I don’t understand how this could happen at all.
In Wausau, Wisconsin, an investigation by the school board after a student complaint found that East High School’s band teacher, Robert Perkins, used “racist and sexist” language in the course of his teaching directed at Asian-American students in his class.
But it was okay, because he didn’t mean anything by it!
“While a preponderance of the evidence shows that Mr. Perkins did not engage in harassing or discriminatory behavior, he did engage in insensitive and unprofessional conduct,” the district superintendent wrote in a letter this week. “Witnesses indicate that he did use language that could be insensitive to students of different protected classes, including race and sex, but that language does not rise to the level of discrimination or harassment.” The letter argued that Perkins often uses humor to “engage students and create a ‘fun’ environment,'” and creates a “safe space” for all students, but that Perkins’ “humor” sometimes caused “unease” among students when “his comments are racial or sexist in nature.” However, the letter assures parents, Perkins “does not mean to harm anyone.”
Oh. WHAT? Comments that are “racial or sexist in nature” and cause unease are the literal definition of harassment. Reportedly Perkins used such “fun” terms as “chink” and “ching chong” while referring to Asian-American students. One does not have to use too much imagination to come up with equivalent slurs referring to some other minority groups that would have had Perkins out on the curb with a cardboard box and a boot mark on his fanny before he could say, “Hey! I was only kidding!”
An open letter signed by leaders of Wausau’s Asian American community condemned the reinstatement of the band teacher, saying in part, “This decision sends a strong message that using racist, sexist, and homophobic slurs are permissible, so long as they made are in good faith, and that is just unacceptable to us.”
This seems to be a fair assessement. At very least, the common sense and judgment of a teacher who would use “chink” in a classroom has to be judged as inadequate for the level of trust required for any teacher. Has this guy been living in a cave?
For that matter, has the entire school district been living in the same cave?
“Overall, we are angry, hurt, and worried about the kind of classroom culture East High School tolerates as well as the unacceptably low standards it allows for its teachers,” the open letter states.
And rightly so.
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It looks like “the king’s pass” is at least somewhat to blame.
I was stunned to see he’s a white guy. I guess Wassau is not as woke as Madison or Melwaukee.
It really is a matter of trust. Teachers spend four or five hours a day for an entire school year with kids completely unsupervised. Administrators have to be able to trust teachers with that power.
Yeah, I should have included the fact that he was a “Teacher of the Month.”
Perkins…um…peculiar approach to educating today’s youth is not the Hottest Topic in WESconsin today:
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“Shelia Stubbs floods a county board committee considering her appointment with supporters wearing T-shirts demanding — DEMANDING — her hiring. The nominee (allegedly) calls two black supervisors “Oreos” for questioning her credentials. Called another member an “extremist.” Ms.Stubbs’ own mother calls board chairman Patrick Miles a racist, a rat, and a weasel. Other supporters threatened supervisors via e-mail and telephone.” (bolds/caps/italics mine)
For the record I agree with Jack and the teacher should be canned.
I do want to know who exactly are these “protected classes” of people are and why they are entitled to special protections under the law. Had the teacher called his white kids crackers or honkers would the same concern exist?
I keep hearing about protected classes and still don’t know exactly who they are. I have to assume they are the ones that complain about perceived slights.
The reason for the above question is when an official claims there was an offense against a protected class of people the official implies there are unprotected classes of people. This is in direct contradiction to the 14th amendment.
As George Orwell wrote in “Animal Farm”, “All animals are equal but some are more equal than others”. And it the woke who decide who are the more equal and therefore deserving of protection.