When the news broke last year that a kindergarten science classroom at the home of a local pastor was being tested for a new curriculum, a number of parents were concerned.
The teacher who had been teaching a kindergarten class in the town of Fairbanks, Alaska, was a former school principal, and was apparently working under the guise of being a new teacher.
But the testing results proved to be far from a fluke, and they didn’t seem to be the work of a rogue teacher.
Rather, they were the result of a concerted effort to teach a curriculum that is scientifically invalid.
While a small number of people had already begun to suspect that this particular kindergarten science textbook had been a hoax, the conspiracy theories continued to fly, and the media quickly picked up on the story.
One of the conspiracy theorists, who goes by the handle @paul_felipe, tweeted out a picture of himself with a mock-up of the teacher’s classroom.
He later tweeted that his “fake teacher” had actually taught a class that “went against what I believed”.
Another tweet by @sarahfelicia read: “This teacher is the same teacher who teaches a kindergarten curriculum that’s scientifically invalid.”
But what really happened at Fairbanks High School?
In a letter to parents from Superintendent Jim Schindler, the superintendent noted that the teacher had previously been suspended after the discovery of plagiarism.
“In the process of evaluating the content of the classroom, the teacher learned that it had been altered,” the letter read.
“The teacher was subsequently suspended pending the results of further testing.”
This letter was signed by the superintendent, a retired principal, two of the principals and the teacher himself.
So what exactly did the teacher do that made it possible for the testing to come back positive?
“The principal and the principal’s staff have a responsibility to make sure that no matter what the results are, the district is safe and that the students are receiving the appropriate educational materials,” Schindlers letter read, adding that the district was working with the Fairbanks Police Department to ensure the safety of students.
The district also told parents that the principal had been suspended without pay for the previous two weeks “in response to his failure to follow district procedures”.
It also told the parents that “no student was harmed”.
The Fairbanks Daily News, however, reported that the original teacher had left the school in the wake of the scandal, and that he was now working as a teacher in Alaska.
“There is no indication that this teacher is in any way connected to the current situation in Fairbanks,” the newspaper reported, “and there is no evidence that he has any knowledge of the test results.”
While Fairbanks is a relatively small school, it is home to more than 30,000 students.
At least some of those students were taught by a former teacher who was involved in the scam.
The fake teacher was also responsible for the introduction of the controversial science class to Fairbanks.
The teachers introduction to the curriculum was one of the more controversial parts of the whole story.
A Facebook page titled “FALSE teachers teaching curriculum at Fairbank High School” has been created, which includes several photos of the mock-ups.
In one, a man in a hat wearing a cowboy hat stands over a child, with a toy cowboy hat.
The man’s face is obscured by a cowboy mask, and he is holding a bow and arrow.
In another, a teacher wearing a suit with a cowboy on the front has the same child in the same position, with the bow and arrows still visible.
The school’s principal, Jim Schimmel, has since resigned, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.
The news of the fake teacher’s dismissal is a sign that the scam is over.
But there are still questions over what actually happened to the science class at Fairfields High School.
The Fairweather Herald, the paper of record in Fairbank, Alaska says that the school district “has suspended” the teacher.
In a statement, Fairbanks City Schools spokesperson John Beal said: “We are currently in the process to remove this teacher.
We will provide further updates when available.”
It is not yet known if the teacher will be reinstated.
“It’s the teacher who is responsible for introducing the curriculum that has caused the concern, not the science teacher,” said Beal.
“We’ve got no evidence whatsoever that this is the case.”
In a press release, the Fairweather Times, the parent newspaper of Fairbank Daily News also expressed its concern about the fake teachers “education”.
The paper also highlighted the teacher as a “former principal”, which was a “problem” that “shouldn’t be allowed”.
“We need to look at these types of things that happen, but it’s just one of those things that should never happen,” said the newspaper’s director of news and information, Josh Evers. “I