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Posted on 04/02/2010 5:17:17 AM PDT by RaceBannon
Parent Blows Whistle on Teacher Promotion of Obama Internship
The parent of a Perry High School student in Massillon, Ohio, set off a firestorm in his community and in the blogosphere when he gave Pamela Geller, of AtlasShrugs.com, a copy of an internship application provided to his 11th-grade daughter's government class the last week of January. The information packet, emblazoned with the Obama presidential campaign logo, was from DNC-funded Organizing for America (OFA), the successor organization of Obama for America. The student's father, identified as "Chuck," told Geller that the teacher offered no Republican Party internship equivalent to students.
The document, posted in its entirety on Geller's website, promotes a ten-week internship for "empowering students across the country to help us bring about our agenda of change," and for which students may receive course credit. Interns must commit to at least 12 hours a week, and will be taught how to be "leaders in OFA's organizing work this summer," i.e., campaign workers for the 2010 election season.
Activities include using social media for "online organizing," building alliances with others working on health care, energy and education reform, and role-playing interviews with media outlets about the student's experience as an OFA intern.
At the end of the internship, students are asked "How do you plan to continue working with OFA in the future?" Organization leaders are also instructed to "have interns agree to participate" in a follow-up call with OFA headquarters. The purpose of the call is to "unveil our larger strategy for student and youth strategy in the states." Leaders will then follow up with each student to get them "immediately . . . plugged in to OFA's efforts within their communities."
Perry Local School District Superintendent John Richard said the government teacher violated school policy by passing out the forms, but implied the teacher did not look through the material before handing it out. "I do believe it was an honest mistake on [his] part," Richard said. "However, board policy was not followed and the teacher had no administrative permission to do so."
Perry High Principal Don Gregoire sent parents a letter about the controversy on February 1, 2010. "We apologize that your son or daughter was given this information without approval," Gregoire wrote. "This error in following Board Policy has been addressed and has been clearly communicated to staff." (foxnews.com, 2-3-10; cantonrep.com, 2-2-10)
“The student’s father, identified as “Chuck,” told Geller that the teacher offered no Republican Party internship equivalent to students”
But you have to understand...the Republicans are evil.
The teacher probably is so immersed in liberalism he/she didn’t even realize this was inappropriated. Good for the vigilant parent!
A teacher passing along a form they have never even read is akin to, well....The US congress/President never READING legislation before they try to pass it!! This is really ridiculous folks, and I hope for this county's sake we end these shenanigans by voting everyone of these prix out!!!
Thanks for the informative, eyebrow raising post RaceBannon.
But it was from Obama, our president, so it must be a good thing. We can trust the government, right? </sarc>
And this happened in only one school? I rather doubt it! Parents all over the country need to check to see if this happened in their child’s school.
Bullshite. The teacher knew exactly what he was doing.
I’m kind of lost.
How is a teacher promoting an internship worth school credit controversial?
The MSM isn’t going to care that our nations abortion clincs, I mean High Schools, are propaganda centers for the radical left.
you sound like a real a-hole to me.
why haven’t you been zapped or zotted or whatever gets done to losers?
” but implied the teacher did not look through the material before handing it out.”
“Suggested readings for the first week of the program include Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, and Stir It Up: Lessons from Community Organizing and Advocacy by leftwing activist Rinku Sen.”
This is the most disturbing part of an already disturbing trend in our school system.
The fact that Alinsky’s playbook for radical, violent behavior is being encouraged upon our nation’s youth is absolutely the most horrendous and blatent act of indoctrination with this “assignment”.
Unfortunately, with the rising school taxes and a bad economy, it’s getting harder and harder to encourage parents to homeschool or private school their children. And it’s all in the RAT game plan - give these parents no other option and hope they don’t pay attention to what their children are being taught.
The controversy is the sheer partisanship of it. It is pushing Caligula’s doctrine w/o giving an outlet for those who don’t agree with that doctrine. The fool may be president, but he isn’t [officially] a dictator [yet]. There must be an alternate provided.
The caption: "Adolf Hitler's youth attends community schools."
See you later, Mr. “Plant”.