Teachers across America (though certainly not all teachers in America) have made the decision to bring wokeness, bigotry and anti-American zealotry to our classrooms. What was once thought only to be the purview of college campuses – indoctrination, intimidation and professors who mock students who disagree with them (though certainly not all professors in America) – has now horrifically made its way into high schools and middle schools across the nation.
But this story is not about CRT, anti-racism or SEL, though they are all targets of the important fight against wokeism parents have taken on across the country. This is the story of a teacher in Newport, CA, Kristen Pitzen, who believes it is funny to lie to students, mock students for loving their country, lie to students about not having an American flag in the classroom and tell students instead to “pledge allegiance” to a gay pride flag. Watch the video below:
I live in Indiana. And what is happening in California is, indeed, happening here; the Heartland is not immune. And while the school board in Newport, CA looks into what Pitzen is doing, teachers and school boards in Central Indiana, and across the Hoosier State, should be aware of what parents are saying: Act like this, and we will throw you out.
So we are clear, it must be understood that the teachers, the administrators, the coaches, the cafeteria workers and any one else associated with public schools work for the citizens. Teachers, you work for us.
You’ve been horrifically lulled into a false sense of security and piety by your unions. You believe that the students are your students, and that the classroom is your classroom. This is not true. The students belong to the parents. The classrooms belong to the taxpayers.
Also note that no one is interested in your politics. Again, let us make sure you understand – we don’t care who you voted for. We don’t care what you think of gay kids…or straight kids…or black kids…or Asian kids…or Hispanic kids…or white kids…or kids who have Liberal parents or Conservative parents or atheist parents or God-fearing parents. We don’t care about your wokeness, or lack thereof. We care that our kids learn the area under the curve, understand the full depth and breadth of American history (the good and the great, the bad and the ugly) and how to not dangle a participle.
We don’t mind that we may not agree on everything. We don’t mind that our kids learn other perspectives and points of view; other perspectives are important to learn. We mind greatly that a teacher thinks hiding the American flag is funny (she laughed out loud about doing it) and that it is remotely acceptable to “pledge allegiance” to any other flag. For clarity, the concept of the pledge – of appreciating and respecting your nation – is a valuable one, not to be mocked. Also, if the American flag makes you feel uncomfortable, dear teacher, then you are the problem. Take a mental health day, and get yourself the help you need.
Some teachers may take my words as a threat. Those teachers are the ones most outraged by the idea that parents all across America are reasserting their power in their school community. If a teacher believes it is outrageous that parents should have a voice in their child’s education, or that parents say that teachers should teach and not indoctrinate, or mock, or threaten their kids, then that is a teacher who needs to be removed from the classroom and never be allowed near children again.
That is not a threat. That is responsible parenting.
Teachers need to be given the tools, and the respect, to run and control the classroom we, the parents and taxpayers, entrust to them. We want to give them our respect. And students need to offer them the respect they deserve, as well. But teachers, administrators and unions who break the trust of the community at large do not, can not and should not get our respect. They should get fired.
Just like Kristen Pitzen should be.