Philadelphia teacher worries about parents listening in on virtual classes

Kay said "conservative parents" are his chief concern when teachers are engaging “in the messy work of destabilizing a kid’s racism or homophobia or transphobia.”

The frankly stated concerns of a Philadelphia public school teacher on social media reveal that he sees his classroom not as a place to teach English, but rather a treatment center for doing “the messy work of destabilizing a kid’s racism or homophobia or transphobia.”

Not just a treatment center, but a *secret* treatment center, that might lose its confidential nature as the COVID-19 pandemic forces schools to hold virtual classes.

According to a report by the Daily Wire, Matthew Kay, who teaches English at the Science Leadership Academy, voiced curiosity about how educators will deal with “conservative parents” eavesdropping on virtual classes, according to a thread spotted on Twitter.

Kay said in the exchange that he is concerned about the “damage” that “helicopter parents” will cause if they overhear lessons on topics such as gender and sexuality.

From an English teacher.

“ … this fall, virtual class discussion will have many potential spectators — parents, siblings, etc. — in the same room. We’ll never be quite sure who is overhearing the discourse. What does this do for our equity/inclusion work?” Kay tweeted. “How much have students depended on the (somewhat) secure barriers of our physical classrooms to encourage vulnerability? How many of us have installed some version of ‘what happens here stays here’ to help this?”

After the creepy revelation that he doesn’t want parents to know what he tells their children, Kay tweeted he is “most intrigued by the damage that ‘helicopter/snowplow’ parents can do in the host conversations about gender/sexuality.”

Since the thread appeared, Kay’s account has been set to private. He did not immediately return FOX News’ request for comment.


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