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    Re: Kansas Teacher Claims Conservative Views Led to Loss of Job

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    It's to bad. His polotics sound like they had little to do with his teaching.

    I don't understand how the school can dump what sounds like a good teacher based on his political leanings?
    I dont know. Whole class days have been dedicated to obamamania around here in the elementary level. I cant speak to the middle or high school levels.

    I would not mind the voting procedures being taught but when the teacher is covered in candidate buttons thats just over the line.
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    Re: Kansas Teacher Claims Conservative Views Led to Loss of Job

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post


    It doesn't sound like he wasn't making the grade, it sounds like he was being a partisan shill in class. Why would you not air the inaugural address in class? What a perfect opportunity to allow the students to discuss what the President says verses what his actions are. Also seems like it could have been a little bigoted.
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    Chloe Mercer, who graduated Lawrence High School last month, said Latham's class was her favorite and said he was fair despite his decision not to show Obama's inauguration in class.

    "He chose not to show it, but he printed out Obama's speech and we read it and discussed what we felt was good about it," Mercer told FOXNews.com. "[Latham] was fair. He listened to all sides of every issue. He actually made print-outs of every candidate and how they felt on certain hot-button issues."

    Latham defended his decision not to show Obama's inauguration because he'd opted not to show any similar events.

    "I've never shown an inauguration," he said. "I never showed any of Bush's; I wouldn't have shown McCain's. I was not showing any bias towards Obama ... I didn't intend to interrupt the class."

    So you want to retrack you statement huh I know many schools that didn't broadcast the inauguration, since when was that a school's requirement huh.

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    Re: Kansas Teacher Claims Conservative Views Led to Loss of Job

    Quote Originally Posted by Scorpion89 View Post
    Kansas Teacher Claims Conservative Views Led to Loss of Job - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News - FOXNews.com

    Tim Latham, who has spent the last 19 years teaching students American history and government, spent the past school year at a high school in Lawrence, Kan. and it appears his first year at the school will be his last.

    Latham claims it has nothing to do with his abilities as a teacher and everything to do with his conservative politics.

    Yep another sign of Hope and Change brought to you by the fine folks from the Left.
    Yet another excuse to incite partisan bitchfests...
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    Re: Kansas Teacher Claims Conservative Views Led to Loss of Job

    Quote Originally Posted by EgoffTib View Post
    Yet another excuse to incite partisan bitchfests...
    No but I see you feel that way as usual never mid the facts here correct.

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    Re: Kansas Teacher Claims Conservative Views Led to Loss of Job

    Quote Originally Posted by Scorpion89 View Post
    No but I see you feel that way as usual never mid the facts here correct.
    There are no facts here yet, only some accusations. It is important to learn the difference between the two.

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    Re: Kansas Teacher Claims Conservative Views Led to Loss of Job

    Quote Originally Posted by Scorpion89 View Post
    From the article,

    Chloe Mercer, who graduated Lawrence High School last month, said Latham's class was her favorite and said he was fair despite his decision not to show Obama's inauguration in class.

    "He chose not to show it, but he printed out Obama's speech and we read it and discussed what we felt was good about it," Mercer told FOXNews.com. "[Latham] was fair. He listened to all sides of every issue. He actually made print-outs of every candidate and how they felt on certain hot-button issues."

    Latham defended his decision not to show Obama's inauguration because he'd opted not to show any similar events.

    "I've never shown an inauguration," he said. "I never showed any of Bush's; I wouldn't have shown McCain's. I was not showing any bias towards Obama ... I didn't intend to interrupt the class."

    So you want to retrack you statement huh I know many schools that didn't broadcast the inauguration, since when was that a school's requirement huh.
    No, this guy is a piss poor history teacher. IMO.

    Bush's inauguration didn't have historical significance of Obama's.

    He didn't want to interrupt the class?? Because his lecture on how Bush was right on Iraq so much more relevant. What an ass! When history happens, it's a good idea to stop and watch. And a transcript of a speech is the best way to understand and evaluate a speech. How the heck did this guy get a teaching credential for History?


    Like I said, those who can't do... He wants so bad to be Sean Hannity, but the only audience he can get is class of kids forced to listen to him.

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    idea Re: Kansas Teacher Claims Conservative Views Led to Loss of Job

    Quote Originally Posted by Scorpion89 View Post
    Kansas Teacher Claims Conservative Views Led to Loss of Job - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News - FOXNews.com

    Tim Latham, who has spent the last 19 years teaching students American history and government, spent the past school year at a high school in Lawrence, Kan. and it appears his first year at the school will be his last.

    Latham claims it has nothing to do with his abilities as a teacher and everything to do with his conservative politics.

    Yep another sign of Hope and Change brought to you by the fine folks from the Left.
    Alright, first off......do you get both sides of the story or just the teacher's side? I did not see anywhere in the article where both sides of the story were given, besides Cunningham stating that they have policies in place for determining employment. he thing you have to remember is if this teacher spent 19 years teaching and now has worked for the new school for 1 year.....why did he leave the other school (or schools) he was at? Did they fire him for his political views as well? I'm not saying that this couldn't happen or didn't happen. I'm just simply bringing the question up as to why he changed schools in the past? Did he move? Did he quit? Did he get fired? Remember, when someone gets fired for something, even if it is their fault, usually it's because of something that person did. Now days in this failing economy, I could see him being fired or lay-ed off for no reason "sometimes this happens to good teachers" ..........causing him to bring these accusations about....

    I don't know, but I'll be curious to see the responses to my questions and concerns regarding this issue.
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    Re: Kansas Teacher Claims Conservative Views Led to Loss of Job

    Quote Originally Posted by BaZaRr BeAtZ View Post
    Alright, first off......do you get both sides of the story or just the teacher's side? I personally have not read the article relating to this issue, but I wanted to comment based on the posts I've read. The thing you have to remember is if this teacher spent 19 years teaching and now has worked for the new school for 1 year.....why did he leave the other school (or schools) he was at? Did they fire him for his political views as well? I'm not saying that this couldn't happen or didn't happen. I'm just simply bringing the question up as to why he changed schools in the past? Did he move? Did he quit? Did he get fired? Remember, when someone gets fired for something, even if it is their fault, usually it's because of something that person did. Now days in this failing economy, I could see him being fired or lay-ed off for no reason....causing him to bring these accusations about....

    I don't know, but I'll be curious to see the responses to my questions and concerns regarding this issue.
    An overly partisan person would have no problem teaching for the last 8 years. But when the country changed and he didn't like it, he stopped being a teacher and became a GOP advocate that happen to work at a high school.

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    Re: Kansas Teacher Claims Conservative Views Led to Loss of Job

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
    An overly partisan person would have no problem teaching for the last 8 years. But when the country changed and he didn't like it, he stopped being a teacher and became a GOP advocate that happen to work at a high school.

    Ahhh but you don't know that. That is just accusations based on an opinion after reading the article. You have no proof that he was too political causing him to lose his job. My 12th grade government and economics teacher was very political, allowing a classroom debate regarding the 2000-2001 elections.......and he was not fired. In fact, isn't government and economics where you are supposed to learn about this stuff? How will you learn if the teacher does not allow political views to be discussed?

    Anyways, like I said, there is no proof supporting either case. Just his word against the school's word. And once again, I have seen good teachers let go because the economy. Maybe their decision to not renew his contract was based on a budgetary cutback? Now he "may have" been fired for his political views, but nothing in this article clearly provides evidence supporting either side.

    oh, I did read the article, and changed my first post stating that I did not read it.
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    Re: Kansas Teacher Claims Conservative Views Led to Loss of Job

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
    No, this guy is a piss poor history teacher. IMO.

    Bush's inauguration didn't have historical significance of Obama's.

    He didn't want to interrupt the class?? Because his lecture on how Bush was right on Iraq so much more relevant. What an ass! When history happens, it's a good idea to stop and watch. And a transcript of a speech is the best way to understand and evaluate a speech. How the heck did this guy get a teaching credential for History?


    Like I said, those who can't do... He wants so bad to be Sean Hannity, but the only audience he can get is class of kids forced to listen to him.
    Ok, once again......You do not personally know what is going on with this teacher. My government and economics teacher did not show Bush's inaugural speech.....does that make him a bad teacher? Or is that ok because it's Bush? Obama's ENTIRE election was based on "historical value" and NOT "Economical value", which is completely pathetic in my opinion and I would not have shown his speech either. If you read, it does state that his speech was printed out and the whole class had a debate over it, which would be the same as if he showed the speech on tv. Come on now, you're just verbally assaulting someone you have no personal knowledge of which is a stereotype based on YOUR political views.

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