Target: Peter Heck, Eastern High School Teacher
Goal: Demand Peter Heck apologize for singling out female graduates
Yet another voice against women in the workplace has sounded, and this time, it was at a high school graduation. Peter Heck is a social studies teacher at the Eastern High School in Greentown, Indiana, where his commencement speech mostly focused on telling female students to have kids, and not go into the work force has caused some controversy.
Heck “challenged” the graduates to devote themselves to their family and children. An admirable message, if it would have been directed to male and female students equally. Instead, Heck went on to say that women going into the work force will be scoffed at, and “to solve the problems plaguing our society, we don’t need more women CEO’s. We need more women as invested mothers.” Charming.
In this age, women in the industrial world have broken down the gender barriers, and many are living fulfilled lives in the careers of their choice, with or without families. Heck is in a position of influence over teens, where he chooses to force his beliefs rather be there as support during a time of confusion, and seeking purpose in life. Demand Heck apologize for his words, and help all of his reach their full potential instead of settling because the world will scoff at their goals and dreams.
Dear Peter Heck,
The commencement speech you gave at the 2013 Eastern High School graduation was appalling. The mere fact that you singled out female graduates was purely sexist, and hypocritical. Since you consider yourself a “family” man, you should have also told the males in your audience to devote themselves to family. In this world, we need more compassionate mothers and fathers, as well as strong male and female leaders.
In this century, we are all seriously tired of the sexism hidden behind “good intentions.” I have no doubt that you are a nice man, but remember to practice what you preach when talking with your students. There is nothing wrong with wanting a family, nor is there anything wrong with going into a career.
[Your Name Here]
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