Support Our Cooper Junior High School Social Studies Teachers

Support Our Cooper Junior High School Social Studies Teachers

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Robyn Dean started this petition to TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY and

We are writing as concerned parents, guardians and supporters of Wylie ISD students, including 8th grade students at Cooper Junior High, in regards to recent events and the disappointing manner in which Wylie ISD has addressed those events to date. We stand in solidarity with teachers and administrators who have been nothing short of caring, welcoming, and fostering of an environment of openness and inclusion. We also want to thank Dr. Miller for being a great principal; he will be greatly missed.

We are disappointed in the direction taken in response to the Social Studies assignment. The assignment included several images related to the lesson, but some instigators were not able to get past one image with depictions of historically factual information. Credible sources are available for reference if anyone is unfamiliar with that history, or would like to explore further. It is indeed an uncomfortable and unfortunate part of this country's history, but that is precisely why it should not be dismissed. Education is all about teachable moments and this is one of them. While the teachers never intended to push any political agenda or build resentment towards law enforcement, that is the misinformation the district's initial response did nothing to dissipate. Instead of working to calm the loud voices of the uninformed fringe, it sowed the seeds of division even further by apologizing as though support for law enforcement was in question. It is not and never has been. Unfortunately, the various sentiments of Cooper teachers, students, parents and guardians, and administrators were not consulted before apologies were issued by the district.

Historically, this is how witch hunts were carried out. When good people stand by and do nothing, hate can thrive in such situations and often does. We fear this is happening under the district's current leadership where this subject is concerned. If this is believed to be the best course of action, then how are good teachers supposed to feel supported? How are families and students supposed to feel about how WISD validated the voices of hate, ignorance and division while also diminishing the value in lessons that relate to a large percentage of our students? How many parents are looking at this response in determining whether or not Wylie ISD is a safe and inclusive district for them? Our households are asking these questions right now.

 We, the proud and hopeful parents and guardians of Wylie ISD students, firmly stand with every parent and educator in the district who does not want to see one single Social Studies teacher fired for doing their jobs. Whether someone agrees or disagrees with what was depicted in the images, we welcome positive and respectful discourse on matters of race and educational opportunities for all students.

Dr. Vinson, Wylie ISD's Superintendent, recently said, "Wylie ISD believes in educating the whole person through the core values of The Wylie Way." He also stated, "The journey begins with building the capacity in our staff to address issues of race before transitioning to having other pressing conversations." That moment arrived at Cooper. We are advocating on behalf of the 8th grade Social Studies team of teachers, and continued growth for that very openness and inclusiveness so eloquently expressed. We implore all involved parties to support our educators and listen even more intently to the voices united alongside them.

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