You remember the scenario. A frustrated teacher wrote a letter to AZ Senate President Russell Pearce (R-Dist.18) detailing the belligerence he encountered in his Glendale classroom and describing with specificity the attitudes of the 8th grade students to whom he was trying to teach history and language arts.
Sen. Pearce passed the letter on. The incident culminated with Sen. Lori Klein (R-Dist.6) reading it aloud (video link) in the legislative chamber on March 17.
Now we witness the result of substitute teacher Anthony Hill’s letter. If you are thinking that the students at the low-performing Harold W. Smith Elementary School were reprimanded, you’d be wrong.
The students aren’t under fire. It is the teacher.
For daring to expose the flagrant behavior of many in the class, his personal martial discord leading up to and including allegations made by his wife during their 2007 separation, are now spread across the newspaper.
The agendized Arizona Republic, in close collaboration with legislative Democrats, is now trying to remove Hill’s ability to earn a living. Sen. Steve Gallardo (D-Dist13) publicly questioned the wisdom of using the letter in “light of Hill’s background.”
The newspaper’s tried and true retribution tactic is underway with numerous articles attacking the man’s credibility. Now it wants his earning power reined in.
Hill’s scholastically disinterested students have learned something. They’ve been exposed to powerful lessons about how those with agendas will rally to protect their system rather than ensure excellence in education. They’ve learned that under-achieving students are rewarded for defying authority. And they’ve been given a front row seat watching the erosion of the Mr. Hill’s First Amendment freedoms.