When I was a kid, you never knew what the political leanings of a teacher were.
It was one of those things that you just never knew. I’m talking about teachers that taught civics classes.
Now, it seems that everyone, up to and including the gym teachers feel the need to let you know what they think about the state of politics in the United States.
Leonard Jenkins is an Athens High School parent whose daughter came to him in tears two weeks ago about a questionable Black Lives Matter survey she was given in class.
The survey included questions like :
- Do Black lives matter?
- Is BLM a domestic terrorist movement?
- Does the BLM movement glorify thugs? Why or why not?
- Does racism exist in the United States? Why or why not?
- Is looting a form of protest?
- Are all cops bad? Why or why not?
- Should Derek Chauvin be charged with murder?
- Should cops be able to shoot looters? (Ex: The Target situation)
Now, the school district is responding to the teacher at the center of the controversial survey, stating he resigned from his position.
Jenkins said he spoke up about the Black Lives Matter survey initially because he knows how impressionable teenagers can be.
“It wasn’t just minorities that were being attacked, it was our local police force,” Jenkins said. “It wasn’t like these kids weren’t doing anything constructive in that class, but it was a free-for-all to make fun of people.”
Jenkins said the survey started off as an assignment for students to make their own questionnaire for other classmates and the Black Lives Matter survey was approved by the teacher, Steven Gilstrap.
Jenkins said when he talked with the Athens School District Superintendent Scott Laird, he seemed apologetic.
“There was a sense of urgency to stop this kind of stuff before it happens,” Jenkins said. “At the same time, I could tell he was deeply regretting that something like this could actually happen at the school.”
Jenkins said he has no hard feelings towards the teacher, but thinks the Athens School District should work with parents on what’s appropriate for the classroom.