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FR EXCLUSIVE: Class Syllabus of Bush-bashing Colorado Geography Teacher Jay Bennish
Cherry Creek Schools | 3-2-2006 | Jay Bennish

Posted on 03/02/2006 11:57:54 AM PST by doug from upland

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To: SaxxonWoods
That school protest was pure BS-----nothing more than an excuse to skip school for almost all of them. Back when I was in high school, the kids would do the same thing; but it was usually in the event of the death of a student. You would have 600 kids who never met the kid, supposedly attending his funeral instead of going to class.

Kids will take advantage of any opportunity to skip school.

151 posted on 03/07/2006 7:52:45 PM PST by Junior_G
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To: Billthedrill

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.


152 posted on 03/07/2006 8:24:56 PM PST by hajibaba (Critical Thinking works for both sides)
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To: hsstudent

I hope you teach paragraphs.


153 posted on 03/07/2006 9:24:15 PM PST by doug from upland (A dead body means a chance for Democrats to have another funeral-op)
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To: FormerLib
"Well, at least he bothered to list the Cato Institute website."

At first glance, the list compiled by the teacher seems to have two important conservative web sites, www.cato.org and www.heritage.org. But to assume these indicate anything approaching a balanced perspective would be most erroneous.

Perhaps the most telling web site listed is www.tompaine.org - a site with little data other that the following in large letters under the site name: "The World Is My Country, and To Do Good Is My Religion."

Kofi Annan, or any of the swarming number of other UN bachelor's child, couldn't have said it better.

Would any other Free Republic community members want to set up an account to collect some reward money for students who demonstrate the courage to reveal egregious teacher misconduct?

If there were an ongoing reward for such behavior, there would be more of it. And, given that teachers would correctly interpret this as a de facto bounty on socialism impaired propagandizing by teachers, I'd be willing to bet a $100 bill that we could have quite an impact.

Does anyone have any ideas or comments? Perhaps do it at FR? Or should we support a special program at some 501C3 with an orientation towards academic freedom?
154 posted on 03/08/2006 4:51:33 AM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon Liberty, it is essential to examine principle)
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To: Tzimisce
Question everything (except what I tell you.) Take a critical approach to what we read (except for the required materials in this class.) Practice tolerance and look at people as individuals (hear me you evil white racist, sexist, homophobes?)

It fools most of the people most of the time. They're good at what they do.

155 posted on 03/08/2006 5:05:10 AM PST by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: doug from upland
Tolerance for differences, remain open minded

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.

156 posted on 03/08/2006 6:10:04 AM PST by The Great RJ ("Mir wölle bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: hsstudent
I have serious reasons to believe that those who have posted in this forum have not heard the entire speech given by Jay Bennish.

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.

157 posted on 03/08/2006 6:37:22 AM PST by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (Toon Town, Iran...........where reality is the real fantasy.)
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To: hsstudent
The radical ideas seem to be a reoccurring issue in Mr. Bennish's class. This proves his concern in expanding the intellects of his students and not teaching left wing ideas. If a student were offended by this, why not take this problem up with the teacher or at least the principal where things are normally handled at school? Why go directly to the press? First of all, he invaded Mr. Bennish's privacy by recording him.

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.

158 posted on 03/08/2006 6:56:23 AM PST by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (Toon Town, Iran...........where reality is the real fantasy.)
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To: hajibaba

Why do I get the feeling that you and hsstudent, each of whom registered on 3-8, are the same person?


159 posted on 03/08/2006 7:01:33 AM PST by doug from upland (A dead body means a chance for Democrats to have another funeral-op)
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To: doug from upland; hellinahandcart

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.


160 posted on 03/08/2006 2:28:04 PM PST by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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168 posted on 03/11/2006 4:47:03 PM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: hsstudent
Instead, he (Bennish) is a fresh, cutting edge teacher who abandons the "traditional" methods of teaching...

I sincerely hope that you do not represent more than a very small fraction of our high school population.

169 posted on 03/11/2006 4:57:35 PM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: D.P.Roberts
"You know, we're turning this creep into quite a celebrity. Maybe he'll go on tour with Cindy Sheehan."

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.

170 posted on 03/11/2006 5:21:56 PM PST by the anti-liberal (Hey, Al Qaeda: Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent)
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To: All
It is amazing with so little information how much so many have to say. You have a sound bite that makes up .0047 % of the semester and a syllabus. The syllabus does not always reflect the entire content of the class. The place to look for the content to be taught in the class is to look at the State Legislature adopted content standards http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeassess/standards/pdf/geogrphy.pdf
for each content area. Prior to spouting gather your information and make a coherent and educated argument.
Personal insults discredit most arguments on this page.
I would expect the educated and articulate arguments stated on other topics in the Free Republic. I'm not a liberal, I'm a conservative who expects more from the people on this site.
171 posted on 03/11/2006 7:58:41 PM PST by negaunee
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To: beaversmom
Two of the primary tenets of my class are respect and tolerance.

ATTN mods:

Bump to an old thread that shows the dnc was and stillllllllllllll is a criminal organization. Bookmarking this for later reference.

173 posted on 05/21/2012 6:31:12 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (It's time to take out the trash in DC.)
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