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A former journalist, broadcaster, political staffer and policy adviser, Peter has studied political science, journalism, public administration and Canadian politics. He has grown weary of partisan politics but remains engaged in public policy issues and community activism. Father to three teenage boys,he is committed to teaching them the values of cooperation, volunteering and caring for each other. All I want is for my children to be respectful and successful.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Last week, P&P featured a post about a dumb math teacher in Alabama who ran afoul of the Secret Service, and his school superintendent, for using the hypothetical assassination of Barack Obama to teach his high school students about angles.

This week a teacher in Georgia is on administrative leave after she allowed four of her students to don Ku Klux Klan uniforms for a film project.

Catherine Ariemma teaches the advanced placement course combining U.S. history with film education at Lumpkin County High School. Her students spend the year viewing films and later create their own films to watch in class. She said the students brainstorm and pick topics to cover.

This particular class decided to trace the history of racism in America. I should also point out that the class of 15 did not have a single black kid. The students made their own robes in class, out of sheets. They also used SpongeBob Squarepants party hats covered with cloth for the head pieces.

Ariemma escorted the students through the school and to locations for an outdoor shoot.
Apparently, a number of children were upset by the sight of the Klan in their school, leading to complaints to the school's administration.

Ariemma's future as an educator is up in the air. The Lumkin County School Board is holding an emergency meeting tonight to discuss the matter.

Sure it is a sensitive topic but come on, it was a film about real events. Perhaps the teacher should have ensured that everyone who could be affected knew what was going on beforehand but the action should not be a career ender.

Thank god it wasn't a pink Hitler!

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