It's the ninth day of school, and today the vice principal came in to talk to me about an anonymous parent complaint.
Apparently someone is now scared for his/her grade, because in a lesson about the difference between correlation and causation I briefly discussed global warming and the associated temperature and CO2 graphs. While someone might be afraid for his/her grade because they believe correlation=causation and I don't, it's not a legitimate fear that should be validated.
We're always told to "make it applicable", to find "real world examples" if possible. I find one, a good one, but someone whines because it doesn't fit their orthodoxy.
Yes, this really frosts me. The fact that some anonymous parent and/or student got offended because I didn't recite their exact belief--tough. Really, tough. Everyone gets offended sometimes. I can see that they might have a legitimate beef if, instead of covering correlation and causation, I was expounding on the great President Reagan instead, but to whine about a legitimate and applicable classroom example is beyond the pale. It frosts me just as much because my vice principal treated it as a complaint worthy of consideration. We encourage such whining when we give it more than the cursory attention it deserves.