Education

Citizen, school superintendent exchange re: BLM

by Guy Page

Barre town resident and BLM critic Sue Paxman recently asked Barre school superintendent Chris Hennessey about BLM curriculum, teacher instruction, and materials in the school district. The exchange, emailed to Vermont Daily Chronicle by Paxman, appears below verbatim and without comment.


#1) Where can the public/community/parents see what has been sent down to the elementary, middle and high school teachers to develop lesson plans for the new school year that starts in 26 days regarding race and any racial issues, Black Lives Matter, gender, gender identity, LGBT, sexuality, equity and law enforcement issues? I don’t know what the proper word for it is – curriculum, syllabi, lesson plans, whatever – the word is not important – the public/community/parents and taxpayers want to know what is going to be taught in elementary, middle and high school regarding these issues race, racial issues, Black Lives Matter, gender, gender identity, LGBT, sexuality, equity and law enforcement issues.

His response: We do not have lesson plans to share, and, as I said in an earlier message, the syllabi for 2021-22 will be available on our school websites early in the school year.  Regarding the curriculum, Policy D32 clearly speaks to the approach teachers are free to take in developing their lessons.


#2) Have teachers received or will they be receiving instruction on how to teach regarding race and any racial issues, Black Lives Matter, gender, gender identity, LGBT, sexuality, equity, and law enforcement issues? And what has or will that instruction look like?

His response: Our teachers have received trainings and coursework from institutions all over the world on a wide variety of topics, some of which address issues of equity and other similar topics.  Most such trainings and courses are legal requirements of their employment and/or conditions for graduation.


#3) Will the children be asked for (his/her) preferred pronouns, either verbally or on any type of paperwork?


His response: No, though they are certainly free to share their preferred pronouns as they wish.

#4) Are there currently signs, symbols, slogans, or posters displayed in individual classrooms or hallways or public places regarding race and any racial issues, Black Lives Matter, gender, gender identity, LGBT, sexuality, equity, law enforcement issues?


His response: In some of the cases you mention, yes, and all that are allowed to be displayed are protected by the First Amendment.

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11 replies »

  1. I’m just guessing that if parents, school teachers, students or staff wanted to display signs or banners with slogans such as: TRUMP 2024 or ABORTION IS MURDER, etc. those would somehow NOT be protected by First Amendment Rights, correct, Mr. Hennessey?

    • And I’m betting that if parents, school teachers, students or staff wanted to display signs or banners with a slogan like “Believe. In God”, I bet that would somehow not be protected by First Amendment Rights either Kathy!

      • I think you’re correct Sue – U32 banded (or put up one huge stink) against a couple of students waving the Confederate and Blue Lives Matter Flag – on campus. The new normal in their opinion is their way or the high way. Rules for thee, but not for me!!

        These people seem to get very hostile when called upon to produce. Maybe defensive would be a better term to start with. Sort of what happens when God is removed from the picture.

  2. Re: “all that are allowed to be displayed are protected by the First Amendment.”

    Yea, but who decides what’s ‘allowed to be displayed’?

    Folks, the inmates are running the asylum. We are they. We elect our representatives. If they’re a—holes, who’s to blame? We elected them… or, perhaps more accurately, we allowed them to be elected.

      • “In these Sentiments, Sir, I agree to this Constitution, with all its Faults, if they are such; because I think a General Government necessary for us, and there is no Form of Government but what may be a Blessing to the People if well administered; and I believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a Course of Years, and can only end in Despotism as other Forms have done before it, when the People shall become so corrupted as to need Despotic Government, being incapable of any other.” Benjamin Franklin

  3. Thank you, Sue Paxman! It’s great to see people fighting CRT. It’s just more PC propaganda from the 👽 aliens who seek to cancel common sense and replace it with communist manifestos. שלום

  4. Why is the Comment Section on Deb Billado’s Commentary not Showing? Everyone needs to be able to comment on her article.

    Comment: The REAL problem to Vermont’s downfall is that Elections are Rigged and have been for decades! AND because of that the Evil, Godless People are controlling the State of Vermont.

    Clean IT UP VERMONT, NOW!

    FULL FORENSIC AUDITS IN ALL ELECTIONS!

    Common Sense: Does it make sense to ruin your own home and livelihood with crime in Burlington, the free flow of illegal drugs with the invasion of illegal aliens? All these horrible decisions are being paid for by the money from the American Citizens who have jobs, pay taxes and pay the salaries for those who want their demise and the demise of the State and the Country. This forced Marxist Agenda is from the Enemy who is now the Government. Do your representatives really REPRESENT YOU THE AMERICAN CITIZEN? Would you really elect someone to DESTROY YOUR LIVELIHOOD, YOUR STATE, YOUR OWN COUNTRY? NO, You most certainly would not! The State of Vermont Government is our Enemy and the Federal Government. They are running the demise of the Nation through Big Tech, the Media and Big Corporations, Colleges and K-12 Schools. They are pushing the propaganda, brainwashing the children and forcing people to wear masks and taking experimental death shots.

    No is NO IS NO!

    Liberty is from God not men.

  5. It’s high time for the “silent majority” to get off the couch! You have not, because you ask not. I was reflecting on this as I was looking at our dog coming to the table this morning, to ask for a little snack off the people food plate. She got off the couch and came to the table to ask, and she received! My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me. Because you have forgotten the law, I also will forget your children. If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

  6. James you are on point and I hope understood in what you say – Sue nailed it in this correspondence. Not surprisingly nearly the same response came from another school in the area when parents asked for curriculum material. A school who has a Superintendent on leave, as well as a teacher (due to being charged for inappropriate actions over some time with student(s)). How many more are there covering for each other. Predators prying into the minds of our children trying to convince them they may want to be something other than who they are. Friends against friends because a child doesn’t buy into the “curriculum” jargon and refuses to answer questions that are far removed from reading, writing and arithmetics. Why are sexual assaults swept under the carpet and nothing set in place to protect female students resulting in multiple incidents. Use to be once was enough or is this where CRT, Social Justice, gender Identity, cancel culture, equity and the like has taken our children. Very telling responses from this Superintendent:

    “Most such trainings and courses are legal requirements of their employment and/or conditions for graduation.”

    Legal requirements by whose standards? This fight is good against evil – an evil that has infiltrated society for decades. The indoctrination plans are coming into the light – darkness avoids the light if you know what I mean.

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