A teacher/President Obama fan in North Carolina went a bit overboard in her support of the president, and one of her students caught it all on tape. The unidentified teacher works for North Rowan High School, part of the Rowan-Salisbury School System. When the teacher presented her class with a "Fact of the Day," that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney had bullied a classmate in prep school, a student asked, "Didn't Obama bully someone, though?" The teacher responded, "Not to my knowledge." The student was referring to a passage in Obama's book, Dreams From My Father, where he wrote about pushing a little girl down. Most people would probably agree that his was not a case of bullying, but of frustration.
After several students agreed about the incident from the president's childhood, the teacher and several students started to bicker about the right to speak about the president. When the student pushed the fact that he had simply asked a question, the teacher got angry. She said (speaking of Romney), "Stop! Stop! Because there's no comparison. He's running for president. Obama is the president." One particular student was really pushing the teacher on the issue of fairness, and he made very good points, some other kids were talking in lower voices but supporting him. In one shocking outburst, the teacher says, "You got to realize, this man is wanting to be what Obama is. There's no comparison."
Judging by the tone of her voice, the teacher was getting very aggravated with the students who were determined to have a fair say. She yelled at the teen, "You will not disrespect the president of the United States in this classroom." He got defiant and told her he would say what he wanted, and she responded that he couldn't in her classroom. At one point, the teacher stated that the school had rules about talking badly about the president! The student argued that he could talk badly about President Obama, just not threaten him.
The student said, "Whenever Bush was president, everybody talked sh-t about him." Her answer: "Because he was sh-tty." The rest of the conversation was just as mind-boggling. This is a Social Studies teacher, and she told her students they could get arrested for slandering the president! She ranted on for about a minute about the people arrested for slandering President Bush! The Blaze reports that they have been unable to substantiate any such arrests.
How often do these exchanges happen in today's classrooms? With a rabidly pro-union president, and teachers like this one, protected by contracts that don't demand accountability, teachers are free to preach their politics. Certainly this would not be tolerated if the roles were reversed. Debates about politics have their place, but teaching flat-out lies can't be tolerated. That's part of the reasoning behind removing Christianity from schools, and it has to go both ways.
The school released this statement:
The Rowan-Salisbury School System expects all students and employees to be respectful in the school environment and for all teachers to maintain their professionalism in the classroom. This incident should serve as an education for all teachers to stop and reflect on their interaction with students. Due to personnel and student confidentiality, we cannot discuss the matter publicly.
The teacher will not be suspended or face disciplinary action.
Â© Margie Wilson-Mars 2012