Urban Community Leadership Academy – Teacher Suspended

As a follow up to the Urban Community Leadership Academy video… It turns out that it was created with the direction and supervision of a teacher at the academy and uploaded at his/her will. I have no problem with stepping and I do not fear black people stepping. This is about dressing students in military garb, have them produce a video as an advertisement for a politcal candidate using tax payers money.

This school is suppose to be about Community Leadership, not Political Agendas.

This teacher needs to be fired, the school needs to be investigated  to ensure that no other videos were produced as well as ensuring that no other teachers or administrators were involved or condoned this video. A further concern is if grades were given for this “assignment”, those need to be corrected. Additionally there needs to be oversight into the operations and curriculum being taught at this school to ensure this type of abuse of the students does no happen again.

Our educational system needs to be reviewed country wide as the Obama camp has targeted schools and children to campaign for him. 

Furthermore our legislative body needs to pass legislation that restricts this kind of activity as part of campaign finance reform as this is just another way to bypass it using public funds or third party extensions to produce advertisements without having to claim them or attach them to 527s.

A middle school teacher in Missouri was suspended  Monday for putting a video on YouTube of his students chanting lines from Barack Obama speeches and wearing military fatigues.

The video, called “Obama Youth — Junior Fraternity Regiment,” was posted by a YouTube user named “keepitwildtv” on Oct. 2. The school learned the video was on the Internet and took action against the teacher Monday morning.

Click here to see the video.

Joyce McGautha, superintendent of the Urban Community Leadership Academy, a charter school for students in fifth through ninth grades in Kansas City, Mo., said that the video was probably taken last May during the Junior Fraternity’s morning meeting at the school.

She would not disclose the teacher’s name. “At this time because of the legal action that we’ll probably have to take against the teacher, I’m not going to give his name,” McGautha said.

Students at the school have 30-minute group sessions four times a week during which they are supposed to work on reading and writing. Once a week they are allowed to have “activities,” McGautha said. There are 12 groups at the public charter school.

The Junior Fraternity students studied Obama’s economic plan with the teacher, and the superintendent did not know whether the teacher or the students scripted the routine. The group should have also studied John McCain’s economic plan, the superintendent said. 

In the video, eighth- and ninth-graders wearing military camouflage pants and navy t-shirts chant and perform a routine in the style of a step show, a dance popular among African-American fraternities at universities.

Click here to see photos of the group in action.

The students enter the room chanting “Alpha. Omega. Alpha. Omega.” Then, one at a time, they state things they were “inspired” to do by Barack Obama, including becoming an architect and a sheriff. At the end of the video, the students make statements about Obama’s healthcare plan. “Obama’s healthcare plan will be able to provide participants the ability to move from job to job without taking their healthcare coverage,” one says.

“People are upset that possibly taxpayer money is being used to support one particular candidate,” McGautha said, “and now I can understand that. And I didn’t condone them. I try very, very hard to remain within the limits of the law. I think this is unfortunate.”

She said she was aware of the video, and that many of the school’s activities are recorded, but that the teacher had been warned in a letter not to put it on the Internet. If he did, she said, he should seek legal counsel.

The teacher’s fate will be taken up by the charter school’s board, she said.

“Certain things don’t happen in public schools anyway, but there area lot of other ramifications when you take it public,” McGautha said. 

“As far as [the teacher is] concerned, I think he gets what was supposed to come to him. But I don’t think the children should be the victims of his stupidity.”

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7 Responses

  1. “She said she was aware of the video, and that many of the school’s activities are recorded, but that the teacher had been warned in a letter not to put it on the Internet. If he did, she said, he should seek legal counsel.”

    I think Ms. McGautha fail to recognize the real problem here. The problem is not that the video was put on the internet – in fact, if that particular warning bell had not been sounded we might have remained blissfully unaware that this type of activity is going on in one of our public schools. What is going to take before the general public wakes up and realizes that our own public schools are planting the seeds for our destruction? Maybe the election of Barack Hussein Obama?

  2. I don’t think she failed to recognize the real problem. I think it only became a problem because the public found out about it. I am curious how many other activities are going on at this school and others that are illegal and/or questionable ethically.

  3. […] It appears that the teacher in question was suspended yesterday, but according to a statement released by the school, he was only suspended for violating school policy in releasing the video to […]

  4. I really don’t understand why people are so put off by the video. Watch a freakin movie (“Stomp the Yard”) The Alpha’s are a frat, for pete sake. Chanting is as much apart of the African American culture as R&B is. It seems to me that before you coment on something perhaps you should understand it. I am willing to concede that the teacher should not have used school property to film the video, but I am boggled as to why white America is threatened when Black Folks try to do anything the is posivtive and encourages themselves. There is nothing about the video that suggests these young men are brainwashed, or worshiperd of Obama, or have a cult mentality or that they are militant or any of the other crap that is being posted about them all over the internet. You know what I wonder? I wonder if Obama was not so close to becoming the next president of the Good Ole US of A would this even be an issue. Shame on those who are to ignorant or stupid enough to try and have an open mind about something you know nothing about.

  5. I find it very offensive that you have posted information on this school without any idea of what really goes on here. I am an educator that has worked for UCLA and would gladly return to work at UCLA. You have no idea of all the things that the staff does for these students. Do I condone the fact that this video was released on youtube, the answer is no! Let me give you some background information about what you saw in this video. The teacher who organized this “jr frat”, is a member of a fraternity himself. I believe that his intentions were good. If you had done your research, you would know that one of the black greek organizations routinely “steps” in army fatigues and combat boots. This was something that was done through all of my college years. I believe that he was only informing the children of these traditions. Many black children aspire to join a black fraternity or sorority once they get to college, I know I did as well as many of my friends, and I am a member of a black greek organization. Yes, this teacher was wrong for organizing this particular event on school grounds, but he was not brainwashing these kids about Obama. Is it so bad that for the first time in history, black children can now say if Obama can become a a candidate for presidency of the united states, and he is black, I can definitely aspire to be anything that I want to be. A black person or a woman running for president of the united states is something that I definitely thought would never happen in my lifetime. I guess it would be okay with you that they were chanting their aspiration to be a drug dealer, rapper, or athlete, and looking to these persons as their role models.

  6. Wow, I’m just hearing of this on a nationally syndicated radio show. Once again since a good portion of the national population knows little about the rituals and traditions of the African American community. What is most disturbing is that the activity was very positive and most look past this fact, distorting and misinterpreting. This is why so many people shy away from teaching. I was told that my childs school did not haver a booster club because “the parents ruin it…they take over and just ruin it.” I couldn’t understand…but this confirms the fear. Who suffers? The youth.
    Sad.

  7. ucla need to change everything like the buinding

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