Teachers are mentors for many college students. Most students are away from home for the first time, and may look to teachers for structure, guidance and a bit of reassurance during times of homesickness. Some even develop crushes on their teachers.
To be a professional teacher it is important to understand these things, especially while guiding a lonesome, perhaps homesick college student. A teacher must remain a professional and maintain professional standards.
This would not include teachers sleeping with their students. Teachers giving students grades they do not deserve for personal pet reasons, or teachers giving bad grades to student who do deserves a good grade, because they can, for whatever reason, political, ideological or personal.
All of this would fall under normal guidelines for teachers. However, when you are teacher at a Federal, United States Government school the guidelines are much stricter.
Federal employees are not to influx their personal political beliefs onto their students. They are not to recruit them off of federal campuses to go to places like Palestine. (Title 22: Foreign Relations PART 1203—EMPLOYEE RESPONSIBILITIES AND CONDUCT Subpart B—Ethical and Other Conduct and Responsibilities of Employees).
As an example, we will use Julia Goodfox (Crazyhair): Is Federal funding being well spent on federal teachers who promote radical views or agendas? Are professional standards being exercised where student safety is concerned?
Julia Good Fox, Pawnee, describes the parallels between the ongoing genocide in Palestine, carried out by Israel with US support, and the genocide of Native Americans by the colonizers of the US.( Link http://sheepdognationrocks.blogspot.com/2009/04/genocide-in-palestine-and-indian.html). Is this a part of Haskell Indian Nations University curriculum or is it this an example of a personal agenda?
Last summer some Haskell Indian Nations University Students went to Palestine. Did Julia Goodfox go with them? Nope, she sent them without her to one of the dangerous places in the world:
The Indigenous Youth Delegation to Palestine, the first-ever delegation of its kind, is scheduled for August 2009. Youth leaders from grassroots indigenous groups in the US, namely Seventh Native American Generation (SNAG) Magazine, Huaxtec, and Native students at Haskell University.Link http://www.mecaforpeace.org/article.php?id=472
And from the Office of United States Senator Pat Roberts: Since Israel’s withdraw, over 6,000 rockets and mortars have been fired from Gaza into Israeli territory. These rockets threaten the lives of civilians on a daily basis. Only advances security efforts by Israel’s defense forces keep Hamas from successfully killing hundreds of Israelis.
From The United States State Department: Travel Warning United States Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs Washington, DC 20520 August 14, 2009 The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of traveling to Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip, and about threats to themselves and to U.S. interests in those locations. The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to remain mindful of security factors when planning travel to Israel and the West Bank and to avoid all travel to the Gaza Strip. This warning replaces the Travel Warning issued January 15, 2009, to update information on the general security environment in Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.
Isn’t “Safety first,” for each student, a professional standard any longer? What about legal liability issue, if a student had been killed or injured while disregarding Department of State warnings? Who would pay for such a trip?
Is this an example of another questionable Haskell Indian Nations University student trip? If so, who would finance this type of trip?
Dear Friend, Over the past few months, you have heard the mainstream media accounts of Israel’s most recent massacres of Palestinian people; you have pieced together the diluted news reports of Israeli terror, knowing perhaps as you do so, that the “facts” that you hear on the news are but a minuscule scratch on the surface of a truth so horrific that it seems unreal. From: ahdafsoueif.com/Articles/cultural-outreach.pdf from the sponsors of The Sixth Annual Israeli Apartheid Week 2010.
Event: LIVE ART DISPLAY: MOCK APARTHEID WALL ON LOW PLAZA Throughout the week, we will be displaying a *mock Israeli Apartheid Wall in the middle of Low Plaza. On Monday, a local artist will design a mural on the wall in order to showcase the power of art as resistance, which has been utilized on the REAL Apartheid Wall throughout the West Bank. Date/Time: Monday, March 1st – Friday, March 5th: Monday (11am-5pm), Tuesday-Thursday (12-3pm) Event: Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide Ben White, Author and Freelance Journalist Anjali Kamat, Democracy Now! Andrew Kadi, Activist from Adalah-NY Date/Time: Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 at 7:30pm Location: 420 West 118th street, NY, NY 10027, Room 417 Altschul Auditorium Sponsoring Organizations: Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine (C-SJP), ASA, TURATH, ISO, CCAW, SDS, Adalah-NY, Codepink, and others Event: A NIGHT FOR GAZA Lamis Deek, Dima Abi Saab and Poetry by Tahani Salah Date/Time: Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 at 5:30pm Location: Brooklyn College, Penthouse (7th Floor), SUBO Sponsoring Organizations: The Palestinian Club at Brooklyn College Event: Occupation and Resistance from Palestine to Turtle Island An evening of stories, video, music, discussion, and strategizing with 7th Generation Indigenous Visionaries -STUDENTS from HASKELL INDIAN NATIONS UNIVERSITY recently returned from PALESTINE Date/Time: Wednesday March 3, 7-9 PM Location: American Indian Community House, 11 Broadway, 2nd floor, 5 train to Bowling Green/R to Whitehall/1 to South Ferry Sponsoring Organizations: Palestine Education Project and American Indian Community House
Event: The Indigenous Struggle: A Call for the Boycott of Israel A panel discussion on indigenous connections between Palestinians, South Africans, and Native Americans, and their joint call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions [BDS] against Israel. Featuring a member of the Indigenous Delegation to Palestine, Zackie Achmat, a prominent South African anti-apartheid activist, and Nada Khader, the director of WESPAC. Date/Time: Thursday, March 4th at 7:00PM Event: A MOVING PROCESSION TO PROTEST THE ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DINNER OF “THE FRIENDS OF THE ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES” (IDF)
It is important to every parent and citizen to know that their student is in a professional environment. A place where safety, structure and professional standards are exercised. If Haskell Indian Nations University is mentoring an extreme ideology it should be part of their College Mission Statement for their Parent College Brochure Guide.
Is this how The Bureau of Indian Education is allowing their students to be mentored/educated?
We wonder if someone at DHS should be interested in these activities of Julia Goodfox’s?