We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Was he teaching "community organizing"? I was a drunk, angry teacher - I just wanted to open my students' eyes to social justice and reality. I didn't want them to end up bitter like me.
It's not so much the drinking that bothers me - it's that he was not doing his job and it sounds like he still is not. For him, it's all about him. I would not want this jerk "teaching" my kids anything. Since I am sure he is in a government teaching union, he can't be fired.
If there were really social justice, pretty popular girls would sleep with nerds before they made their first billion and not with the high school athletes who peak in 12th grade. Instead we get social diseases.
He's seriously deluded if he thinks the kids didn't know exactly what he was/is. Kids are smarter than adults give them credit for, even though we were kids once ourself. True, some conformists probably passed through and were infected, but the rebels saw the hypocrisy.
I remember back at the start of 9th grade. New public high school after doing middle school in a private school. I got dropped into general English, but though I should be in college-prep. I did the transfer into a small over-crowded room with the old man in the department who spent most of the class hugging on the 14-yr old girls. Some even seemed uncomfortable with the groping although, they'd never say so since to be in his class was social status. I on the other hand, switched back to regular English where the sexualization came from an inadvertent pun instead of being "hands on".
Teaching pessimism and hoping for optimism is a surefire formula for anger. No wonder he was a drunk. "we have to destroy the village in order to save it." Too bad he had to dump all his angry disappointment on his students.
"To act on the belief that we possess the knowledge and the power which enable us to shape the processes of society entirely to our liking, knowledge which in fact we do not possess, is likely to make us do much harm."