Assignment gets teacher fired in Florida

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A newly hired teacher at a Florida middle school gave her students an assignment in which they had to fill out a survey asking them hypothetical questions regarding their feelings on race, sexuality, religion, and other sensitive topics.

It turned out to be a bad career move.

According to the Hernando County School District on Wednesday, a teacher at Fox Chapel Middle School was fired after asking her students to fill out a questionnaire titled: “How Comfortable Am I?”

“Please take some time to rate (indicate by a circle) the following statements on a scale of 1-4, with 1 being ‘not comfortable at all’ to 4 being ‘completely comfortable,’” the instructions read.

Questions such as: “A friend invites you to go to a gay bar,” and “Your new roommate is Jewish” were among the first hypothetical situations presented to students.

The survey then went on to ask students to rate their feelings regarding scenarios such as, “Your dentist is HIV positive,” and “Your brother’s new girlfriend is a single mother on welfare.”

Karen Jordan, a public information officer for the school district, said that “the questionnaire was a supplemental assignment left for Fox Chapel Middle School students in a teacher’s absence.”

She stated, “In no way does this assignment meet the standards of appropriate instructional material. After being made aware of the survey, school administration began an investigation and took immediate disciplinary action.”

H/T: The Washington Times

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