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Philadelphia Teacher Turned Citizen Mission into a Joke

JMWinPR Wrote: Oct 11, 2012 8:27 AM
I went to school in the mid '60's. It was hard to determine the party of most of the teachers. Tee shirts were not permitted, but campaign buttons were OK. When ever a discussion erupted between students, papers were assigned, each student had to defend the opposing point of view. I recall one teacher whom I recalled as Republican, later ran for office as Democrat. Wasn't until I went to university where the profs and instructors wore their affiliations on their sleeves, that I saw the partisanship wars.
The mission statement of Philadelphia's Charles Carroll High School, displayed prominently on its website, offers a hopeful vision of an educational institution:

“Providing all students with the academic, technological & social skills needed to be productive & contributing citizens in our society.”

This week, the specific mention of “social skills” and citizenship likely sounds like mockery to Charles Carroll sophomore Samantha Pawlucy and her family.

In an episode that has prompted national attention, Samantha was the victim of intimidation by her geometry teacher, Lynette Gaymon, who claims...