Song Causes Suspension

The comments might be the more interesting read in the first of these two articles (here and here), but the case may be a good one to follow.

How does a district choose which one of the many, many teachers using unapproved supplemental material? Maybe the one who uses a song that criticizes the education system? Yep, that’s the one.

Maybe the parent or student complaint had an impact, but that’s what happens when policies aren’t enforced. This seems to be one of those situations where the district only has the policy as a CYA measure; it’s the old “if no one complains, we won’t enforce it…but if someone does, we can make an example of someone.”

Every piece of supplemental material must be approved prior to use? That just seems crazy to me.

Admittedly, I did say the following when talking about this with a friend: “I would probably have elected not to use that song, but this requirement for supplemental material would kill contemporary relevance.”

P.S. Here are the lyrics to the song in case you’re curious. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is more extreme than the song. How districts approved that novel?


3 thoughts on “Song Causes Suspension

  1. Keishla Ceaser-Jones

    I wonder what the complaint was? The language? There is cursing in some novels read in schools. I guess I would want to know what is was being used for. Cool lyrics though.

  2. drpezz Post author

    I believe language was probably the open door to a suspension. A student complained to an administrator, I think, is what started the whole thing.


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