Great job and many thanks to all who stood up for Lawrence High School history teacher Tim Latham, whose contract wasn’t renewed due to his conservative beliefs. The pressure you put on resulted in Mr. Latham being rehired!
Mr. Latham’s response: “I couldn’t be more pleased with this outcome. While I am happy to have this behind me, and look forward to returning to LHS next fall, I will always be grateful to my students for actually putting what I teach into practice.”
I, too, am grateful to Mr. Latham’s students, several of whom created the Facebook group, Save Mr.Latham, Lawrence High History Teacher, which counts almost 2,000 members after only a few days. These students refused to stand by and let their successors at Lawrence High be deprived of, as one student put it, “…a really good teacher.”
As I’m disappointed to hear that any teacher denied their students the opportunity to be a part of a monumental historical moment (no matter your political party), a history and government teacher should not deny the youth of our America to witness the inauguration of the first black American President. I won’t understand why you did that, nor agree with it. But glad his curriculum did include the speech and open discussion — and I’m more so happy to hear that students acted, stood up for his rights and kept him in place. The administration had no part in removing a teacher due to politics. We need good teachers, no matter their personal views. Lets keep them.
Comment by Jessicah E. White |
June 23, 2009
For Ms. White – Mr. Latham did exactly the same for the Obama inauguration as he did for previous inaugurations. Isn’t that how it should be?