Staten Island Father Furious Over Homework Assignment Slamming Trump

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — What do you do when a homework assignment turns political?

As CBS2’s Jessica Moore reported, one local father is outraged over a Staten Island teacher’s idea of a vocabulary lesson. He is taking his fight all the way to the city Department of Education.

“I couldn’t believe that of all those vocabulary sentences, that those two sentences were in there,” said Vinny Ungro.

Ungro’s sixth grade daughter’s vocabulary homework was written by her English teacher, Adria Zawatsky, at Paulo Intermediate School.

“President Trump speaks in a very superior and (blank) manner to many people. He needs to be more (blank) so that the American people respect and admire him,” the homework item said.

The missing words were “haughty” and “humble,” respectively, according to Ungro,

“I said, ‘Listen, I don’t want you answering it.’ I circled it and put a little note saying, ‘I don’t think your political opinion should be in my daughter’s mind,’ and she deducted 15 points from my daughter for not answering those questions,” Ungro said. “My daughter had no choice but to put the words that she wanted into that sentence, and she forced my daughter to write disparaging words about Donald Trump and I didn’t appreciate it.”

A spokesman with the Department of Education said the principal will be meeting with Zawatsky to determine whether she violated DOE policy.

CBS2’s Moore asked some other Staten Island parents what they thought about the assignment.

“They’re too young for that,” said Diane Cardinuto of Eltingville, “just something I don’t agree with.”

“I don’t know, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it,” said Ali Loiacono of Pleasant Plains. “When you really think about it, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it.”

*That’s what teachers should do — just teach,” said Michael Baroz of Huguenot. “It’s like when musicians talk politics. Just shut up and sing. That’s all I want.”

And that is all Ungro says he wants too – a quality education that leaves politics out of the classroom.

Late Thursday, the DOE told CBS2 Zawatsky received a formal disciplinary letter for using “poor judgment.


One Comment

  1. Jay Michaels says:

    We are going to need teams of patriot lawyers, armed with the US Bill of Rights if we are to solve this problem. Teams! Accross the country.

  2. “Zawatsky received a formal disciplinary letter”

    What this b***h should’ve received was a TERMINATION letter

  3. hocuspocus13 says:

    This is one reason why our children grow up to be radicals and burn down cities

    This teacher over stepped her boundaries and should be fired

    She’s a disgrace to America

    1. No. Our President is a disgrace to America. This teacher made a mistake but your political views are making you think it’s much worse than it is. She is correct but overstepped . Let’s show outrage at our trainwreck of a leader.

      1. Sorry Dan, but he is our duly elected president. If you don’t like that, then LEAVE.

        And I’m sure if the teacher shared the Gospel with the students, you’d be screeching about “keeping religion out of the classroom” and how the students are a “captive audience.”

        If the teacher’s religious views don’t belong in the classroom, then neither does his/her political views

      2. No teacher should force a child to make disparaging remarks about our president no matter what you think of him. She should be fired if she gave this girl points off for refusing to right the teachers opinion of the answers and anyone should be angry with this. It is just wrong no matter who your talking about ..Teachers need to stop pushing politics on our kids.No wonder are kids are rioting in the streets if this is what our teachers have been doing to our kids young minds. It is called brainwashing. Parents need to stop this before it gets out of control. No matter who they voted for. Teachers need to teach . not push their political views.

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