Teacher suspended over "gay animal" article

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    Oct 30, 2009 5:18 PM GMT
    http://www.myjournalcourier.com/news/article-24294-suspended-teacher.html

    By the way, Jonah Lehrer is one of the best neuro-based researchers I have ever met. His books, How we decide, Proust was a neuroscientist, and his blog are flat out well-written and well researched.

    I hope this raises a shit storm for that district.
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    Oct 30, 2009 5:32 PM GMT
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    Oct 30, 2009 5:54 PM GMT
    The story is pretty vague on whether this was something instigated by the teacher or by a student. Not that it matters at this point.

    BTW: For some reason, the publishers sent "Seed" magazine to me for a couple of years, until I asked them to stop. At first I thought it was supposed to be a parody - "Zoolander Goes to Science Class." Eventually I realized that they were serious. Mostly a collection of ludicrous nonsense and misinformation packed in with ads for ludicrously-priced "fashion" junk. A nice touch were the "testimonials" from "scientists" who complained that "Scientific American" was just too "heavy" to read. I never could figure out who the target audience was supposed to be.
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    Oct 30, 2009 5:54 PM GMT
    um...why is an English teacher giving a biology article? but I'm guessing that was part of the lesson. Seriously though, that was just plain stupid. The article didn't help much but I see nothing wrong with teaching about homosexuality in the animal kingdom.
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    Oct 30, 2009 5:54 PM GMT
    um...why is an English teacher giving a biology article? but I'm guessing that was part of the lesson. Seriously though, that was just plain stupid. The article didn't help much but I see nothing wrong with teaching about homosexuality in the animal kingdom.
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    Oct 30, 2009 6:09 PM GMT
    The article is extremely vague in its details about the story; nonetheless, unless the teacher was force-feeding "Acceptance" to his students, then I am still having a hard time figuring out why he got suspended.

    With such ambiguity, we shouldn't jump the gun just yet; however it isn't looking like a smart decision.
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    Oct 30, 2009 7:08 PM GMT
    The story is unclear, but the testimony of a number of students on the student initiated facebook page suggests that this is probably a very good teacher. Students who feel like he helped them a lot are coming forward. I'm not seeing a valid reason for the suspension yet. It doesn't mean there isn't one, I just haven't seen it yet.
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    Oct 31, 2009 12:56 AM GMT
    I can see why he selected this article for an English class. It is very well written, and because the topic is so startling and controversial, it would likely stir up a lot of discussion, which can be so hard to attain with today's apathetic high schoolers.

    The beginning is perhaps a bit crass in it's description of various homosexual behaviors among different vertebrate animals--so I can imagine what got some parents upset, but it does not stray from scientific terminology and clearly serves to grab the reader's attention with it's shock value and validate the argument with concrete examples. I don't think this article is in any way inappropriate for high school students.

    I don't know the whole story--the article really is vague, but I'm rootin for the guy. Based on his students' testimonials, he seems like someone who should be getting awards, not suspensions.
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    Nov 01, 2009 3:03 PM GMT
    This is a shame that the teacher lost his job and a great loss for his students. The even bigger shame is that the ignorance from the general public is probably what will overtake the rhetoric, and the teacher will suffer even more. Most people don't have the openminded capability to comprehend what he's trying to get across all they will see is that he is trying to forward a homosexual agenda. I wish him good luck !!! he'll need it !!!
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    Nov 01, 2009 3:39 PM GMT
    He should be returned to the classroom. He did nothing wrong. Narrow minded people got their feathers ruffled because Joan Roughgarden became a woman after being known as Jonathan Roughgarden about seven years ago. Professor Roughgarden is one of the elite scientists whose books and papers are well read on campus and in the Stanford community. She is a dedicated field biologist who's also an influential ecological theorist, creating mathematical models to explain how ecosystems work.

    I think it is a fine idea to expose students to the work of Professor Roughgarden. Stanford Magazine has an in depth article about her - - - just Google Joan Roughgarden / Stanford to learn more. See if you agree that her work should be something students should experience.
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    Apr 09, 2010 4:06 AM GMT
    Just an update, I spoke with the author (Jonah) of the article the teacher used in his classroom and for which he was subsequently suspended. The teacher was reinstated but forced to sign an agreement that he would never talk ill of the school district from the experience.