And today in education news: A teacher in Arizona was fired over a bumper sticker. Tarah Ausburn’s car sports a sticker that reads “HAVE YOU DRUGGED YOUR KID TODAY?” After some parents complained, school officials gave Ausburn an ultimatum: remove the offending sticker, or else. Ausburn, who has taught English for seven years, refused, for which she was summarily fired. Ausburn says that her sticker was “kind of a criticism of us tending to over-medicate hyperactive kids who might not need those medications,” and that by being asked to remove it, her free speech was being violated. I can kind of see both sides of the issue here, though I do have to say that I come down more on Ausburn’s side of things; and really, arguing over a bumper sticker should probably be the least of the education system’s concerns right now. What do you think? Would you fire someone over a bumper sticker?
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