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  • Oh, hi Danny come on in.

  • Looks like youre having some trouble with addition.

  • Now don’t be upset.

  • Youre here to learn. And we learn from mistakes.

  • Everybody makes mistakes.

  • Nuh-uh.

  • Look at this question here.

  • What is 2 + 2?

  • See you wrote 22.

  • But when we do addition we don’t just put the numbers next to each other.

  • That’s stupid.

  • Alright, think about it this way.

  • If I have two markers in this hand...

  • ...and then I add the two markers from this hand...

  • How many markers do I have now?

  • Twenty-two!

  • No, Danny. It’s four.

  • Mrs. Wells?

  • Were Danny’s parents.

  • Oh yes! Hello. Please, come in.

  • Now don’t worry. It’s completely normal for kids to get frustrated when theyre struggling with a subject.

  • So what’s this about Danny getting some answers wrong on this so-called test of yours?

  • We had a test. One of the questions was what is 2 + 2.

  • Danny answered 22.

  • And?

  • And that’s not the right answer.

  • Says who?

  • Says math.

  • Are you calling my son stupid?

  • No, of course not!

  • Who are you to say that your answer is right and that his is wrong?

  • No no, she’s right.

  • Thank you.

  • Right out of Nazi Germany.

  • You can’t honestly tell me that you don’t know what two plus two equals.

  • So youve got it all figured out, don’t you.

  • You smart-ass little tramp.

  • Uhhhhhh

  • Uhhhh uhhhhh uhhhhh.

  • What are you? Some kind of retard?

  • Alright! I’m sorry, I’m not going to be able to continue this conversation.

  • Were going to complain to the principal about you.

  • Danny is a free thinker!

  • I’ll have your job, bitch.

  • Not if you can’t add two and two together you won’t.

  • Mrs. Wells.

  • Oh, sorry Principal. I didn’t see you.

  • I understand you had an issue yesterday with the parents of one of our students.

  • It did get a little crazy.

  • When things get out of hand I really need you to let me know about it.

  • Sure. So how do you want to handle it?

  • I guess you could apologize.

  • Apol- What? His mom hit me!

  • I understand you told Danny he had a wrong answer on his test.

  • He did have a wrong answer on his test.

  • It’s not our job to tell students when theyre right and wrong.

  • That is exactly what our job is.

  • Parents don’t want you ramming your biased views down their kidsthroats.

  • That’s not biased. That’s how math works.

  • You know what doesn’t work? Your attitude.

  • Maybe I can explain this in math terms, so you can understand.

  • If you took all the kids in this classroom,

  • and divided them by zero,

  • that’s exactly the amount of respect youre giving them.

  • Something you’d like to say?

  • You can’t divide a number by zero and get zero.

  • So now I’m stupid.

  • Just some crazy administrator doing paper work,

  • while you superstar teachers change the world!

  • Students Count! Teachers Divide!

  • Stop undermining our kidsconfidence!

  • Are you going to apologize to the parents?

  • Why did you even start teaching if you hate children?

  • Please have a seat, Mrs. Wells.

  • Thank you.

  • You know, I honestly think this will all blow over if we just wait a week or so.

  • I’m afraid we can’t do that.

  • Why not?

  • Theyre suing.

  • For what?

  • Emotional distress to a minor.

  • Mrs. Wells, can you please tell the members of this board

  • exactly when you became aware of this fiasco

  • and the events leading up to the riot.

  • Riot?

  • I just told a student that two plus two equals four.

  • We need for you to recant that.

  • What?

  • Just say that youre open to the possibility that there might be multiple correct answers.

  • But that’s not true.

  • We can’t let them bully us.

  • This is so stupid!

  • Stupid. That’s your problem. Anyone who disagrees with you is stupid.

  • There is nothing to disagree with. There is only one correct answer.

  • For your sake, I certainly hope you have that correct answer when the media gets wind of this.

  • I do. It’s four.

  • I have my own answer.

  • This school minus you equals tomorrow.

  • Youre firing me?

  • Suspending. While you reconsider your extremist views.

  • You brought this on yourself.

  • TV: Breaking News.

  • In what’s being called Mathgate

  • an activist elementary school teacher was caught abusing her student’s First Amendment Rights.

  • So this teacher, this liberal elitist, tells this innocent little first-grade kid

  • that his answer is wrong. Only her answer is acceptable.

  • Yeah, from what I hear, she doesn’t even keep these students for more than a year.

  • After that, they all leave her and go to another teacher.

  • It’s called graduating!

  • It’s creating some good healthy debate in this country.

  • Some experts say that 2 + 2 = 4. Others say that it’s 22.

  • No they don’t!

  • If you hate America that much, why don’t you just go teach in Commie France.

  • Hello?

  • (Principal) Hello, Mrs. Wells.

  • The Board decided that for everyone’s benefit, your services will no longer be required.

  • For everyone’s benefit?

  • How about the kids?

  • I need you to come by the school tomorrow.

  • We don’t want you radicalizing our students anymore.

  • Mrs. Wells, thank you so much for coming.

  • I’m just so sorry it happened this way.

  • If only you’d been willing to be more open-minded.

  • About math? What about academic integrity?

  • You were warned. Given an explanation.

  • And yet you persisted.

  • But we will of course fulfill our financial obligations.

  • Now, that’s $2,000 for your last pay period, and $2,000 for this one.

  • So that’s $4,000.

  • Wrong.

  • It’s twenty-two thousand!

  • to

Oh, hi Danny come on in.

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    Russell posted on 2017/12/06
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