June 02, 2011

Ridiculous, but not surprising

Middle school yearbook lumps George W. Bush and Dick Cheney in with Adolph Hitler and Osama Bin Laden:

Open up the Russellville Middle School yearbook. You'll see the students' pictures, the administration, and a pretty controversial list that's supposed to be covered with a piece of black tape.

"My problem is the tape can be removed easily," said School Board Member Chris Cloud. Cloud has two kids in the Russellville School District and one brought home the yearbook.

"I'm furious as a parent and as a board member and as a tax payer and as a resident of Russellville," he said. "It's wrong."

The list is titled "Top 5 worst people of all time." The top three, in order, are Adolph Hitler, Osama Bin Laden, and Charles Manson. Numbers four and five are George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

Superintendent Randall Williams calls the list "an oversight." Parents caught it after the yearbooks were printed. The district's solution was to cover the list with tape. It didn't work.

"Really?" said Williams when told the tape could be pulled off. "Well that's disappointing because the yearbook supplier told us this was a definite fix." (Link.)

The yearbook sponsor, a teacher at the school, "is very very very upset about it." Williams claims she did not "pay any attention to that particular part of that particular page." Sorry, Mr. Super, but that's what the yearbook sponsor is supposed to do. Otherwise, who would know what's being printed if there's no editorial oversight, hmm?

This isn't surprising, though. Way too many teachers are left-of-center (the NEA is a Democrat Party shill), and too many of 'em think everyone else thinks like them. And, unfortunately, some of them pass this conceit off on to their students.

But look at this way, too: Your average middle schooler ain't gonna be all that up to snuff on who's really one of the worst people of all-time. (Hell, your average adult ain't, either.) So, how exactly do 'ya think GW Bush and Cheney would have gotten on the list (assuming, that is, that the school got to vote on this for publication in the yearbook)? That's easy -- the mainstream media. For the [very] casual amount of news that your average middle schooler will watch/read, the biased MSM can certainly shape opinion. I know it did for me back when I was that age. Hell, I even took Jimmy Carter's side in a classroom debate for the election of 1980! (It was actually in 10th grade, but that's only two years after middle school ...!)

The conventional liberal wisdom is that George Bush and Dick Cheney are "evil" much like they're stupid (like all Republicans are). Just imagine if this school had included Barack Obama's name on that list. It'd make national headlines. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the NAACP would be screaming for "sensitivity training" for the school's teachers. Every pundit on MSNBC would be ferreting out "racism" within the school and the district. The network morning shows would feature sociologists and psychologists explaining how children can still be "prejudiced." Etc.

You can bet your bottom dollar on that.

Posted by Hube at June 2, 2011 06:37 PM | TrackBack

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For the top three, I stick with the classic answer; "Hitler, Stalin and Walter O'Malley."

Posted by: Paul Smith Jr at June 2, 2011 09:11 PM

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