March 02, 2006

Speaking of schools ...

... this dude is really a bad example of a teacher. Not because of his [radical] political views, but because he espoused them without balance in his classroom. Period. Be sure to read the entire transcript of what he said.

(In a related matter on this story, did the student who made the recording get permission to tape the teacher's lectures/discussions? That's a legitimate question.)

In a similar story, this teacher held a mock war crimes trial for President Bush. The difference in this case, however, is that this teacher is presenting a balanced presentation -- there are students "prosecuting" Bush and those "defending" him. From the article, it sounds like a neat lesson plan, albeit controversial, surely. But what's social studies without a bit of controversy anyway?

The teacher, Joseph Kyle, is supported by his principal. And, he hasn't just used such a lesson plan against "one side":

Kyle is no stranger to controversial topics. Starting on Tuesday, his sophomore class will put former President Andrew Jackson on trial for alleged abuses against Native Americans.

Kyle insisted that he doesn't have a partisan agenda. While teaching at Montclair High School, he conducted an impeachment trial of President Clinton while he was in office.

"There's nothing bad with exploring evidence on both sides," Kyle said.

Indeed there's "nothing bad!" It's vital when teaching social studies!

UPDATE: The dude from the first story (who really looks like this guy) has been put on leave. Isn't that a bit extreme? Couldn't the principal or superintendent haul the guy in and say "Knock it the hell off?"

And on the Cavuto show on FNC, they're showing students staging a "walk-out" -- in support of the teacher and against the kid who recorded the teacher's rants, calling him a "snitch"!! It's silly to report this anyway as kids will use ANY excuse for a walk-out (you should have seen some of them in this case, too). But "snitching"? As a parent, I'd be pissed as hell at this teacher's unbalanced diatribes, and would definitely want to know about it.

By the way, does anyone else recall a few years ago when a district in Florida wanted to pass a curriculum measure that referred to the United States as "the best country in the world" (or something like that) and how the local NEA chapter and other left-leaning organizations went ape-doodoo?

UPDATE 2: Found a link about that Florida district. Google is awesome. Here was their original resolution on how to teach multiculturalism:

This instruction shall also include and instill in our students an appreciation of our American heritage and culture such as: our republican form of government, capitalism, a free enterprise system, patriotism, strong family values, freedom of religion and other basic values that are superior to other foreign or historic cultures.

Yeah, a bit harsh. Even Lynne Cheney finds it so. Still, the NEA is supposed to represent ALL its members (and their viewpoints), so I'll wait and see if they show outrage at radical teacher Jay Bennish.

UPDATE 3: The rad teacher, Jay Bennish, has hired an ACLU attorney, apparently -- the same hotshot who represented Ward Churchill.

Posted by Hube at March 2, 2006 04:03 PM | TrackBack

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The thing that's most wrong about this guy in Denver is not that he gave a political rant disguised as lecture without a balanced or opposing view, but that he did it in a geography class. Maybe this is why American students can't find Mexico on a map.

Posted by: G Rex at March 2, 2006 05:35 PM

Looks like his students are split - 3.2 out of 5 (average)
http://www.ratemyteachers.com/schools/colorado/aurora/overland_high_school/jay__bennish

Posted by: MPH at March 2, 2006 07:52 PM

There is a funny post about this over at HoT:

http://hammeroftruth.com/2006/03/02/teacher-suspended-for-insulting-hitler/

Posted by: Retarded Lemming at March 3, 2006 01:16 AM

This is terrible. The article says that the kids have been doing a lot of research, and there's no way that Bush's actions could stand up to a thorough scrutiny of the facts. I hope some grownup has the common sense to pull the plug on this project before it goes to far.

Posted by: John at March 5, 2006 12:54 AM