Michigan Teacher Suspended for Playing Pro-Marriage Equality Song
In a statement provided to The Detroit News, the school district said that “misinformation about this issue must be addressed.”
“The district has an established practice, included in the staff handbook, that requires the instructor to first preview any taped material to be used in the classroom, including YouTube clips, then submit a completed form about the proposed clip to a building administrator for approval,” the statement said. “The employee neither previewed the YouTube clip, nor submitted the form for approval as required. Instead, a student gave the clip to the employee at the beginning of class and the employee showed the clip to the class. The clip had no relationship whatsoever to the instructional class content planned for that day.”
She was scheduled to return to work on Thursday but said the ACLU and and the LGBT support group Affirmation were considering getting involved.
I am firmly behind the school on this one. I don’t want teachers playing traditional marriage songs and I don’t want them playing marriage equality songs. I don’t want blue propaganda and I don’t want red propaganda.
You can teach performing arts just fine without getting into all that mess. Keep it out of the classroom.