Substitute Teacher's Letter Backed Up In Part by Exit Report; Tony Hill Gave Students "Poor" Rating for Behavior
An exit report given to the Glendale Elementary School District by substitute teacher Tony Hill backs up -- in part, anyway -- a letter he wrote that criticized his students' behavior.
Hill's letter created quite a stir since it was sent to State Senator Russell Pearce a couple of weeks ago and read on the floor of the state senate. Hill described how a classful of eighth-grade students disrepected him, the educational process and, in general, the United States. It contains the blatantly bigoted statement that most of the Hispanic students he's encountered "do not want to be educated but rather be gang members and gangsters."
At first, news reporters couldn't find evidence that Hill had ever subbed for Glendale, but that was later confirmed, and the class tracked down. Now, Arizona Republic reporter Alia Rau has dug up the report Hill wrote to the district at the end of his teaching gig -- and it supports his side of the story.
From Rau's blog post:
The Glendale Elementary School District substitute's exit report that Hill filled out for the Harold W. Smith Elementary School 8th grade literature and social studies class on March 8 includes room for the substitute to rank student behavior from excellent to poor, as well as asks specific questions.
Hill marked "poor" for students following directions and knowing the dicipline process. Under comments, he stated that students "refused to act proper."
Under the question, "What was accomplished today?" Hill wrote, "No one needed medical attention."
Under the question, "What was not accomplished today?" Hill wrote, "the assignments." Hill did not write anything under the lines allotted for "inappropriate behavior."
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The students had no recollection of anything Hill had written about, naturally. We're a bit skeptical of that because, except for the anti-American stuff, we remember how out-of-control eighth-grade classes could get under the watch of a crappy sub. As for the "we are Mexicans and Americans stole our land" quote in the letter -- it doesn't sound so incredible in a state where similar sentiments are taught in Tucson public schools.
While we think Hill's letter may have exaggerated the classroom scene and certainly went over the top with the "most Mexicans want to be gangsters" slur, it appears to have been based in his real experience.
Still, the kids are probably way better behaved with their regular teacher.
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