Thursday, November 13, 2008

What's Your Bias? (Round Two)

Some of you may remember the little bit of fun Lu had near the beginning of the school year. Her English teacher gave her a "test", which ultimately lead her and me to speak in front of the school board. We were told that the matter would be taken care of, and that the teacher would be talked to.

Lu received another assignment from this teacher. I told her she was NOT allowed to finish it. I am contemplating taking the matter up the food chain a bit further, to the State Charter School Board. I am SO upset.

Directions: You are to match up column one with the right answer in column two. The teacher specifically told the class to pronounce the second column with a "Chinese voice" to complete the worksheet.

Column One:
1. Real stupid fellow
2. We suspect you are harboring a fugitive
3. He's cleaning his car
4. Your body odor is offensive
5. Not very good
6. Oriental swindlers
7. Serving drinks to people
8. Very bashful man
9. This is a tow away zone
10. You know the lyrics to the Macarena?
11. Are you conserving electricity?
12. Time to bathe
13. I thought you were on a diet?
14. Hawaiian vacation agreed with you
15. I bumped into a coffee table
16. Cleaning automobiles
17. I got this for free
18. Left a wakeup call for 9 and it's only 8
19. Cigarettes are hazardous for your health
20. Vocalist rock band
21. Has your flight been delayed?
22. N.A.S.A.'s crowning achievement
23. Stay out of sight
24. Small horse
25. They have arrived
26. There's no reason to raise your voice
27. TV's "Hawaiian Heat"
28. Premature infant
29. Reason for face lift
30. Approach me
31. Who fertilized the garden?
32. Prices are too high here

Column Two:
a. Ngo Tsmo Kin
b. Hu Rang Yhr Lee
c. Lao Zhi Sho
d. Yu Shao Ah Nao
e. Wah Skin Kah
f. Hu Yu Hai Ding
g. Lao Zhi Ting
h. Sum Shai Gai
i. Yu Mai Titan
j. Ten Dhing Bha
k. Wai Yu Shao Ting
l. Sum Dum Gai
m. Tai Ngi Bei Bi
n. Hip Sin Gah
o. Wai So Dhim
p. Tai Ngi Poh Ni
q. Khan Men
r. Kun Hia Yu
s. Mhun Lan Dhing
t. Ngo Bai Dat Ting
u. Hu Flung Dung
v. Chin Tu Fhat
w. Wa Shing Ka
x. No Pah King
y. Ai Bang Mai Ni
z. Hao Long Wei Ting
aa. Wai Yu Mun Ching
bb. Hei Dei Kum
cc. Yu Stin Ki Pu
dd. Wai Yu Sing Dum Song
ee. Ai No Pei
ff. Lai Lo


Michelle said...

Oh, please please please tell me this one big joke. Please? This makes me want to cry.

hilinda said...

And what is the point of this exercise, exactly?

I've heard a couple of these told as jokes, which is offensive enough, but a school assignment?

Anonymous said...

Unbelievable! I'm with Michele, it has to be a joke in very bad taste.

I would be on the warpath.

Suldog said...

Wow. That's utterly amazing. Truly? An actual teacher handed that out to kids? In her own class? I'm far from an uptight politically-correct kind of guy, as even a cursory reading of my stuff shows, but this is beyond the pale. WAY beyond.

Mrs. C. said...

Oh, my. How un-P.C. And tacky. And having nothing, as far as I can see, to do with teaching English. I would love to see the "Students will be able to..." rationale for this in the teacher's lesson plan.

"Students will be able to...
*speak in hideously bad Chinese
*make bad middle-school jokes
*offend an entire culture of
*waste a period of time that
might actually be spent learning

Warms the heart doesn't it?
Give that teacher a RAISE!

Sorry, can't say O happy day after that...
Mrs. C.

Grant said...

That's really scary. I say you proclaim a redneck jihad and raze the school to the ground.

Jen - Queen of Poo said...

HUH? Something is wrong with that teacher. She's must be harvesting assignments from her bad joke email inbox.

GreenJello said...

I wish it were a joke. Apparently, going in front of the school board and having the principal talk to this teacher didn't do any good. It's appalling.

I'm still waiting for a call from the principal... she wasn't there when I went into the school this morning.

MLight said...

I hope you can get some good results from the principal or from higher up on the food chain. I find it amazing that a teacher would do this.

GreenJello said...

The principal said she would talk to the teacher again.

I scanned in a copy of the worksheet, and emailed the President of the Board. I said in the email that if my daughter brings home one more racist oriented worksheet from school from this teacher, I will go directly to the State Board.

I'm not a happy mama.

steenky bee said...

Holy crap. I wouldn't believe it, but then again, it IS Utah. Anything is possible. That teacher should be fired, but I'm betting she gets promoted. Keep me posted!

GreenJello said...

Yeah, Steenky, this is one of the downsides to living in Utah. After having grown up in a state that is very racially diverse, it's been hard transitioning to a "white bread" state. Sometimes the attitudes and ignorance of the average Utahn make me cringe on a regular basis.

DJ Kirkby said...

how is this possible?

Anonymous said...

I'm still waiting to hear that that 'teacher' got fired. But then you see I did not know that Utah had that reputation.

bernthis said...

OMG what the F is wrong with this woman. Climb up the food chain till you get some answers. This is ridiculous.

SusieH said...


Lu said...

She didn't get fired. She's still my english teacher and creative writing teacher and teaches an after school food class. Every once and a while she'll bash the irish or bash congress etc. She has no idea I'm the one who keeps turning her in. I'm one of her all time favorite students.