One thing we learned, or at least were told over and over, about Trump fans was that they're sick of all this dang political correctness. Everyone should just speak their minds, and the truth, about all the inferior races and tie the relative fuckability of people to their trustworthiness and worth. Don't like it? Too bad, snowflake! One thing we're learning since the election though, is that it turns out that Trump fans are huge babies who don't like their avatar of invincible manliness slighted in any way, not by Starbucks and especially not by teachers who might try to use Trump's arrogance as a way to teach children about arrogance.
Staten Island middle school teacher Adria Zawatsky has come under fire after including what a student's triggered father is calling an "anti-Trump" question on his daughter's English assignment, according to the Staten Island Advance. Zawatsky's fill-in-the-blank grammar assignment included one section that read “President Trump speaks in a very superior and _________ manner insulting many people. He needs to be more __________ so that the American people respect and admire him.” The assignment was to fill the blanks from a word bank, which in this case would be "arrogant" and "humble."
Vincent Ungro, the father of one of the students who was given the assignment, told his daughter not to answer that or another fill-in-the blank, "Barack Obama set a _________ when he became the first African American president," (the answer was "precedent") and instead sent the assignment back with a note reading "Please keep your political views to yourself and do not try to influence my children on them." Zawatsky owned Ungro even further by taking 15 points off his daughter's assignment, since she failed to answer the three questions.
Ungro told the Advance that "there were at least a thousand sentences that she could have used besides disparaging our president" and that he believes Zawatsky's "free speech or political views end when she walks through those school doors." Zawatsky, for her part, told Ungro in an email that the question wasn't a judgement on Trump's ability, but rather his personality, which has been thoroughly documented. Perhaps there's even a video of this kind of discussion...
According to the Post, after Ungro complained to the administration at IS 75 about the question and the exchange, Zawatsky got a talking to from the school's principal. A disciplinary note was also placed in her file noting the incident. For Ungro though, the punishment isn't enough, given how damaging it is to see someone refer to the president as arrogant.
“This woman is forcing my child to put words on a piece of paper describing our president in a disparaging manner,” he cried to the Post.
Reached for comment, a D.O.E spokesperson told Gothamist, "The DOE encourages respectful conversations about civics that help students become more thoughtful and engaged citizens, but staff are directed to maintain neutrality when discussing political issues in school."