Look no further than stories like this, where the County Director of schools is telling a soldier that teaching should take priority over fighting for your country.
Like so many soldiers who have helped fight the war on terror, Capt. John Parker put his life on the line every day while he was deployed in Afghanistan.
“I signed up to serve my country,” Parker tells NewsChannel 5 investigative reporter Jennifer Kraus.
And serve he did, which is why he was so shocked at how he was treated when he came back home to Wilson County.
“It just made me feel that the people I was fighting for were the exact people that were taking my job from me,” he adds.
You see, Parker is not just a soldier.
He’s also a teacher who taught criminal justice to high school students and helped coach the school wrestling team. before he was sent to the Middle East with the Army Reserves.
Parker should have had no problem going back to work thanks to a special federal law that protects soldiers like Parker.
It guarantees that, when they come home from their deployment, they’ll get their old jobs back for at least a year.
But just one month after Parker went back to work, the Wilson County School system told him his teaching contract was not being renewed and he was out of a job.
Wilson County Director of Schools Dr. Jim Duncan, the man who sent the letter informing Parker that he was being let go, insists that “he was not fired.”
Duncan maintains that the teacher-turned-soldier was told not to return to school the next year because there just weren’t enough students signed up for Parker’s class.
But Duncan also admits that he had problems with Parker being sent to Afghanistan not once, but twice.
“It was like we got these classes going and you’re supposed to be the teacher,” Duncan tells Kraus.
“So, you’re saying his teaching position should have been his priority?” Kraus asks.
And while heroes like this are fighting to regain their teaching positions, teachers who joyously promote theories about 9/11 being an “inside job” are quickly welcomed into the educational system.
Need any further proof of the problems with the American education system?