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Students start revolt against 'liberal bias'
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | November 27, 2003 | 2003 WorldNetDaily.com

Posted on 11/28/2003 9:46:25 AM PST by akbaines

"Teens battle 'brainwashing' by teachers to push God, guns, country on campus"

Students at a high school in the heart of California's "liberal country" say they've had enough of leftist "brainwashing" by their teachers, so they're joining forces to promote their own ideology.

Along with the Environmental Club, Hate Stops Here, and the Gay-Straight Alliance, the Conservative Club now has a place at Rancho Cotate High in Sonoma County.

"We're being brainwashed by the liberal bias of teachers. It's everywhere," freshman Keith Butler told the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat.

The Conservative Club was founded by Tim Bueler, a 16-year-old junior who reportedly looks up to talk-show hosts Michael Savage and Bill O'Reilly. He says he's using the First Amendment to promote a Christian viewpoint he believes doesn't usually sit well with most teachers and administrators, not to mention his fellow students.

"We obviously believe the liberals are trying to destroy everything in America that our forefathers fought and died for," Bueler, whose late grandfather survived Pearl Harbor, told the paper.

"I was just tired of the one-sided arguments of liberal teachers who mold the curriculum to their point of view. Basically, the Conservative Club was formed to show the other side of the spectrum and another point of view."

As an example, Bueler says one of his professors refers in class to President Bush and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as "idiots," while other teachers slam Republicans and conservatives as greedy capitalists, racists and sexists.

The motto for the club sounds like it could have come straight out of the mouth of Michael Savage: "Protecting our borders, language and culture." The slogan has prompted some students to call the club racist and sexist.

Bueler denies the allegations, as both female students and minorities are members.

Complaints about liberal voices at school have been more frequently associated with college campuses than high school.

As WorldNetDaily reported in September, a report found liberal speakers outnumber conservative voices at the nation's top universities' graduation ceremonies by a wide margin, confirming to campus critics that students are bombarded with one-sided political stances.

The Center for the Study of Popular Culture, which examined the political views of commencement speakers at the nation's elite colleges and universities, found those with liberal ideas outnumbered conservative speakers 226-15 over a 10-year period.

Meanwhile, back at Rancho Cotate, the Conservative Club has fired up controversy by hosting an NRA member who gave a speech titled "We Need More Guns in Schools."

The presentation suggested if more teachers had firearms, there would be fewer tragedies like the slaughter at Columbine High in Littleton, Colo.

Michael Watenpaugh, superintendent of the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District told the Press-Democrat that until the club was formed, there had been no complaints about a liberal bias.

"All of our classroom teachers have a duty and responsibility to present both sides of issues," he said.

The club's adviser, English teacher Bernadette Tucker, said she decided to take part to help the students exercise their First Amendment rights.

"Just because something is not popular it doesn't mean you can't say it," Tucker said, according to the report.

And according to at least one student member, the Conservative Club is having an impact by making teachers more cognizant to present a variety of viewpoints.

"There's been a change," 16-year-old Ryan Riekena said. "One of my teachers is already saying we have to look at both sides on every issue."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: conservativeclub
Go Tim!!! I love to see conservative activism making a difference!
1 posted on 11/28/2003 9:46:25 AM PST by akbaines
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To: akbaines
Bump! Now, we just need a group in High Schools across the national called the FFA - Future FReepers of America ;0)
2 posted on 11/28/2003 9:52:30 AM PST by Chad Fairbanks (Of course there's more to Science than just hurting animals, but frankly its the part I like best.)
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To: akbaines
SPOTREP - EDUCATION - ACADEMIC FREEDOM - FREEDOM OF SPEECH and FREEDOM of ASSEMBLY
3 posted on 11/28/2003 9:55:20 AM PST by LiteKeeper
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To: akbaines
"We're being brainwashed by the liberal bias of teachers. It's everywhere," freshman Keith Butler told the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat.

Bump!!

4 posted on 11/28/2003 10:00:11 AM PST by The Mayor (Through prayer, finite man draws upon the power of the infinite God.)
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To: akbaines
Good luck! God Bless & God Speed!

William Flax Return Of The Gods Web Site

5 posted on 11/28/2003 10:04:37 AM PST by Ohioan
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To: akbaines
Now, if this would only 'catch fire' over the ENTIRE country....... Hmmmmmm. There IS hope for the younger generation!
6 posted on 11/28/2003 10:05:08 AM PST by teletech (Have we dug up Saddam yet?)
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To: akbaines
HOORAH, WE ARE PROUD OF THESE STUDENTS.

Ops4 God BLess America!
7 posted on 11/28/2003 10:26:54 AM PST by OPS4
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To: akbaines
All of our classroom teachers have a duty and responsibility to present both sides of issues

As a teacher I would say our job is to educate not to indoctrinate. We need to give students the education necessary to decide where they stand on an issue not how to think on an issue.

8 posted on 11/28/2003 10:30:14 AM PST by pfflier
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To: akbaines
"you can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time but...."

Good luck with your club and may it spread nation wide...
9 posted on 11/28/2003 10:42:49 AM PST by CommandoFrank (Peer into the depths of hell and there is the face of Islam!)
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To: akbaines
BTTT
10 posted on 11/28/2003 10:43:55 AM PST by Mike-o-Matic
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To: akbaines
I remember I had a junior high school teacher try to explain economics to our class. He put on the blackboard a wavy horizontal line to represent the up and down capitalist stock market. He then put a rising line from left to right cutting through the middle of the wavy line to represent the communist economy. He explained that where we are right now (this was in the 1960s) was the communist economy currently below the capitalist economy. However he said as you can see by the lines he drew the communist economy would eventually surpass the wavy capitalist economy. I sometimes wonder if the doofus is still alive and what he thinks today.
11 posted on 11/28/2003 11:02:12 AM PST by xp38
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To: akbaines
Selfish bump
12 posted on 11/28/2003 11:07:14 AM PST by Maelstrom (To prevent misinterpretation or abuse of the Constitution:The Bill of Rights limits government power)
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To: pfflier
As a teacher I would say our job is to educate not to indoctrinate. We need to give students the education necessary to decide where they stand on an issue not how to think on an issue.

From your lips to the NEA's ears.

13 posted on 11/28/2003 11:55:53 AM PST by Diva Betsy Ross
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To: No More Gore Anymore
Never happen. I cannot stand to be in the same room as the NEA. They refuse to listen to anyting I have to say (not bad for a progressive group???). There isn't enough blood pressure medicine in the world to deal with that.

Another group, the AZPA (Arizona Professional Educators) has my loyalty. They are apolitical and feel that the purpose of education is, get this, to make kids smarter.

14 posted on 11/28/2003 2:00:34 PM PST by pfflier
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