A Duval Schools science teacher was pulled from his classroom indefinitely — the same week school started.
When Daniel Adam Goodman wrote a volatile statement on his whiteboard — criticizing students who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance or national anthem — he said he didn’t mean to offend anyone.
“There are no longer separate water fountains and bathrooms in Jacksonville for ‘white’ and ‘colored’ as Mr. Goodman remembers from the 1960′s,” the First Coast High School science teacher wrote across his board in black marker. “We have had a Black president, the superintendent of Duval Schools is a Black woman.”
Goodman, who is white, started teaching at First Coast High School in October 2017, records show. He’s been teaching in Duval since 2003 and had a previous stint at First Coast in 2006 after being transferred from Forrest High School, now Westside High School.
A photo of his whiteboard creed spread from student to parent to Facebook and quickly went viral. Duval County Public Schools released a statement last week, the same day the photo hit social media, saying his statements were inconsistent with policy and that the ordeal was referred to the Office of Professional Standards.
Records show it’s not the first time Goodman’s upset someone at a school.
In a letter titled “My Experience at First Coast” — which was inside Goodman’s personnel file that the Times-Union obtained — Goodman said his co-teaching situation was unbearable.
“I honestly do not know why, but my co-teacher was rude and uncooperative with me,” he wrote about his 2006 experience.
Next, he described his supervising administrator as unsupportive. “Her behavior towards me could be described as ‘chilly.’” Goodman also wrote that other teachers would complain to administrators about him if students left “so much as a piece of a candy wrapper on the floor.”
That same year in a separate letter, Goodman wrote a rebuttal, appealing to an underwhelming teacher review from his supervising administrator.