Saturday, June 21, 2008

Science Teacher Fired

Before it came to this end, this story made it to Foxnews and CNN, from which this article comes. Here is the salient part:

The Mount Vernon School Board passed a resolution to terminate the employment of John Freshwater, an eighth-grade science teacher for the past 21 years.

Freshwater, according to an independent report, used an electrostatic device to mark a cross on the arm of one of his students, causing pain to the student the night of the incident and leaving a mark that lasted for approximately three weeks.

According to the Ohio Department of Education, the student's family has filed a lawsuit.

Freshwater was also reprimanded several times for refusing to move his Bible from his classroom desk and teaching creationism alongside evolution, according to the 15-page independent report.

Great. Just Great. 1. how this this guy ever get hired to teach biology???? 2. how did this go on for 21 years?? 3. Why was he simply reprimanded and never fired the first time this happened?? This just gives those who argue for more government control of education more ammunition. The thing is, even though he knew what he was supposed to teach, he didn't, and there was no oversight to see that he did.

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