A lot of good teachers ask students to think outside the box. My children have been asked to write essays from viewpoints such as this, and they have done so. Neither my husband nor I had any issue with it. (One of my daughters had to write an essay from the viewpoint of a white supremacist Klan member during the Civil Rights movement. It taught her how uninformed and brainwashed people this far to the Right are, and she learned a lot that couldn't be taught just by "telling" her these things. An other assignment was to write an essay from the POV of a Tea Party member, and my other daughter learned the same as the one above.)
The teacher should not be fired, of course not. She was attempting to help the students see why people obey blindly, believe propaganda and why they go along with the party line and this will probably help a lot of students realize just how asinine this type of thinking is and it may even help them avoid it themselves. These types of assignments are VERY common in today's teaching, and I applaud them for helping children to THINK!
This isn't about
tenure, it's about a commonly done teaching exercise. I'm thinking a lot of people either didn't have a well rounded education themselves or, if older, didn't pay much attention to what their children have been assigned, if this comes as a shock to anyone. It is VERY common!
Despite my disgust at white supremacy movement, should someone who subscribes to this be fired just
just for this reason? We do live in a FREE country and even though I am a fairly far Left Liberal, I CAN see beyond the tip of my own nose
and realize that someone's belief system isn't a reason for firing.
Now, if she treated African American, Jewish, and other minorities unfairly, that would be a reason for firing. But, first of all, I doubt she is a supremacist, (as this is a common assignment in more progressive schools) and secondly, her actions toward the students count, what she believes in her own home should not.