Dinesh D’Souza=Hostile Work Environment
Two African Americans who taught at a private school in Seattle are now suing that school for discrimination and for creating a hostile work environment.
Now what, you may be wondering, would this have to do with writer Dinesh D’Souza?
Among the plaintiffs’ complaints was Lakeside’s invitation to conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza to speak as part of a distinguished lecture series.
After Sims and other faculty members and parents complained, the school in January rescinded the invitation to D’Souza, who has argued that the underachievement of African Americans has more to do with cultural attitudes and behaviors than with white racism.
Now I’ve read two of D’Souza’s books “What’s So Great About America” and “Letters to a Young Conservative.” And there was nothing racist in them. I’ve also seen him on “Hannity & Colmes and there’s nothing offensive about the man. The fact that some parents and faculty members were against him speaking only goes to show that there are way too many idiots in this world.
But anyway, getting back to these two teachers, I wonder if they would have felt the same way about Juan Williams speaking at their school.
Sims said the school continues to be “predominantly white and wealthy” and is not doing enough to support African American boys, especially those in the middle school grades.
What’s wrong with “white and wealthy?” And in terms of supporting African American boys, the first responsibility of a private school is to make sure the students get an excellent education, being that the parents are paying the big bucks for it. Supporting African American boys, if they’re not already students, is nothing but liberal whining.
Among other complaints, Sims said that some students made racially motivated, and unsubstantiated, allegations of plagiarism against him but escaped discipline.
Coleman, who now teaches in Palo Alto, Calif., similarly complained that the school did not support teachers of color who were subjected to unfair, racially motivated criticism by some students and parents.
She said a Lakeside administrator contended that she had been set up for failure because the school invited her to express concerns regarding diversity issues but did not respond to them. When a student asked Bernie Noe, Lakeside’s head of school, if the school would diminish the quality of education by hiring unqualified black teachers, Noe did not respond, Sims said.
Now I personally don’t care about the race of these teachers. But the fact that students would go to the principal and complain about teachers being incompetent (as opposed to just goofing off, or doing their work) is quite telling. And I know from personal experience, junior high and high school students are mainly preoccupied with socializing, the opposite sex, and getting good grades. If they actually take time out from these pursuits to complain about an incompetent teacher, things would have to be pretty bad.
“That was a crushing moment,” said Sims, who is working on his doctorate in women’s studies at the University of Washington. “It was very discouraging. … His silence allowed that perspective to take root. Over time, you see diversity falling further and further into the shadows of the mission focus.”
Now here’s a suggestion for these moronic administrators who created this mess for themselves with all their blatherings about diversity. How about hiring the best possible teacher, regardless of race? How about making sure the students get a good education so they can get into the best colleges? And in turn, how about ensuring that the parents of these kids get their money’s worth?