A Norwin, Pennsylvania School Board voted 5-4 to end a requirement for homeroom teachers to put on CNN10 in their homeroom classes for students to watch. The requirement to have on CNN was described as “compact on-demand news broadcasts ideal for explanation seekers on the go or in the classroom.”
After the School Board’s vote, teachers will have the freedom to “use their discretion on whether to keep TVs turned off, show the newscast, or show patriotic videos on events such as Veterans Day or the attack on Pearl Harbor” reported Trib Live.
The school district added CNN 10 as “required viewing material” in 2019. One mom, Ashley Egan disapproves of the school showing the channel, saying broadcasting its affiliated programs is “feeding [her son] every day that CNN is a label you can trust.”
Egan added it “is not unbiased” for the program to be recommending students “visit our friends on CNN.com.” Advocates for the programming, however, say the content is a learning tool. Kristen Ummer, an eighth grade social studies teacher said it was supportive of the school district’s mission statement of civic engagement.
Pennsylvania has been one of the most discussed states in national media due to conflicts between parents and school boards.
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Teacher in Ireland imprisoned for refusing to use ‘gender-neutral’ pronouns
An Irish teacher’s fight against the woke masses has landed him in jail. Enoch Burke allegedly was initially suspended on full pay from the Wilson’s Hospital School temporarily, after refusing a request from the principal to address a transgender student by “they” instead of “he,” according to Irish outlet Independent.ie.
Burke is an evangelical Christian who teaches at Wilson’s Hospital School, a high school that is run by the Church of Ireland. It is co-ed and caters to boarding and day students.
Burke continued to show up to school in order to teach, despite his suspension. As a result, the boarding school got an interlocutory injunction restraining order against him, barring him from coming in the building.
Still, Burke showed up every day to work. Then, “the school’s board of management filed a further application, and on Friday, Justice Miriam O’Regan ordered Burke to be arrested and brought into court” reports National Review.
In court, Burke continued to insist on showing up to school teach, saying, “I love my school. I am here today because I would not call a boy a girl,” the outlet reported.
Not going to work and teaching “is not something I will do. It is in violation of my conscience,” Burke added, claiming his suspension was invalid and that he would’ve had to “commit an act of gross misconduct” for it to be justified, according to the outlet.
“It is reprehensible that anyone’s religious beliefs could be taken as a ground for misconduct or gross misconduct,” Burke said. “Were I to obey the order of the board of management and the order of the court, I would have to accept that sticking by my belief in male and female is wrong.”
“It is not something I will do. It is in violation of my conscience,” he added, saying, “Were I to go into the school and bow to something I know to be manifestly wrong, it would be a shame and a disgrace on my part.”
Justice Michael Quinn ordered Burke be committed to Mountjoy Prison and remain there indefinitely “until he purges his contempt or until further order of this court.”
Burke refused to comply with the court’s order after the judge’s decision, saying, “I cannot purge my contempt by holding my Christian beliefs in contempt.”
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