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Parent Blows Whistle on Teacher Promotion of Obama Internship
Education Reporter ^ | MARCH 2010 | Education Reporter

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.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: agendaofchange; arth; brainwashing; hopeandchange; indoctrination; interns; internship; lping; march; obamaforamerica; obamaplant; obamasarmy; ofa; organizingforamerica; publicschools; sniff; sniff11; stooge; trollalert; zot
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According to the curriculum details, interns will learn "the theory behind Community Organizing," and practice "tactics for relationship . . . and organization building." 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.

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)

1 posted on 04/02/2010 5:17:18 AM PDT by RaceBannon
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To: RaceBannon
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.
Fire the SOB if that's true - or - fire the SOB because it's not true.
2 posted on 04/02/2010 5:20:18 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: RaceBannon

“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.

(anti-liberal sarcasm)


3 posted on 04/02/2010 5:20:22 AM PDT by Grunthor (Over YOUR dead body!)
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To: RaceBannon

The teacher probably is so immersed in liberalism he/she didn’t even realize this was inappropriated. Good for the vigilant parent!


4 posted on 04/02/2010 5:24:07 AM PDT by ElayneJ
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To: RaceBannon
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.

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!!!

5 posted on 04/02/2010 5:28:45 AM PDT by sirchtruth (Freedom is not free)
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To: RaceBannon

Thanks for the informative, eyebrow raising post RaceBannon.


6 posted on 04/02/2010 5:29:06 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: ElayneJ
The teacher probably is so immersed in liberalism he/she didn’t even realize this was inappropriate

Yep.

7 posted on 04/02/2010 5:29:32 AM PDT by FourPeas (God Bless America)
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To: RaceBannon

But it was from Obama, our president, so it must be a good thing. We can trust the government, right? </sarc>


8 posted on 04/02/2010 5:31:04 AM PDT by FourPeas (God Bless America)
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To: sirchtruth

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.


9 posted on 04/02/2010 5:32:00 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: RaceBannon
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.

Bullshite. The teacher knew exactly what he was doing.

10 posted on 04/02/2010 5:32:29 AM PDT by Malacoda (CO(NH2)2 on OBAMA.)
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To: RaceBannon

I’m kind of lost.

How is a teacher promoting an internship worth school credit controversial?


11 posted on 04/02/2010 5:35:22 AM PDT by MrRobertPlant2009
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To: RaceBannon
I am interested in their ‘theory of community organizing’. I know what it really is, I just want to see the tripe they are selling to the kids. I wonder if my tag line would be included in their lessons. If they believed in “Diversity” it would.
12 posted on 04/02/2010 5:37:04 AM PDT by Never on my watch (A Militia is just a community organization)
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To: RaceBannon

The MSM isn’t going to care that our nations abortion clincs, I mean High Schools, are propaganda centers for the radical left.


13 posted on 04/02/2010 5:40:12 AM PDT by GeronL (There is only a "Happily ever after" for you if you're the one writing your own script)
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To: MrRobertPlant2009

you sound like a real a-hole to me.
why haven’t you been zapped or zotted or whatever gets done to losers?


14 posted on 04/02/2010 5:40:47 AM PDT by aumrl (let's keep it real Conservatives -)
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To: oh8eleven

” but implied the teacher did not look through the material before handing it out.”

Uh huh....

NO SALE!!


15 posted on 04/02/2010 5:42:06 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: oh8eleven

“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.


16 posted on 04/02/2010 5:42:28 AM PDT by JenB987 (I'm still an American and 'til they take that away from me there's no day ruined. - El Rushbo)
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To: MrRobertPlant2009

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.


17 posted on 04/02/2010 5:42:36 AM PDT by Jemian
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To: RaceBannon

18 posted on 04/02/2010 5:45:37 AM PDT by relictele (Obama: foolish enough to argue with a dictionary and arrogant enought to claim victory.))
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To: RaceBannon

The caption: "Adolf Hitler's youth attends community schools."

19 posted on 04/02/2010 5:48:39 AM PDT by raybbr (I hate B(ig) H(ead) Obama)
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To: MrRobertPlant2009

See you later, Mr. “Plant”.


20 posted on 04/02/2010 5:52:11 AM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: MrRobertPlant2009
Ya' know. I've been looking over your posting history. You do the same thing that Satan did to Eve in the garden. You ask little questions, just seeking information (oh, how innocent!) but those questions are designed to cast doubt on the one to whom you're speaking.

I think you're a troll!


21 posted on 04/02/2010 5:52:47 AM PDT by Jemian
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To: sirchtruth

uh huh! an honest mistake from a gov’t teachers union teacher. Scrape the bottom of the barrel and this is what you get


22 posted on 04/02/2010 5:57:55 AM PDT by mapmaker77
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To: sirchtruth

uh huh! an honest mistake from a gov’t teachers union teacher. Scrape the bottom of the barrel and this is what you get


23 posted on 04/02/2010 5:59:30 AM PDT by mapmaker77
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To: MrRobertPlant2009
From your Freeper page:

"I think our agenda is clear. We are opposed to: government spending, Kennedy kids, seat-belt laws, busing our children anywhere other than Yale, trailer courts near our vacation homes, all tiny Third World countries that don’t have banking secrecy laws, aerobics, the UN, taxation without tax loop­holes, and jewelry on men. We are in favor of: guns, drugs, fast cars, free love (if our wives don’t find out), a sound dollar, and a strong military with spiffy uniforms."

Wow. Is that what you really believe? Some of that stuff is really off the wall. I would suggest that it sounds more like rich, hypocritical, self-righteous Hollywood leftists.

You might fit in better with the slobbering misfits over at Dummocrat Underground.

24 posted on 04/02/2010 6:00:10 AM PDT by sneakers
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To: RaceBannon

save


25 posted on 04/02/2010 6:00:44 AM PDT by phockthis
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To: Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; akatel; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Alexander Rubin; Allerious; ...
Suggested readings for the first week of the program include Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals...



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26 posted on 04/02/2010 6:03:44 AM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: Jemian; RaceBannon

http://www.freerepublic.com/~mrrobertplant2009/

That didn’t take long.


27 posted on 04/02/2010 6:03:52 AM PDT by Semper Mark (Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms. - Aristotle)
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28 posted on 04/02/2010 6:07:27 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: Markos33

Another one bites the dust
Another one bites the dust
And another one gone
And another one gone
Another one bites the dust


29 posted on 04/02/2010 6:09:36 AM PDT by Jemian
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Similar thing happened at my kids' high screwel. They were given info about Green Empowerment and the "presenter's" asked the kids to sign a petition. Some of them did (and some even gave email addresses). Our kid told us about it, we called the principal and were basically told the same thing..."the teacher had no idea what was in the material or that they'd collect signatures, he collected the petitions, blah, blah."

I looked up the "organization" sponsoring the presentation...it's a part of The Tides Foundation!

30 posted on 04/02/2010 6:09:58 AM PDT by Jane Long (America, while you were sleeping the Socialists took over.)
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To: RaceBannon

Of course socialist schools are going to promote socialism. The only mistake the classroom bureaucrat made was getting caught by giving the package to a kid whose father bothered to see what was in it.

Of course, if the father wasn’t having his lifestyle subsidized by participating in the nation’s biggest “entitlement” program he might find a capitalist school is less likely to promote socialism than a government school is.


31 posted on 04/02/2010 6:10:39 AM PDT by SUSSA
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To: Markos33

Good riddence. Good troll hunting.


32 posted on 04/02/2010 6:13:02 AM PDT by Lurking in Kansas (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: RaceBannon

I am a proud teacher, and an even prouder FReeper. Here’s my take on this situation. First of all, we get this sort of thing in the “junk” mail at school all the time. Not only do we get hard copy; we also get emails. They arrive looking very official in expensive envelopes, with lots of compliments to the school and the teacher. I’m imagining that the teacher saw the Obama seal and thought, “It’s the President; it’s fine.” The teacher unfortunately probably never even thought that it might be Democrat propaganda and that a Republican alternative could also have been offered.
I’m not ignorant; mine go straight into the recycle bin.


33 posted on 04/02/2010 6:20:14 AM PDT by Ray'sBeth
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To: Jane Long

I’m too durn old to even know anyone who still has kids in school, but I’ll bet this is happening all over the country!


34 posted on 04/02/2010 6:27:53 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: RaceBannon

Isn’t Organizing for America federally funded?


35 posted on 04/02/2010 6:32:50 AM PDT by Kenny
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To: RaceBannon
"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."

Are we to believe a slick and professional packet was printed up .... just one, mind you ... and it was sent to one teechah to give to one stoont, and that now the matter is finished?

Oh America, America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the chariot wheels carrying you to the guillotine?

36 posted on 04/02/2010 6:33:22 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Markos33

Another varmint for the red-mist club.


37 posted on 04/02/2010 6:36:22 AM PDT by paulcissa (The first requirement of Liberalism is to stand on your head and tell the world they're upside down)
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To: Markos33

Yeah Team!!! A quick and painless ZOT...well done Mod :)


38 posted on 04/02/2010 6:36:49 AM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (Government Motors Corporation, Obama Division: der DOLTSWAGGIN)
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To: metmom

BUMP


39 posted on 04/02/2010 7:11:57 AM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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ANOTHER REASON TO HOMESCHOOL

This ping list is for the “other” articles of interest to homeschoolers about education and public school. This can occasionally be a fairly high volume list. Articles pinged to the Another Reason to Homeschool List will be given the keyword of ARTH. (If I remember. If I forget, please feel free to add it yourself)

The main Homeschool Ping List handles the homeschool-specific articles. I hold both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping list. Please freepmail me to let me know if you would like to be added to or removed from either list, or both.

40 posted on 04/02/2010 7:14:39 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: RaceBannon

Sounds like something we should be infiltrating!


41 posted on 04/02/2010 7:14:56 AM PDT by airborne ("Peace, Love, Dope" has now become "Hope, Change, Obama" !!!)
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To: MrRobertPlant2009; 50mm; darkwing104

IATZ

It’s about time....


42 posted on 04/02/2010 7:16:29 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: RaceBannon

Translation: We’re going to do our best to radicalize your kid.


43 posted on 04/02/2010 7:19:51 AM PDT by kimmie7 (THE CROSS - Today, Tomorrow and Always!)
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To: MrRobertPlant2009

I’ll answer your question with a question.

What if they handed out an application for an internship at Klansmen R Us — with no other choice?

Would you still not get it?


44 posted on 04/02/2010 7:21:40 AM PDT by kimmie7 (THE CROSS - Today, Tomorrow and Always!)
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To: metmom

Awwwwwww, I wanted to play a little first.

I’ve been watching my cat chase her tail while perched on the arm of an office chair...and it just kinda put me in the mood to bat a troll around a bit.


45 posted on 04/02/2010 7:25:08 AM PDT by kimmie7 (THE CROSS - Today, Tomorrow and Always!)
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To: FourPeas
We can trust the government, right?

Well, yeah, as long as it's a government THEY agree with. If not, then it's "question authority", "speak truth to power", "Bushitler", "the police acted stupidly", "SCOTUS screwed up" (while they're sitting right there and have to keep their mouths shut), etc, etc, etc, etc....

46 posted on 04/02/2010 7:25:44 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: RaceBannon

bump


47 posted on 04/02/2010 7:28:00 AM PDT by VOA
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To: MrRobertPlant2009

You’re always kind of lost, you liberal dipsh*t


48 posted on 04/02/2010 7:28:05 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: MrRobertPlant2009

Schools are publicly funded with money taken from people of all political stripes. They’re not supposed to take sides on controversial political issues. That’s why the father wouldn’t have been offended with this had there been an alternative for conservative kids. This way it looks like recruitment for radicals, which is what it is.


49 posted on 04/02/2010 7:28:19 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: ElayneJ

And the teacher STILL doesn’t see the problem no doubt.
Nor do fellow teachers.


50 posted on 04/02/2010 7:28:22 AM PDT by Scotswife
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