Vegan teacher won't return to school ...

Vegan teacher won't return to school until school stops serving...

There are 132 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Sep 11, 2007, titled Vegan teacher won't return to school until school stops serving.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A vegan middle school teacher says he's not going back to class until the school stops serving milk and meat.

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Patrick Brent

United States

#1 Sep 11, 2007
Send him packing! The last thing our kids need are teachers pushing their agenda. Send this whack job down the river without a paddle! Hope this guy is removed from the district payrolls ASAP.

Downers Grove, IL

#2 Sep 11, 2007
Warwak's 44 years old and has taught for 8 years.

I suspect midlife crisis / burnout -- if, by this behavior, he can leave as a righteous martyr he can see himself as a mighty warrior for a noble cause.

Instead of an intolerant zealot.

Elmhurst, IL

#3 Sep 11, 2007
What a maroon. Like his little tantrum is going to make educators decide against decades of study that refute everything he says about diet. Here's a tip for all the vegatarian/vegans out there...see those sharp edged teeth near the front of your mouth? Those are called "incisors". They're designed to rend flesh. If humans were meant to eat nothing but grain, we'd have a mouth full of teeth like a cow. All very heavily enameled molars. And a cud. Scares me that this guy had access to the brains of children.

Stamford, CT

#4 Sep 11, 2007
Sounds like job abandonment to me. What on earth gives a lone individual the questionable right to dictate the dietary beliefs of others? This guy needs to go hug a tree and leave our children to rational teachers.
A Reader

Plano, TX

#5 Sep 11, 2007
If he actually states he will not be returning to class until the school removes the products, then he can submit his resignation. The milk is almost definitely mandated by federal decree and will not be removed. Since the teacher refuses to instruct his class (note this isn't a protest over his teaching), then the district should simply remove him for unexcused absence. Seems pretty simple and barely newsworthy at this point.
John - Western Springs

Morristown, NJ

#6 Sep 11, 2007
Great, I hope he stays home. We don't need proselytizing zealots in our classrooms anyway. We do need people that teach our kids critical thinking and tolerance for other points of view.
Mike L

Wood Dale, IL

#7 Sep 11, 2007
It seems to me there is an art position open at a middle school in the far northwest suburbs. I wonder how long it will take to find a replacement. Lets not be to quick to brand all educators and teachers radicals or zealots. This is one persons personal agenda.

Chicago, IL

#8 Sep 11, 2007
Mr. Warwak has the right to express his views. But it is tyranny of the minority, threatening to file a law suit for child endangerment if we don't do what he demands.
The community usually sets the standards that we follow, even if some times we don't like the standards.
Tom J

Fond Du Lac, WI

#9 Sep 11, 2007
Children need educators, not indoctrinators. Warwak is clearly in the wrong line of work.

North Chicago, IL

#10 Sep 11, 2007
Now what happened to freedom of choice. Who is he to tell the school what they should be doing for all of those kids. I think it is the parents decision, not his. What he believes in is his own business, he only works at the school, 8 years to be exact. They say if you don't like something, then stop it. He needs to remove himself from the situation and stop trying to have everyone believe what HE...thinks is right.

Okeechobee, FL

#11 Sep 11, 2007
I believe the school should file breach of contract against this teacher. He "becomes" vegan this spring and feels he has the right to now tell his school district what they can and cannot serve in the cafeteria? Are you kidding me?

This is yet another example of extrememists trying to force their skewed views on the rest of us. He should either be forced back to work or fired!
Liz F

Dekalb, IL

#12 Sep 11, 2007
Mr Warwak is actually very much in line in his beliefs - in fact, the US factory farming industry is the single most leading cause of greenhouse gasses - more than all the cars and trucks in the world COMBINED. Plus, those of you who feed your children meat are also feeding them the antibiotic cocktail that animal consumes. Just "Google" veganism, try to educate yourself a little bit about this man's position before you condemn it for not being true to your "American way of life." You are most definitely poisoning your children by feeding them meat.

United States

#13 Sep 11, 2007
Okay so you mean this 40 some year old man decides now in life to become a vegan and that milk and meat are bad and endangering children, wow sure took him awhile to figure that one out. I think its a good thing that he isnt at the school, because is he going to give children the wrong impression of what foods are healthy for you???

Arlington Heights, IL

#14 Sep 11, 2007
Ok, this guy needs to grow up. He can't force everyone to view things the way he does. Good for him if he wants to be a vegan, don't make everyone else suffer in the process!
Steve M

Stamford, CT

#15 Sep 11, 2007
Good for him. I'm tired of people trying to shove their personal agendas down my kids' throats at school. He's not entitled to a job, if he chooses not to come to work then handle him like any other slacker. Is anyone FORCING him to eat the school cafeteria food? Bring a lunch just like everyone else does who doesn't agree with the lunch choices. I happened to believe the school meatloaf was inspired by the devil in 5th grade, so I brought a sandwich on those days.

Speaking of "choice" I bet this guy is first in line to rally about how certain other issues are about CHOICE and how people should stop pushing their agendas on everyone else. So CHOOSE not to eat the stuff if you disagree, but don't bring my kids into it.

United States

#16 Sep 11, 2007
I wouldn't want any of my childrens' teachers trying to impose a set of beliefs on my children and that sounds like what this teacher is trying to do. If he doesn't want to come back to the school because the cafeteria serves meat and milk products then fine, he doesn't have to. But he shouldn't expect to be paid either....

United States

#17 Sep 11, 2007

The point here is not whether veganism is the "right" way of life. I respect vegans just as much as I respect meat-eaters.(BTW, I enjoy a good steak...) The point of this discussion is if he should be forcing his viewpoints in a public school classroom. It is not a discussion on greenhouse gasses or the poisonous value of meat. And BTW, I don't believe eating meat is the "American way of life." I eat it because I think it tastes good. That's my personal choice. But back to the original point. It is a question of this man's teaching values. If he were jewish and was forcing his views on Palestine on these children, would you feel the same way?
Kathy S

Chicago, IL

#18 Sep 11, 2007
This guy is an idiot, and I'd be happy NOT to have him teaching my children. It's one thing to make your own choices, and even to enlighten others about the choices that are out there, but he has become a zealot. What if his next life changing discovery is white supremacy?
rudy g

Carrollton, TX

#19 Sep 11, 2007
while I personally beleive in what he does I do it for myself and dont try to make the rest of the people choose my beliefs. you are all so quick to condemn him but he is doing no more than the people who fight for prayer in schools,no smoking, anti abortion, and a city counsel that bans foie gras. have your own beliefs and keep your mouths shut.

United States

#20 Sep 11, 2007
Looks like someone is going to waiting a long time for the phone to ring! Why do people, especially people who convert to some belief, feel that is now their right to dictate to others how they live and what they do? Might have been a good teacher in the past but now it seems that their judgement has been altered by their personal beliefs, teachers need to separate that from what they teach.

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