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Talk With Your Students About Trayvon Martin
Education Week ^ | April 9, 2012 | Jeffrey P. Carpenter and Scott Weathers

Posted on 04/09/2012 9:32:21 AM PDT by Sopater

Teachers, stop what you are doing and take some time to talk with your students about the Trayvon Martin case. We know you have a lot of content to cover. Accountability pressures lurk in the back of your mind. But this is a moment when you need to make time to discuss an issue with your students that is important to them and to our society.

The Martin case easily connects to history, literature, civics, and government curricula. For example, compare and contrast the case with the events of To Kill A Mockingbird, or the murder of Emmett Till. But even if there is no clear curricular connection, isn’t there room in a year or semester-long curriculum to spend at least 30 minutes talking with students about events that are being hotly discussed outside the school?

Yes, the Trayvon Martin case is controversial. Discussing the fatal shooting of this 17-year-old African-American youth in Sanford, Fla., could bring up emotions and conflicts that are not easily resolved. And many of the facts of the case are indeed still uncertain. We have heard of teachers avoiding the topic because it is too contentious.


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Urging teachers to talk about this in the classrooms even if it doesn't have anything to do with the curricula?

Keeping this story "hot" in the minds of the public may be the biggest mistake that liberals make this year.

1 posted on 04/09/2012 9:32:28 AM PDT by Sopater
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To: Sopater

Don’t attack strangers, children, and you won’t get shot.


2 posted on 04/09/2012 9:35:26 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Over half of U.S. murders are of black people, and 90% of them are committed by other black people.)
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To: Sopater

Okay kids, this is real life. If you just walked away from trouble. Keep walking. Never turn around and go back at it.


3 posted on 04/09/2012 9:36:00 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Sopater

They have to be kidding. If I were a teacher, I wouldn’t touch this topic with a 10-foot pole.


4 posted on 04/09/2012 9:36:21 AM PDT by susannah59
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To: Sopater

I think my kids are fine without Trayvon being mentioned thank you very much.

Last thing that I want for a 50/50 white/black class to do is start screaming at each other over the incomplete “facts” that the media has been dishing out since March.


5 posted on 04/09/2012 9:37:50 AM PDT by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: Sopater

This is not considered Activism.


6 posted on 04/09/2012 9:38:08 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Sopater

OK kids, would you rather learn math or stand around all talking at once in increasingly louder voices?

YAY!


7 posted on 04/09/2012 9:39:17 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Sopater
Trayvon, global warming discussions, LGBTG classes, sensitivity training...oops, there's the bell..class dismissed. We'll get to readin’, writin and rithmatic sometime next month (maybe).
8 posted on 04/09/2012 9:40:00 AM PDT by JPG (Hold on tight; rough road ahead.)
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To: Sopater
This is another example of why I laugh (to myself) when I hear other parents telling me their kids are going to a "good" public school.

This type of manipulative, lefty type stuff rains down like diarrhea every day from any number of sources - and it's all destined for their childrens' young minds.

Then we wonder why the electorate is mostly moron.

9 posted on 04/09/2012 9:40:16 AM PDT by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
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To: Sopater

Ugh! Thank goodness my kids have tests all week.


10 posted on 04/09/2012 9:40:34 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
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To: Sopater
You would probably be amazed, or sickened, by the number of people that get their political positions from their children via the schools.

The largest welfare program in America is the government day-care system - you may know it as the school system.

Most parents rightly assume that whatever benefits the teachers, benefits the schools, the children and themselves.

11 posted on 04/09/2012 9:40:56 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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To: Sopater

For the teachers that do this, how many will open with the words “rush to judgement”?


12 posted on 04/09/2012 9:40:56 AM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: Sopater

Standing on the grocery check out line I could not help seeing the smiling face of 8 yr. old Trayvon on the cover of People magazine. It was classic MSM manipulation of the public opinion. Who would look at it if it had the most recent pictures from Twitter? Tomorrow, the report comes out from the SPD?


13 posted on 04/09/2012 9:41:08 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft ( WHO WE ELECT AS PRESIDENT IS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS WHO THEY APPOINT.)
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To: susannah59

You don’t get it.

This is exact.y the kind of thing the educational establishment wants to spend time on. There’s no hard and fast criteria for correct or incorrect. It will spin the kids up on both sides. It will disrupt classrooms for a month at least, with any luck until June.

Anything, absolutely anything OTHER than actually teach match, science, English, or history....anything.


14 posted on 04/09/2012 9:42:25 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: massgopguy
Listening to some of Kenny Rogers better songs would be shorter, more memorable and serve the same purpose. The Gambler and Coward of the County are just two that come to mind.
15 posted on 04/09/2012 9:43:11 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Sopater

This plan backfired after the teacher brought it up as an assingment and my son was thus able to inform his classmates about the evidence we do have.

They are barking up the wrong tree if anybody in their classroom is aware of the actual evidence. This would provide the means for the TRUTH to actually get out there. All it would take is one person in every classroom who is exposed to sources outside the treasonous media.

And even worse for them, the violent rhetoric out of the New Black Panther Party is actually the fruit of a deliberate training effort chosen specifically by BARACK OBAMA in the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. Obama wants us to think he’s not associated with the violent Black Supremacist movement but he personally chose to fund and mandate the training of Chicago teachers in the Sub-Saharan Supremacy cult.

IOW, what we are seeing being done to George Zimmerman and the 50-year-old white man who was assaulted by Black youths with a hammer.... is the oak resulting from the acorn BARACK OBAMA deliberately and specifically planted.

Read the initial post and at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2869819/posts?page=47#47 and following for more details.

We need the kids in our classrooms to know this information and to bring it up when the teachers address Trayvon. This could be a huge gift to all those who seek to get the truth out to people who only otherwise hear from the treasonous media.


16 posted on 04/09/2012 9:43:39 AM PDT by butterdezillion
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To: Sopater
And many of the facts of the case are indeed still uncertain.

So, open your mouth and state a case; because you don't have a FREAKIN' idea what you are babbling about.

Only a Libtard would go off and lecture students about a case - without any facts to back them up. They did it with Global Warming, why not this too?

And then Teachers wonder why they are among the least repected professionals in the job market .....

17 posted on 04/09/2012 9:47:59 AM PDT by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: Sopater

Yes....
Tell them how Bill Cosby and others would prefer that George had been beaten to death, rather than being able to defend himself against his attacker.


18 posted on 04/09/2012 9:48:53 AM PDT by G Larry (We are NOT obliged to carry the snake in our pocket and then dismiss the bites as natural behavior.)
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To: Sopater

Yes connect the episode to history like Joseph Goebbels and propaganda, media and information manipulation - Creating cultural myths to advance totalitarian ends.


19 posted on 04/09/2012 9:52:16 AM PDT by DaveyB (Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. -John Adams)
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To: Aevery_Freeman

What they think is their strength is actually a huge vulnerability. Because if there is even one student in each classroom who knows the facts and is willing to speak them, there will be exponentially more kids exposed to those facts who otherwise would only hear the lies of the media.

If they open up the subject, they open up every kid in that classroom to actually hear some real facts.

We need to make sure our high-schoolers are informed and equipped to speak out when their teachers bring this up. I’ve been praying for a way to access the people who are never exposed to truth. I had been thinking maybe Jesse Jackson could be persuaded to do the decent thing, but that isn’t happening. Now this. If the teachers open up this discussion in every classroom we have access to the illiterate masses (both children and their parents) like never before. We just need to be prepared to use this opportunity.

What they need to be prepared to bring up is not just the evidence that this was indeed a shooting in self-defense as the evidence suggests, but that the response of the race pimps including the New Black Panther Party is VIOLENT, which is exactly the seed that Obama himself planted through the Chicago Annenberg Challenge and fits right in with the NBPP’s ties to the terrorist organization Hezbollah, which is also an ally to the Mexican drug cartels that Eric Holder is arming with non-trackable guns.

Read the initial post and comments starting at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2869819/posts?page=47#47 for more info and documentation of this.


20 posted on 04/09/2012 9:53:58 AM PDT by butterdezillion
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To: Sopater
Public Education (Indoctrination) should be outlawed.
21 posted on 04/09/2012 9:54:46 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A day without Obama is like a day without a Tsunami.)
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To: Sopater
Today class, we are going to sing a song with Trayvon!
 
http://oi44.tinypic.com/34s4jsk.jpg
 
TRAYVON SINGS "BITCHS AINT SHIT"

  http://youtu.be/pmJY5Eyr6LM

(NOTE: 2 OF THE VIOLENT "FIGHT CLUB" VIDEOS TM FILMED HAVE BEEN DELETED BY YOUTUBE, TO DELIBERATELY DESTROY IMPORTANT LEGAL EVIDENCE)


22 posted on 04/09/2012 9:57:20 AM PDT by wolficatZ ("We are no longer accepting comments on this article")
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To: Sopater

As a matter of fact, wasn’t “To Kill A Mockingbird,” the story of a man being falsely accused of murder on the basis of racism? Maybe the teachers can find a useful lesson here.


23 posted on 04/09/2012 9:58:10 AM PDT by I-ambush (Don't let it bring you down, it's only castles burning.)
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To: Sopater

Yes, class, let’s speak about media malpractice and outright lying and doctoring audio, video, the description of the attacker and using old photos of the “victim”.

Ask you law class to explain how many zeros are in a “billion dollar settlement” paid to the Zimmerman family and how there is no individual at NBC who was fired, merely a concerted effort, like all MSM journalism, to create a narrative of white-on-black crime, when we know it’s false and actually, just the opposite.

Hello class, can you spell “B I L L I O N ?”


24 posted on 04/09/2012 9:59:35 AM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers.....)
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To: Sopater
Accountability pressures lurk in the back of your mind.

This is really funny. "Accountability pressures"? That is, concern about doing the job that you are paid to do? This is in the back of your mind? Lurking?

Most professionals keep the purpose of their job (as defined by the people who hire them) front and center at all times.

25 posted on 04/09/2012 10:00:19 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: I-ambush

“As a matter of fact, wasn’t “To Kill A Mockingbird,” the story of a man being falsely accused of murder on the basis of racism?”

No.


26 posted on 04/09/2012 10:13:05 AM PDT by wolficatZ ("We are no longer accepting comments on this article")
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To: Lurker
Wow, I guess I'm getting really old.

Back in my day, it was the students' jobs to distract the teachers from teaching, and the establishment/administration which encouraged them to teach math, science, English, whatever.

It was a game; if you could get the Chemistry teacher to talk about his "glory days" playing football at that same high school, or the History teacher who was also a coach distracted into talking about the game on Friday, or the English teacher persuaded to talk about whatever it was she was interested in besides the topic at hand, it was a "win" if it took more than five minutes of class time.

It sounds like they are taking all the fun out of it for today's students. What do they have to do, try to trick the teachers into actually teaching??

27 posted on 04/09/2012 10:13:08 AM PDT by susannah59
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To: Sopater
I am all for it...

Let's make a teachable moment about several pertinant points:

The inalienable right to life includes self-defense...

Our 2nd Amendment rights-- including local firearms permits & CCW...

Stand-Your-ground / Castle Doctrine...

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Morality play: "Crime Doesn't Pay"
... by explaining the finer points of the law:

Verbal intimidation or threats of bodily harm or death (without or without a weapon) constitute the crime of ASSAULT (in varying degrees of punitive severity)...

Actually touching, forcibly restraining, striking, beating, or using any implement as an offensive weapon against another person constitutes the crime of BATTERY (in varying degrees of punitive severity)

Taking someone else's personal property by force or threats/intimidation without the owner's permission constitutes the crime of THEFT

Forcibly entering the residence or property of another person without their permission, with criminal intent of theft of property or harm to residents/ occupants constitutes the crime of BREAKING AND ENTERING... and/or CRIMINAL TRESPASS

All of the above-listed crimes make the perpetrator SUBJECT TO LAWFUL ARREST, prosecution, and if found guilty--incarceration, fines and restitution.

In most circumstances--

Acting as perpetrator of the above crimes (in most circumstances) LAWFULLY EMPOWERS the "victim(s)" of the above-listed crimes ---

... to CONFRONT the perps -- and...

...To STOP THEM from committing the contemplated criminal acts--

...including the FORCEFUL DEFENSE of their life and limbs from grave harm to their own person and others also in danger by the same criminal act(s)

These act(s) of self-defense against an active perpetrator include the use of DEADLY FORCE!

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It's time for recess....

28 posted on 04/09/2012 10:15:14 AM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: Sopater
Compare and contrast to Mockingbird.OK...Mockingbird happens to be my favorite film of all time.I know it fairly well,perhaps even *very* well.When summoned by Bob Ewell,obviously a drunken worthless redneck,Sheriff Tate a just as obviously decent and well meaning man,might have checked Bob Ewell,as well as Mayella,for injuries and probably should have.If he had he very probably would have found injuries on Bob's hand(s) and,as a result,might have suspected that it was *he* who assaulted Mayella rather than the mild mannered Tom Robinson who,one can reasonably assume,had a spotless reputation in the community.

George Zimmerman *was* checked for injuries and was found to have one or more that were consistent with the account he gave.And Travon Martin's reputation was,it would appear,far less pristine than Tom Robinson's almost certainly was.

There,boys and girls,is a bit of comparison and contrasting.

29 posted on 04/09/2012 10:22:24 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Jimmy Carter Is No Longer The Worst President To Have Served In My Lifetime.)
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To: Sopater

I am teaching about the 1700s in my World History class- I fail to see what this has to with it, therefore, I’m not going to touch it.


30 posted on 04/09/2012 10:22:35 AM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: Aevery_Freeman

They are giving us a gift if they bring this up in every classroom, because if there is just one student in every classroom who knows the truth we can get the truth out to those who would otherwise never hear anything but what the MSM wants them to hear.

I posted on my blog a resource that can help us prepare our students to inform their teachers, classmates and (via the students) their classmates’ parents. Somebody has replaced a PDF I posted on my blog with a blank PDF so I don’t know how long this will stay up. I have to go to work (I’m already way behind) but if somebody could copy the PDF with formatting and post it here we could keep it from being censored from the web.

Here’s the link to the post which links to the PDF with the actual content about the Trayvon evidence, but the post also contains links which show that the NBPP and Yahweh ben Yahweh cults are the Sub-Saharan Supremacy ideology that Barack Obama forced onto public school teachers through the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. And a link about the connection between the New Black Panther Party and another Muslim terrorist organization, Hezbollah.

IOW, Obama is directly tied to the training of black terrorists in this country, through the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. Important stuff.

http://www.butterdezillion.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/trayvon-index-post/


31 posted on 04/09/2012 10:37:51 AM PDT by butterdezillion
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

And when attack by strangers shoot first.Never know if they will shoot you.


32 posted on 04/09/2012 10:44:41 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Sopater

Moms, Dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles - talk with your children about the value of the right to self defense today! Also show them how the demonrats use race hate’s division for power and compare the mob calls for Zimmerman’s life to when the KKK ran the justice system in the South.


33 posted on 04/09/2012 10:56:53 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Sopater

Yes students, it is not in your best interest to act like punks, and beat on people, especially armed people. Let this be a lesson. Leave people alone. Be polite, and avoid the trash culture of hip hop and leftest militants. It may save your life someday.


34 posted on 04/09/2012 10:58:00 AM PDT by pallis
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To: Sopater
But even if there is no clear curricular connection, isn’t there room in a year or semester-long curriculum to spend at least 30 minutes talking with students about events that are being hotly discussed outside the school?

What they really meant by that sentence is:

But even if there is no clear curricular connection, isn’t there room in a year or semester-long curriculum to spend at least 30 minutes talking with students about events that are being hotly discussed outside the school, as long as those events can be propagandized to support a left-wing extremist agenda?

35 posted on 04/09/2012 10:59:20 AM PDT by The Electrician ("Government is the only enterprise in the world which expands in size when its failures increase.")
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To: struggle

“Last thing that I want for a 50/50 white/black class to do is start screaming at each other”

Which IS precisely what the NEA wants...


36 posted on 04/09/2012 11:02:10 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: wolficatZ

I should have stopped at “ falsely accused;” it’s been a long time since high school literature.


37 posted on 04/09/2012 11:10:55 AM PDT by I-ambush (Don't let it bring you down, it's only castles burning.)
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To: Admin Moderator
This is not considered Activism.

Please accept my apology, I didn't realize.
38 posted on 04/09/2012 11:34:11 AM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: I-ambush
As a matter of fact, wasn’t “To Kill A Mockingbird,” the story of a man being falsely accused of murder on the basis of racism?

Close, but not exactly. The accuser was the victim's father, and the beating that the victim received had actually come from the accuser. In order to cover up his crime, he accused a black man of raping and beating his daughter and forcing her to go along with it because he knew that the public would be on his side.

Then, after the black man was basically proven innocent by the defense, he was still found guilty by the jury, and then killed while trying to escape.

But, as you said, there still could very well be a useful lesson there.
39 posted on 04/09/2012 11:46:38 AM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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