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Thursday, August 24, 2006

An Undeserved Suspension

Does it make sense that a man who teaches geography might use flags displayed in a classroom as a way to aid and supplement his lessons? Sure does. Does it make sense that that man should then be suspended for refusing to remove the flags because they might violate state law against displaying foreign flags in public buildings? Sure doesn’t. Yet, a teacher, Eric Hamlin, was suspended here in Colorado just for that reason after his principal, convinced that the display violated Colorado law, ordered the flags to be removed.

Firstly, the principal that ordered the removal of the flags was wrong: Colorado state law allows temporary displays of foreign flags for educational purposes. Secondly, kids should be introduced to the flags of the world and the symbolism that informs their designs.

Hamlin was actually suspended for insubordination--for refusing a reasonable request from a superior. It is debatable whether this was a reasonable request, but there is little question in my mind that Hamlin didn’t earn a suspension (and potential firing) for using foreign flags as teaching aids. There may be other problems with the content of Hamlin’s classes and previous disciplinary issues that influenced the principal’s decisions. The details in the Rocky, though, don’t appear to support the suspension.

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And in rides the ACLU, from what I can read between the lines. Finally, a case involving the ACLU that does not involve school prayer.

I wonder what the standard-bearers over at Stop The ACLU would think about this one.

on Aug 24 2006 @ 02:33 PM

And he’s already going back to the classroom. I wonder how much bad publicity this generated for the district?

on Aug 24 2006 @ 04:07 PM

I wonder what the standard-bearers over at Stop The ACLU would think about this one.

They would claim this “is one of those rare cases they take so they can say ‘Hey, we’re the good guys!’”

I don’t always agree with the ACLU, but they’re right more often than I think they are wrong.  The folks at Stop the ACLU are little but partisan hacks, less popular Ann Coulters (but probably prettier).

on Aug 24 2006 @ 06:15 PM

P.S. He’s been reinstated. 

It’s a good thing that all the other problems in our schools have been resolved so effectively that they can spend time on critical issues like this.

on Aug 25 2006 @ 06:08 AM
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Aug 25 2006 @ 09:58 AM

Some laws are real strange! I have to check my own laws here about displaying flags in a classroom!

Hamlin was just being a good teacher; he shouldn’t have been suspended. That was just over-reacting!

on Aug 26 2006 @ 06:16 AM

It is valid to ask why our schools have time to get excited about this issue when they are doing such a poor job of teaching our children.

But the other side of the question is, how can a principal discipline his teaching staff when we turn discipline issues into public debates?  So maybe the question is why do the media spend time on trivial issues like this when there is important news?

on Aug 27 2006 @ 07:35 PM

Education in the largest sense is any act or experience that has a formative effect on the mind, character or physical ability of an individual. In its technical sense, education is the process by which society deliberately transmits its accumulated knowledge, skills and values from one generation to another.Teachers in educational institutions direct the education of students and might draw on many subjects, including reading, writing, mathematics, science and history. This process is sometimes called schooling when referring to the education of teaching only a certain subject, usually as professors at institutions of higher learning. There is also education in fields for those who want specific vocational skills, such as those required to be a pilot. In addition there is an array of education possible at the informal level, such as in museums and libraries, with the Internet and in life experience. Many non-traditional education options are now available and continue to evolve.
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