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Teacher says inflammatory letter was part of lesson plan
Chico Enterprise-Record ^ | 09/13/2007 | GREG WELTER

Posted on 09/15/2007 10:23:45 PM PDT by george76

Bidwell Junior High School administrators said a letter sent home with students in an eighth-grade class Tuesday was a good idea for a history lesson, with bad execution.

The letter, which appeared to ask parents to renounce their U.S. citizenship, prompted phone calls to the school from several irate recipients.

He concluded the letter with "After careful consideration of the facts of our current situation, I have decided to announce to everyone that I am no longer a citizen of the United States, but a free and independent member of the global community."

"The point was, I wanted to ask parents if they would sign such a letter if conditions that existed prior to the Revolution were happening now,"...

Parsley said Brooks sent the letter out with no explanation or disclaimer, and was relying on students to tell their parents it was part of a lesson plan.

She said several parents reacted adversely to the letter, but a few sent them back signed.

Chico resident Michael Hill said he was told by his daughter, Kaytlen Hill, 13, that the assignment was to have parents sign the letter and return it to class Wednesday.

"The lesson being taught in class was that the U.S. kidnaps innocent people and takes them to Cuba, where they are kept indefinitely and tortured," Hill said he learned through his daughter.

When Hill asked her if Brooks mentioned Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the U.S. imprisons terrorist suspects, he said his daughter replied "yes."

He said his daughter broke into tears when she talked about Brooks mentioning illegal wiretaps and other surveillance directed against innocent people.

"I think I was more irritated by the classroom discussion than the letter,"

Principal Joanne Parsley said she doesn't believe Brooks has any political agenda to advance.

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Principal Joanne Parsley said she doesn't believe Brooks has any political agenda to advance...

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1 posted on 09/15/2007 10:23:47 PM PDT by george76
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To: metmom; Tired of Taxes; TigersEye

ping


2 posted on 09/15/2007 10:28:00 PM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: george76

Public school teachers know that they are supposed to keep their political opinions to themselves.

That surely is one of the first things they learn.

If they are going to use their position to foist their own viewpoints on kids in their charge, then they ought to be looking for another job.


3 posted on 09/15/2007 10:28:28 PM PDT by CondorFlight (I)
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To: george76
“Principal Joanne Parsley said she doesn’t believe Brooks has any political agenda to advance...”

Then she is the dumbest person on the face of the earth.

4 posted on 09/15/2007 10:31:24 PM PDT by MPJackal ("From my cold dead hands.")
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To: CondorFlight

Remember Colorado high school geography teacher Jay Bennish ?


5 posted on 09/15/2007 10:33:07 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

The left is a disease and if we are lucky someday it will be confined in well isolated petri dishes for study with clear warnings of how dangerous it is. This is another reason why I home school. I don’t have to deal with this. Parents send their children off to the re education camps and wonder why the monsters that return hate them and hate America.


6 posted on 09/15/2007 10:34:36 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Understanding the motivations of a victimizer does not exonerate or justify them.)
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To: george76
What a disgusting moonbat POS.

I wish we could send him to Iran or North Korea and be done with him.

7 posted on 09/15/2007 11:13:19 PM PDT by SIDENET (I don't want to find "common ground" with a bunch of damn leftists.)
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To: george76
He concluded the letter with "After careful consideration of the facts of our current situation, I have decided to announce to everyone that I am no longer a citizen of the United States, but a free and independent member of the global community." "The point was, I wanted to ask parents if they would sign such a letter if conditions that existed prior to the Revolution were happening now,"... This is a lie, because the founders did not declare themselves members of a "global community" (an oxymoron if ever there was one) But rather they declared a new nation. Too bad we are powerless to prevent this. Even if we homeschool there seems to be no way to stop our property taxes from funding our own destruction...There are not enough voters who will vote for the continuation of America.
8 posted on 09/15/2007 11:25:03 PM PDT by urluquai (and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many)
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To: george76

I used to have so much respect for teachers. At 58 years old, I can still name every one of my teachers. That was a different world. Now, “teachers” have sunk lower than lawyers on my respect scale. They are nothing more than political propagandists for MoveOn.org’s DemocRATik Party.


9 posted on 09/16/2007 12:39:35 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The DemocRATS own failure and defeat. Success and victory really depresses them.)
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To: MPJackal
Then she is the dumbest person on the face of the earth.

Oh, she is not dumb, she is in agreement. This sort of indoctrination is required to become a teacher.

I don't think most people realize how heavily the education industry has been compromised by the Left.

See here

10 posted on 09/16/2007 12:51:25 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: george76

No. Link?


11 posted on 09/16/2007 12:55:21 AM PDT by endthematrix (He was shouting 'Allah!' but I didn't hear that. It just sounded like a lot of crap to me.)
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To: george76

“Guiding Students Toward Global Citizenship, “Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the Council of Independent Colleges, 2006 Conversation Between Foundation Officers and College and University Presidents, New York, NY, October 10, 2006

(SNIP)

“Liberal arts colleges have a key role to play. Indeed, they may be better than large universities for what I have in mind.

I am not sure I have the right term to describe it: “comprehensive,” “integrated,” “immersion experience,” are all possibilities. I think of four elements.

1) The first is obvious: a curriculum so infused with international content that a student can’t escape. I am not talking about a new version of distributional requirements with a few courses set up to satisfy them; rather, a comprehensive rethinking of the curriculum.

2) The second is to cultivate a way of thinking about the world that is not U.S.- centered – a way of looking at an issue, problem, opportunity, or conflict from multiple perspectives.

3) The third is comfort with difference – diverse cultures and traditions, as well as respect for people of different races, ethnicities, classes, and ideologies.

4) The final element is the practical ability to work in radically different cultures. It requires more than a knowledge of other places learned on campus. A meaningful study or work experience abroad is essential.

(SNIP)

http://www.macfound.org/site/apps/nl/content2.asp?c=lkLXJ8MQKrH&b=1137397&ct=3039401


12 posted on 09/16/2007 1:25:19 AM PDT by endthematrix (He was shouting 'Allah!' but I didn't hear that. It just sounded like a lot of crap to me.)
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To: george76

Oh good, now we have grade school or junior high school principles lying. Who should look to now? This going way to far.


13 posted on 09/16/2007 2:01:19 AM PDT by freekitty (May the eagles long fly over our beautiful and free American sky.)
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To: george76

This made me think of the 45 Communist goals introduced into the Congressional record in 1963, which included...

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

I think I posted all 45 of them to you in the past, have I not?


14 posted on 09/16/2007 2:51:14 AM PDT by loboinok (Gun control is hitting what you aim at!)
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To: george76
Principal Joanne Parsley said she doesn't believe Brooks has any political agenda to advance.

How stupid are parents to allow this to go on in their public schools?

15 posted on 09/16/2007 2:59:57 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Pope to politicians: "(Do) not to allow children to be considered as a form of illness.")
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To: george76

He concluded the letter with “After careful consideration of the facts of our current situation, I have decided to announce to everyone that I am no longer a citizen of the United States, but a free and independent member of the global community.”

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Take Brooks at his word and give him 60 days to prepare to be assisted from the United States of America. He can be replaced, you know...


16 posted on 09/16/2007 3:14:33 AM PDT by azhenfud (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: endthematrix
I'll do it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Bennish

17 posted on 09/16/2007 3:21:39 AM PDT by ExGeeEye (I've been waiting since 11/04/79 to do something about Iran.)
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To: george76

The principal: jparsley@chicousd.org

The teacher: mbrooks@chicousd.org

Fire at will!


18 posted on 09/16/2007 3:25:55 AM PDT by Beckwith (dhimmicrats and the liberal media have .chosen sides -- Islamofascism)
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To: ExGeeEye

Thanks.


19 posted on 09/16/2007 3:47:52 AM PDT by endthematrix (He was shouting 'Allah!' but I didn't hear that. It just sounded like a lot of crap to me.)
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To: george76
The letter, which appeared to ask parents to renounce their U.S. citizenship, prompted phone calls to the school from several irate recipients.

If my son brought home a note such as this, I would not be satisfied until the scalps of the teacher, the school principal, and the superintendent were all hanging on the school's wall.

20 posted on 09/16/2007 3:48:16 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("Si vis pacem para bellum")
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To: Beckwith

I did fire at will, heh, heh!

Thanks!

;^)


21 posted on 09/16/2007 4:25:06 AM PDT by elcid1970
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To: george76

It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if this teacher were either a DUmmie or a KOmmie. Would like to know what his screen name is.


22 posted on 09/16/2007 4:51:11 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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To: loboinok; george76
This made me think of the 45 Communist goals introduced into the Congressional record in 1963, which included.

I keep the link to the original 1999 FR thread on my About Page.

Communist Goals (1963)

23 posted on 09/16/2007 5:07:37 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (DC scandals. Republicans address them, Democrats reelect them. (Tom DeLay 8/30/07))
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To: george76

In that case, his ass should be fired and he should be deported fom the U.S. to the global community.

Where do shits like this come from?

Back when I was going to school we did not have this, in fact, a lot of them were WWII and Korean War veterans.


24 posted on 09/16/2007 5:14:01 AM PDT by sport
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To: george76

“.....Principal Joanne Parsley said she doesn’t believe Brooks has any political agenda to advance.”

If she read the letter and believes what she said, then she is, in my opinion, too stupid to function in society.


25 posted on 09/16/2007 5:18:22 AM PDT by sport
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To: azhenfud

Since there is a signed statement denouncing his citizenship, does that not mean he is now here illegally, the school has violated federal law in having him employed, and do we get to deport him to the country of our choice?


26 posted on 09/16/2007 5:19:16 AM PDT by EBH
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To: urluquai

***”The point was, I wanted to ask parents if they would sign such a letter if conditions that existed prior to the Revolution were happening now,”... This is a lie, because the founders did not declare themselves members of a “global community” (an oxymoron if ever there was one) But rather they declared a new nation.***

Agreed! Sounds like an excuse to weasel out of trouble.


27 posted on 09/16/2007 5:25:01 AM PDT by kitkat (I refuse to let the DUers chase me off FR.)
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To: george76

deport him to lovely North Korea


28 posted on 09/16/2007 5:26:47 AM PDT by Charlespg (Peace= When we trod the ruins of Mecca and Medina under our infidel boots.)
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To: george76

I had my blood pressure under control this morning prior to reading this post. Is 800 over 675 normal?


29 posted on 09/16/2007 5:43:18 AM PDT by CHEE (You don't have to practice to be miserable.)
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To: Beckwith

I sent my 2 cents to the principal. Thanks for the link.


30 posted on 09/16/2007 6:04:18 AM PDT by BillyBonebrake
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To: Maelstorm
confined in well isolated petri dishes for study

Nothing to play with. Minimum Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) enviroment.

31 posted on 09/16/2007 6:23:08 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (Life is Good!)
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To: george76
...I have decided to announce to everyone that I am no longer a citizen of the United States, but a free and independent member of the global community."

"The point was, I wanted to ask parents if they would sign such a letter if conditions that existed prior to the Revolution were happening now,"...

What horse manure !

The conditions that existed prior to the American Revolution was not a state of being "...a free and independent member of the global community."

You were a subject to a king or to a nation state, you were neither totally free or independent. There was no global community to be part of

If this was his true intent, to teach this lesson rather than preach an ideology, he should be reassigned to teach another subject because comparative history is beyond his ability to teach

32 posted on 09/16/2007 6:31:21 AM PDT by Popman (Nothing + Time + Chance = The Universe ---------------------Bridge in Brooklyn for sale - Cheap)
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To: loboinok; Arrowhead1952

Thanks

Communist Goals - 1963 Congressional Record

http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a37ebc13801fd.htm


33 posted on 09/16/2007 7:12:16 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
Principal Joanne Parsley said she doesn't believe Brooks has any political agenda to advance.

Parsley is either ignorant or a liar.

My choice is liar.

Perhaps adults in her district will do what they can to make sure Farsley is fired and banned from influencing children.

As for the "teacher", Brooks should definitely be canned..........and caned.

34 posted on 09/16/2007 7:20:43 AM PDT by Thumper1960 (Unleash the Dogs of War as a Minority, or perish as a party.)
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To: endthematrix; ExGeeEye; Born Conservative; rellimpank

Thanks.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1594896/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1591911/posts


35 posted on 09/16/2007 7:25:10 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: MPJackal

“Then she is the dumbest person on the face of the earth.”

That’s why she’s the principal.


36 posted on 09/16/2007 7:27:15 AM PDT by toddlintown (Five bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss.)
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To: george76
He doesn’t have a political agenda. He’s just helping to raise the children to be critical thinkers.Yeah whatever.
37 posted on 09/16/2007 7:27:37 AM PDT by BBell
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To: Maelstorm

Well said and God bless you!


38 posted on 09/16/2007 7:28:34 AM PDT by Plains Drifter (If guns kill people, wouldn't there be a lot of dead people at gun shows?)
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To: endthematrix; mathprof; DBeers

Another Jay Bennish ?

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39 posted on 09/16/2007 7:30:07 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: rlmorel; mewzilla; jazusamo

Excellent post by rlmorel :

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1596331/posts?page=26#26


40 posted on 09/16/2007 7:34:49 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
Interesting that the first linked story was written by a former student (1973) at Franklin High in Rochester, NY. I live in Rochester and I can tell you that Franklin High, as well as all the city schools, are still just as bad almost 35 years later.
In fact, the inner city is a toilet and Rochester is the (per capita) murder capital of New York State. Thirty to forty years of liberalism and they still don't get it. Amazing.

Graduation Rate

  2004-05
Yonkers 66%
Buffalo 65%
Syracuse 59%
New York 58%
Rochester 52%

41 posted on 09/16/2007 7:47:19 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: george76

I have a GREAT idea for a lesson plan - re-enact the French Revolution with teachers playimg the aristocrats!!!!


42 posted on 09/16/2007 7:50:16 AM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: oh8eleven; The Mayor

I did not know it has gotten that bad :

” Rochester is the (per capita) murder capital of New York State. Thirty to forty years of liberalism and they still don’t get it. “


43 posted on 09/16/2007 8:02:40 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

I read that. Boy, what a steaming pantload. Thanks for the ping, george76.

This kind of behavior is what you expect from bullies, when confronted and stood up to, say: “Oh that wasn’t what I meant...”, “I was misunderstood,,,”, or “I was taken out of context...”

The left has completely taken over our public schools, and has probably been that way since the 1960’s or so.

FYI, I will post here what I posted in that other thread about Bennish, since it applies equally here. Thanks for the opportunity.

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He is absolutely entitled to his opinion and has every right to preach his opinions when he is on his own time.

When he is being paid to do a job, with money paid by taxpayers, he does not have the right to his own opinions. Period.

If you cannot differentiate between the two situations, then you are either ill equipped to do so, or you have never taken the time to do so. I will make the presumption that you have never taken the time to think it through, because I do not know you and would like to give you the benefit of doubt.

If you had children, would you like to have a teacher at school telling them that any activity they wish to engage in is acceptable? Perhaps bestiality? Or pedophilia? That using any type of drug imaginable is fine, including heroin, LSD or PCP? That the teacher might even describe to them how they can obtain such drugs? Or how about if the teacher decides to tell students that using a handgun to intimidate other people is a good idea?

If you think this is acceptable 1st Amendment material in a classroom of 12 year old kids, then there is no reason to discuss the matter further.

If you agree that these types of lectures should not be allowed, then we may continue. Because we both would then agree that there are limitations.

If you agree there are limitations, then reasonable people can agree to disagree on the parameters to be allowed in a given situation.

I happened to take the time to download and listen to the entire tirade by this person. If he is privately employed by a school similar to the ones that American Communists deliberately sent their “Red Diaper Babies” to in the 50’s, then that is your decision to send your child there to listen to that tripe. I feel that should be considered child abuse, but that is my opinion.

If I am paying money to send my child to a college, and the professor is spouting crap like that, I have choices, and my tax dollars are generally not being spent to subsidize some intellectual predator who preys on kids who may either not know any better, or are too intimidated to do anything about it. But I do have choices. I can pull my child out and send them to another college. It is my money.

But in a public school, there is no right to free speech. Teachers are there to teach. Does a receptionist at a company have the right to free speech? Of course not. There are limitations. They cannot greet customers with “This company sucks. You will get screwed if you spend your money here. Turn around while you can.” If they did, they would be fired, and rightly so.


44 posted on 09/16/2007 8:18:49 AM PDT by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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To: george76
"...his U.S. History class is studying the Declaration of Independence, and he decided to write a letter putting the document into modern language..."

This is the heart of the problem, isn't it?

I know he said this is the Declaration of Indepencence he is trying to mangle (I doubt if this leftist Bozo even knows the difference between the two) but one of the biggest talking points you hear from the Left is that the US Constitution is hopelessly obsolete and doesn't apply to the modern world.

I guess they want a constitution like this:
The EU Constitution (Be sure to click on the links to the right and read the fine print...and be sure to put your PC cap on)

What is perhaps most troubling is that we have someone teaching US History to our kids who does not have any idea of why the US War of Indepndence happened or an understanding of the forces that led up to it.

As Ann Coulter is fond of saying (and I paraphrase) "For Liberals, history begins yesterday..."

45 posted on 09/16/2007 8:31:40 AM PDT by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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To: Plains Drifter

Thanks and the same to you. Let us also pray for the poor students and parents that have to put up with this stuff.


46 posted on 09/16/2007 8:36:14 AM PDT by Maelstorm (Understanding the motivations of a victimizer does not exonerate or justify them.)
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To: rlmorel

Exactly correct :

“For Liberals, history begins yesterday...”

These liberal teachers really have no clue.

The school principal is no better.


47 posted on 09/16/2007 9:04:51 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
[He concluded the letter with "After careful consideration of the facts of our current situation, I have decided to announce to everyone that I am no longer a citizen of the United States, but a free and independent member of the global community."

"The point was, I wanted to ask parents if they would sign such a letter if conditions that existed prior to the Revolution were happening now,"]

This "teacher's" lame attempt at plausible deniability is laughable in and of itself. Of course he should be fired, and of course nothing will happen.

48 posted on 09/16/2007 10:45:12 AM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: CondorFlight

Nearly the entire public school “curriculum” is a political opinion.


49 posted on 09/16/2007 10:46:54 AM PDT by achilles2000 (Shouting "fire" in a burning building is doing everyone a favor...whether they like it or not)
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To: Beckwith

Also; Interim Superintendent: kstaley@chicousd.org


50 posted on 09/16/2007 12:23:38 PM PDT by loboinok (Gun control is hitting what you aim at!)
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