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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Education Industry Gestapo

By Douglas V. Gibbs
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Over the last eight years did we hear of any educator being fired for supporting the policies of Barack Obama?  Of course not.  What if it was on their own time?  Social media?  Nope.

But, if you are pro-Trump, and you are an educator, your job may be in jeopardy...even if you post your support for Mr. Trump on your own private time, on your own social media site.

In Florida an elementary teacher, after posting on her own, personal Facebook page, was reassigned to administrative duties.  Her crime?  

“The funny part about immigrants staying home is the rest of us who pay for them are here at work like we’ve always been. Looks like less mouths to feed today. Have fun while you still can. So glad to hear about massive deportation. Let’s make America great again. Thanks Donald Trump!”
Some parents considered the post to be racist, and were offended.

“My feelings are hurt for our kids,” one mother said. “I couldn’t even believe it. How could a teacher speak like that?”

Speak like what?  Do you have a problem with the fact that Mexico's southern border is a militarized zone with guard towers and a sturdy fence?  Or is it only racist when America tries to protect its own border?

District officials removed the teacher from her classroom and reassigned her to the district administrative center while they investigate.

A petition on Change.org has been launched calling for firing her, and the petition has received more than 3,000 signatures of support in the five days since the incident.

“We understand that as a private citizen Mrs. Fleming should be allowed to express herself, however, as an educator at a school composed of predominantly Hispanic, Haitian, and students of other minorities, one should always be professional and behave as an impartial authority figure that is held to higher standards,” the petition reads.

Impartial?  Do you know how many times I have dealt with pro-Obama, anti-Republican statements by teachers to my grandkids over the last few years, and then I was told I was overreacting?

How was what the Florida teacher wrote racist?  First, there are three "races," black, Mongoloid and Caucasian.  Hispanics are technically Caucasian.  Islam is a political ideology that masks as a religion.  Therefore, racism is not even in the same realm, when it comes to that part of the equation.  Besides, the immigration laws have nothing to do with race, color, ethnicity, religion or political leanings, and everything to do with the law that is currently on the books.  The question is simple.  Did the immigrant, regardless of who they are, follow the law to enter the country, or are they guilty of violating federal law, making them a fugitive?  The immigration laws exist for a reason.  We want to protect the receiving population from potential disease, criminal element, and terrorism.  Am I racist for agreeing with that teacher in Florida?  How about my Mexican wife?  Is she racist for agreeing with the Florida teacher?

Have Americans completely lost their minds?

In Georgia, the consequences for agreeing with Trump on immigration has a greater consequence.
DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Stephen Green issued a warning to teachers in the suburban Georgia County to refrain from promoting President Trump’s policies on border security and legal immigration.
Since the warning was issued two teachers were reportedly forced to resign.
I wonder what would happen to a teacher if they echoed Farrakhan, who has called for the killing of all whites, and someone who was recently welcomed with chants of Allah Akbar in Detroit?  Or what if a teacher repeated what Sarah Silverman said about wanting a military coup to remove Trump from the White House?  Or, what if the teacher repeated Madonna's words about blowing up the White House?  How much do you want to bet the teacher's job would be safe, in those instances?

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