This teacher went viral after calmly and brilliantly questioning a student who called JK Rowling a “bigot." Now he's been fired.
· May 14, 2024 ·

Here is yet another example of why our educational system is in such a sorry state.

Back in February, high school teacher Warren Smith went viral after being asked by a student: "Do you still like [J.K. Rowling's] work, despite her bigoted opinions?"

The conversation that followed was a masterclass in the Socratic method and critical thinking. In it, he asked a series of questions that forced the student to think critically about the assumptions he was making.

Here is the brilliant exchange.

The video has been viewed on X alone over 45 million times.

This week, he revealed he was fired:

I've devoted four years of my life to this school, and yesterday it was like being a character in a video game and just being deleted like you were never there.

According to Smith, he wasn't given a clear reason that he was fired, although he seems to believe it was because of the public interviews he did after his video went viral. He also revealed the school took his computer, which contained several projects and books he had been working on for years.

The positive response on X was overwhelming:

It seems apparent that this school couldn't handle a teacher who encouraged students to question approved narratives, but we have a feeling that Warren Smith has a brighter future ahead of him.

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