Sunday, July 12, 2015

Thoughts about overcoming my fears, plus a shout out from Diane Ravitch

One of the things that I have found difficult to do since my firing from the Joplin R-8 School District and the character assassination against me at my May 23, 2013 hearing has been writing for the Huffington Post.

In Silver Lining in a Funnel Cloud, I wrote about how difficult it was for me to even get out of my apartment for quite some time after I received the police escort out of my classroom and that was even before C. J. Huff and members of his administrative team spent most of 10 hours attacking my character with allegations that had nothing to do with the charges against me.

For the most part I stopped writing for Huffington Post. Though I have contributed blogs from time to time. I suppose in the back of my mind I figured that people would have a hard time believing that someone who had been publicly attacked in the worst way possible by the "hero of the Joplin Tornado" would be someone whose thoughts on education would be worth considering.

It took me nearly two years to figure out that the only people in the Joplin area who have any problem with me are, for the most part, the same ones who did not like me or the Turner Report before my removal from the classroom and, of course, those who still think the greatest thing to ever happen to this area is Bright Futures.

I also have discovered that I have even less reason to be concerned about what people who read my national work on the Huffington Post or Daily Kos think of me. I can let my writing stand on its own.

So I was particularly pleased today when the nation's top education blogger, Diane Ravitch, a former top official in the Department of Education under President George H. W. Bush gave me a shout out on her blog, directing readers to my most recent Huffington Post blog.

It is always nice to be noticed in a positive way and especially from someone like Diane Ravitch, whose books are the most sensible being written about education today.

It took me far too long to realize it, but it is time for me to resume my regular writing on national education and political issues, in addition to what I have been doing on my blogs.

And it is probably time for me to get out a little more, but give me some time on that one.
Silver Lining in a Funnel Cloud: Greed, Corruption, and the Joplin Tornado is available locally at Always Buying Books and Changing Hands Book Shoppe in Joplin and Pat's Books in Carthage. It can also be purchased in paperback or e-book form at the links below.


Anonymous said...

It truly is a sad time when people with authority take advantage of their positions by trying to destroy someone's life with false accusations.
The moral to the story is; just because someone is an authority figure, whether it be a law enforcement officer or school superintendent, they are capable of lying when it serves their purpose.

Anonymous said...

Awesome! Thrilled to see you getting wider audience kudos, but chilled to see how many commenters are experiencing the same problems in their districts. Congratulations, Mr. Turner.

Anonymous said...

Good for you!

Anonymous said...

you are no doubt up for the struggle or is it down for the struggle?....either way you can move on...

The guilty flee where no one pursuith said...

Glad to hear that you are still living in fear, Turner.

It certainly is gratifying to hear that the author of the biggest slander-blog in the area is living in fear over the general population believing the charges professed by the authorities set over you by law and election. As I recollect you got the message loud and clear to leave after your hearing and firing and while you have never stopped whining about the result of being finished forever as a public school teacher and blacklisted, well, mission accomplished. You knew better than appeal further. Thank you CJ Huff!!!

The you are furtive and scurry about in public really makes me grin. Sounds like you know what you deserve even better than your numerous enemies do.

So keep on skulking on.

Randy said...

I find it interesting that someone who hides his or her name has the nerve to talk about someone's courage.

Anonymous said...

Yet you talk out both sides of your mouth in emphasizing how important it is for people to remain anonymous on this blog when trashing Huff and school board members. You can't have it both ways. I get it; it's only important when it benefits you. I mean really, what would the difference be if you who your numerous adversaries were?

Anonymous said...

Give it a rest, Huff. You could never understand the agony a person suffers at the hands of people who makes false allegations against them. Mr. Turner, you are a gentleman. Don't let the evil doers get you down.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Turner puts his name on his material. He allows others to post anonymously. Please don't confuse consideration for lack of courage.

Really? said...

I love it when people use Middle English or Latin to lend credence to their bullshit.

Me thinketh the author herein attempteth portrayal of others as angry and fearful to mask thine own true nature.

Attainus realitus.