There are calls for a Virginia high school teacher to resign after he posted a video suggesting encouraging students to behave is White supremacy. Josh Thompson, an English teacher at Blacksburg High School, posted a video to the popular social media platform TikTok in order to criticize the concept of students behaving themselves and sitting quietly.
Originally posted in May, Thompson said in the video, “I stated that PBIS is a White supremacy with a hug and a lot of y’all wanted to know more about that…to support positive academic and behavioral outcomes for all students.”
PBIS refers to the learning model, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. Thompson’s video appears to have been removed from TikTok as of Tuesday morning, in which he expressed his belief that behaviors such as sitting quietly and being told what to do is part of “White Culture.”
“So if PBIS concerns itself with positive behaviors, we have to ask ourselves, ‘Okay well what are those positive behaviors?’ And it’s things like making sure that you’re following directions, and making sure that you’re sitting quietly, and you are in your seat and all these things that come from White culture.”
Thompson continued, “The idea of just sitting quiet and being told stuff and taking things in in a passive stance is not a thing that’s in many cultures. So if we’re positively enforcing these behaviors, we are by extension positively enforcing elements of White culture. Which therefore keeps Whiteness at the center, which is the definition of White supremacy.”
The Montgomery County School District told Fox News of the video that, “A teacher is entitled to their personal belief regarding any division program. The statements made by this teacher do not reflect our PBIS program or the behavioral expectations that we have of students in our schools.”
The school added, “MCPS has used PBIS in our schools for eight years. We are proud of our PBIS work. This work helps create a standard for social-emotional learning and behavior expectations in the school building.”
Secretary of Education Says Civil Rights Law Allows Him to Challenge GOP Mask Mandate Bans
Cardona stated he was “appalled that there are adults who are blind to their blindness, that there are people who are putting policies in place that are putting students and staff at risk.” He argued federal civil rights give him the justification to take action against Republican governors making executive orders banning mask mandates.
During Wednesday’s press briefing, President Joe Biden said he would allow the Department of Education and Miguel Cardona to explore legal action. “Unfortunately, as you’ve seen throughout this pandemic, some politicians are trying to turn public safety measures into political disputes for their own political gain” said Biden.
In typical liberal fashion, Biden relegated to the word science as an end all be all. Biden said of school boards implementing mask mandates, “I will stand with those who are trying to do the right thing” because they are “following the science” and putting “students first.”
Biden says his administration will not tolerate “intimidation and threats” against schools and schools boards from Republican governors. Cardona sent letters to Republican Governors of Florida and Texas last week threatening to withhold money.
“Any threat by Florida to withhold salaries from superintendents and school board members who are working to protect students and educators (or to levy other financial penalties) can be addressed using ESSER funds at the sole and complete discretion of Florida school districts” wrote Cardona.
As National Review writes, “rather than outlawing mask-wearing in public schools, states such as Florida and Texas have banned mask mandates, leaving it up to parents, rather than the government, to make the decision for their children.”
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Maybe the “follow the science” excuse has become the left’s ultimate copout and now even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has to be unequivocally clear. “Because of the importance of in-person learning, schools, where not everyone is fully vaccinated, should implement physical distancing to the extent possible within their structures, but should not exclude students from in-person learning to keep a minimum distance requirement” the CDC recommended Friday.
Teachers and students who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are not recommended to wear masks, and those who are unvaccinated should continue to wear masks, according to the new CDC guidelines. This includes children under the age of 12 for whom a vaccine has not yet been approved.
Teachers Unions have resisted reopening schools, primarily using the notion that not everyone has been or will be vaccinated. Now, the CDC is clearly stating in-person learning should be offered, even in cases where students cannot sit at least three feet apart, or in the event that not everyone is vaccinated.
National Review reports the guidance comes after a year in which the majority of American students participated in virtual schooling. “This is a big moment,” Dr. Richard Besser, the former acting director of the CDC told the New York Times.
“It’s also a recognition that there are real costs to keeping children at home, to keeping them out of school, that school is so important in terms of children’s socialization and development and it provides other supports as well” added Besser.
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