(BREAKING WIDE) — Philly Educator worries “Parents” will Spy on teachers during Virtual Classes.
Matthew R. Kay, a school teacher in Philadelphia is very worried about conservative parents eavesdropping during virtual classes, he’s worried about the “damage” these “conservative” parents can do when they hear him “destabilizing” their “kid’s racism or homophobia or transphobia”:
Why shouldn't parents hear your "discourse". @MattRKay is hiding comments, he will not be able to hide this one.
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Due to backlash Matthew R. Kay received for his illuminating comments, he’s made his entire twitter account private. Many teachers shared the same frustrations and explained how they would try and get around the situation:
Many teachers chimed in to share their own strategies for brainwashing during a pandemic. One teacher said she’d also been “thinking about” the problem Kay described, and had decided that she’d ask students about their preferred pronouns via survey — though she still worries that “caregivers” might see it and learn something about their children that they weren’t supposed to know.
Another said that students last semester would sometimes “type secrets into the chat” whenever the discussion turned to “anti-racism and gender inclusive content.” Another complained that a white parent— she made sure to specify “white” — in her district recorded a Zoom class and “filed a complaint against the teacher for an anti-racist read aloud (saying the teacher’s commentary was inappropriate and biased).” This, the teacher says, “is going to be an issue.”
A ninth grade teacher shared in the commiseration, saying that her class required students to “read and respond to a news article,” but that participation in this exercise is stunted now because “outsiders” are “listening.” The “outsiders,” to be clear, are the children’s parents.
A teacher with pronouns listed in her Twitter handle said that she plans to use the chat function more than voice lectures because she wants children to share “information” with her in a “parentless way.” A science teacher agreed with all expressed here and summarized it: “Parents are dangerous.”
And these are just the comments that were captured before the tweets were all made private.
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