Teacher Suspened for Using the 'N' Word In Class

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Registered: 10-08-2004
Teacher Suspened for Using the 'N' Word In Class
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Tue, 02-21-2012 - 5:25pm

A 48-year-old Chicago public school teacher is suing his school system. The 21-year-veteran, Lincoln Brown, was using the n-word as he taught a class about racism related to the Mark Twain classic “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” The principal walked in the class as Brown was using the word. After that, Brown was suspended for five days. The teacher is fighting back, filing a federal lawsuit against the district and claiming that his civil rights have been violated. What do you think of the teacher’s situation and why?

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Registered: 10-08-2004
It is not a nice word, no denying it. But it is part of history and part of that book. There are many bad things in history but they are part of it and we must learn from mistakes so we can do better. I hope this teacher wins and is able to teach his students effectively again.

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Registered: 08-31-2009

I agree context is what's needed.




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Registered: 04-07-2002

I think the principal needs to check the context before he jumps to conclusions.

I once taught a lesson on "The Diary of Alma Schindler Mahler" as a history lesson for practice in teacher's college.