Over the past few years, teachers have become more brazen about their own political beliefs. Which would be absolutely fine if they were NOT pushing them on our children as parts of their grades. One Staten Island New York teacher seemed to forget what subject she was teaching, and was promptly put back in her place.
The IS 75 8th grade English teacher, Adria Zawatsky, added an anti- Trump question into a middle school homework assignment and now is outraged that she is being criticized for it. Zawatsky claims that it is her freedom of speech.
The student’s father, Vincent Ungro was furious when his daughter, who attends the school, asked him to help her with her vocabulary homework last Friday night.
She was having a difficult time filling in the blanks of 2 particular sentences.
#8- “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.”
#9- “Barack Obama set a _________ when he became the first African-American president.”
Ungro proceeded to tell his child not to answer the two questions — which were supposed to be completed with the words haughty, humble and precedent — and then wrote the most epic note back to Mrs. Zawatsky.
“Please keep your political views to yourself and do not try to influence my children on them. Thank you.”
Zawatsky took 15 points off for the three blank answers, giving the student an 85 – which infuriated Ungro who says the deduction was simply “vindictive.”
Ungro told the NY Post, “This woman is forcing my child to put words on a piece of paper describing our president in a disparaging manner, Her political opinion should be left at home.”
On Monday, the dad of four, whose 12-year-old son also goes to the school, received an email from Zawatsky — but it wasn’t the apology he was looking for.
The email stated, “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. The media is nonstop on very similar references. This is considered freedom of speech and I feel I have the same right as they do.”
The principal of the school, Kenneth Zapata, said he spoke to Zawatsky, and a disciplinary letter was placed in her file. That hardly seems like a good enough punishment, but that is the world we live in today.
Do you think that teachers should be allowed to push their political beliefs on their students in this manner? Let us know.
H/T [ NY Post]