Nearby School District: Don’t Talk About Ferguson In Class

People march about a mile to the police station to protest the shooting of Michael Brown Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Brown's shooting in the middle of a street Aug 9, by a Ferguson policeman has sparke... People march about a mile to the police station to protest the shooting of Michael Brown Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Brown's shooting in the middle of a street Aug 9, by a Ferguson policeman has sparked a more than week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) MORE LESS
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Some schools in a St. Louis area school district are instructing teachers to change the subject if the police shooting and ongoing protests in Ferguson, Mo., come up in class.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday that teachers in middle schools and high schools in the Edwardsville School District, an Illinois suburb of St. Louis about 25 miles from Ferguson, have been told to “change the subject and refocus the students” if Ferguson is brought up.

According to the Post-Dispatch, Edwardsville administrators say that teachers have made opinionated comments about Ferguson that “have caused students and parents to lash out which is not healthy in the District 7 community,” per one memo being circulated to teachers. So all discussion has been cut off.

Edwardsville superintendent Ed Hightower defended keeping opinions on Ferguson out of the classroom to the newspaper.

“We all have personal opinions about what has gone wrong, what has gone right. And we all have opinions on what should be done,” Hightower said. “We don’t need to voice those opinions or engage those opinions in the classrooms.”

The policy has already received some backlash from members of the community.

“An event of this magnitude shouldn’t be swept under the rug,” one district parent, Glenn Beckmann, told the Post-Dispatch. “I agree with everything in that letter except for the provision forbidding them from talking about it. We have hundreds of teachers in the school district and I would bet 98 percent would discuss this with students objectively.”

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  1. The dumbing down continues. Dog forbid that students discuss issues. There are rote answers for standardized tests to memorize, after all.

  2. First rule of Fight Club…

  3. Current Events in schools gave way long ago to creationist/revisionist history. Most of these municipalities/school districts are creature of the sick process of preying on the disadvantaged for profit, police brutality, underfunding education and tax breaks for the powerful.

  4. Probably placating the Racists to maintain the status quo. God forbid we actually educate children.

  5. “An event of this magnitude shouldn’t be swept under the rug,” one district parent, Glenn Beckmann, told the Post-Dispatch.”

    As Malcolm X described in his famous 1964 speech, it is going to be the ballot or the bullet. Why shy away from a teachable moment?

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