Death by Political Correctness


Political Correctness destroys a teacher while she is in the process of teaching kids to be politically correct.

A teacher for 40 years, landed in hot water Sept. 18 when a student in her Advance Placement U.S. History class brought up the Redskins as a football team name and asked her what was the big deal.
“The kids kept saying, ‘It’s no big deal, it’s a football team,’” Pierce told the Newport News Daily Press Thursday. “I said, ‘How would you feel if people had a team named after another group?'”
WTKR-TV reported Thursday that Pierce then said to the class, “What would you think if someone started a team called the Newport News N—-r?”
At the end of the school day, an assistant principal informed the teacher she was being placed on paid administrative leave, pending an investigation to determine if she should be disciplined or allowed back in the classroom.

I am totally speechless at the impasse we have come to in this country where words overwhelm actions and intent is no longer a factor in any decision. I have been in a similar position over the use of Black vs African American during that transition. One of my favorite classroom moments came when one black kid said to another as part of the situation above,” Leave him be he don’t mean nothing by it.” Would the whole world be a better and safer place if we could follow the lead of that 8th grade student, and pay attention to the intent rather than the rhetoric?

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About safrisri

I have been a teacher since 1971 and have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. My writings will reflect on my past mistakes and successes and what my students have taught me about education.
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