Vegan Art Teacher Draws New Round Of ...

Vegan Art Teacher Draws New Round Of Controversy

There are 10 comments on the NBC 5 Chicago story from Jun 23, 2008, titled Vegan Art Teacher Draws New Round Of Controversy. In it, NBC 5 Chicago reports that:

A Fox River Grove art teacher who was fired last year for telling his students about veganism, is still causing controversy.

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Howlbait

Cary, IL

#1 Jun 23, 2008
Brian Miller did some incomplete reporting ... things didn't get out of hand until:

-- Mr. Warwak was warned by administration to stop his proselytizing

-- Mr. Warwak asked students not to tell their parents about what he discusses with them

-- Mr. Warwak contacted children through myspace

-- Mr. Warwak arranged to meet children at McDonalds without parental consent

Mr. Warwak was paid to teach middle school students art (within a certain curriculum, specified by the the school district) and not to preach his own personal beliefs to kids.
Warwak

Williams Bay, WI

#2 Jun 23, 2008
Excellent job Brian. Get ready for these personal attacks at you for running the story. Don't take it personal (I always consider the source). There attacks are a primal reaction. Deep in their bones they know they are wrong. Instead of admitting it, which would change everything as they know it, they choose either fight or flight. Most of the negative posters choose to fight as evidenced by their personal attacks instead of addressing their own apathy and dis-connectedness/lack of respect. Once someone posts negative remarks, the herd mentality kicks in. Again, great job when other reporters would shy away from the backlash running a vegan story. A+++
eileen

Lake Worth, FL

#3 Jun 24, 2008
wonderful!! So very inspiring.. As mentioned prior, this is a real life David vs. Goliath... I am humbled by Dave's commitment, loyalty and passion toward the rights of animals.. Moreover, his devotion to his students regarding truthful teachings.. I guess being a truthful/honest/empathetic educator, makes you wrong??!! I guess drawing out of the lines gets you a smack on the hand??!!
eileen

Lake Worth, FL

#4 Jun 24, 2008
Teachers provide a social and intellectual environment in which students can learn!!!

Einstein said "It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."

Dave you did your job, and then some!! At least you can look yourself in the mirror everyday knowing this.. great story..Brian Miller did a "scrumtrulecent" job!! Kudos to Mr. Miller...
eileen

Lake Worth, FL

#5 Jun 24, 2008
to feel compassion is to feel that we are in some sort and to some extent responsible for the pain that is being inflicted, that we ought to do something about it..
Kathryn

Philadelphia, PA

#6 Jun 26, 2008
It's part of the American Dream to have your own belief's and to live your own life according to them. But if he was hired to teach art, then he was suppose to teach art, not use his position as a bully pullpit to present his personal views and beliefs. He was hired to do a job and he failed. In the real world you get fired for not doing your job.

I don't know why some people believe that parents are not capabile of teaching their own children their core values.
Cindy

Oceanside, CA

#7 Jun 27, 2008
I don't feel that the teacher should have been fired. After all he was teaching
Just My Opinion

Batavia, IL

#9 Jun 27, 2008
maybe he was teaching, but he wasn't teaching what he was hired to be teaching, ART. he wan't teaching abot veganism, he was preaching it and forcing the clall to listen to it. If it was an issue with the school board, then he should have stopped durinig school hours. He could have set up some kind of after school group discussion to inform them of his beliefs if he wanted to keep pushing his choices on them. Then the kids could have gone on a voluntary basis, not as part of an unapproved curriculim
Warwak

Williams Bay, WI

#10 Jun 27, 2008
"We hold the concept was not intended to apply to criminal conduct which has no legitimate basis in our society. Teachers, as leaders and role models, with their education and background, have the duty to implant basic societal values and qualities of good citizenship in their students. To claim that such conduct was remediable distorts the thrust and purpose of the rule. Criminal activity of this nature is conduct which cannot be remedied by a warning." McBroom, 144 Ill. App. 3d at 473-74, 494 N.E.2d at 1198."

Veganism is nothing to hide and certainly nothing to fire an art teacher for.

Fox River Grove School District 3 chooses to ignore the Federal Trade Commissionís ruling against misleading commercial advertising in schools. I am being terminated for my response to the pro-dairy propaganda in the school cafeteria in which, I, as an Art Teacher, was educating students about the power of advertising in the Visual Arts. Specifically, how the Meat and Dairy Industry uses its influence to shape and guide the values and morals of society through indoctrination.
Warwak

Williams Bay, WI

#11 Jun 27, 2008
Of course Fox River Grove Middle School is paid to be one-sided.

Like 45,000 other public middle and high schools in the US and 60,000 elementary schools, it only receives reimbursement from the National School Lunch Program when it pushes milk and life-size Milk Mustache and "Body By Milk" posters adorn lunchroom walls.

This is the program that served children downer dairy cows, at risk for mad cow disease, until the January recall of Hallmark beef, observes Warwak in a recent memoir about his termination, Peep Show For Children Only, found on lulu.com .

Yet the pro dairy message on the school posters--which feature sports figures and popular musicians and arrive unsolicited from the National Dairy Council--is misleading and harmful testified Dr. T. Colin Campbell on the basis of decades of his National Institutes of Health-funded research.

"The consumption of dairy, especially at the younger ages, is a problem," said Campbell which includes health consequences like higher risks of prostate, uterine, breast and endometrial cancers, osteoporosis and a "threefold higher risk of colon cancer."

The health promises about strong bones and healthy bodies on the posters are written by a USDA dietary committee, said Campbell, whose members were found by a court to have conflicts of interests after refusing a Freedom of Information request.

http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/06/2...

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