My wife let me know about this outrageous behavior.
A preschool teacher in Norco, California was caught on film leading a political chant in which the 4 and 5-year-old students were calling for President Joe Biden to leave office.
The video lasts only about eight seconds. You can hear a teacher asking the students, “Who’s our President.” The students then respond in unison, “Biden!” The teacher then asks the students “What do we want to do with him?” and the students respond twice, “We want him out!”
The video was posted on a school messaging app that is used to communicate with parents, and was removed about three hours after it was first posted. In its place, a school administrator left a message for the families to whom the video was sent:
Dr. Tyrone Howard, a professor of education at UCLA, said he doesn’t feel what was shown in the video is appropriate behavior by the teacher:
“I’ve always believed the role of teachers is not to indoctrinate students about what to think,. “It’s to help develop critical thinking skills so students can make their own decisions. I know private schools operate under a different set of guidelines and procedures. But I don’t know even in a private domain that those leadership officials would want teachers telling their students what to think about a particular political figure.”
In my opinion, this teacher’s behavior is completely unacceptable. While I am sure the students have no idea of the meaning of what they are chanting, it still does not make it right to teach them to chant such things.
By the way, I think most readers know that I supported Biden during the last election, and that I was not a fan of Trump going all of the way back to when he ran against Hillary Clinton. However, I would have been just as outraged if a teacher pulled such a stunt while Trump was President.
I will admit though, that if I saw a video of a group of preschool children in Russia chanting to get rid of Putin, I’m not sure if I would have a problem.
Does that mean I have a double standard? I don’t know; I hope not.
To me, the differences between the two individuals, Biden and Putin, are clear, and I can justify my reasoning above.
But as always, these are just my opinions. I’d love to hear what your thoughts are…
*image from CNN