"We didn't intend to offend anyone, and I hope we haven't offended anyone," said Julie Fitzpatrick, Frank Allis 3rd grade teacher.The project was cancelled -- school district policy prohibits teachers from presenting controversial issues with bias and promoting their personal political views.
Fitzpatrick is one of five teachers at Madison's Frank Allis elementary school, who says some parents are upset over their message of peace....
Last Friday, third grade teachers at Frank Allis sent home this letter.
It explained a project, where the students would write letters to lawmakers, other students ... even to the president ... asking for an immediate withdrawal of U–S troops from Iraq.
Fitzpatrick says they didn't expect the assignment to cause any problems, because it was part of a social studies project asking for peace.
"I don't see it as a controversial issue ... I really don't," said Fitzpatrick.
I wonder how well that policy is enforced. That a group of five teachers thought this was an acceptable assignment suggests that it's hardly enforced at all.
"I don't see it as a controversial issue." I love that. It's so it depends on what the meaning of controversial is. Community standards seem to apply to that. And we're all here in Madison, Wisconsin.
UPDATE: I did a little local TV segment on this story and the effect of blogging about it. You can watch the video -- with a commercial and quite grainy -- here.