Last month a teacher from a New York state high school was suspended from teaching because of his idiotic Facebook post. He stated that he failed two students because of their refusal to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance.
Newsday reported that a Uniondale High School health teacher, Steven Solomon. 58, defended his actions saying that the lesson in patriotism he tried to teach years ago is being misunderstood today.
“These kids failed themselves,” said Solomon, of North Merrick, who has taught in the district for 30 years.
Solomon said the students’ who refused to stand in his classroom for the pledge only contributed to his decision to fail them. They also were mediocre students who had behavior issues, he said.
“They had a 63 or 62 . . . less than passing,” Solomon said. “They did not stand for the pledge. That was part of the component, and it’s the teacher’s discretion at that point whether they want to pass them or not,” he said in an interview. “But if a kid doesn’t stand for the pledge, who said he doesn’t care if these military people live or die, who doesn’t respect his peers and is a discipline problem in the classroom — why should I reward this kid?”
This is by far the dumbest thing that an educator could say or do. Standing for the Pledge of Allegiance or the National Anthem isn’t a requirement for students to do while attending school, it is a choice. I think it’s very irresponsible to hold students accountable for not acknowledging the beliefs of some bigots who uses the flag or the National Anthem as an excuse to degrade and disrespect African Americans.