2009-12-18 / Letters

Don't Lose Your Precious Schools

Dear Editor,

In the December 1, 2009, New York Post, Jacob Gershman wrote an article titled, "Crackpot Schools." In it he discusses the incredulous use of ACORN to create charter schools and the fact that there are "activist" teachers biasing our children toward specific "social justice" ideology.

"Someone out there is really getting it!" I thought. I could agree with him about the movement toward the "radicalization of New York's public sch ools" and add that this is one of the most degrading socio-economic policies segregating our city students and programming them rather then in spiring free and creative thinking. Further, the fact that our tax dollars and the responsibility to educate our impressionable youth are going to an organization like ACORN is a sad com mentary on our Mayor's desire to facilitate the teaching of true Amer - ican values.

Today's definition of "so cial justice" does not reflect true Amer ican values.

An individual's participation in good citizenship and ac countability these values are not taught. This is demonstrated by the inability of sch - ool administrations to deal out ap - pro priate consequences to inappropriate behavior without be ing censored by, as some call it, the Board of Oz or Board of Dead. But, I digress from the issue at hand, "activist teachers" and "crackpot schools."

There are all sorts of "crackpot sch - ools" supported by our tax dollars. These strive to maneuver and segregate our impressionable children into various "socio-economic/social justice" ideology…outside NY State's stan dard academic curriculum. These schools are created on themes that segregate impressionable youth from the general population and in clude but are not limited to things like sexual preference.

He wrote, "The mayor and chancellor could change this overnight." Why would they WANT to change this overnight? They are the ones championing these "Crackpot Schools."

With regards to "activist teachers," if the teacher is doing what he/she is suppose to be doing, the students will never know the personal belief of the teacher on the curriculum " subject. Teaching creates a fiduciary relationship between the teacher and the student. We must understand the sacred responsibility we have to guard our students' ability to make up his/her own mind about the issues, once the facts and/or skills have been learned. A lost American value for sure. So a school, or teacher, who forces a student to reflect the school's mission violates that sacred relationship. There is more than enough fiduciary relationship violations going on between the Mayor and his school administrations and their staff.

The Board of Oz is in the process of closing eight schools. The UFT is the only thing standing between your student being put into one of Bloomberg's "crackpot schools" and your student's freedom of thought. Contact your sch ool's Parent Liaison to become in formed and active in protecting your student from being sacrificed on the altar of Bloomberg's and Klein's political agenda. Don't drink Bloomy's "cool aid".

MARGARETANN BIANCULLI

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