Friday, March 03, 2006

Some People Compare Bush to Hitler

A Colorado schoolteacher apparently made the comparison, a student recorded it, and the teacher was suspended from his teaching duties. The father of the student said there wasn’t equal time given to opposing views. I guess as a schoolteacher you shouldn’t preach your personal views on politics or religion in class. How does this compare to giving equal time to each and every worldview? If we would keep religion out of public schools, should we keep politics out as well? The answers to these questions would be answered by some that say political science is science and should be fair and balanced in schools (Not FOX style of fair and balanced!) and religion is not science and shouldn’t be taught in public schools at all. Read the story on CNN.

I’m glad that the teacher had the support of 150 students who protested the decision to suspend him. I’m betting that the father of the student who recorded the lecture is a right wing gun toting god fanatic. However, there are quite a few of those people in our society today. They are organized and powerful in social and political circles. Here’s a good website to keep an eye on. The Religious Right Watch.

3 Comments:

Blogger Stardust said...

These students are high schoolers and beyond an impressionable age and are old enough to be able to hear a lecture of a certain viewpoint and to critically analyze what they hear. I don't think teachers should be using the classroom for a soapbox either though. I had a professor in college who was so anti-american who was so bad I dreaded going to class. It was a LINGUISTICS class, and we hardly discussed linguistics, but we learned a lot about Croatia and Serbia and U.S interference in the Baltic! (Moan) He gave us all A's for showing up and listening to his baloney.

I agree that the father of the student who recorded the lecture was probably a rightwing nutjob and if the professor would have been saying all great things about Bush, the father would have been singing the teacher praises.

Saturday, March 04, 2006 12:35:00 AM  
Blogger Stardust said...

By the way, the HitlerBush pic is hilarious.

Saturday, March 04, 2006 12:37:00 AM  
Blogger Random-witticism said...

I agree with SD here, in that the key to this situation is the critical thinking skills of the individuals. There's no avoiding the folks who want to proselytize. It doesn't matter where they set up their soap boxes and there's no reason to believe that legislation would keep them from it. I remember teachers from grade school on through high school who used their class rooms as pulpits. You could make the argument that a teacher offering a perspective like the one in question has freedom of speech on his/her side here, but the real point is that an intelligent person who has given serious consideration to their beliefs and can therefore defend whatever side he or she wishes to take could never be threatened or shaken by something like this. The key is critical thinking, if you know why you think the way you do about any given subject, then there's no reason to get upset when someone disagrees with you.

Thursday, March 09, 2006 6:56:00 PM  

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