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I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Sometimes You Just Shake Your Head

I have a friend of mine who teaches English at another Oklahoma City high school. He is a fine teacher. His students do well on the district and state tests. However, for various reasons an assistant adminstrator at the school has taken a particular dislike to him and is determined to harass him out of his position there.

The administrator does this by constantly questioning and criticizing his teaching methods. Like the other day, she observed his classroom and noticed that his lesson objective was to "Compare and Contrast" three American authors whose names the teacher had written on the board up front.

After the lesson, the administrator came to the teacher and wanted to know why the teacher had not followed through on his lesson plan. "Why did you not have the students compare and contrast these Black Authors?" The teacher explained that the students were gathering information on the authors and would do the comparison and contrast based on their information during their subsequent lesson.

And the three "Black" authors in question:
Bret Harte
Stephen Crane
Jack London

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