A big-picture fix needed
DCSD Superintendent Tucker’s recommendation to fire Michelle Grissom can be expected, but it’s a narrowly focused reaction that doesn’t address the root cause of the problem, which is the liberal culture. Firing Ms. Grissom provides the appearance of a message, but the downside is the suppression of teachers’ freedom of expression. I care about effectively clearing house of all radical agendas, and Superintendent Tucker’s recommendation doesn’t do it.
As a substitute teacher in Douglas County for over 20 years, I’ve seen it all, and the controversy surrounding Ms. Grissom is merely about treating symptoms. The problem is that she was totally comfortable speaking out loud as a liberal falsely accusing a student who opposed her agenda.
Asking this school board to fire Ms. Grissom now is like asking the fox to guard the hen house. There’s very little daylight between this school board and liberal teachers. As a substitute teacher, my first task is to review teacher notes and settle into the teacher’s desk. I don’t appreciate having to sit at desks promoting Bernie Sanders, supporting socialism and influencing so many impressionable minds. I don’t recall seeing any desks supporting Donald Trump during the election, but many teachers have told me privately how much they do.
I don’t want any suppression of free speech, I want debate and for it to be balanced. Is firing Ms. Grissom the only remedy for fixing the problem? How about a recommendation for a package of solutions?
Rita Young Parker
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