Teacher with bible divides Ohio Town

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Teacher with bible divides Ohio Town
Thu, 01-21-2010 - 2:34pm

What do you think about this teachers behavior?

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Registered: 04-03-2003
Fri, 01-22-2010 - 8:36am

If memory serves, we discussed this case when it arose. IMO, Freshwater was utterly in the wrong, regardless of whose version of events is more accurate.

In his version, he flouted organizational policy and defied a direct order from his boss to comply. That is grounds for dismissal in any organization.

In the school board's version, he flouted organizational policy, failed to discharge his duties as a science teacher, and physically harmed some of the students in his care - grounds not only for dismissal, but for criminal charges if anyone chose to proceed.

The fact that a pre-termination hearing was granted in this case is ludicrous, given that all parties concede Freshwater's lack of compliance.


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Registered: 03-09-2001
Fri, 01-22-2010 - 12:33pm

ITA! I don't get this at all, either. First, we read he burned crosses on 2 students. Now it's supposed to be something benign and supposed to have been an X not a cross, and that he's done this countless times without complaint from parents or students, over his years of teaching??? :O And teaching religion (Creationism) in a Science academic course is supposed to be "religious freedom" now? I don't think so! Want to teach religion? Go get a teaching job in a private religious school not the public gov't run schools.

What are we to believe? Sounds like there's a lot of murkiness of details being attempted to get this teacher off. Yet, bottom line, he didn't do his job as he was hired to do, but brought his own personal religious agenda into the classroom. He should have been reprimanded. And he was warned and told to stop; he refused. Grounds for firing, IMO, also. He refused to do his job as required. It's not legal or acceptable for teachers or school admiistration, to push a religion down students' collective throats in a public school. Have a separate course to teach religious creation myths, in a literature course, etc., as we've also discussed here many times. And include other beliefs and myths in a survey course, and not favor a single religion only. No favoritism or religious agenda in public schools. What is so hard to understand?! Our public school children are not to be targets for evangelism when they are in school in a classroom.





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