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Teacher Allegedly Told Students Identifying As ‘Straight’ Is Offensive

via Superior Court of Washington for King County
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A history teacher at a Seattle high school faced criticism for allegedly telling students that identifying as “straight” is offensive.

The teacher, Ian Golash, assigned a “Social Identity Wheel” worksheet, and a parent filed a complaint, stating that her son was told to choose a less offensive term when identifying as straight.

The teacher denied singling out the student but admitted to explaining why he prefers not to use the term “straight.” (Trending: GOP Rep. Mace Clashes Directly With Hunter Biden At Hearing)

The parent also claimed that the teacher shamed her son for being male during a discussion on Florida’s “banning ethnic studies,” which the teacher disputed.

“When filling out a Social Identity Wheel, he was told that if he identifies as straight that he needed to pick a term that was less offensive. It is completely inappropriate to dictate what terms a student can and cannot use to identify themselves with,” the mother wrote.

“I did not tell anyone what words they should use to identify themselves. In fact, I stated explicitly that I was not going to tell them how they should identify except to explain the difference between race, ethnicity and nationality,” Golash wrote.

“Because I think language has power and that it shapes the culture that we live in, I did say to the class, in response to a student, that I do not use the term ‘straight’ because it implies that to not be straight is to be ‘crooked’ which could have a negative connotation.”

“I’m told that rather than converse about the topic and provide him with information and an actual answer, he was told that he was a ‘product of the patriarchy that teaches young boys not to care,'” the mother wrote.

“You missed an opportunity here to teach your student about current events and instead shamed him for being a male. To assume that he’s being raised in a patriarchal household is a very mistaken one.”

“My response about patriarchy was not directed at one student, it was connected to discussions of systems of power that we had been having in the previous few days and the behavior of several boys in the class,” Golash wrote.

“I certainly wasn’t making any implications about your household,” he said. “I was referring to a system of power that we all live in.”

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