The story has been floating around the twitter-verse for a while. We hinted at it a little, because we had little in terms of information (other than stories floating around the school students).
This morning’s Lowell Sun tells us that a well liked high school teacher, Mr Moulton, last year read a short story he had written to his classes that the school administration later ruled inappropriate.
The teacher was suspended for a short time, and upon return was given a ‘Comprehensive Improvement Plan,’ which included having the Principal of the school review his lesson plans. (You could only shudder to think what would be happening to him if he had read from the Gospel of John).
In the Sun article, where the reporter interviewed the teacher, Moulton admits that when asked by students for him to read the story that he told them that it was “inappropriate.” Knowing so, he allowed the pressure from the students overtake his judgement and read the story, even having the students help with the presentation.
As the new year begins, he has decided to refuse to continue under the direction of his supervisor.
Thus, he is being removed.
I guess this is a lesson to the students as well. Risque’ material and rebelliousness are very attractive to the young, but in the real world when you choose to work in a community position and have a strong influence on the young, you have a responsibility to that community as represented by your supervisors.
On your own time, you can do what you will, but when representing the town, you must live up to expected standards of acceptability.
Watching the video segments over on the Lowell Sun, Mr Moultin is almost encouraging students to revolt, and is publicly not showing respect to his supervisors.
He says “its all about the students” and “the students have the power.” Maybe he has lost the point of the role of a teacher in society.