Support growing for suspended history teacher
December 6, 2014 4 Comments
In a little city a few miles north of me, a school district has made moves to embarrass itself.
Those moves are causing trouble for a school employee, a well-loved and respected history teacher doing his job, and by all accounts, doing it well for over 38 years.
Last week the Marlow School District in southwest Oklahoma suspended Steve Alcorn with pay, but without much information. The suspension is regarding a drawing by a former student of a cat and alongside, a Benjamin Franklin quote, “In the dark, all cats are gray,” which, to those who know something of Franklin history, comes from a piece he wrote that refers to choosing a mistress. The fact is, not all of history is nice and neat.
Alcorn was given little information at the time of his suspension, and as time progressed, he has still been given little information. During an interview with a local T.V. station that aired yesterday, Alcorn said he has still not received anything in writing from his employer. At an executive school board meeting last night, the decision was made to have a termination hearing Jan. 20.
Family and friends have started a Facebook page for supporters, and it is filling fast with messages of support from all over, including current friends, current and former students and people who don’t even know Alcorn but have heard the news in their own necks of the woods.
Folks are posting how far Alcorn’s story is traveling, from our own local newspapers and news stations in Chicago, the UK, and even China.
Help us get the word out that this school district is going too far in restricting which parts of history are appropriate for teaching, as well as how loosely the district seems to be following procedures for reprimanding an employee, even if they have a justifiable reason.