Skip to comments.Students Walk Out Over Teacher's Suspension for Anti-Bush Comments - on Leave After Criticizing Bush
Posted on 03/02/2006 5:00:41 PM PST by Brilliant
March 2, 2006 A Colorado school is in upheaval following the suspension of a teacher who was recorded comparing President Bush's rhetoric to that of Adolf Hitler.
More than 100 students at Overland High School in Aurora, Colo., walked out of class this morning to protest the decision to put geography teacher Jay Bennish on administrative leave.
The school administration made the move after a student went public with a 20-minute recording of Bennish's comments to his class.
In the tape, the teacher is heard saying there were similarities between remarks Bush made in his State of the Union address and "things that Adolf Hitler used to say."
Superintendent Monte Moses told ABC News affiliate KMGH-TV that policy calls for both sides of an issue to be presented to students. He said Bennish's presentation appeared unbalanced.
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The recording was made by 16-year-old sophomore Sean Allen the day after the president's speech. Allen said he had been disturbed by "political rants" he heard in Bennish's class.
"So these kids are going to have notes on why George Bush is related to Hitler and why the state of Israel was founded on violence and terrorism," Allen told KHOW Radio Wednesday when he went public with his tape.
"These kids are going to have notes on this and accept that as fact."
On the tape, Bennish, who has taught in the Colorado district for five years, is heard quoting part of the State of the Union address: "It is our duty as Americans to use the military to go out in the world and make the world like us." Bennish continues: "Sounds a lot like what Adolph Hilter used to say."
"We do want teachers to express their opinions, but to put that in context and to provide opposing points of view," Moses said. "All discussion must be fair and balanced."
"[The suspension] is not a disciplinary action. It is to give us enough time to sit down and gather all the facts," said Moses.
Tustin Amole, a Cherry Creek School District spokeswoman, told KMGH that an investigation of the incident would take about a week.
Personally, I do not think teachers should be using public money to conduct partisan brainwashing. Partisanship ought to be as illegal as proselytizing religious beliefs in public schools.
Notice also the bias, "criticizing the President". Somehow, use of the word "criticizing" is simply not appropriate to rhetoric comparing Bush to Hitler.
Inmates....asylum...how is this unusual today?
I'd tell the "protesting" students to get their asses back to their desk or risk suspension themselves.
Some students chanted "teach, don't preach."
Burning HOT topic here in CO. Too bad this guy doesn't have tenure, because he should have thought about it before he quit his job.
And 100 percent of them wanted to be part of something "significant" while getting to skip class at the same time.
I'm wondering what any of this has to do with geography. This teacher should stick with teaching the subject which he is supposed to be teaching, and leave his political rants at home.
It's this kind of thing that makes me think the entire public school system ought to be declared unconstitutional. I have a right to free association, and to raise my kids as I choose. I don't want these idiots brainwashing my kids with public money. And you can't have a policeman in every classroom to make sure they don't. The only solution is vouchers. Let me have the choice of where to send my kid.
From the excerpts I've heard on the radio today, it sounds like the teacher is a wanna-be liberal talk show host who doesn't have a show, so he uses his classroom instead.
Of course most of the crap this guy was saying has NOTHING to do with geography.
If the dickbag hates capitalism so much, why the hell pay him? Just tell him can drink all he needs out of the water fountain and hand him a scoop of the people's rice.
I'll second that.
It is getting to the point that homeschooling is the only way to go.
1. Critical and creative thinking
2. Critical reading
3. Spatial Reasoning
4. Effective writing
copied & pasted
That's what I thought. His attorney was on OReilly a minute ago claiming that this class is about "human geography" and therefore includes such topics as the problems that people in Iraq face.
Kids today don't realize that you're supposed to wait for a nice spring day before you storm out in faux outrage.
I agree completely...have you ever read "Me and the Orgone"?
Some of them were protesting. Apparently, they were protesting both ways though. ABC won't acknowledge that, though.
I just saw this story on the TV news. One student taped the teacher's comments. Many other students are defending the teacher's actions.
Defend the indefensable is the lib's way.
Both Ways ?? Right On, did not know that
Let's see. They are walking out in support because this teacher was pushing his political views on his students. They would probably also walk out in protest if he was pushing his religious views on students.
Did you see the guy's picture on Fox?
Yep. Looks like your typical pothead.
I suppose it's completely out of the question to ask the "teacher" to teach the subject of geography and ask the students to attend school.
Ten minutes into our protest, we were in Shop Rite Liquors down the street addressing our principle grievance.
Exerpts from earlier:
After watching the video on FNC it was obvious that this "walkout" was orchestrated by at least two female "teachers." It appears that the "teachers" called a fire drill at the "school" and then were out there making sure that their braindead, young skulls full of mush were facing the cameras. Pretty sick but you know the Commies at ABC loved it.
Thank God for tape recorders or no one would know the truth about this.
Thanks for the link. Good job.
Thank God for tape recorders or no one would know the truth about this.
Thanks for the link. Good job.
And you're always be able to get one hundred kids to cut classes if you give them a "cause".
This "quote" from the State of the Union address does not appear in the transcript of the State of the Union address, which is widely available on the Internet. But this is what we have come to expect from the left, lies to prop up their delusional ravings. If Mr. Bennish actually said that the statement "It is our duty as Americans to use the military to go out in the world and make the world like us," he should be fired for either (a) gross incompetence in not having the most basic work ethic and/or skills to get his facts straight, and/or (b) a reckless disregard for the truth that should not be accepted in the classroom, and/or (c) being a brazen liar who is using his tax-funded position to advocate his own political positions.
No, no, no Tustin. First thing you do is form a "Blue Ribbon Panel" to look into the incident. Take your time--three months should be adequate.
Next, the panel announces its intentions to begin an investigation. All inquiries as to how long the investigation will take, what they've found so far, etc., should be deflected with a comment like, "I'm not at liberty to discuss the investigation while it's on-going", or "Revealing evidence would compromise the integrity of the investigation".
Now that the work is done, sit back and relax. "But what about the investigation" you ask? "What investigation?", I say. Sure, politicians and citizens will rail, letters will be written to the editor, but that will die off soon enough as the public forgets about the whole incident. In about nine months, release a report (internally, of course) not only absolving Mr. Bennish but promoting him to an administrative position.
If you have any questions, just ask for guidance from your neighbors at CU that are "investigating" Ward Churchill.
Cuz geography is about the earth, and Bush is gonna blow it up!
I am all for free speech, BUT teaching a HS class is not a platform for airing your political beliefs. This guy should be fired, there is not place in our schools for teachers ranting about the pres being hitler or socialist etc. Teach the subject and talk politics after school.
Had we walked out of a class when I was in high school, our ol' vice-principal Doc Curry would have suspended each and every one of us, but not the type of suspension you may think. Things change I suppose.
Just like the MSM to make this all about Bush.
I heard a lot more of what the guy said. It's far more than Bushbashing. There's a lot about evil America being the most violent nation on earth, etc.
He's a real America hater, and was subjecting the kids to his hatred. But the MSM focuses on Bush.
We had a race riot at my old high school. I didn't leave- I went upstairs to take pictures with my 35mm camera. A bus had rocks thrown at it. Then I left to take pictures outside. Somewhere up the street a joint got smoked by a few of us. Then we went to a guy's house where nobody was home and emptied a bottle of wine. In this shape we walked back and inside the school to develop my two rolls of film. I had one great riot shot worth printing and made 6 prints!
For some reason, the Irvington Herald (NJ) didn't print this pic:)
>>>This "quote" from the State of the Union address does not appear in the transcript of the State of the Union address, which is widely available on the Internet. But this is what we have come to expect from the left, lies to prop up their delusional ravings.<<<
Pathological liars all. What other party would nominate two consecutive pathological liars as their presidential candidates except for a party of pathological liars?
Has anyone ascertained if this is a "quote?"
"In the tape, the teacher is heard saying there were similarities between remarks Bush made in his State of the Union address and "things that Adolf Hitler used to say."
FoxNews reported, though, that the students were split. About half were protesting that he was put on leave, and half were protesting that he made the comments.
Is it not amazing that one half of the students there are patriots to freedom?
Just to emphasize how far out the suspended teacher really is, compare these two pieces of text:
1) Adolf Hitler, Mein Kamph , Chapter 3:
[http://www.magister.msk.ru/library/politica/hitla002.htm} Those five hundred deputies who have been elected by the people come from various dissimilar callings in life and show very varying degrees of political capacity, with the result that the whole combination is disjointed and sometimes presents quite a sorry picture. Surely nobody believes that these chosen representatives of the nation are the choice spirits or first-class intellects. Nobody, I hope, is foolish enough to pretend that hundreds of statesmen can emerge from papers placed in the ballot box by electors who are anything else but averagely intelligent. The absurd notion that men of genius are born out of universal suffrage cannot be too strongly repudiated. In the first place, those times may be really called blessed when one genuine statesman makes his appearance among a people. Such statesmen do not appear all at once in hundreds or more. Secondly, among the broad masses there is instinctively a definite antipathy towards every outstanding genius. There is a better chance of seeing a camel pass through the eye of a needle than of seeing a really great man 'discovered' through an election.
2) President George W. Bush, State of the Union Address, 2006:
[http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/01/20060131-10.html] "Abroad, our nation is committed to an historic, long-term goal -- we seek the end of tyranny in our world. Some dismiss that goal as misguided idealism. In reality, the future security of America depends on it. On September the 11th, 2001, we found that problems originating in a failed and oppressive state 7,000 miles away could bring murder and destruction to our country. Dictatorships shelter terrorists, and feed resentment and radicalism, and seek weapons of mass destruction. Democracies replace resentment with hope, respect the rights of their citizens and their neighbors, and join the fight against terror. Every step toward freedom in the world makes our country safer -- so we will act boldly in freedom's cause. (Applause.)
Far from being a hopeless dream, the advance of freedom is the great story of our time. In 1945, there were about two dozen lonely democracies in the world. Today, there are 122. And we're writing a new chapter in the story of self-government -- with women lining up to vote in Afghanistan, and millions of Iraqis marking their liberty with purple ink, and men and women from Lebanon to Egypt debating the rights of individuals and the necessity of freedom. At the start of 2006, more than half the people of our world live in democratic nations. And we do not forget the other half -- in places like Syria and Burma, Zimbabwe, North Korea, and Iran -- because the demands of justice, and the peace of this world, require their freedom, as well. (Applause.) "
I'd say the teacher is a scion of Adolf Hitler. He has about as much chance of job retention as a snowball in Hades.
At least one half of the students sided against the teacher.
That's simply glorious!!!!!
Thanks Doug for the syllabus...the extra credit reading alone brands him as a liberal IMHO.