Settlers called ‘greedy pigs’ in Clovis school assignment

The Clovis school district for years have allowed teachers to work, without being forced to pay a bribe to an outside organization.  It has a great record in the classroom and parents seem happy with it.  Now, we found the rotten apple.

“Last Monday Virginia van Oosten’s granddaughter asked her for help on an assignment about the settlement of Europeans to the Americas. At first, nothing seemed out of the ordinary, until she came across a sentence that read: “European settlers were greedy pigs.”

“The question was: ‘Is this a simile, or a metaphor?’ So her first concern was to whether calling European settlers ‘greedy pigs’ was a simile or a metaphor,” van Oosten said. “And she was focused on getting the correct answer and learning the material and completing the lesson so she could go play tennis.”

School children were being forced to determine if Europeans were “greedy pigs”.  Try that about folks from Mexico or Nigeria and you will have Antifa closing the school in minutes.  Be honest, this is a racist question.  Those involved need sensitivity training and an opportunity to learn another trade—like flipping burgers—racists have no place in a school?  What would you do?

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Settlers called ‘greedy pigs’ in Clovis school assignment
Written by Donald A. Promnitz, The Business Journal,  10/15/18

 

Course material from an educational company has come under review by Clovis Unified School District after a derogatory statement about European settlers was found in a 5th grade social studies assignment.

Last Monday Virginia van Oosten’s granddaughter asked her for help on an assignment about the settlement of Europeans to the Americas. At first, nothing seemed out of the ordinary, until she came across a sentence that read: “European settlers were greedy pigs.”

“The question was: ‘Is this a simile, or a metaphor?’ So her first concern was to whether calling European settlers ‘greedy pigs’ was a simile or a metaphor,” van Oosten said. “And she was focused on getting the correct answer and learning the material and completing the lesson so she could go play tennis.”

The statement further troubled van Oosten, as she descends from a pilgrim family.

“They were pilgrims. They suffered religious persecution in the Old World, they came to the New World sacrificing so much,” van Oosten said. “They did not journey with greed in mind.

The worksheet was produced by Studies Weekly, Inc., a Utah-based company responsible for the creation of supplemental curriculum for elementary schools. These assignments come in the form of illustrated newsletters to educate students on various time periods.

van Oosten then showed the homework to her husband Randall, who photographed the worksheet and sent it to Eimear O’Farrell, the superintendent of Clovis Unified. They also emailed their granddaughter’s teacher, and Cheryl Floth, the principal of the school, Mickey Cox Elementary. The next day, she received a call from Floth explaining that the assignment contradicted the community’s values, and that the assignment had been pulled from the class.

Melody Anderson, chief marketing officer for Studies Weekly, said that the worksheet had been written up under previous leadership. In the last several months, the company transitioned to a new CEO, chief product officer and product development team. Anderson added that the company reached out to van Oosten and has since changed the online content for the assignment. However, California state law does not permit them to change the hard copy content for a set number of years, she said.

“We’ve been doing a lot of changes to previous content that didn’t have the right tone and the right attention to content that we would like for our students,” Anderson said. “So that has been changed with the online content.”

According to Kelly Avants, chief communication officer for Clovis Unified, the school and the district are now looking into other curricular resources from Studies Weekly to see if they meet the standards of the district.

“We couldn’t be happier with the way the school responded,” van Oosten said.

 

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