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Political Diatribes in Classrooms

A regular issue in schools is the political slant of teachers and passing that slant on to students in the course of education. In Colorado this week we had a student turn in a tape of one diatribe of his 10th grade geography teacher. This happens to be in the cherry creek school district a well regarded and well to do school district in Colorado.

Anyway, if you want to listen to one hell of a diatribe and the back and forth between the students check out this link. Bush slamming and typical left wing spin is par for course. Audio is 20 minutes long....

http://www.9news.com/acm_news.aspx?OSGNAME=KUSA&IKOBJECTID=b8298706-0abe...

Here is an op-ed piece on the teacher and his ranting.

http://www.townhall.com/opinion/columns/walterwilliams/2006/02/22/187189...

Personally I don't care if people debate these issues but the opinions raised and the student/teacher relationship in the audio seems totally out of line.

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Left wing? The guy sounds like some sort of neo-nationalist from eastern Europe!

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Heard this morning that the teacher is now on "adminstrative leave." I am hopeful that this is some sort of precursor to firing the JERK!

You know, if this had been a Social Studies class, a Civics class, or even a History class, I might say that the comments were inappropriate, but maybe understandable. This was a GEOGRAPHY class for God's sake!!! This teacher is quite obviously incapable of doing his job! He has no business talking about anything remotely like this in a Geography class! He desperately needs to be FIRED forthwith!

...I was about to say that this is unbelievable. Sadly, though, it is quite thoroughly believable!

Oh yeah, and of course, if the teacher does get fired, he'll delude himself into thinking that his firing is just more evidence of oppression by right-wing Nazis.

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I agree -- fire the guy and he'll nail himself to his cross in the national media as somebody who was unjustly denied free speech.

I listened to a good chunk of the diatribe, and I know how upset my kids would be if they had to put up with it. The guy's a preacher of the Church of Liberalism, using the classroom as his personal pulpit to convert a captive audience. Darned right he should be fired. He's not encouraging debate -- he's preaching, and woe to any student who would attempt to disagree with him.

This can be put in perspective very easily. If a teacher were to stand in front of a class spinning wild right-wing conspiracy theories, there'd be no controversy whatsoever about him being fired. If he stood up there and referenced Jesus (even as a historical figure), he'd be out. Yet people think that spewing the most absurd left-wing dogma is protected as free speech.

Nobody's saying he can't go out and yell it from a street corner. But in his role as a teacher he's an employee -- and as such must respect the standards of the employer. In his case his employer works in turn for the community. Freedom of speech does not give you the right to continued employment if you're saying things that offends your employer.

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expatriate wrote:
Freedom of speech does not give you the right to continued employment if you're saying things that offends your employer.

Absolutely! I hadn't heard that he was trying to spin it as a First Amendment issue, but it wouldn't surprise me. In any case, this is not a free speech issue in any way, shape, or form. Period! Anybody who says it is, is simply and disingenuously trying to deflect attention from the REAL issue.

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Bennish was not dismissed or otherwise punished....

http://www.9news.com/acm_news.aspx?OSGNAME=KUSA&IKOBJECTID=e62363e3-0abe...

I find this disturbing. If the student has other recordings he should make them public.

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And people wonder why home schooling is on the rise...

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