True News 4 U — Education News — 08/17/2020
August 15, 2020
A teacher within the school district of Philadelphia is lamenting the increased chance of parental oversight if classes are taught online amid the coronavirus crisis -- especially when it comes to so-called sex education.
"I am most intrigued by the damage that 'helicopter/snowplow' parents can do in honest conversations about gender/sexuality," the teacher said. The teacher, Matthew R. Kay, works for Philadelphia's Science Leadership Academy.
In 2018, he published his book Not Light, but Fire: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom. While his tweets are private, one Twitter user posted a screenshot of his thread of complaints.
"So, this fall, virtual class discussions will have many potential spectators -- parents, siblings, etc. -- in the same room," Kay began. "We'll never be quite sure who is overhearing the discourse. What does this do for our equity/inclusion work? How much have students depended on the (somewhat) secure barriers of our physical classrooms to encourage vulnerability? How many of us have installed some version of 'what happens here stays here' to help this?"
Kay then went on to mention "honest conversations about gender/sexuality" as an issue where parents who are involved in their children's education would be unhelpful.
August 12, 2020
The University of Georgia has embarrassed itself after publishing a guide on its health website that advised students to consider “wearing a face mask during sex.”
The document, titled ‘COVID-19 Considerations’, appeared on the University Health Center website but was removed a few days later following a backlash.
“Consider wearing a face mask during sex. Heavy breathing and panting can further the spread of the virus and wearing a mask can reduce the risk,” said the guide, which also told students to “avoid kissing” and “be creative with sexual positions that reduce close face-to-face contact.”
UGA spokesman Greg Trevor acknowledged that the language was removed because the university was ridiculed, but still stood by its accuracy.
“The information was consistent with language that appears on multiple health and medical sites across the country, including the Mayo Clinic. However, when the information was mocked, ridiculed and criticized on social media, we decided to take it down,” he said.
WALSH: Teachers Openly Fret That Parents Might Hear Them Brainwashing Children, Call Parents ‘Dangerous’
August 12, 2020
“If you heard a strange man on the playground whisper to your child, “this will just be our little secret,” you would assume that the man is some kind of sex offender. Does this behavior suddenly transform from disturbing to admirable if the strange man is a teacher? No, it doesn’t. But this is the sort of license society has given to teachers, on the theory that they cannot do the work of educating unless they have more power over, and intimate knowledge of, their students than the students’ own parents.”
(Matt Walsh – Daily Wire) In one of the creepiest yet most revealing Twitter threads ever to be posted on the platform, a teacher recently fretted out loud that virtual classes might allow parents to hear him brainwashing their kids….
Matthew R. Kay, an educator and author of a book on “how to lead meaningful race conversations in the classroom,” worried that “conservative parents” would be able to interfere with the “messy work” of indoctrinating children into critical race theory, gender theory, and other left-wing dogmas.
Philly Teacher: Parents With Access To Virtual Classrooms Would Do Damage To ‘Honest Conversations About Gender/Sexuality’
August 10, 2020
On Saturday, a teacher posted a thread on Twitter in which he bemoaned the possibility that parents who had access to watching their children’s virtual classrooms would do damage to “honest conversations about gender/sexuality” that teachers would have with students.
The teacher, Matthew R. Kay, who was a founding teacher at Science Leadership Academy (SLA), a partnership high school between the School District of Philadelphia and The Franklin Institute, and authored the book, Not Light, But Fire: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom, wrote:
So, this fall, virtual class discussions will have many potential spectators — parents, siblings, etc. — in the same room. We’ll never be quite sure who is overhearing the discourse. What does this do for our equity/inclusion work?
How much have students depended on the (somewhat) secure barriers of our physical classrooms to encourage vulnerability? How many of us have installed some version of “what happens here stays here” to help this?
While conversations about race are in my wheelhouse, and remain a concern in this no-walls environment — I am most intrigued by the damage that “helicopter/snowplow” parents can do in honest conversations about gender/sexuality …
And while “conservative” parents are my chief concern — I know that the damage can come from the left too. If we are engaged in the messy work of destabilizing a kids racism or homophobia or transphobia — how much do we want their classmates’ parents piling on?
Why shouldn't parents hear your "discourse". @MattRKay is hiding comments, he will not be able to hide this one. Parents pay attention to what your kids are being taught. pic.twitter.com/FeMO4m8XlX — Low&Slow (@ClaudesBBQ) August 9, 2020
“Helicopter” parents is a term to refer to parents who supposedly exhibit an overprotective or excessive interest in the life of their child or children. Parents.com stated, “The term ‘helicopter parent’ was first used in Dr. Haim Ginott’s 1969 book Parents & Teenagers by teens who said their parents would hover over them like a helicopter.”
“Snowplow” parents are the “newest embodiment of a hyper-intensive parenting style that can include parents booking their adult children haircuts, texting their college kids to wake them up so they don’t sleep through a test, and even calling their kids’ employers,” Business Insider reported.