Back in September, an art teacher was fired in Illinois for teaching veganism to his classroom.
They said he began teaching veganism and animal rights instead of art without telling school officials or parents, told students to keep it a secret, and then refused to answer school officials’ questions about what he was teaching.
Source: Northwest Herald
Now, while I believe in freedom of speech, I don’t believe that teachers have the right to proselytize to their students. Dave Warwak, the fired teacher, took it upon himself to use his classroom to promote his agenda, rather than teach art, the subject he was hired to teach. Wrong forum, wrong audience, wrong behavior!
While I’m all for broadening the minds of our youth, I don’t believe a teacher has the right to take it upon himself to try to sway their opinions in such a furtive manner. Clearly Warwak knew he was doing something “wrong” or he would not have demanded secrecy from his students.
Today, the Illinois State Board of Education, upheld the decision to fire Warwak.