In a startling admission this week, Philadelphia public school teacher Matthew Kay said on Twitter that he’s worried about the effect virtual classes will have on his ability to indoctrinate kids to his social justice agenda.
In the thread, the English teacher said that he’s concerned that online classes will invite parents to see the kind of information he’s actually imparting to children – little of which seems to have much to do with the basics of literature and language. No, it appears that Kay is much more concerned about the gender and sexuality lessons he’s preparing for the incoming class.
“So, this fall, virtual class discussion will have many potential spectators — parents, siblings, etc. — in the same room. We’ll never be quite sure who is overhearing the discourse. What does this do for our equity/inclusion work?” Kay tweeted. “How much have students depended on the (somewhat) secure barriers of our physical classrooms to encourage vulnerability? How many of us have installed some version of ‘what happens here stays here’ to help this?”
It is fairly chilling that any teacher would have a “don’t tell your parents about what we discussed” policy in their classrooms. We understand, to some degree, the need to forge trust with vulnerable students; i.e., if they need to report being mistreatment or abuse in the home. But it seems that Kay is more worried about what parents will think when he starts in on his yearly indoctrination sessions.
“While conversations about race are in my wheelhouse, and remain a concern in this no-walls environment — I am most intrigued by the damage that ‘helicopter/snowplow’ parents can do in the host conversations about gender/sexuality,” he tweeted. “And while ‘conservative’ parents are my chief concern — I know that the damage can come from the left too. If we are engaged in the messy work of destabilizing a kid’s racism or homophobia or transphobia — how much do we want their classmates’ parents piling on?”
Yeah, really. This poor guy just wants things to go back to how they were, when he could pontificate on his far-left beliefs without having to worry about what his students’ parents think about it. Isn’t that the right of a public school teacher? To stand up in front of impressionable young men and women every day and gradually “destabilize” the beliefs they’ve developed by way of their parents? Gosh, we had no idea how disruptive online classes could truly be.
In reporting this thread, the Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh hit the nail on the head: “A public school teacher is not supposed to be, and should not try to be, educator, parent, shaman, spiritual guide, therapist, friend, confidant, and sex counselor, all rolled into one. He or she is meant to fill only the first role on that list, and only in the subject the teacher has been assigned to teach.”
Add that to the list of obvious truths our society has somehow forgotten over the last twenty years.
Oh, and if you’re a parent whose child is getting ready to start online classes…you might want to listen in. You may be quite surprised about what you hear.