California English Teacher Teaches Kids Grammar Is Part of White Supremacy: ‘Eliminate That BS’

A California English teacher says she fights back against “white supremacy” “BS” in the classroom by teaching students about the overuse of grammar and writing rules.

Martha Shaffer, an English teacher at Oroville High School, began the 2022-2023 school year by teaching linguistics classes as a way to “combat the whiteness in my classroom,” according to her TikTok posts. The aim was to “cover all kinds of language use”.

Expecting students to use correct grammar and syntax is part of a “deep-seated” culture of white supremacy, Shaffer said.

“I try to break down the BS in my classroom as much as I can,” she said in a Video featured by the LibsofTikTok Twitter account.

Shaffer identified himself as the teacher in the video and reached out to Oroville High School for comment, but did not receive a response.

An English teacher from California says grammar and essay writing standards are part of white culture.
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He said, “We study linguistics and the rules that we actually use to communicate, that we White supremacy has created in writing paper and things, what scholars call the ‘language of power.'”

The teacher praised the students’ academic essays for their inclusion of “AAVE”—African American Indigenous English.

“As a teacher, I’m always worried that I’m going to get in trouble. What do I mean by that? Public education is an institution that supports many problematic systems in our society, such as white supremacy, misogyny, and colonialism,” she says. continued. “Well, let’s see how we write essays [where we] Begin with an introduction that includes your thesis, always cite your sources, and use transition words such as “but” and “therefore.” These are all made up rules. They were created by Westerners in power. This got me thinking, what if I started my school year with a unit that honored how we speak rather than teaching students how to write properly? “

California teacher Martha Shaffer says that essay formatting and grammar are part of being white.

California teacher Martha Shaffer says that essay formatting and grammar are part of being white.

Another asked whether a student’s “code” — how they talk at home or with friends — is “just as important, if not more important,” than a boss’s expectations of how his employee will communicate. includes.

He said, “Your teachers, professors, and boss may expect you to write and speak in ways that don’t come naturally to you, but that doesn’t mean your more natural languages ​​aren’t important. They’re just as important, if not more, than the ‘Language of Respect’.”


The English teacher added that she felt like a “white lady” when she was “teaching linguistics to students of color.”

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“Was I worried about being a White savior? Sure. Is it uncomfortable? Sure. But a lot of my students come here and they’re uncomfortable with the white culture of public school life. So I think it’s good for them. ‘to see that his teacher is also dealing with linguistic discomfort,’ she said.

A California teacher also argued that the IQ bell curve and the SAT are “racist.”

“The authors of these trials were almost entirely white people … and they still are,” he said.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This report was originally described as a “first on Fox.”

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