Friday, March 03, 2006

A State of Mind

That's about as close as this rant by a teacher in Colorado ever gets to his actual course material, Geography. (h/t Michelle)

It teachers like this who give others in their profession a bad name. Hold to whatever political views you want, but once you're in the classroom, you're on the tax payer's dime and your opinions are not what they are paying you to teach their kids. And while open discussion is important to a good education, Bennish's rant is clearly less about discussion and more about indoctrination.

Hey, but if he wants to hold a voluntary after school bash Bush/bash capitalism meeting, even if it happens to be in his classroom, I'd say go for it, that is once his suspension is lifted. I guess it sucks to be a left wing radical teacher when you don't have tenure at a State run College.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think it's a good idea to sell nuclear material to india, sell our ports to Dubai, continue torturing detainees around the world, and declare victory in Iraq? How much longer are you going to put up with this BS. The guy has got to go

March 07, 2006 7:06 a.m.  
Blogger Bic said...

The India deal will help strengthen ties between the two countries, as well as allow the US to have a more hands on look at the countries civilian nuclear facilities. I have no opinion on whether or not it's worth it, but I don't just dismiss it's advantages out of hand.

As for the port deal, like all the ports run by China and other various foreign nations, the ports themselves will remain the property of the various local governments (NJ, NY, LA, etc..) and the security will remain the responsability of the coast guard and the customs agents. As the port of Dubai is arguably the best run port in the world, and one of, if not the most used port by the American Military outside of the US, and the ports involved were already foreign controlled, and the UAE is one of the US's most trusted partners in the Middle East region, then I would have to say, I don't have a problem with the port contract sale.

Personally, I think all American ports should be run by American companies, but as no American companies have even bothered to make bids on many of these contracts, then deals like this are just going to continue happening.

As for the torture, I'm guessing we have vastly different opinions on what constituets torture. For example I don't consider making a prisoner watch porn torture. Coercion yes, but not torture. That and the fact that I don't take most of the reports of torture for gospel, as they were mostly based on only the word of those who were being held with little or no actual independant evidence (the UN didn't even travel to Gitmo before writing their review of the facility). So basically, I'm regecting your torture claim until you can show me solid proven examples of sanctioned real torture by US soldiers.

And, what does this have to do with a teacher in Colorado, except to provide perfect examples of unsubstantiated, biased statements being presented as fact, much in the same manner as Bennish seems to teach his class. Although in all fariness, he's a little bit more low key than you seem to be.

March 07, 2006 9:23 a.m.  

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