Vegan views may cost teacher's job

Vegan views may cost teacher's job

There are 29 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Sep 6, 2007, titled Vegan views may cost teacher's job. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Dave Warwak has taught art at Fox River Grove Middle School for eight years, and for most of that time, he was happy to eat meatloaf, hot dogs or whatever else the cafeteria workers dished out.

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Eric Prescott

Quincy, MA

#21 Sep 8, 2007
Good on him! Someone needs to help keep those kids from becoming automatons who put just any garbage in their mouths because it's sold to them on TV.
Eric Prescott

Quincy, MA

#22 Sep 8, 2007
Seth wrote:
As one who has studied nutrition deeply this teacher is out of line to even suggest a vegan diet for growing teenagers. This type of diet is hard enough for mature adults in that it needs extensive vitamin supplements to work.
This is patently false, FYI. Plenty of real world examples to prove you wrong.

Moultrie, GA

#23 Sep 9, 2007
I think one of the est ways to teach children is by example. I do believe a proper example would be to take them on a field trip to a factory farm. Let them see the conditons first hand. Let them see everything. From newborns taken from their mothers, right up to the slaughter. Maybe let them help out. Children (and adults) need to learn that shrink wrapped packages of dead rotting flesh and fast food from the drive through were once living breathing feeling animals. They need to see this frist hand. I think everyone in the US does. No wonder why we're the fattest and laziest country in the world. There is a reason for it. The food people buy and put into their bodies has more to do with it then everything else combined.

Oklahoma City, OK

#24 Sep 9, 2007
While I appreciate his sharing his philosophies so children are exposed to different ways of life, I do not appreciate the scare tactics involved. I've seen PETA exhibits pushed down throats while living in DC - it's off-putting and defeats the purpose. His new diet IS like a new religion to him and he's hoping to save people with his preaching.

If you give information in a reasonable way it's likely more meaningful in the long run. You can't push people to do anything. I know. I'm recovering from a celiac disease diagnosis, a disease of malabsorption associated with kidney, liver, and cardiomyopathies; plus many autoimmune diseases like thyroid disorders, MS, RA, lupus, Sjogren's, diabetes type I. I'm eating more (not all) raw food for the nutritional benefits (read Gabriel Cousens' Rainbow Live Green Foods). Do you think people listen to *me* when I tell them that eating gluten in wheat, rye, barley and oats could be harming them?*Especially* the vegans and vegetarians? NO!

What I don't like is if kids are made to feel bad about what they eat if they choose something other than vegan. I like that they learn more about food - just don't be so "artistic" and negative.

Chicago, IL

#25 Sep 11, 2007
Teachers shouldn't use the classroom to preach their own beliefs. Stick to the material and standardized test preparation.

Birmingham, AL

#26 Sep 11, 2007
Personal view or not, he was asked by the administration to stop and REFUSED, therefore asked to leave. If people complained about things you did in your job and you were asked to stop and flat out refused should you have a job? Now he wants to press child endangerment charges? And refuses to return until they switch to a vegan only menu in the cafeteria? That sounds like demands made by someone who thinks he has the right to decide for these children. It's not the parents asking for it, it's him.
Michelle Libertyville IL


#27 Sep 12, 2007
As a vegiterian myself, this guy is out of his mind. My boyfriend of 12 years eats meat & I cook it for him. I CHOOSE not to eat meat, it's not someone elses right to force their opinions on anyone else!!! He gives vegiterians a bad name!!!

Chippewa Falls, WI

#28 Sep 21, 2007
Vegans, Animal Rights Activist, and Humane Educators have embarked on a major campaign to educate the youth of America. Warwak explains,“We have some of the world’s best minds conferring the connections to Humane Education, the environment, health, wellbeing, truth, school shootings and violence in general, including war and ultimately, our fate”. Warwak might be on to something as we talked with the author of the ‘World Peace Diet’, Dr. William Tuttle, who confirmed,“I think this new idea of giving kids cards with a secret on them is terrific. Let them discover for themselves. That is most empowering. And the ‘secret’ idea is brilliant. Kids love secrets. They know deep down that things are being hidden from them. So much is hidden - not just from the kids, but from the big boys & girls running around calling themselves adults.” Dr. Tuttle goes on to say,“This is the hidden secret root of it all – Warwak has his hand right on it”.
The campaign consists of passing out small business cards to children wherever they may be.“Thanks to compassionate people and their extensive connections all over the world, animal rights groups, vegetarians, vegans, and humane educators will be passing out business cards to children wherever they may be.” Warwak adds,“Groups are hitting the streets, during times when children are most likely to be out and about. Groups are already planning on a full force presence on Halloween. Even vegans who stay home will be passing out vegan candies accompanied by a message of love.” Then Warwak proudly proclaimed,“So far today, I passed out 34 cards!”
The business card’s front reads:
Remember the Santa Claus lie?
One lie is so bad, some people prefer to keep it hidden.
So hidden, some never find out!
Do you want to live a lie?
The back reads:
Go to your favorite search engine.
Look-up “Factory Farming” Look-up “Vegan”
“Naming a rock, a banana, does not make it food”
The Animal Liberation Front has joined in and devoted a full page on their site promoting the campaign. When asked, to explain why he is so passionate about telling children the truth and changing his school into a vegan school, Warwak responded,“I can’t understand why they are fighting so hard against something so good. The World is behind us and prepared to help. There is every reason in the world for the school to go vegan and not one single reason to do otherwise” PETA’s Vice President, Bruce Friedberg is offering to help Fox River Grove Middle School with its transition to a vegan diet “We'll pay for food for a week, get vegan chefs in to help and consult, whatever”. The “Chicago Animal Rights Meetup Group”,“Mercy for Animals”, and other groups around the world are prepared to step in and help in hopes FRGMS becomes the first vegan public school in America. Could this revolution be inevitable, whether, we wanted change or not?

Chippewa Falls, WI

#29 Sep 21, 2007
Vegan America – Revolt!
Date: 09/20/07
Seems we have revolution here in America erupting under our noses and there is not much we can do about it. This revolution pits compassionate children against their uncaring parents. The revolution even has a name,“Vegan America – Revolt!” The revolution was born from incidents surrounding Dave Warwak and his persistent attempts to teach Humane Education at Fox River Grove Middle School in Illinois.
Warwak explains,“The adult meat-eaters in the world no longer have a choice in this matter. This revolution belongs to the children. The children of today are smart and want a better world. They are tired of the shape of things. The children of today deserve better and do not want war, starvation, pollution, death, and destruction. They want and deserve a healthy and loving world. Just ask a child, you will see.” He then instructs those against his ideas to,“Go off in the corner with your roast beef sandwich, while we build a better World. We want the future and we want it now.”
Warwak believes the adults in charge want to hide information from children and that it is the duty of every vegan and animal rights activist in the world to let the children around them know the truth. He proposes telling children wherever they may be and even goes on to give strategies.“It can be as simple as a business card with a message that you slip to children whenever and wherever you see them”. Warwak believes children are the transmission of society and for things to change, we have to be honest with our children.

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