Nothing to see here, it’s all a misunderstanding. Andre Pearson, the principal at Mission Viejo Elementary in Aurora, Colo. sent out a letter promoting an after-school tutoring program open only to students of color. How do you think that went over?
Why is Pearson not on suspension or fired? If this was a tutoring program and the principal opened up a tutoring program exclusive to white students in Hartford, how do you think it would go over?
“I was infuriated. I didn’t understand why they would include or exclude certain groups,” said parent Nicole Cox, who is white. Cox’s 10-year-old daughter needs tutoring. After receiving the notice, other parents complained to the school’s principal, Andre Pearson.
“We have come so far in all of these years to show everybody that everyone is equal, that everyone should be treated equally … this is a form of bullying,” Cox said.
Of course, the school district is now claiming it was all a big mistake. The principal made a mistake.
If you don’t watch the video, you’ll miss the audio of the voicemail Pearson left for Nicole Cox.
This is Andre Pearson. It’s focused for and designed for children of color, but certainly, if we have space for other kids who have needs, we can definitely meet those needs.
Notice that the program is “focused for and designed for children of color.” What the hell does that mean? Are we now creating different curriculum for students that have different skin color? Will the media ask what’s different about this program as compared to a regular after school tutor program?
Pearson’s welcome statement at the Mission Viejo Elementary school website reads in part…
I want to ensure that our students have the best academic and social environment from the time they step into the building until the time they leave.