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So how did An Inconvenient Truth become required classroom viewing?
National Post/Live Daily ^ | 5-19-2007 | Kevin Libin

Posted on 05/26/2007 6:39:53 AM PDT by JillValentine

First it was his world history class. Then he saw it in his economics class. And his world issues class. And his environment class. In total, 18-year-old McKenzie, a Northern Ontario high schooler, says he has had the film An Inconvenient Truth shown to him by four different teachers this year.

"I really don't understand why they keep showing it," says McKenzie (his parents asked that his last name not be used). "I've spoken to the principal about it, and he said that teachers are instructed to present it as a debate. But every time we've seen it, well, one teacher said this is basically a two-sided debate, but this movie really gives you the best idea of what's going on."

McKenzie says he has educated himself enough about both sides of the climate- change controversy to know that the Al Gore movie is too one-sided to be taught as fact. Even scientists who back Mr. Gore's message admit they're uncomfortable with liberties the politician takes with "science" in the film. But, McKenzie says most of his classmates are credulous. His teachers are not much more discerning. "They don't know there's another side to the argument," he says. McKenzie's mother was outraged to find out that Mr. Gore's film was being presented as fact in her son's classroom. "This is just being poured into kids' brains instead of letting them know there's a debate going on," she says. "An educational system falls down when they start taking one side."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: algoreisnotmypope; brainwashing; dementalillness; envirofundies; globalscam; gore; gwbu; indoctrination; junkscience; propaganda; reeducationcenter; religionofgore; taxdollarsatwork

1 posted on 05/26/2007 6:39:54 AM PDT by JillValentine
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To: JillValentine

I honestly would have no problem with my son being shown the film as long as the class did an honest, in-depth analysis of the facts to determine if the film was correct or simple propoganda.


2 posted on 05/26/2007 6:42:02 AM PDT by gitmo (From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.)
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To: JillValentine

Do you have a working link?


3 posted on 05/26/2007 6:44:04 AM PDT by Sidebar Moderator
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To: Sidebar Moderator
Sorry, didn't realize it was broken.

National Post article (registration required)

Article quoted here

4 posted on 05/26/2007 6:51:08 AM PDT by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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To: JillValentine
The film should not be shown in science classes because it's not in any way a objective look at the issue and half of the film is a hagiography of Al Gore.

It would be like showing Michael Moore's film Sicko in health classes - has that happened yet? It certainly would not surprise me!

5 posted on 05/26/2007 6:52:49 AM PDT by rockprof
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To: JillValentine

The school announced it will soon be teaching the children with “Triumph of the Will”, “Birth of a Nation” and “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”.


6 posted on 05/26/2007 6:53:11 AM PDT by Lawgvr1955 (You can never have too much cowbell !!)
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To: rockprof

I was required to watch Michael Moore’s BS pile “Roger And Me” in a college geography class, of all places. “Sicko” wouldn’t surprise me either.


7 posted on 05/26/2007 6:55:45 AM PDT by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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To: JillValentine
My son came home from parochial school the other day with his head full of lies from this film. It took a little deprogramming to assure him we were not all going to be cooked alive. The principal has been informed of my displeasure.

-ccm

8 posted on 05/26/2007 6:56:23 AM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: JillValentine

Already here:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1836289/posts


9 posted on 05/26/2007 6:57:12 AM PDT by Clinging Bitterly (Oregon - a pro-militia and firearms state that looks just like Afghanistan .)
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To: JillValentine

First it was his world history class. Then he saw it in his economics class. And his world issues class. And his environment class

Pretty ridiculous but what I find interesting is the courses. I went to high school a long time ago but I don’t recall high school being a time to study such subject (except as part of a larger course such as history). We were so busy with learning basics such as science, math, English, etc. that our electives were pretty much limited to foreign languages, advanced math or English, debate, business courses (i.e. typing or shorthand), shop or home economics. How do they have time to cover environment, economics or world issues as separate courses? Is this why our kids can’t spell or write worth a hoot?

Signed, me, an old coot.


10 posted on 05/26/2007 7:00:20 AM PDT by caseinpoint (Don't get thickly involved in thin things.)
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To: Dave in Eugene of all places

I did a search for Gore and Inconvenient Truth and didn’t find anything. Guess I should have searched for Algore as a keyword instead of Gore.


11 posted on 05/26/2007 7:00:38 AM PDT by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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To: JillValentine

The NEA is probably behind all of this. Parents need to stand up and tell those schools what they think of this kind of stuff. They are the ones paying the taxes to support the schools.


12 posted on 05/26/2007 7:03:18 AM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: gitmo
“I honestly would have no problem with my son being shown the film as long as the class did an honest, in-depth analysis of the facts to determine if the film was correct or simple propoganda.”

Oh, never fear, leftists are famous for doing comprehensive and in-depth critical analysis of their own propaganda.

13 posted on 05/26/2007 7:04:40 AM PDT by vetsvette (Bring Him Back)
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To: ccmay

Does the principal even care?
Bet ya this film becomes a required viewing for the young kids in our schools.


14 posted on 05/26/2007 7:08:58 AM PDT by fhlh (Liberal (noun): A person so open minded, their brains have fallen out of their head.)
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To: gitmo

That would be a good lesson in critical thinking for the young to take what they have already learned and use it to prove or disprove junk science.


15 posted on 05/26/2007 7:10:25 AM PDT by WorkerbeeCitizen (I Relieve Myself In Islam's General Direction While I Deny Global Warming.)
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To: JillValentine
1. The idea itself is sacrosanct to the liberals
2. Liberals believe that Americans are sagacious as a populace and that only they have the right of sovereignty

The entire book/PowerPoint/Movie/speech whatever of Al Gore and the enviro postate is a slumgullion of falsitudes presented as a gospel

16 posted on 05/26/2007 7:17:15 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: JillValentine

If they try that here, my kids would “conveniently” be absent that day.

“Oh, must have been the flu or something.”


17 posted on 05/26/2007 7:18:16 AM PDT by TheRobb7 (The welfare state needs a customer base--ILLEGAL aliens!)
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To: gitmo

It should be exposed as propaganda as The Eternal Jew, Triumph of the Will, and other films are.

The “Oscar” award for this film is a disgrace, as was the Academy’s celebration of Leni Reifentstahl the year she died.

If someone did “great” work for Fred Phelps we all know they would not and should not be celebrated.

Leni may have made other films but she was Hitler’s lover and “those films” are the ones that are shown in every filmmaking class. Her Nazi work is the reason she is known today.


18 posted on 05/26/2007 7:23:02 AM PDT by weegee (Libs want us to learn to live with terrorism, but if a gun is used they want to rewrite the Const.)
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To: rockprof

Sicko hasn’t been released yet (although he released bootlegs of F911 to the internet and even Cuban television WITHOUT trying to shut down the providers).


19 posted on 05/26/2007 7:25:25 AM PDT by weegee (Libs want us to learn to live with terrorism, but if a gun is used they want to rewrite the Const.)
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To: caseinpoint

Ever notice how many Marxists teach Economics?


20 posted on 05/26/2007 7:27:54 AM PDT by weegee (Libs want us to learn to live with terrorism, but if a gun is used they want to rewrite the Const.)
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To: Lawgvr1955

Actually I think the film on “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” exposes the fraud.


21 posted on 05/26/2007 7:30:44 AM PDT by weegee (Libs want us to learn to live with terrorism, but if a gun is used they want to rewrite the Const.)
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To: caseinpoint

Ditto, and what is a world issues class?


22 posted on 05/26/2007 7:32:45 AM PDT by razorback-bert (Posted by Time's Man of the Year)
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To: weegee

My only economics class was taught in a church university and the professor was definitely not a Marxist. My out-of-school learning has mostly come from reading Sowell, Friedman and a few others. But, scratch the surface and, unfortunately, a lot of teachers are at least socialist at heart, especially those who teach in the high school “soft science” courses. You ought to have seen my daughter’s U.S. history teacher—a Ph.D. from Berkeley. She was one of the reasons I pulled her out of public school for her last year and a half.


23 posted on 05/26/2007 7:36:46 AM PDT by caseinpoint (Don't get thickly involved in thin things.)
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To: razorback-bert

My suspicion is that the kids read newspaper and magazine articles and discuss them. Of course, no one teacher could be an expert enough to teach anything useful on what must be a huge range of discussions. If, and that’s a big if, the teacher taught the kids to be skeptical, I would applaud such a class but I suspect it is merely the “party line” and the term assignment is to go participate in some liberal-leaning public demonstration.


24 posted on 05/26/2007 7:38:56 AM PDT by caseinpoint (Don't get thickly involved in thin things.)
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To: weegee

I had a Marxist prof who taught Ancient English Lit. He wore a red star on his lapel every class. And he wore the same clothes every class, all worker blue denim. Tenured.


25 posted on 05/26/2007 7:40:10 AM PDT by Rennes Templar ("The future ain't what it used to be".........Yogi Berra)
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To: weegee

By the way, he also allowed us to select our own grades at the end of the term.


26 posted on 05/26/2007 7:41:37 AM PDT by Rennes Templar ("The future ain't what it used to be".........Yogi Berra)
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To: JillValentine
Have you ever noticed how many people say almost the exact words: I just saw Al Gore’s movie and I feel I must do something....

Be it on blogs, forums, etc.. people are almost like robots on this.... Coincidence? I don’t think so..

Do a Google search for ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ and ‘Subliminal Messages’ (or NLP) or, if you can find a downloaded copy of the movie, upload it in Flash, Sony Vegas, or another program where you can see it frame by frame.. very shocking what is put in this movie...

.. More info to come as I can get some screenshots on the latter item... I may float that to Matt Drudge first..

27 posted on 05/26/2007 7:42:08 AM PDT by mnehring (Fred Thompson\Zell Miller '08 - Give the Dems and Terrorists Hell !!!!!!!!!!)
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To: JillValentine

Re-education just like the Communists like to do.


28 posted on 05/26/2007 7:45:57 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: JillValentine
The sad thing is that Al Gore’s propaganda film has gained any respectability. I know several college professors, both in the sciences, who totally support Al Gore’s wild claims, despite the mounting evidence to its fallacy.
29 posted on 05/26/2007 7:49:22 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: Piquaboy

The truth is , most young teachers are total morons and products of Leftist/Marsist run colleges. They are already brainwashed and they carry that leftist mission right into the classroom.In my school there are still a few “old school” teachers who have some education and are reasonable , logical people( me and 2 other are conservatives -the rest are Dem hacks and “friends “ of the local Dem machine ). The young teachers are barely more educated than the kids. Few have ANY clue as to history ( which is no longer taught in college for the most part) They parrot their Marist mentors lies and pass it on to YOUR KIDS. The system has been completely taken over by the far left . Go to your local high school and talk to the teachers , you’ll be in for a BIG BIG shock.


30 posted on 05/26/2007 7:53:58 AM PDT by sonic109
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To: weegee
Not to get into a dispute, but I was referring to the book "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion", which is anti-Semitic. The movie you refer to titled "The Protocols of Zion" IIRC.
31 posted on 05/26/2007 7:55:07 AM PDT by Lawgvr1955 (You can never have too much cowbell !!)
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To: sonic109

Thank goodness that I no longer have kids in school. I have a son that has already been brain washed in college and working on de-programming him now.


32 posted on 05/26/2007 7:59:07 AM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: JillValentine
I don’t know why these kids keep watching movies in school. During our Christmas party, we saw a Disney film...I remember seeing That Darn Cat out of the eight movies that I saw during my years at Catholic Grade School. Then in Catholic High School, my American Government teacher showed us Legal Eagles. Now I don’t remember the movie much because we had to see it over two or three days so not much was learned from it and I am not even sure if it was a liberal or conservative movie. Anyway, I hardly think these kids are getting much from Al Gore’s movie because kids hate facts and figures on a powerpoint slide and they probably saw it over a number of days. I still think it is disgusting that they would show the movie in the first place.
33 posted on 05/26/2007 8:00:43 AM PDT by napscoordinator (.)
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To: yldstrk

The purpose of government schools is indoctrination. People need to bite the bullet and pull their kids out. Yes, it is an expensive sacrifice. But it is part of the fight for liberty. It’s not as much sacrifice as those who fight for liberty in the armed forces...


34 posted on 05/26/2007 8:18:25 AM PDT by Old_Grouch (almost 60 and AARP-free)
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To: JillValentine

We used to call that technique BRAINWASHING.


35 posted on 05/26/2007 9:44:06 AM PDT by FReepapalooza
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To: JillValentine

Herr Goebbles (sp?)was right.


36 posted on 05/26/2007 9:53:05 AM PDT by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: JillValentine

Once it becomes socialist propaganda it becomes a tool for the left. Education has become no more than indoctrination of leftist idealism.

Pray for W and Our Troops


37 posted on 05/26/2007 9:55:58 AM PDT by bray (The co-clintons freed more terrorists than they killed)
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To: WorkerbeeCitizen

I remember reading about a Science Teacher who taught a class on day one of the year about a dinosaur fossil. He told them it was blue with green stripes. It sang a song a lot like a modern-day robin, and traveled in V-shaped herds. They also reviewed the skeletal structure of the animal.

The next day he gave them a quiz. He gave everyone who talked about the color of the animal, its singing, or the V-shaped herds a zero. The object was to teach them to critically examine everything they are taught.


38 posted on 05/26/2007 11:16:11 AM PDT by gitmo (From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.)
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To: gitmo

:)


39 posted on 05/26/2007 11:21:15 AM PDT by WorkerbeeCitizen (I Relieve Myself In Islam's General Direction While I Deny Global Warming.)
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To: JillValentine
Well it doesn’t matter much to me if it doesn’t matter to JR and the mods.

Odd this is coming out of Canada. Surely this is happening in the US as well, but the US media seems to view AlGore as some kind of deity, so they probably don’t see anything wrong with it.

My girls got to see Fahrenheit 911 (by that other fat idiot) their last year of high school. One of them still hasn’t gotten over it.

40 posted on 05/26/2007 1:36:32 PM PDT by Clinging Bitterly (Oregon - a pro-militia and firearms state that looks just like Afghanistan .)
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