Parents, teacher Omar Currie knows what is best for your child. He will read to your 8 year-old child what he deems fit. That includes a book about homosexuality because.. bullying! Mr. Currie has many quotes caught by the News and Observer, but this amazingly arrogant comments on your rights as parents are truly amazing:
On Wednesday, the committee, acting on an earlier complaint, upheld the use of the book. But Currie said the principal also instituted new policies that require teachers to notify parents of all the books they plan to read in class and to fill out a form for every bullying incident.
On Friday night, speaking loud and fast in his allotted three minutes, Currie objected to the new rules.
“This egregious policy creates an undue burden on teachers, and it hurts students,” he said. “The district must understand silence is poison.”
You got that parents? Notifying you of what books your child will read in class is “egregious policy” and “hurts students”. Currie claimed this book was to draw awareness to bullying? His own mentality here is bullying.
Notice he mentions the teachers and students but not the parents?
These are not your kids, Mr. Currie. They belong to their parents and those parents have every right to be angry with you on this. This content is inappropriate for a class full of 8 year-olds. To the parents that thought this was OK to read, that’s fine — read it to your own kids.
One can argue the split in parental opinions here actually proves the need for such a notification process.
Frankly, a practice like this should be in place for ALL grades in all schools. Does Mr. Currie have a problem with transparency and the engagement of parents?
Back to that ‘bullying’. At the end of the News and Observer article, we see real bullying in action:
“These are my children. These are not your children,” said Rodney Davis, who has two children at Efland-Cheeks. “What gives you the right to tell me what they can listen to and what they can hear in our school? That’s bullying.”[..]
School district spokesman Seth Stephens repeatedly told speakers to focus on the book and not individuals.
When Davis interrupted him, Stephens had a sheriff’s deputy escort Davis through the door and out of the school.
Good for Mr. Davis. Parents have had it with some schools and teachers making school more about social issues than about actual academics.