SANFORD, Fla. – When students return to classrooms this fall, a healthy number of them will discuss the recent George Zimmerman trial and acquittal, which many activist teachers believe was an “injustice.”
So how will the activists teach about it?
Thehairpin.com, a self-described “women’s website,” recently asked several teachers for reaction.
“Rednecks are holding their heads a little higher and tapping the guns on their holsters eager for a stand your ground moment,” said one anonymous teacher from Alabama.
“I would be willing to talk to my students about it if they want to, but I would be hesitant to ‘teach’ it – especially because I teach literature. However, I often use real news stories or events from history to connect with the literature that they study in my classroom. I encourage my students to make connections to self, other texts, and the world while reading,” the English teacher said.
The teacher says another way to broach the issue is to talk about “vigilantes” and “mobs out for justice.”
Presumably, she’s talking about Zimmerman, and not the Al Sharpton-inspired mobs.
Abe Cohen, a Bronx high school teacher, told the site, “This is a particularly difficult issue to teach” because it cements “the disturbing power dynamics of a mostly white teaching force working with mostly nonwhite students.”
Cohen added that many students won’t want to talk about the case because “the fact that Florida law allows people to hunt and kill black youth isn’t particularly comforting.”
Neither is the reality of having a bunch of left-wing teachers trying to turn a horrific tragedy into a racial issue.
But not all teachers interviewed in the story were as unhinged or willfully oblivious of the facts.
Lindsey Hunter Lopez, a high school teacher in Burbank, California, claimed she will be more objective in her style.
“…I’d welcome discussing Trayvon, and I’d do my best to facilitate in a neutral way,” she told the site.
“Why does Trayvon Martin’s death seem to touch a nerve with the American public, I might ask. Now that the trial is over, why are people rioting?”
Hopefully this student-centered approach would lead to the all-important ‘critical thinking’ (a term often bandied about in education), as well as empowerment through expression, she said.
Misinformation and propaganda pushed by the likes of Al Sharpton will be prevalent in American classrooms this fall. It is critical parents are aware of what’s being taught and know how to take action when activists go too far.