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Monday, 23 October 2006

Got this from Ben at EclecticsAnonymous.

 

Seems a teacher (Deb Mayer) was following school curriculum (using Time For Kids to cover current events), and answered a child’s question regarding a peace protest covered in the curriculum.

 

The teacher insists that she only discussed the right to dissent, the right to protest, and techniques for peaceful resolution of conflict.

 

Another kid complained to their parent, and the hysterical parent bullied the school into censoring the teacher, saying that she was no longer allowed to say the word “peace”.  In the end, the teacher lost her job when she said the word peace again and the same child complained again.

 

This more complete article details how the school’s annual “Peace Month” celebration was cancelled shortly before it was to start.  Peace Month involved a series of activities designed to teach children how to peacefully resolve conflicts.  The story also mentions that complaints were filed that accuse the teacher of sexual harassment (quote follows):

 Even though it was typed on an official sexual harassment document, the actual complaint against Mayer accused her of “harassing” children because she would put up her hand to silence a child if the child had interrupted a conversation between herself and another student.

“The parent had signed it, but nobody on the school administration has signed it,” she said. “When we tried to find out who did it, nobody admitted to it.”

 

 

The National School Board Association has issued a brief stating that there is no such thing as Academic Freedom or Freedom of Speech for K-12 teachers.

 

In her response to the brief, the teacher insists that she was teaching the curriculum (AKA doing her job).

 

Unless something is missing in the coverage of this story, the story seems outrageous to me.  Time for Kids is a common classroom tool, and part of the approved Current Events Curriculum for many schools across the country.  The teacher was leading a classroom discussion based off of commonly accepted materials, presumably required and approved by the School Board.

 

The right of Americans to protest and dissent is a FACT of American life, and American freedom…not the personal opinion of the teacher.

 

Unless the teacher was telling students that they were wrong if they agreed with the war, or if she was requiring them to protest as part of the class, or if she was telling them they should object to the war, she is well within bounds.

 

The irony?  This teacher has a son serving in Afghanistan…fighting for our freedom.

Monday, 23 October 2006 10:23:28 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [3] |  |  |  | #
Tuesday, 24 October 2006 05:21:31 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
I actually get nauseated reading about events like this.

Then, in the mail the other day, I got a 4-page, 4-color flyer about a series of seminars to instruct us on the "end times". I only took a glance at it before nearly losing my lunch, but at least one of the events was about identifying the anti-christ and another was 10 clear messages in the Bible about when the end times are coming.

The worst part of it? These 5 or 6 sessions were taking place at a local elementary school.

I feel another blog entry coming on.
G33kGoddess
Tuesday, 24 October 2006 06:24:46 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Oh!

Don't spend your money on that. I cleared up the whole who's-the-Anti-Christ question for you already in the previous blog entry.

I wonder if you could scan the flyer and post a copy? Probably copywright problems with that...huh?

Could you save it for me and give it to me the next time we meet? (Possibly over cheesy biscuits at Red Lobster sometime soomish?) :-)

I'd like to see it.
Teresa
Sunday, 18 February 2007 22:17:13 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Below is a letter I sent to many friends who have supported me over the past few years. The Garcetti v. Ceballos decision that was handed down by the Supreme Court last summer is silencing government workers across the country. Anyone who can read should be able to realize that Garcetti is unconstitutional. We are losing our free speech and no one knows about it. Please help save free speech at school. Call your school board. Write letters to the editor. Talk about it while you still have the freedom. Deb

February, 2007

Deb Mayer
107b Acadia Terrace
Celebration, FL 34747

Hello dear friends,

I wanted to share with you the latest development on my case. If you recall I was fired from my teaching job in Bloomington, Indiana for making a statement in support of peace before the war in Iraq began. Most recently I appealed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to reverse the lower court’s ruling stating that teacher’s have no right of free speech.

I have lost the appeal with the court ignoring the issue to be decided, disregarding the facts of my case, and making assumptions that are not true. My attorney and I have petitioned for a rehearing, but I understand those are seldom granted in this court.

I am attaching the opinion and the request for rehearing so you can know the facts first hand. Either this court is crooked or extremely incompetent. Either way I am being denied justice and the entire country will suffer as a result.

Please share the opinion with your friends in education. Teachers need to know that their precious freedom of speech is now considered a commodity by the court. From the opinion, “. . . the school system does not “regulate” a teacher’s speech as much as it hires that speech. Expression is a teacher’s stock in trade, the commodity she sells to her employer in exchange for a salary.”

I would intensely argue that my speech is not for sale at any price and certainly not for a paltry teacher’s salary. My stock in trade is my knowledge about how kids learn and how to best teach them – not my right of free speech. I think this language changes entirely how we view our freedom. I certainly would not sell my freedom to a school system that requires me to teach lies as the truth as Monroe County Community School Corporation did. I was required to teach that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and other untruths, and to always paint the President in a favorable light without giving real opposing views.

My next step is to go to the Supreme Court, but I need help. If you care about your right of free speech, please tell everyone you know about this new view of freedom.

Deb Mayer
dmayer@voyager.net
Deb Mayer
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