Oconomowoc schools impose limits on ‘privilege’ discussions after parents complain

Annysa Johnson:

That is troubling for Oconomowoc parent Amanda Hart, whose online petition calling on the district to maintain programming like the MLK Day assembly had attracted almost 1,000 signatures as of Friday.

“I don’t know how you can have a discussion about race without also discussing (privilege) to give our students a complete picture,” said Hart, a lesbian mother of three, including two biracial foster children.

“Even if you don’t agree with the concept of white privilege,” she said, “it’s part of helping students become critical thinkers.”

The timing of the board’s edict, just weeks before the February resignation of Principal Joseph Moylan, has fueled speculation that Moylan was pushed out in part for allowing the student-led exercise during the assembly Jan. 15.

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