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Re: OT: Politics [Was:Social Contract]

On Apr 30, 2006, at 3:26 PM, Steve Lamb wrote:

Rich Johnson wrote:
ROFLMAO!  You're calling for the elimination of History, Citizenship,
Government, and  even the ''Pledge of Allegiance''.

No, there's a difference between teaching those subjects and going off on
a political tirade during a Geography lesson:

Oh, so the objection is to _dissident_ poltical teaching. Heaven forbid that high school students should be challenged to think and decide for themselves.

FWIW, this particular teacher was disciplined, or punished if you prefer. I find it hard to believe that such stuff is a _prevalent_ problem in US high schools--even though it does make for good incendiary copy.

There's also examples of teachers failing to teach that Bush II is the 43rd (or 42nd, depending on how you count Cleveland) president. IIRC there was also a principle who came down hard on teachers who put Bush's picture up on the wall as the 43rd President and called it political even though, in
spite of their personal beliefs, it is factual.

What're the original sources for these stories?

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