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Statement from Tim Latham

From Save Mr.Latham, Lawrence High History Teacher

STATEMENT FROM MR. LATHAM:

There has been a rumor going around that the main reason I was non-renewed is because I supposedly compared Obama to Hitler. I have been receiving some pretty nasty e-mails about it so I feel I must speak.

This is completely and totally false. I NEVER compared Obama to Hitler.

This is what happened and where the rumor comes from:

In a good GOVERNMENT class you learn about ALL forms of government. On one particular day we were discussing the various forms of government; i.e. Democracy, Socialism, Communism, Fascism, etc. The difference between dictators, Prime Ministers, and Presidents, etc. We talked about many differences between the Democratic and Republican platforms. You have to understand I had VERY GOOD students who asked great questions leading to great discussions.

As we were talking about fascism (a gov’t that allows private property ownership but maintains strict control over banking and major industry) a student asked me what governments were fascist. The term was familiar but he couldn’t remember why. I pointed out that Benito Mussolin (Italy) and Adolf Hitler (Germany) of WWII were the most famous fascist dictators. Another student made a comment asking how someone like Hitler gets in power. I explained that he had actually been DEMOCRACTICALLY ELECTED… something many people don’t realize. He then became a dictator and took over control of everything. Another student asked how someone like Hitler could get elected? I stated that people didn’t realize he was going to become the person he did. Germany was suffering worse than any country in the world from the Great Depression (economic crisis), Germany was still angry over the Treaty of Versailles (WWI) and Hitler was a very good public speaker and told the people exactly what they wanted to hear. He made a lot of promises and appealed to the masses.

About 15 minutes later into the class we were discussing McCain and Obama again and what people liked about them, what each ones chances were of getting elected, etc. And yes, I did mention, that the best thing going for Obama was that he was an eloquent speaker, people were unhappy with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the economy was looking bad. ALL points being covered in the news every day, by every political pundit in the world.

There is a girl in that particular class who LOVED to argue and who was a major Obama supporter. Made for good debates sometimes, sometimes frustration. This is one of those frustration times. THE STUDENT HERSELF is the one who, after I made the above statement about Obama, that said “so you’re comparing Obama to Hitler?” As soon as she said it, before I could even speak, several other students (who were used to argueing with her) stated that is not what I said. I myself repeatedly said no I was not comparing the two. I did admit that the “situation” for them to get elected is similiar but I in no way thought that Obama was in any way like Hitler. I repeated that statement more than once since she wanted to argue it, no I WAS NOT comparing Obama to Hitler. I pointed out that those situations are common in many elections; i.e. using the economy, an unpopular war (see Vietnam), etc. in order to gain support for an election. Not good enough, she went straight to the Asst. Prinicipal and said I was picking on Obama and comparing him to Hitler. I was called in, I explained everything that happened exactly like I have just stated, and I thought, that was that. Evidently not.

That is the true story. You decide for yourself.

Tim Latham

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June 15, 2009 - Posted by | Bill of Rights, Education | , , , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. […] Update 2:  Statement from Tim Latham […]

    Pingback by Teacher, father of 3, fired for conservative views « America, You Asked For It! | June 15, 2009 | Reply

  2. Tim, I saw your interview on Fow News, I am a student of history and your statements concerning political figures are factual in a genetic way. Stick to your guns. If you had been some left of center professor of a left wing indoctrination center, (college) you could have said anything about a republican with absolutely NO backlash at all. If you would like to send me your email address I will invite you to my blog. Sincerely Mark Shean mshean1955@yahoo.com

    Comment by Mark Shean | June 15, 2009 | Reply

    • Just so everyone knows. I do not know Mr. Latham personally and I don’t know that he has personally visited this site. His statement above was taken directly from the facebook group linked at the top of the post. The email contacts on that page are probably the best way to get a message to or make contact with Mr. Latham.

      Comment by John Allison, III | June 15, 2009 | Reply

  3. What great reporting. Somebody please post his website so we can decide for ourselves whether or not his views are adequate to be shared in high school. If I have a page supporting Al Queda or KKK, I think we would agree that freedom of speech only goes so far in EDUCATION. He can say what he wants in the street, to his kids, in his bank, in his postal office, but not when he influencing others. There are appropriate ways of teaching. Call it censorship or not, I don´t want my kids to be taught by anyone just because they know HOW to teach.

    Comment by peter | June 27, 2009 | Reply


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