MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – The superintendent of faculties for the Mount Pleasant, N.Y. says that an op-ed cartoon on the dying of George Floyd that brought about controversy mustn’t have been used as a part of a highschool instructor’s lesson plan.
An eleventh grade social research instructor at Westlake High School confirmed a cartoon, created by David Fitzsimmons of “The Arizona Star” as commentary on Floyd’s dying.
The cartoon exhibits a development – a slave dealer, slave proprietor, KKK member, and a Jim Crow period cop all kneeling on the neck of a Black man. Then, there’s a picture of a modern-day legislation enforcement officer doing the identical factor as the person says, “I can’t breathe.”
The cartoon brought about controversy in in Texas final month.
Some college students and their dad and mom complained the cartoon unfairly linked police to slavery and the KKK.
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“Our district strongly supports the opportunity for students to have informed discussion and debate, even over topics of controversy. We appreciate teachers who challenge students to develop their critical thinking skills and form sound arguments,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kurtis Kotes wrote in an electronic mail to oldsters. “However, my investigation of this incident concluded that the lesson materials should not have been used. The job of educators is to inspire and provoke thinking and learning, which sometimes occurs through the discussion of ideas that can be sometimes controversial. When the materials that convey the ideas are themselves controversial (as this political cartoon was, having already been in the national news), or are disrespectful to some, the focus and effectiveness of the lesson has been lost.”
In his electronic mail, Kotes included this rationalization from the instructor:
I perceive that some group members had been angered by this cartoon, as I acknowledge that it may be seen as disrespectful to legislation enforcement. I apologize for this. That was completely not its intent. The goal of my lesson was to instruct the scholars that social, political and racial conflicts have been a permanent concern all through American historical past, and given the duty of exploring the subject additional — all opinions had been inspired, and no viewpoint was urged upon the scholars. The cartoon has distracted from the objectives of the lesson, and due to this fact mustn’t have been used.
Kotes stated the instructor could be discussing this with the scholars quickly.
“We deeply regret that this incident generated,” Kotes wrote.
No point out was made from any disciplinary motion.
The lesson plan additionally included a second cartoon, displaying a cop saying, “Black lives matter,” and a person in a BLM t-shirt saying, “Cops lives matter.”
In August, the governor of Texas known as for the firing of a instructor who used the Fitzsimmons cartoon in an eighth grade task. That district stated the cartoon was “not” an accredited a part of the curriculum.
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