Written by B. Elliot Stern
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Saturday, 21 February 2004

DAYTON, Ohio - An elementary school teacher in Dayton, Ohio is under fire today for what some are calling his practice of controversial subject matter in the public school system. Mark Davis, a first year teacher at Webster Elementary School has apparently been instructing his fourth grade class on the finer points of lying and how to get away with it as part of his everyday curriculum.

Davis, 46, who spent 24 years in the corporate world before entering into teaching full-time, is speaking out against his critics. "Parents spend too much time teaching their kids to tell the truth, when in fact anyone who has experienced life in the real world knows that lying and lying well is what ultimately helps you reap the rewards out there. I've spent the better part of my life lying to my parents, wife, friends, bosses and co-workers and I can stand here today and tell you life has been good to me thus far, a lot better I believe than if I had told the truth all the time. Already I've had some of my students thank me for teaching them how to become better liars. They are getting away with much more at home than they ever imagined, and I see that as nothing but a good thing for what they will encounter later in life," said Davis.

One angry parent is calling for the school principal to suspend Davis until a full investigation can be conducted. "I used to always be able to tell when my son was lying to me, and now I've got no clue. He's become so good at lying that he teases me about it. It's absolutely disgraceful," said Sheila McMahon, mother of nine year old Webster student Tommy McMahon.

School board officials will meet next week to begin evaluating any disciplinary action they might be able to take, however one legal expert has stated that the board may have a difficult time proving any wrongdoing on Davis's part.

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