Teacher Is Fired After Giving Middle School Students Wildly Inappropriate Handout
A Florida middle school teacher has been fired after parents complained about an assignment the teacher gave to her sixth graders. The handout, called, “How Comfortable Am I?” asked the students to rate their comfort levels in hypothetical situations that some parents referred to as “wildly inappropriate and racist.”
The teacher, who was hired in January, was in charge of a class called, “The Leader in Me.” The students were learning about people who are different than them, and the lesson was supposed to draw attention to innate biases and privilege – an important lesson, but this handout WILDLY missed the mark. The sheet had 40 hypothetical questions that focused on gender, race, religion, and sexuality, and included such kid-friendly scenarios as, “your friend invites you to go to a gay bar.” You know, because middle school students are always hittin’ up da club.
According to students in the class, the teacher realized that the handout was a bad idea almost immediately after handing it out. But instead of being like, “Hey guys, yeah, this is clearly a questionnaire geared toward college students, but let’s talk about why it’s important,” she allegedly freaked out and tried to get the handout back from the kids.
Said sixth-grader Tori Drews, a student in the class, “There were children saying this is wrong. ‘Why are we doing this? Does this have a reason?’ She was going yeah this is kind of wrong… maybe I should take it back.” And then, the teacher made the biggest mistake of all. “Kids were asking if they could share it with their parents. She was like, ‘No. Don’t show your mom. Don’t take that home. I’m taking it back up.’”
DON’T SHOW YOUR MOM. Oh yeah. That’s an expression that always goes over REAL well with parents. Where is this teacher from, the moon?
Because the teacher was recently hired, she was still in her probationary period and was fired immediately. “In no way does that assignment meet the standards of appropriate instructional material,” school district spokeswoman Karen Jordan said in a statement.