Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Colo. Teacher Defends Bush-Hitler Remarks
NewsMax ^ | 8 March 2006 | Carl Limbacher

Posted on 03/07/2006 2:43:02 PM PST by Aussie Dasher

A high school social studies teacher who was put on leave after comparing President Bush's State of the Union address to speeches made by Adolf Hitler defended his lecture on Tuesday, saying he was trying to encourage students to think.

"My job as a teacher is to challenge students to think critically about issues that are affecting our world and our society," Jay Bennish said on NBC's "Today Show."

Bennish is on paid leave from Overland High School in suburban Aurora, Colo., while Cherry Creek School District investigates whether his Feb. 1 lecture violated a policy requiring that balancing viewpoints be presented in classes.

A student recorded at least part of the lecture in Bennish's world geography class and took it to a Denver radio station, which played parts of it on a talk show.

Bennish told "Today" the excerpts broadcast weren't representative of the full lecture.

"This is 20 minutes out of a 50-minute class. The rest of the class provides the balance," he said.

On the recording, Bennish told the students that some of Bush's speech "sounds a lot like the things that Adolf Hitler used to say. We're the only ones who are right, everyone else is backwards and our job is to conquer the world and make sure that they all live just like we want them to."

Later in the recording, Bennish said he was not claiming Bush and Hitler were the same, "but there are some eerie similarities to the tones that they use."

Bennish said no parents - including the family of the student who recorded the lecture - have complained to him. He said all the students' parents had seen his syllabus and that school officials had approved it.

"My job as a social studies teacher is to argue alternative perspectives and viewpoints so that students are aware of those point of views. They do not necessarily reflect my own views. They are simply thrown out there to encourage critical thought," he told "Today."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: abc; academicbias; adolfhitler; antisemitism; aurora; barkingmoonbat; bds; bennish; bigmouthbully; boortznotbortz; bortz; bush; bushbashing; bushhate; capitalism; cherrycreek; cherrycreekschools; cocaine; colorado; columbia; commie; communist; communistmanifesto; communists; condirice; democrats; denver; detroitfather; dill; dope; drudge; drugcartel; drugs; du; dubya; durat; education; fakeindian; filth; generalmotors; georgebush; gm; gwb; hamas; hannity; hate; hateamericafilth; hateamericatrash; hatebush; hatecheney; hatingamerica; hindsight2020; hitler; homo; horowitz; indoctrination; iraq; israel; israelis; jaybennish; jews; lauer; leftist; leftistlunatic; leftists; liberal; liberalbias; liberalmedia; liberals; limbaugh; littlemarxists; malkin; marx; marxism; media; mediabias; michellemalkin; moonbat; moonbats; nazi; nea; nealnotneilboortz; northkorea; overland; overlandhighschool; palestine; palestinian; pinko; preducator; presidentbush; propaganda; publiceducation; publicschool; publicschools; publikskoolz; radicals; rat; revisionism; rice; schools; seanallen; socialism; socialist; teacher; teachers; teachersunion; terrorism; terrorist; terrorists; terrorlover; unhinged; usefulidiots; voucher; wardchurchill; waronterror; whacko; whitemale; wmd; wot; zionist; zionists
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-103 next last
I wouldn't allow this joker to teach a Kennedy how to drink!
1 posted on 03/07/2006 2:43:04 PM PST by Aussie Dasher
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Aussie Dasher

How about if the students discuss the actions of Benedict Arnold and decide who in America is guilty of treason.


2 posted on 03/07/2006 2:45:41 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Aussie Dasher

3 posted on 03/07/2006 2:46:22 PM PST by xcamel (Press to Test, Release to Detonate)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Aussie Dasher

Mr. Bennish, your job is to teach Geography.

Contrasting Bush and Hitler IS NOT geography.

If you want to poursue this angle, see to it that you are transferred so you can teach a Current Events class.


4 posted on 03/07/2006 2:47:26 PM PST by MplsSteve
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Aussie Dasher

The little boy teacher needs to be spanked, fired, and sent back to first grade to learn how to live with civilized people.


5 posted on 03/07/2006 2:47:58 PM PST by fizziwig (Democrats: so far off the path, so incredibly vicious, so sadly pathetic.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Aussie Dasher
I see so after that 20 minute diatribe the remaining 30 minutes were in defense of the administration.
6 posted on 03/07/2006 2:48:26 PM PST by mware (A teacher of geography.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Aussie Dasher

Perhaps he can teach how the fallacy of the Holocaust in Austria. /sarc


7 posted on 03/07/2006 2:48:54 PM PST by Jeremiah2911
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MplsSteve
teach a Current Events class

Forget that, give him a job at Airhead America!
8 posted on 03/07/2006 2:49:57 PM PST by Jeremiah2911
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Aussie Dasher
It's amazing how in no way President Bush is like Adolf Hitler. And yet the comparison is called things like "critical thinking" or "comparative analysis".
9 posted on 03/07/2006 2:50:06 PM PST by zencat (Get some! www.conservativemagnets.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Aussie Dasher
"My job as a social studies teacher is to argue alternative perspectives ..."

You may be a social studies teacher, but this was a high school World Geography class.

10 posted on 03/07/2006 2:50:17 PM PST by robertpaulsen
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Aussie Dasher
He and his lawyer have claimed it's what you DON'T hear of the class that exonerates him, but they've yet to tell us exactly what he said in that time that WOULD provide balance. Anyone with a brain can listen to that tape and hear the maniacal rantings of an avowed Leftist.
11 posted on 03/07/2006 2:50:59 PM PST by digger48
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Jeremiah2911

Wait... Air America is actually making enough money to hire more employees? O_o


12 posted on 03/07/2006 2:52:20 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Aussie Dasher
This far-left-wing loony was supposed to be teaching a 10th-grade geography class. As Denver radio talk-show host Mike Rosen commented today, Bennish apparently feels safe demogoguing young, uninformed teenagers who can't rebut his rants.

Sean Allen's father was on Rosen's show, and said a number of older students who took Bennish's class in the past, are coming forward and volunteering to testify that Bennish did the same thing in their classes.

13 posted on 03/07/2006 2:52:22 PM PST by American Quilter (The essence of propaganda is the presentation of one side of the picture only. - J.A.C. Brown)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Aussie Dasher
The thought occurs to me each time I hear this pathetic little creep discussed is that he is getting way more than his 15 minutes of fame. Until we get away from the idea that public schools are a good substitute for our parenting responsibilities, or get away entirely from the concept of the public school as a necessary part of our society, we're going to continue to encounter bottom feeders like this loser.

Anyone who wants to witness Marxism in action should look closely at the federally funded "Close Up" program which is a substitute for civics, history, and social studies, in some public schools.

14 posted on 03/07/2006 2:52:29 PM PST by RushLake (The Democratic party--Mary Jo Kopechne is unavailable for comment.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Aussie Dasher
On the recording, Bennish told the students that some of Bush's speech "sounds a lot like the things that Adolf Hitler used to say. We're the only ones who are right, everyone else is backwards and our job is to conquer the world and make sure that they all live just like we want them to."

This is an odd reading of the SOTU. I do not recall W speaking even those concepts let alone using those words. Apparently Bennish is lacking in the ability to comprehend the meaning of the spoken word. Perhaps he should stop teaching critical thinking until he has mastered the behavior of understanding English.

15 posted on 03/07/2006 2:52:33 PM PST by Sgt_Schultze
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Aussie Dasher
The second there is a comparison to Hitler the balance can no longer exist the same way if he had compared Bush to Jesus. There are points of "balance" to where there is no counterbalance before it tumbles.
16 posted on 03/07/2006 2:53:01 PM PST by Wasanother (Terrorist come in many forms but all are RATS.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MplsSteve
I am NOT defending this dumbass but technically the class is titled "human geography". Whatever that is.
17 posted on 03/07/2006 2:54:34 PM PST by Texas_Jarhead
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Aussie Dasher


Surprise! Surprise! He defended his actions. I would love to see him when he tries to defend it to the School Board, he broke the District's policy.


18 posted on 03/07/2006 2:55:18 PM PST by jazusamo (:Gregory was riled while Hume smiled:)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MplsSteve
I teach geography and we do have one day of current events a week (I teach 7th grade)

I happen to make my own current events questions because the internet company we use has very bias questions. Take a look at a few of them.

Data analysis by the NYT's showed that the Bush administration worked at fostering a more cooperative relationship with WHAT industry and has decreased fines for safety violations?

Mining.

After all the security concerns surrounding President Bush's visit to Pakistan on Saturday, he was first hit by a bouncer then fooled by a googly. Explain.

President tried his hand at cricket.

In 1994 OJ Simpson was at 18% approval rating as WHAT politician today???

VP Cheney

The latest CBS News poll had WHAT percent of Americans now approving of the job President Bush is doing??? a) 34% b) 39% c) 44%

a, 34%

At 56% a year ago, what western governor is now at 37% and voters are not inclined to re-elect him?

Gov. Schwarznegger

Whose note to Dr James Dobson, the influential Christian conservative, thanking him for his support in his appointment and confirmation to his new job was passed off by his spokesperson as one of score written in response to letter of congratulations received?

Justice Alito

What West Coast city's Board of Supervisors voted 7-3 to ask their Democratic Congressional to pursue the impeachment of President Bush?

San Francisco, CA

The US and Britain are planning to pull all their troops out of Iraq by the Sping of what year , two British newspapers reported in their Sunday editions?? a) 2007 b) 2010 c) 2015

2007

19 posted on 03/07/2006 2:55:22 PM PST by mware (A teacher of geography.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: MplsSteve
Mr. Bennish, your job is to teach Geography. Contrasting Bush and Hitler IS NOT geography. If you want to poursue this angle, see to it that you are transferred so you can teach a Current Events class.

see, i don't agree with you on the discussion of current events in a classroom. i think that kids are simply too uninformed nowadays about current events, and it's okay to talk current events in any class, AS LONG AS it is a DISCUSSION, rather than a diatribe or indoctrination such as this.

i would hope there would be no current events class, but rather that daily events would be something that people feel comfortable just discussing.

but the problem is, really, that so many teachers are not trustworthy, i am sad to observe. they use the classroom as a pulpit to impose their ideological preferences on their students.

heck, i don't even care if a teacher talks about ideological and political preferences to my kid, as long as it is qualified that there is an open mind about such discussions and NO ONE is made to feel inadequate/unworthy/stupid for taking an oppositional point of view. NO GRADE should be faulted for having a differing point of view than the teacher.

just my two cents.

20 posted on 03/07/2006 2:55:34 PM PST by wildwood
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Aussie Dasher

This is the new teacher product of the liberal organization. This is what our children are being taught all over the country. This is what the Libs want our students to believe....hate our Country, hate our Government, be friends with terrorists, and live in freedom by voting to let our Military fight in wars to give them the freedom of 'having their cake and eating to' and as long as we let them do this, then it will go on..

What we need to do, is take back our schools, take back our Government and take back our Country and support our Military by NOT voting in any Liberals (dems); and taking people like crazy cindy, algore, jimmy carter, bill clinton, hilliary clinton, polski, reid, kennedy, kerry and the like and put them up for treason AFTER we have gotten them OUT OF OFFICE...


21 posted on 03/07/2006 2:56:05 PM PST by HarleyLady27 (My ? to libs: "Do they ever shut up on your planet?" "Grow your own DOPE: Plant a LIB!")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Aussie Dasher
They do not necessarily reflect my own views.

Sure they do. The coward just won't admit it. He'll say that stuff in front of a bunch of sixteen year olds, though.

22 posted on 03/07/2006 2:56:16 PM PST by wizardoz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: everyone

These people have no shame.


23 posted on 03/07/2006 2:57:18 PM PST by California Patriot ("That's not Charlie the Tuna out there. It's Jaws.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Sgt_Schultze
If you go to frontpagemagazine.com you can hear the whole diatribe.

At one point when Sean Allen challenged him, the teachers response was, "That is what they tell you."

24 posted on 03/07/2006 2:58:11 PM PST by mware (A teacher of geography.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: wizardoz

tar + feathers + rail = justice


25 posted on 03/07/2006 2:58:41 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Aussie Dasher

"They do not necessarily reflect my own views. They are simply thrown out there to encourage critical thought," he told "Today.""

All those who believe this raise your hands. LOL I didn't think so.


26 posted on 03/07/2006 2:59:50 PM PST by mlc9852
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Aussie Dasher

I understand the dirtbag got his hippie hair cut off. No doubt for all his media visits.
I guess he's going to play the hilldabeast card and become the victim in all this.
What a puke!!!


27 posted on 03/07/2006 3:00:37 PM PST by taillightchaser (!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mware

You've got to be kidding me..


28 posted on 03/07/2006 3:00:41 PM PST by Michael Barnes
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Texas_Jarhead

"Human Geography"? I guess as opposed to animal geography?


29 posted on 03/07/2006 3:02:28 PM PST by mlc9852
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Michael Barnes

Michael I am not kidding you. Every week the current events questions are like that. I don't have copies of them right now but will submit a few more of them tomorrow. It is just outrageous. Of course as I told you, I make up my own questions it takes a few extra hours but at least the questions are more balanced.


30 posted on 03/07/2006 3:03:03 PM PST by mware (A teacher of geography.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: Gordongekko909

They make money?

2 words: George Soros.


31 posted on 03/07/2006 3:03:49 PM PST by Jeremiah2911
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Aussie Dasher
I agree with Mr. Bennish. Children should be exposed to "alternative perspectives and viewpoints so that students are aware of those point of views" Image hosting by Photobucket
32 posted on 03/07/2006 3:06:35 PM PST by Always Learning
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Jeremiah2911

Oh, yeah... so Err America is sucking cash out of George Soros's pockets while providing him minimum, if any, impact for his dollar? Hooray Err America! Run Soros straight into bankruptcy!


33 posted on 03/07/2006 3:06:36 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: Texas_Jarhead
http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/sub_humangeo.html

There is a course description, though not of that particular school. Sounds like gobbledygook to me. lol
34 posted on 03/07/2006 3:08:51 PM PST by mlc9852
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: mlc9852

LOL. Googling the course title will demonstrate that this geography isn't the same kind of geography that most people would assume it to be. The course title is apparently interchangeable with "cultural geography".


35 posted on 03/07/2006 3:10:12 PM PST by Texas_Jarhead
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Aussie Dasher; All

Lesson is:

All kids should bring recorders to school, and expose bad teachers.


36 posted on 03/07/2006 3:10:47 PM PST by Rick_Michael
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LeoWindhorse
tar + feathers + rail = justice

Works for me!

37 posted on 03/07/2006 3:12:03 PM PST by SIDENET (If those lame Imams can issue fatwas, then so can I!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: Rick_Michael

Maybe video cams, too. But the article said no parents had complained. I don't know anything about that area of Colorado. Liberal?


38 posted on 03/07/2006 3:12:05 PM PST by mlc9852
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: Aussie Dasher

Bennish's lawyer was on Hannity the other day saying that the kid only taped 20 minutes of one class and this was not the norm for his classes.

The kids mom was on and said yes it was, the school had received numerous complaints about the guy and refused to do anything about him.


39 posted on 03/07/2006 3:13:23 PM PST by Supernatural (Lay me doon in the caul caul groon, whaur afore monie mair huv gaun)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mware

All schools at all levels (K-12, college, grad schools) should be private. Government should have no involvement in education. This would eliminate a huge tax burden, local, county, state and federal - perhaps 50% or more of State and local taxes in some areas. A new education industry would be created, allowing parents and students the freedom to pick schools based on convenience, price, needs, and quality. Schools of low quality, with poor teachers and facilities, would lose business to better schools. Teachers who teach idiocy would not be protected.


40 posted on 03/07/2006 3:15:01 PM PST by pleikumud
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: American Quilter
Sean Allen's father was on Rosen's show, and said a number of older students who took Bennish's class in the past, are coming forward and volunteering to testify that Bennish did the same thing in their classes.

Wonder if any of the older students happen to recall what Bennish's opinion of the CLINTON administration might have been?

41 posted on 03/07/2006 3:16:33 PM PST by who knows what evil? (New England...the Sodom and Gomorrah of the 21st Century, and they're proud of it!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Aussie Dasher

"The comments he made were very very damaging and very hurtful," Giuliani told a crowd of about 2,000 at the Coors Events Center.

"I think the remarks were extremely cruel," he told reporters "He inflicted a tremendous amount of pain on these families."

Giuliani compared Churchill being on CU's faculty to having a geography teacher who believed the world is flat.

"He's entitled to that opinion, but you don't want him to be teaching geography, do you," Giuliani said.


42 posted on 03/07/2006 3:19:10 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Aussie Dasher

He wanted to teach his students to think so he lies to them? Is he claiming that he hoped his students would notice what he said Bush said in the SOTU address was factually incorrect.


43 posted on 03/07/2006 3:21:33 PM PST by JLS
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: who knows what evil?

The students also said that the class spent 20 percent of the time on geography.

The rest was generally ranting.


44 posted on 03/07/2006 3:23:46 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: pleikumud

You sure this guy is a teacher? Seems to me he is a complete idiot and they should check his credentials a little closer.Too many of these a$$es are allowed to teach our children, and the schools don't, or won't, do anything about it.


45 posted on 03/07/2006 3:25:14 PM PST by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: California Patriot

He also supported Communist China or Peru bombing North Carolina... because they grew tobacco.


46 posted on 03/07/2006 3:25:41 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: mlc9852

I believe the per capita number of minority people is higher in that area besides Denver central but I don't think that matters.

Personally, I went to Cherry Creek HS which is a sister school of Overland and I can't recall ever experiencing this type of indoctrination.


47 posted on 03/07/2006 3:26:49 PM PST by Jeremiah2911
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: mware
Here's a point by point refutation of Bennish's inanities, and some links to others' refutations.
48 posted on 03/07/2006 3:27:32 PM PST by Sgt_Schultze
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: george76

This teacher is a jerk off kid himself . what the hell does he know about the world or politics or history ? He needs a smack in his arrogant face and to be fired . Love to know what he even knows about his subject matter.


49 posted on 03/07/2006 3:27:37 PM PST by binkdeville
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

To: fizziwig
The little boy teacher needs to be spanked, fired, and sent back to first grade to learn how to live with civilized people.

Let him talk. He's doing Republicans far more good than Democrats as America sees first hand the hatred and ignorance of the left.

50 posted on 03/07/2006 3:29:56 PM PST by MACVSOG68
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-103 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson