Deerborn, NORTH DAKOTA (TWP)
In a faculty meeting at Deerborn High School, teachers voted to ban the use of certain verbs that appear repeatedly in documents from the state education department and the school’s own administration.
Faculty president Rhonda Ledbetter said, “We’re tired of being told to “utilize the available resources that the state has provided” when what they mean is ‘use the textbooks.”
Ledbetter said the issue wasn’t with what the teachers were being told to do. “We ignore that all the time anyway,” she said. “We’ve tried to explain how policies for change must start at the student/teacher/classroom level, but they just keep on having some educational blowhards at the state department coming up with new shit for us to do—or should I say, new shit for us to implement?’”
Physics teacher Milo Campbell said, “This ban is our attempt to force meaningful dialogue with the educational officials; however, we know we need to work on the nouns next. ‘Initiative,’ ‘compliance,’ and ‘rigor’ are getting pretty old.”
Other verbs the teachers are considering banning are “integrate,” “perceive,” “deem” and “encompass.” The ban, though not official, is being followed by all teachers in their own correspondence and conversation.
Principal Stan Tipton, who was not at the meeting, said, “Whatever these teachers perceive as a problem should be brought to the school board. We can’t implement change unless we integrate their ideas with ours.”
When asked for further clarification, Tipton said, “Whatever policy the superintendent deems necessary is what we will utilize in our schools.”