I was over at Suburban Turmoil and she posted about a bad teacher she had in 9th grade. So far there are over a 100 comments on the post. I've already commented twice and started to comment again and decided this would be the place to post my rant. This really stirred up some stuff in me.
My 28 yr old had a 4th grade bigoted teacher. My daughter is a pretty mocha color. Plus, she was prejudiced against her religion. At the beginning of the year I tried to get her transferred to another class and they said "No". With only a few weeks left of school I was in the prinicipal's office ranting and yelling "what am I supposed to do?" The principal was saying "I'm sorry, how can we help, this is her last year, if you want to homeschool her the rest of the year we'll support you, etc" The damage was done. Katrina says she remembers not learning anything that year. I would never allow either one of my two little ones to go thru the same thing again. I would take them out for the year, first.
What I found when Katrina and I were going through it is that like the protection for police officers, where they didn't rat each other out. Or the old days when parents could get away with murder, literally, because they were parents, I couldn't get anyone to believe me or listen to me when I tried to talk about this. She was the teacher, therefor immune from criticism. It was awful.
And I would say to all parent's out there--protect your children. We know to protect them from strangers, and pedophile priests, and neighborhood bullies. Well, protect them from bullying adults, also, even teachers. If you don't, no one else will.