Some TN Schools Don’t Want Parents to See What Children Are Being Taught

As evidenced by the tumult in the streets committed mostly by young people, what they’ve been taught behind the backs of their parents has profound ramifications. The destruction of “racist” Confederate symbols without adding the context of those Confederates being Democrats is one issue while the take down of black abolitionist Frederick Douglass was committed out of ignorance, also conveniently leaving out he was a Republican.

Parents have little idea of what values students are taught, that is until video is inconveniently leaked on social media. While students clearly have problems with the traditional three basics (reading, writing, arithmetic), they sadly appear to know more than enough to make any social justice provocateur proud. To keep the community organizing perpetuated, the indoctrination must continue uninterrupted, even despite COVID-19-inspired restrictions.

Distance learning could be a problem….

Parents of students who attend Rutherford County Schools (RCS) must agree not to monitor their child’s online classroom sessions. Officials at all county schools are asking parents to sign forms agreeing not to watch these virtual classes. The Tennessee Star received a copy of such a form this week.

“RCS strives to present these opportunities in a secure format that protects student privacy to the greatest extent possible, however because these meetings will occur virtually RCS is limited in its ability to fully control certain factors such as non-student observers that may be present in the home of a student participating in the virtual meeting,” according to the form. “RCS strongly discourages non student observation of online meetings due to the potential of confidential information about a student being revealed.”

The form asks parents for their signature and warns that “violation of this agreement may result in RCS removing my child from the virtual meeting.
Tennessee Star, 8/15/20

When confronted with the “form”, the Rutherford County Schools spokesperson used “privacy” as an excuse.

“We are aware of the concern that has been raised about this distance-learning letter that was sent to parents. The intent was not to prevent parents from being involved with their children during distance learning, but it was intended to protect the academic privacy of other students in the classroom who are visible during certain virtual class sessions. We have issued new guidance to principals that parents can assist their children during virtual group lessons with permission of the instructor but should refrain from sharing or recording any information about other students in the classroom.”
RCS spokesman James Evans email

So, a teacher will give a parent permission to “assist their children” but must NOT record or share what they witness. This is problematic and inconsistent on many levels.

Parents used to be able to audit classes, pre-Coronavirus, and could see for themselves what was taught, the classroom interaction, and also see the face of every child in the room. So much for “privacy”.

If teachers are giving students useful academic information, what’s the problem with said presentation being recorded and shared? Those who do whatever they do well usually have no problem with their good work being highlighted and documented for posterity. It’s usually those who aren’t so good at what they do, or have something to hide, that would have a problem with their questionable activities being recorded and shared.

It again needs to be reminded to the general public that, in most cases, teachers are paid with taxpayer money. That means they’re not only to be held accountable to local school committees and parents but the general public. If what students are being taught is a benefit to society, cool.

But if students are being used and indoctrinated to ANY ideology behind the backs of their parent, then all should be concerned and culpable teachers should never be allowed to hide their activities while on the public dime.

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