Monday, March 17, 2014

"Do You Agree That The Ohio Teacher Should Be Suspended for His Remarks Towards The Student?"

An Ohio teacher (in an attempt to reply to a black student's overt desire to be a future president of the US) is accused of making a racist remark to the black student, " the country doesn't need another black president." I don't doubt a little bit that the teacher said what he said. Nevertheless, how is that tantamount to impropriety? Aren't we talking to high school kids? Aren't we teaching them diversity? Doesn't diversity include thinking differently? If the teacher said what he said, shouldn't the student retort with his own wit? Does an American lose his or her own rational because he or she became a teacher? It does not matter what time of the day or if it happened in the school zone or not. It does not change the fact that it was an opinion. Is the country now saying that by becoming a teacher one loses his or her First Amendment right of freedom of speech and religion? The courts have not established that one needs decency in voicing their opinions. In the restrictions that the courts established within Grayned v The City of Rockford, the teacher's opinions are not amongst. The society too concurs and has upheld the adage " truth is bitter, but it must be spoken" with utmost scrupulosity. The American teacher has an opinion and must have an opinion!

One would have thought that in the 21st Century, we will no more be reenacting the Athenian type of democracy where there was free speech to praise the rulers and no free speech to criticize them. Americans pretend that they have free speech, but they have none. I don't know a single teacher in Africa who has been disciplined for voicing his/her opinion to a student or in class. Their opinions are usually punished if they are against the president. That is where America is different and should uphold her status as an avant-garde to democracy. Where then does the light shine when the lighthouse itself is dark? Behold a beacon of hypocrisy. Not a single teacher in Asia or Latin America has been disciplined for voicing his/her opinions to students. You only hear that in America: the supposed land of the free, whatever that means.

What is really wrong with the man giving his opinion about the presidency of the first black president in America, even if it is negative?

It is as if the American student is an automaton who does not think; it must be controlled by the teacher and the school. If parents are afraid of the teachers and the school system, they should do two things: keep their kids at home or teach them well to be able to refute contrary opinions. How does a teacher saying to a black kid that they do not want another black president become racist? Aren't there black people saying the same thing? Africans sometimes joke that the Whiteman uses his own witchcraft to make discoveries, but the African uses his to kill people. Does that mean that the Africans are racists towards themselves? I know that many parents regard teaching nowadays as babysitting, but even babysitters have their opinions.

When I thought of being a teacher, my focus was to be a mentor and role model to the kids. However, how can anyone be a role model without having  a frank conversation? How can anyone influence thoughts and patterns if they cannot have an opinion of their own? I expected this from the third world countries and not in America; the so called land of the free. Students come now to class with the sole intention to tape their teachers and put it on YouTube or to take what they disagree to their parents and then all hell will break lose. For how long shall the US teach her children intolerance? In this particular case, the student should have defended why he would have been different from or better than Obama to quench the teacher's attacks. The parents and the authorities taking actions against the teacher: Gil Voigt defeat the student's education and show that he is not qualified to be the future president because he does not have the acumen to debate his opponents. Those who want to be president must debate their opponents, and it starts from high school too!

 Until then, I disagree with the actions of the parents and the school system.

St Arrey of Ntenako.

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