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Response to EFerrari (Reply #29)

Sat Feb 18, 2012, 10:15 PM

74. hey efarrari

as a teacher and union member (aft building rep for my campus) and a latina, im not going to jump to conclusions and declare this teacher a racist and unfit for the classroom nor will i defend her. i think what she said was very unprofessional and extremely insensitive, and she should be reprimanded somehow. however whatever action management takes should be done within the context of her career - if it is isolated and contrary to the work she has done over the years, i would oppose her dismissal. however, if it the last in a long string of similar statements, well, she is on her own.

some kids try very hard to push teachers' buttons, she shouldn't have taken the bait. i am extremely sensitive to comments like "go back to mexico" but the facts of this episode do seem to indicate that it was said in the most benign way possible - though she should at least be reprimanded. and call me naive, but maybe it could be a teachable moment.

and you are right about the poster who compared it to "go back to francÍ" it is different and one need apply nothing more than common sense to tell the difference. however, in the heat of the moment the teacher may have said it with no more bigotry than had france been the country in question. as a latina this bothers me, as a union member - i insist the teacher be given the benefit of whatever doubt.

'rely

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