Tuesday, January 22, 2013

In Which I Call Don Metz A Liar

It was now October, ten months after I had been expelled, and apart from my legal case, I still had three little mini-battles going on with the University:

1. My appeal of the failing grade on Prof. Bush's Chemistry Project.
2. The return of personal property.
3. The return of three marked assignments.

On Item 3, the registrar told me he was ready to return two of the assignments, but:
"Professor Metz says that the written portion of Assignment #5 was not submitted; the evaluation of that assignment was not completed. He does not know where the bulletin board portion would be that you did submit, since it was not picked up while you were still on campus in Fall term classes. Professor Metz did not assign any projects, and he does not know what you are referring to by "a couple of projects in [his] classroom."
 So Professor Metz was claiming I never handed in the writeup? I replied immediately to the Registrar:

My WIndows Live Mail "Sent Items" folder shows that the written portion of Ass't 5 was mailed to Professor Metz on January 11th. I am now re-forwarding that email to Prof. Metz. I would like the assignment marked.
 But there was more. I re-read the letter from the Registrar and realized that in the space of one very short paragraph, Metz had made no less than three provable misrepresentations. I wrote back to the Registrar, describing them in detail and listing them:

1. Contrary to his assertion, the written portion of Ass't 5. was emailed to him on January 11th.
2. Contrary to his assertion, there were various projects assigned us through the term, including the two which I would like returned.
 3. Contrary to his assertion, the Bulletin Board project was submitted in the first week of the winter term, not in the fall term.
 Then I concluded as follows:
In view of the number of errors made by Professor Metz in such a short space, I wonder if you would want to reconsider the reliability of the information you used in deciding to expel me from the Education program, in light of the fact that much of that information came from this same Prof. Metz.

The written accusations submitted against me by Metz a year ago had been riddled with lies, but I had never been given the chance to refute them because the University refused to disclose them to me until it was too late. And once I did get them in writing, I learned that Metz and the university had taken care to protect those lies behind the legal umbrella of "absolute privilege". I was apparently left with no recourse.

As for my documentation of Metz's three misrepresentations in one paragraph, the University made no further response. In fact, they decided to let the whole matter drop, including the issue of the personal property and the assignments they had already agreed to return (not to mention the grade appeal). Eight days later I decided to press the matter again:

I am still baffled by the University's lack of initiative in making arrangements to return my personal property. When we last corresponded a week ago, I suggested the University arrange for a mutually satisfactory time when I could come to campus and identify the property in question. Since then I have heard nothing further. I wonder what your intentions are in this regard?
I would also remind you of the three outstanding assignments, two of which you have undertaken to return but which I still have not received, and the third which Professor Metz ought to have finished marking by now.


  1. You are such a waste of space and will never be fit to be any sort of teacher. Get a job and a hobby, and move on with your life. You're embarrassing yourself.

  2. While the above Anonymous user was a bit overzealous, I do agree with the basic assertion that you are unfit to teach in public schools.

    All of the posts that I have read come off as being confrontational and abrasive (and not just the ones on this legal issue), and based on the assignment that you posted (regarding teaching Moles right off the bat), I get the impression that you have unrealistic expectations for what students are initially capable of (It's good to have high expectations, but starting them impossibly high can be crippling). I'm also noticing a certain level of inflexibility in your attitudes, opinions and beliefs, which tend to trigger the aggression and abrasiveness.

    In a blog (or even as a University/College professor), these can be valuable. People choose to be there, and may be entertained by it whereas the average person might not. But these traits do not fit into a typical classroom setting.

    I'd suggest letting this intended career path go, and finding one where a more extreme personality can be accepted and valued, rather than one where moderation and flexibility are more important.

  3. Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody - Rocky Balboa

    Maybe teaching isn't for you, but pointing fingers and blaming others wont achieve you anything. Press on in a different direction, you'll find the right way.