Take the homework question that Adria Zawatsky, a teacher at Staten Island middle school IS 75, used for her vocabulary worksheet:
"President Trump speaks in a very superior and ___________________ manner, insulting many people. He needs to be more _____________________ so that the American people respect and admire him."
The question immediately following read:
"Barack Obama set a ______________ when he became the first African American president."
After assigning the questions as part of a homework assignment, parent Vincent Ungro, whose 11-year-old daughter is in Zawatsky's class, found them to be inappropriate. According to NY Post, the vocabulary words meant to fill in the blanks were "haughty, humble and precedent" -- and so he did what any parent who's too lazy to schedule a meeting with the school or teacher: he wrote the note above.
Speaking to the NY Post, Ungro said that "This woman is forcing my child to put words on a piece of paper describing our president in a disparaging manner. Her political opinion should be left at home."
Now, do I think teachers should be influencing their students with their political views? No. But do I think this dad is overreacting to a couple stupid questions on a homework assignment? Yes.
First of all, nothing positive or negative was said about Barack Obama, only that he set a precedent as the first black president. Our first Asian president will set a precedent, our first woman president will set a precedent, hell maybe one day we'll get an Indian president and we'll finally get to call ourselves equal opportunity employers when it comes to the most important branch of our government (mind you, this won't happen for another 500 years). Point is, I didn't say anything positive or negative about the hypothetical precedents set by those people -- neither did that question.
In the end, Zawatsky wound up with a disciplinary letter placed in her file which amounts to basically nothing. Ungro wasn’t happy about it, but we don’t care what he thinks because he’s officially been deemed a “special snowflake” by anyone with common sense reading this. You hear that, kids? This is what happens when your parents are attention whores dying to be able to Google their name and have it come up with relevant results. Next time ask mom for homework help, because dad will just turn your history assignment on the Atlantic slave trade into a statement on Black Lives Matter; god forbid you bring any of that bad juju into your home.