All right, this is very hard to believe … in fact, my very bosom is trembling. The intercourse between what is acceptable and what’s inappropriate has gone down
on a slippery slope. I’m going to slip you something that will blow your mind … you’re going to have your socks rocked, baby.
Frank Rozanski of William T. Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens was teaching a lesson on social psychology and perceptions. The questions each had a non-sexual answer but …
… words like “discharge” and “penetrate” could lead the reader to a racier interpretation.
Parents of a few students complained and school officials agreed that the questions were inappropriate. Principal Joseph Lee would not disclose how Rozanski was disciplined, but said Rozanski continues to teach at the school.
All right, seriously, this is freaking ridiculous.
Rozanski was teaching an advanced placement psychology class. Advanced placement classes are essentially college classes in that students taking the A.P. test can receive dispensation from general electives or even possibly course credit, depending on the college they choose to attend.
If this course was a required part of the curriculum, I’d still find it silly that some parents have their panties in a bunch, but I could at least see the argument. An A.P. class, however, is an elective … an elective chosen by students wishing to receive rigorous, challenging, and, yes, adult work.
In a day and age where elementary school kids mutter, “That’s what she said!” on a regular basis, it is completely asinine to freak out when students that elect to take a class intended for serious and challenging work.
And perhaps ironically, it proves the point that I assume Mr. Rozanski was trying to make. What lesson do you think his students got regarding social psychology and perceptions? I’m sure it was pretty telling …
My daughter is in Advanced Placement English as a junior this year. She has been forced to step outside her comfort zone through some of the readings she has had to do. For example, after reading Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, her teacher had the class explore the controversy over the use of a certain word and why there has been recent discussion about removing the word “nigger” from new editions.
I mean, the book is a classic, never mind an accurate representation of a part of our history that a lot of people would like to forget. Somehow, I don’t thinking referring to a character as “African-American Jim” is going to change a part of American history that doesn’t necessarily, in retrospect, reflect well on the country.
My daughter’s class read passages from the book aloud. She had to speak the word “nigger” aloud. She has been raised in an extremely open-minded and accepting household, and this was troubling to her … but a wise person once told me that change, that thought, that growth does not come without discomfort.
We are doing a disservice to our youth when we try to cover their eyes with rose-colored glasses … and an even greater one when teachers who use original and creative methods to prove valid points are taken to task instead of being praised.