Skip to comments.FR EXCLUSIVE: Class Syllabus of Bush-bashing Colorado Geography Teacher Jay Bennish
Posted on 03/02/2006 11:57:54 AM PST by doug from upland
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Kids will take advantage of any opportunity to skip school.
Beware of attacking the "Critical Thinking" term appearing in a syllabus, because it appears in mine. Where are the teachers on this site? I am glad to read the postings, but we must consider that all the "student mentality" bashing is what alienates these kids from being open minded. Personally, I'm trying to get them to listen (because the read newspapers and watch TV and make decisions from those sources). I'm a teacher. Did you realize that they want to tape me too? When my students first "broke" this story in class, I hadn't heard it yet-- so I said, "let's talk about it." They had the facts all wrong, and were reacting to usual liberal confines: "free speech is being eradicated!" First a student said, "there was this teacher in California . . ." then the next one "he was fired for making a speech about not liking Bush." It didn't take long for me to find out the kids had the story wrong-- the wrong state for starters. So I said (you can quote me, though nobody was recording I think), "since you have the state wrong, I'm already questioning your reactions." Kids react quickly. Then they pass judgement and form "facts" as they see it. My only defense, and offense for that matter, is to say "think critically." I used this approach the following days in class when I brought in the text of Bennish's speech. "Look," I said, "thinking critically, I'm not sure I have grounds to fire this guy, but he definitely had a bad day. He'd be in my office if I were an administrator. I would want to know how often this happens." The reaction when I "cornered" the kids? One said, "well, maybe we'll record you some day." They could probably hang me too if they recorded only part of my lecture or comments. I don't feel for Bennish; but I feel for Bennish. Hope this makes sense.
I hope you teach paragraphs.
It fools most of the people most of the time. They're good at what they do.
Apparently this class rule doesn't apply to the instructor.
I would like to see how Bennish's students would fare in a test based on whether they had met any of the class objectives. I seriously doubt given his recorded rantings that any of the subjects described in the syllabus are really being taught.
I will be 58 years old on March 28.
I guess most of us posting on this forum have endured teachers like Bennish.
I went to high school and college in the 1960s and I saw plenty of ideological teachers ......on both sides.
I learned more critical thinking at home than at school.
My choices at home had consequences more than a grade.
I was one of those quiet students who listened well and tested well.
I despised the big-mouths who liked to hear themselves talk.
Firstly, please consider paragraphs as a form of human accomplishment.
There is a big difference between a teacher's concern for "expanding intellects" and brain-washing.
Those of us who have taken our concerns to the teacher or the administration have been dealt a lower grade for our critical thinking, and those who have swallowed the pablum and regurgitated it back in class and on tests have been rewarded.
There is no expected privacy in a public school classroom.
Parents who pay the salaries of teachers expect to occasionally get a glimpse of what our hard-earned tax dollars are being spent on!
The student in question checked with the school to discover if recordings were ok.
Seems like many students record classes....easier than taking notes.
In fact, a critical thinker would want to listen intently and stay focused on the lecture and teacher-student exchanges to be fully involved in the class.
The distraction of note-taking might seriously impede that goal.
Listening to the class recording in the privacy of home or a dorm room would have the added benefit of review and study.
As far as the student who sent this directly to Mr. Rosen, I question his morality.
I consider the student's actions to be highly courageous and displaying the moral fiber of sticking with one's convictions.
In that regard, Mr. Bennish has been very successful if his goal was to produce critical thinking in his students.
As students of life, we must always weigh not only the issues of the day, but also be wary of the means by which we learn of them......by teacher.....by newspaper....by government....by tv.
Life is not easy.......but you will learn that in time.
Why do I get the feeling that you and hsstudent, each of whom registered on 3-8, are the same person?
Perhaps not, hajibaba has apparantly mastered the fine art of quote marks liberally peppered in a statement without line breaks. Perhaps a teacher.
Now hsstudent is not a student. He/she/it claims to be 18, yet comes up with statements like:
"Instead, he [Bennish] is a fresh, cutting edge teacher who abandons the "traditional" methods of teaching (which from the past 11 years of experience I can tell you do more harm than good)" That, and age 18, does not compute.
Troll cleanup on aisle 166, 167.
I sincerely hope that you do not represent more than a very small fraction of our high school population.
You can see it on his face when he's taped for television - he's loving all of the attention. Liberalism is truly a mental defect, I just wish something other than a lead injection could cure it.
Bump to an old thread that shows the dnc was and stillllllllllllll is a criminal organization. Bookmarking this for later reference.
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