March 07, 2006

Jay Bennish: Cleaned up and ready for softballs

Nutty Colorado "teacher" Jay Bennish has made himself "more presentable" to the public at large, and has gleefully entered the media realm that toss softball "questions" to you.


(Jay Bennish before -- and after.)

Case in point: Matt Lauer during today's "Today" show ...

"They shopped it around to conservative media outlets and finally released it to one and created an uproar. On the tape you can hear Sean Allen [the student in question] asking you questions that seem to be egging you on a little bit. Do you feel you were set up?"

As Newsbusters' Matt Finkelstein says,

Wait a second, Matt. Isn't the essence of the teacher's defense that he was trying to provoke discussion of these issues? Didn't you just hear him say that "my job as a teacher is to challenge students to think critically," that he was trying to "encourage critical thought" and that students would "get extra credit regardless of their viewpoints"?

But when a student does just that, he is "setting the teacher up"?

On that last point, however, the student, Sean Allen, disputes it. Today on the "Sean Hannity" show, Allen said Bennish has never offered extra credit for challenging his views. That, and Allen has disputed several points Bennish's lawyer has stated previously on various pundit shows.

Still, I agree with Hube. Bennish shouldn't be fired or even suspended (without pay) over this. He should be brought into the principal's office and told to knock off the radical partisan crap. Then again, if this story is accurate, Bennish has already been called to the principal's office due to a similar complaint. With this previous incident, now some sort of disciplinary action might be warranted since it's occured again. But even with that, some of the right-wing, like Chris Short's posts at Conservative Thinking (linked above), ought to chill a bit when yelling for Bennish's ouster (Short believes Bennish's district should have "canned [him] after the first incident"). Even the student who recorded him (and his mother, who's a Democrat) doesn't want Bennish fired. He just wants him to stop the political yammering in class. That's certainly a very fair and just position.

But if Bennish insists he has some First Amendment right to say what he wants in his class -- and wins a potential court case based on that position -- then I fear what will become of public classrooms. Facts and basic knowledge will get lost amid politics.

Posted by Felix at March 7, 2006 05:50 PM | TrackBack

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I heard on the radio that the original picture of Bennish (you know, the creepy one) was actually from his college days like 15 years ago. Could be the media is trying to use some loony caricature/picture to bring this guy down.

Posted by: Mike M. at March 7, 2006 08:37 PM

Jay Bennish instructs us in the urgency of school vouchers.

Bennish is yet another example of the political indoctrination running rampant in public schools, schools that too often see their mission as overruling the basic values of parents. The First Amendment is not a license for teachers to indoctrinate, or otherwise opine beyond the scope of the curriculum and school policy.

If teachers can't teach about 'controversial' issues without neglecting to present all major views fairly, then such issues need to be excised from the curriculum. Period.

The pervasive politicization of public education by teachers like Bennish is just another reason why freedom of choice through measures such as school vouchers is essential to a free society.

Contacts re Bennish:

Dr. Monte Moses, Superintendent
Cherry Creek School District
4700 South Yosemite Street
Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111
Phone: 303-773-1184
Fax: 303-773-9884’
Email: rmcintire@cherrycreekschools.org

Jana Frieler, Principal
Overland High School
Cherry Creek School District
Aurora, CO
Email: jfrieler@cherrycreekschools.org
(720)747-3880

Governor Owens
State of Colorado
Email: governorowens@state.co.us

Posted by: pete at March 7, 2006 11:13 PM

Jay Bennish instructs us on the urgency of school vouchers.

Bennish is yet another example of the political indoctrination running rampant in public schools, schools that too often see their mission as overruling the basic values of parents. The First Amendment is not a license for teachers to indoctrinate, or otherwise opine beyond the scope of the curriculum and school policy.

If teachers can't teach about 'controversial' issues without neglecting to present all major views fairly, then such issues need to be excised from the curriculum. Period.

The pervasive politicization of public education by teachers like Bennish is just another reason why freedom of choice through measures such as school vouchers is essential to a free society.

Contacts re Bennish:

Dr. Monte Moses, Superintendent
Cherry Creek School District
4700 South Yosemite Street
Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111
Phone: 303-773-1184
Fax: 303-773-9884’
Email: rmcintire@cherrycreekschools.org


Jana Frieler, Principal
Overland High School
Cherry Creek School District
Aurora, CO
Email: jfrieler@cherrycreekschools.org
(720)747-3880

Governor Owens
State of Colorado
Email: governorowens@state.co.us

Posted by: pete at March 7, 2006 11:24 PM

Yeah, the guy's clearly a twit and a crappy teacher for doing what he did. But for me, it's a little hard to be bothered by these little noise-machine-spun blogosphere faves involving solitary dummies, when we have to fend off, say, school districts trying to cram creationism down kids' throats as regular education.

Teachers say all kinds of stupid crap, and it sure isn't all liberal. To wit: I had a middle school German teacher who was a native German and, in my experience, a very nice lady. But I distinctly remember a historical discussion in which she explained in a couple different ways that "at the beginning, Hitler wasn't bad..." Had we not been 7th graders more concerned with passing notes, surely someone would've tossed a "Say WHAT?" her way at one point.

Posted by: dan at March 8, 2006 11:11 AM

then I fear what will become of public classrooms. Facts and basic knowledge will get lost amid politics.

Couldn't agree more, Felix. But I trust you come down on the side of "facts and basic knowledge" when it comes to teaching politico-religious doctrine (aka creationism) as well?

Posted by: dan at March 8, 2006 11:15 AM

Dan, I had a college anthropology prof. from Israel who, a day after explaining how all races were the same because they derived from the same ancestor, told us that Germans were warlike by nature. She later gave us a demonstration of how to correctly use a condom (on a cucumber) which had absolutely nothing to do with anthro. These nuts are everywhere.

Posted by: G Rex at March 8, 2006 12:12 PM

There is something right about far-left libs controlling colleges. I think I would miss it if they were eliminated or made fair and balanced.

I enjoy having a pinata like the stereotypical, nebbish, college profs to whack symbolically. Hell, what would we do without them? They are like a rite of passage for your college years. And let's face it, we sure don't want them fucking up the real world.

Posted by: aj lynch at March 8, 2006 01:03 PM

What happened to Jay Bennish is typical of what is happening to Americans around this country since passage of the Patriot Act.

Bennish was punished for exercizing his first
Amendment Right to Free Speech which only supports his argument about George Bush being
a dictator. Bush is a facist at heart and has a long history (as does his father) of severly punishing those who criticize him.

To give you an idea of just how abusive these punishments can be, taken the case of a former campaign worker by the name of Michael Boren Williams who when working for Gary Hart in his
1988 campaign dug up information on George Bush
Senior in regard to his connections with the CIA
and drug trafficking.

Shortly after Bush found out about this William's
home was raided by the FBI and his 6 month pregnant wife and 2 year old daughter both strip
and cavity search, while the fed's shot the daughter's two year old puppy to death.

William's was then arrested on trumped up charges
and sent to prison for two years while he wife
was intimidated enough by Bush and the FBI to file for a quick divorce and left Williams forever.

After his release from prison, in which he was
repeatedly tortured, Williams was forced to leave the United States and hide out in another country.

George Bush Junior has had several run ins with the law, and one in particular that is hanging over his head is the alledged rape of a woman
by the name of Margie Schoedinger. Schoedinger
(who knew and dated Bush when she was a minor)
filed raped charges against Bush in 2002 only to
be found dead 9 months later, a gun shot to the head being the cause. It was ruled a suicide, but
it appears to be a lot more complicated that this,
and there is a good possiblity that Margie was murdered by Bush to keep this scandal out of the
public eye (which for the most part it was).

This incident went all but uncovered in the mainstream media. One would have thought that the media would have been all over it just to disprove Margie's statements. But the media chose to ignore it instead. It appears that the media was told to keep clear of it because there might be more then a little truth to Margie's
story.

Valerie Plame was the lastest victim of Bush
retribution when her husband wrote a column that was critical of Bush. Suddenly her named was
mysteriously leaked to the public and her CIA
secret identity no longer existent.

One thing is for certain. Bush is ruthless and will stop at nothing (including murder) to get his way.

As for using the FBI and NSA to spy for him, the truth is that these organizations have been doing so for decades and in ways far worse then what Bush has even done.

You think these organizations are just opening your mail and listening to your phone calls?

Think again. They are watching you realtime in your homes. Watching your love making, and even
viewing you in the privacy of your own bathrooms.

How do they do it without cameras?

The National Security Agency uses advanced super computers, satellites and microwave/lasers to do this. Any American can be watched within the privacy of their own homes for indefinite periods
of time having no idea that they are being watched and there are more then likely millions of American citizens in this system in this day and age being monitored everywhere they go, and never having a clue of it.

The NSA's Remote Neural Monitoring program is
part of its SIGNALS INTELLIGENCE operation and
is in violation of the US Constitution and every
Civil Rights law in existence.

See John St. Clair Akwei's lawsuit against the NSA
to learn more. It can be found by using the Google
Search Engine.


Most Americans are concerned about the saftey of their Civil Rights in this country, especially since passage of the Patriot Act.

Sadly, things are much worse then they even realize, since the advanced technology that the
NSA has is capable of violating their privacy in ways in which they have yet to comprehend.

America is now a FASCIST STATE.


Posted by: James F. Marino at April 14, 2006 06:41 PM