Posted on August 21, 2021 at 4:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The middle of August means school’s almost back in session, for many across the United States.

Not so much this year for Matt Hawn, a teacher in Tennessee, though.

He’s fighting his dismissal from Sullivan County Schools, a case that the Atlantic recently covered.

Since the battle is ongoing, both sides were circumspect in what they told the Atlantic, but it’s fact that Hawn included both an article by writer Ta-Nehisi Coates (“The First White President”) and a performance by poet Kyla Jenée Lacey (“White Privilege”) in his contemporary-issues class … and then he was fired.

Head to the Atlantic to read a more detailed summary of his case and what Hawn is able to say about his reading material choices for the classroom.

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