Monday, June 15, 2009
WHERE'S THE OUTRAGE?
It would seem that the PC movement has reached into the school system of Lawrence, Kansas. Teacher Tim Latham was apparently fired without just cause, or as school districts term it, he was non-renewed. Now let's get something straight. Letting a teacher go is serious business. Mostly, it happens when the teacher has crossed some line that is at the point of no return. Something criminal in nature is usually the cause. That most certainly is not the case here. He was released because he doesn't agree with the school board and their views. I have a McCain sticker on my truck. Fire me.
I showed the swearing-in on TV in my classroom, but skipped the inaugural speech. Our students miss enough school. They need to learn the curriculum in class. I told them to go home and watch the speech with their parents. I have a poster in my class that reads, "In God We Trust," the motto of the US. It also includes the Ohio motto which is "With God All Things are Possible." I don't shove religion down anyone's throat, I acknowledge God in the founding of our country. Fire me.
It appears that Mr. Latham was fired for his political views. That's surely interesting because teachers, like people in general, have views across the spectrum. Let's get this out of the way. There are many more liberal teachers than there are conservatives. That's just a fact of having a leftist union that heavily influences and brainwashes its members.
What made me take notice is that Mr. Latham is a conservative. So am I. I don't inflict my views on my students because that would be unprofessional. I give them the facts and let them make up their own minds. It's much more fun that way. The fact that this teacher was fired is hard to comprehend. I listened to the video of his students and I hope that's what my students would say about me. I don't want to brag here, but I got an award from the the class of 2009 as their favorite male teacher. I don't cut them any slack. My class is tough and demanding, but they understand that going in and they perform to the best of their ability. That's what I want to convey to them. Fight the good fight.
I think students respect discipline and toughness in school AS LONG AS IT'S FAIR. I give them my best and I ask their best in return. I would love to rail against the school board here, but that would miss the point. The point is that Mr. Latham seems to be what a teacher should be all about. Demand the best of your students and you will get their best. I will continue to do that and I hope the Lawrence, Kansas school board gets off their leftie pedestal and realizes that high standards are more important than ideology.
What the hell are these people thinking? Challenging students is the epitome of education. Indoctrination is not. This ought to scare the hell out of all of us.