colleges have a direct partnerships with the Confucius Institute US Center (US-based arm of Confucius Institute Headquarters) which is also known as Hanban (a front for the communist Chinese Ministry of Education). These numbers will now grow as they’re emboldened.
It’s all quite demonic.
Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc. etc.The DOE was certainly set up to implement the tenth plank of communism nationwide, indeed. Just as the 16th Amendment implemented the second plank.
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