According to this, elementary school teacher Kati Walsh published some of her students' artwork on her personal blog, back in July. She claimed, in this particular blog post, that, "For you those of you who don’t know me very well, I just want to make it clear that I did not talk about MY personal opinion of Scott Walker with these kids. I made it clear that it is important for everyone to feel comfortable expressing their own opinions through art. I did clearly state that I love our public schools and think it’s important for them to have a good public education. This should not be a controversial statement."
The reason she wrote that is because the artwork she posted on her blog included pictures that kindergartners through 2nd grade kids drew pictures of Scott Walker in jail. And Kati says the kids just decided to do that all on their own.
She said, "One student said something to the effect of ‘Scott Walker wants to close all the public schools’… So the rest of the class started drawing their own cartoons and they turned very political. They have very strong feelings about Scott Walker.”
She also said she published the drawings because she thought it was “an amazing teaching moment.”
I'm guessing the backlash she'll likely receive over this will be an amazing teaching moment as well.
According to the sourcelink, "Walsh has been politically active since Wisconsin’s controversial public-sector collective bargaining reforms, known as Act 10, were unveiled in 2011. She signed the recall petition in the 2012 campaign against Walker, gathered signatures for the recall and participated in the strikes at the state Capitol and in Chicago — a show of solidarity with the striking Chicago Teachers' Union."
According to her twitter history, this isn't the first time that her students have drawn controversial political pictures. She's got quite a history of it as you can see right here.
But here's my favorite part of the story. Kati Walsh said to the Wisconsin Reporter (the sourcelink) that they could not write about her without her permission. She said, "You do not have permission to publish anything about me, my classroom or my blog before I see it first.”
The Wisconsin Reporter included that quote in their column, along with a comment that said Kati Walsh apparently doesn't understand the concept of a free press. And when I read that she had the audacity to suggest that people could only write about her with her permission, well, that made me want to write about her even more. Without permission.
Hey Kati - FYI - if you have a website that doesn't require a password or other special authorization to see it, then guess what! Regular people like us can view it, and talk about it, and talk about you, and we can tell our readers that we think your insistence that 5-7 year olds came up with these drawing ideas all on their own is absurd. And we can do all of that without your permission.
Welcome to the internet, Kati. Let's hope you have a nice "amazing teaching moment" from this.