Well, we thought we’d seen the most ridiculously biased example of online learning last week when he heard about the teenager who was kicked out of a Zoom class for having a Trump 2020 banner hanging up in his bedroom. How wrong we were! Now we have this incident out of Tacoma, Washington, where a 10-year-old student was kicked out of his remote class for telling his teacher that he admires President Donald Trump.
Mind you, the middle schooler did not just volunteer this information out of nowhere. He was asked by teacher Brendan Stanton to reply to the question, “Who is the one person you admire and why?”
The child responded: “I admire Donald J. Trump because he is making America great again. And because he is the best president the United States of America could ever, ever have. And he built the wall so terrorists couldn’t come into in the U. S. Trump is the best person in the world. And that’s why I had admire him.”
Is that not an appropriate answer to the question raised? He’s the damn sitting president of the United States.
But according to MyNorthwest, that answer was completely unacceptable to the teacher. “Stanton almost immediately kicked the student out of the chatroom, deleted the chat, and proceeded to attack the president, while calling out the student for mentioning him.”
That outlet was provided cell phone video from the child’s mother, Elsy Kusander. In the footage, Stanton says: “The example that was shared in the chat, which I went ahead and erased for us, was not appropriate right? Especially as that individual has created so much division and hatred between people and specifically spoken hatred to many different individuals, ok? Again, that individual has spoken hate to many individuals and I don’t think is an appropriate example for a role model that we should be admiring.”
The child’s mother told the outlet that she was mystified by the teacher’s reaction.
“I went into my son’s room and I heard the teacher saying that this individual is hateful and divisive, etc. I started to record,” she said. “How can a teacher be teaching to his students horrible things about the president of the country without facts?”
Was it all a misunderstanding? Stanton says that’s the case. He told Kusander that the prompt was based around computer programmers and not just the entirety of the global population.
“Donald Trump would not fit that prompt just because it was a little bit off topic,” he said. “My perspective has nothing to do with Donald Trump himself, right? I try to keep politics out of the classroom.”
Well, without video of the entire Q & A, it’s impossible to know if he’s telling the truth. We will say that it seems difficult for anyone who isn’t a computer programmer themselves to choose the one they admire most, but maybe the class has been studying biographies of computer programmers for weeks. Who knows.
It’s just odd that this kind of thing never seems to happen to a kid expressing admiration or support for Barack Obama or someone like that. Peculiar, indeed.