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May 10, 2007

School Indoctrination Time: UPDATE

Apparently my daughter's science class will be watching An Inconvenient Truth either today or tomorrow. Per my request, she asked her teacher if he'd be willing to show The Great Global Warming Swindle, and he said he would if time permitted. So I dug out my copy and gave it to her to bring to school today.

So will they get to see it? Good question. The "time permitted" bit might have just been something he said so he can use it as an excuse later as to why the kids didn't see it. Or maybe time really is tight, and he'll do his best to fit it in. I'll let you know.

Speaking of which, Moonbattery tells us how all students at Roger Williams University have to take Core 101: Science, Technology and Society, where watching the Goracle's movie is required.

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Posted by Pam Meister at 11:28 AM | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0) | Education

This really pisses me off! My boss'daughter is 15 and having similar difficulties in her history/current events class (yes, in CT). Her teacher is to the left of left apparently, and has called her out in front of her classmates for her differing opinions, saying she's just a mouthpiece for her parents (of whom he knows nothing actually, for all he knows the daughter is the polar opposite of her parents).

So her dad decided to "take this on, one sleepover at a time". Went out and bought some coffee mugs with George Bush on them; told his daughter her friends will be drinking out of those mugs ONLY...

But it really is a sad state of things when a student with a differing opinion gets embarrassed and chastised by her HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER. I know, believe me - I was in 8th grade during the Carter/Ford election - my current events teacher was decidedly a Carter fan, I was not. Many verbal battles ensued, with my parents ultimately talking to the school board about his politics and treatment of students with a differing view.

Posted by: at May 11, 2007 10:09 AM

Ooops, that rather long diatribe above is from me...

Posted by: Kris, in New England at May 11, 2007 10:10 AM

You don't know if he's to showing it teach or critique, do you?

Any history or social studies class shouldn't be about content anyway, it should be about getting students to think critically. Teachers should treat all students the same, regardless of the politics, obviously: they should chanllenge them all.

Posted by: paul at May 11, 2007 01:33 PM

Well gosh, May, if her dad controls details down to what she and her friends(!) drink out of, then maybe there's something to that "mouthpiece for her parents" comment.

Incidentally, I had the exact opposite experience in high school, having grown up in an extremely right wing area. I'd get called out and shot down for speaking up about everything from bilingual education to welfare to capital punishment. My point is that Im totally sympathetic if your daughter gets slapped down by her teacher for her political beliefs thats crummy. However, if the teacher is just showing the movie in order to fuel discussion, just have her be ready to call out the factual errors (Im guessing if you have such a problem with the movie that youve seen it and know what is wrong or misleading about it, right?).

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