Have you been wondering what Barack Obama keeps talking about when he mentioned change? Chances are pretty good that Marianna Middle School teacher Greg Howard can not help you. He wrote in the middle of his seventh grade Social Studies class, "C.H.A.N.G.E. — Come Help A (N-word) Get Elected". Now Barack Obama and I have never talked personally about this notion of change that he plans to bring to Washington, but I do think it is pretty safe to say that this is not what he had in mind.
If it was a joke, it was not funny. Especially for a teacher to make in a classroom. If it was not a joke, then that is even worse. Greg Howard has been suspended for ten days without pay while they investigate further.
"Larry Moore, deputy superintendent for the Jackson County School District, said school officials determined Howard wrote an acronym with an explanation on a dry-erase board in his class Sept. 26 at Marianna Middle School.
It said, "C.H.A.N.G.E. — Come Help A (N-word) Get Elected."
Howard, who's been teaching in the district for 17 years, wrote the comment during his seventh-grade social-studies class that included 17 white students, six black students and one Asian."