He's not just a teacher, he's a counselor, so those views can -- and have -- very well create conflict with his ability to perform that job: any student or parent who read that piece, for instance, and who either is bisexual or homosexual, or who eschews that sort of bigotry, will now no longer be comfortable with this man in that regard. To boot, this is more than one piece, and in one of his pieces he criticized his own union for initiatives in the schools to end GLBT harassment, clearly stating he doesn't support his own schools policies to make things fair and safe for all students there.
I agree, it can be iffy with things like this, but teachers are hired on the basis of who they are, not just who they are in school, because it is a position that's pretty intense and does require loads of tolerance. Holding any job also often requires accepting certain value systems that job puts forth, and in this case, that's equality and tolerance.
I used to be a teacher as well, and one of the reasons I don't teach actively now is because of my sex work, even with Scarleteen -- even if I didn't bring that to a school, they could base hiring or keeping me on what I do outside the classroom, and while I sincerely wish our culture was such that my working with sexuality wasn't a conflict, in a school system, it very much can be, and I respect that because I respect how delicate it is to educate and run a school. What I do outside the classroom, especially when made public knowledge, can very much effect how students feel about me, how parents and colleagues can work with me, and can stand counter to a given schools values, just like with this man, despite it being a very different take on things.
Were he say, saying publicly he felt all african-americans were psychologically abnormal, or that protecting students from racial harassment was NOT a bad idea, it'd be pretty clear to see that there was no way he could deal with that student population fairly or with tolerance, no?
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[This message has been edited by Miz Scarlet (edited 04-25-2003).]