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  • Teacher says inflammatory letter was part of lesson plan

    09/15/2007 10:23:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 59 replies · 2,099+ views
    Chico Enterprise-Record ^ | 09/13/2007 | GREG WELTER
    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...
  • Confronting Controversy: Wire-tapping,war and the aftermath of 9/11 are hot issues in the classroom

    09/11/2006 7:41:21 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 8 replies · 573+ views
    NEA Today(may not link,members only) ^ | September 2006 | Cindy Long
    Alongside posters of Gandhi and John Lennon, covers of "Time" magazine, and a life-size cutout of the Three Stooges dressed in caps and gowns, social studies teacher Michael Palermo's ground rules for classroom behavior are prominently tacked on the classroom wall. The first rule: Respect People and Opinions. Palermo teaches at Yorktown High School in Arlington, Virginia-a suburb of Washington, D.C., and a short distance from the Pentagon, where five years ago one of the hijacked jets crashed during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Yorktown students were deeply affected by 9/11-many of their parents work at the Pentagon-and...
  • Attacking the Cancer of Anti-American Liberalism

    09/08/2006 8:14:43 AM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 3 replies · 354+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 9/08/06 | Purple Mountains
    Most conservatives who have taken a look at what is being taught about American history and values in our high schools and colleges are well aware of the horrendous brainwashing that is going on to teach our kids to hate America. I first encountered this as a college professor myself, amazingly at a Catholic college you would think would be espousing traditional American values. This was not the fault of that particular college, however, it was just that the professors they hired were products of Vietnam era education where something went so terribly wrong in our entire educational system, and...
  • Liberals fly their colors (displaying foreign flags in our public school classrooms)

    09/08/2006 2:39:46 AM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 30 replies · 984+ views
    Rocky Mountain News weekly column ^ | Friday September 8th, 2006 | Mike Rosen
    Liberals fly their colors, by Mike Rosen It was two years ago that North High School was the center of controversy over a foreign flag. A Mexican flag was given equal prominence with an American flag in a permanent wall display in the school lobby and in a social studies classroom. The teacher who hung the Mexican flag in his classroom said he wanted his students to feel welcome. This was a nice sentiment, but a direct violation of Colorado law. Although North High is almost 85 percent Hispanic, this is still an American school in the United States, funded...
  • Horowitz' Sleeping Giant

    04/19/2006 12:08:33 PM PDT · by JSedreporter · 7 replies · 1,197+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 19, 2006 | Rosemarie Capozzi
    The big difference in the latest spate of horror stories about academic abuse is that they are taking place in lower grades. Sean Allen, a 10th-grader from Colorado who made national news when he taped his World Geography teacher’s political rant, spoke from experience, “I was flooded with similar stories from students across the nation,” he said at a conference on academic freedom. “We can’t simply deal with this on a case-to-case basis, we have to get to the root of it.” Sean firmly believes that the Academic Bill of Rights crafted by conservative author and activist David Horowitz gives...
  • C-SPAN to Air David Horowitz - Ward Churchill Debate

    04/14/2006 11:02:42 AM PDT · by GaryL · 10 replies · 1,891+ views
    C-SPAN ^ | April 14, 2006 | C-SPAN Scheduling
    David Horowitz - Ward Churchill Debate From George Washington University to Air on C-SPAN Saturday, 8 EDT. The topic was Politics in the Classroom.
  • Kristinn Taylor & David Horowitz on 'JustAWoman' radio - KRLA 870am - Sunday evening March 26th

    03/24/2006 3:51:31 PM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 6 replies · 1,226+ views
    FreeRepublic member 'JustAWoman' website ^ | Friday March 24th, 2006 | Lores Rizkalla
    <p>The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America, will talk about the dangerous and even even treacherous behavior on the university campus. He will also weigh in on the Jay Bennish controversy! Don't miss it!</p> <p>Also, Kristinn Taylor of Free Republic, will give us an update on the antics of the Left. Kristinn never holds back. So, don't miss his colorful and passionate assessment of cultural battle. He will also tell us about why sites like Free Republic are so important today.</p>
  • David Horowitz to Debate Ward Churchill at Academic Freedom Conference

    03/22/2006 12:16:02 PM PST · by GaryL · 59 replies · 2,915+ views
    Students for Academic Freedom ^ | March 23, 2006 | Sara Dogan
    On April 6-7, 2006, Students for Academic Freedom will host its First National Academic Freedom Conference featuring a debate between Students for Academic Freedom Chairman David Horowitz and University of Colorado-Boulder Professor Ward Churchill. The topic for debate will be: “Can Politics Be Taken Out Of The Classroom, and Should It Be?” The debate will be held Thursday evening on the campus of George Washington University in Washington, DC. Young America’s Foundation and the Center for the Study of Popular Culture are the co-hosts of the debate. Seating for the debate is limited and will be determined by George Washington...
  • Teacher fuss shows need for choice

    03/16/2006 8:38:03 AM PST · by aynrandy · 2 replies · 429+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 03/16/2006 | David Harsanyi
    Now that Jay Bennish's 15 minutes of fame are all but over, it's time to ask: What have we learned? For many of us, this episode proves we need more freedom, not less. More free speech, yes. But also more choice. Many conservatives have grumbled that Cherry Creek School District administrators did not properly react to parental concerns by keeping Bennish on as a "geography" teacher. Accountability within the stifling monopoly of government education is a pipe dream - but the reality is, school boards wouldn't be able to meet parents' demands even if they wanted to. Why? Because there's...
  • Bennish back in class

    03/14/2006 3:18:20 PM PST · by thegreatbeast · 30 replies · 769+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | March 13, 2006 | Charlie Brennan
    AURORA — Jay Bennish returned to his classroom this morning as Overland High School sought a return to normalcy in the wake of a national controversy over his teaching methods. "Mr. Bennish is a member of our Blazer family, and as such he will be welcomed back here," said Principal Jana Frieler, in a brief press conference outside the school.
  • An Accelerated Curriculum of Ignorance

    03/14/2006 2:05:46 PM PST · by Coleus · 8 replies · 396+ views
    The New Media ^ | 03.10.06 | Frank Salvato
    In days of old, when teaching right from wrong was the responsibility of parents, schools exclusively taught the basics and neither teachers nor parents could be charged with a crime if they disciplined unruly children, not only was a public education worth something, the country was a civilized place complete with ethics, morals and values. Today, the “village,” governmentally empowered to educate and look after our children, is producing arsonists and anarchists. Civility is nowhere to be found. Oh, happy day!It’s ironic that “evolved” liberal institutions of learning (such are our universities and increasingly, our high schools), complete with accelerated...
  • Jay Bennish Reinstated without Visible Penalty

    03/13/2006 2:39:13 PM PST · by the anti-liberal · 75 replies · 1,274+ views ^ | March 11, 2006 | Tom Blumer
    School District to Taxpayers and Parents: Up Yours ..... and the Homeschooling Movement Gets a Yet Another Shot in the Arm: Here is yet another reason for parents to homeschool their children if at all possible (By the way, the story is hopelessly slanted -- The lecture was objectively biased; plus, the primary issue here is teaching the subject matter, and secondarily the political indoctrination Jay Bennish engaged in while not doing his job): Bennish to teach again Punishment not revealed; teacher returns MondayAn Aurora social studies teacher accused of giving a biased lecture that sparked national debate over academic...
  • World Record: On CO Teacher, Gabler Gets in 'Right-Wing' Four Times in 14 Seconds

    03/11/2006 4:34:42 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 48 replies · 1,316+ views
    Fox News Watch/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein March 11, 2006 As has been well-documented by the Media Research Center, while MSMers are loathe to label anyone or anything 'liberal,' they don't hesitate to brand various entities or individuals 'conservative' or 'right-wing.' Well, folks, I believe we have a new world record in the category. In the course of discussing the case of Colorado teacher Jay Bennish, who compared President Bush to Hitler, liberal [there, I said it] Neal Gabler on tonight's Fox News Watch managed to utter the term 'right-wing' four times . . . in 14 seconds. Yes, I checked it by my...
  • Jay Bennish and 1973

    03/12/2006 4:13:25 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 111 replies · 2,665+ views ^ | 3/12/06 | Mary Grabar
    The debate about Jay Bennish, the Colorado high school teacher who confused a diatribe against the Bush administration with a lesson in geography, is not about free speech, but about the meltdown of Western civilization. Jay Bennish, the product of baby boomer teachers and parents, is not unlike other recent high school and college graduates. He was denied the opportunity for an education. But come to think of it, baby boomers like me were denied educations. I had a Jay Bennish teaching my tenth-grade "social studies" class in 1973 (note the subject name that already reveals the non-academic nature of...
  • 'The Assault On American Youth' Jay Bennish Preaches Hatred

    03/10/2006 8:20:09 AM PST · by RepublicNewbie · 9 replies · 783+ views
    The Post Chronicle ^ | 3/10/06 | Pat Buchanan
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The last Global Geographic Literacy Survey, assessing the geographic knowledge of 18-24-year-olds in nine different countries -- Canada, France, Mexico, Great Britain, Japan, Italy, Sweden, Germany and the United States -- was, at best, a disappointment. It found, for example, that only 17 percent of young Americans could locate Afghanistan on a map; 29 percent could not correctly identify the Pacific Ocean; and 11 percent were unable to find the continental United States. If high-school geography classrooms around the United States are anything like that run by "teacher" Jay Bennish, at Overland High School in Aurora, Colorado,...
  • Bennish Reinstated as teacher

    03/10/2006 1:36:37 PM PST · by Starter · 152 replies · 3,556+ views
    Self | 3/10/2006 | Self
    This just in: Jay Bennish has been reinstated as a teacher at Overland High School.
  • Lawyer: Teacher Disciplined Over Bush Comments Wishes He'd "Picked Different Dictator"

    03/10/2006 10:06:29 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 32 replies · 1,330+ views
    Lawyer: Teacher Disciplined Over Bush Comments Wishes He'd "Picked Different Dictator" POSTED: 9:55 am EST March 10, 2006 UPDATED: 12:08 pm EST March 10, 2006 DENVER -- A high school social studies teacher who was disciplined for comparing speeches by President Bush and Adolf Hitler stands by his lecture but wishes "he'd picked a different dictator," his lawyer said. Teacher Jay Bennish also promised school district administrators that he would make sure future classroom talks immediately offered opposing points of view, his lawyer David Lane told KHOW-AM radio in Denver. Lane did not return a telephone call from The Associated...
  • Teacher's attorney: Lesson learned (Jay Bennish Pretends To Backtrack)

    03/10/2006 4:37:07 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 47 replies · 993+ views
    Denver Post ^ | March 10, 2006 | Allison Sherry and Annette Espinoza
    Social studies teacher Jay Bennish told Cherry Creek school leaders Thursday that he should have used a different dictator when comparing President Bush to Adolf Hitler in a geography class, his lawyer David Lane said Thursday. Bennish also told district officials that he should have balanced each lecture "contemporaneously" on controversial issues rather than over the course of the term, Lane said. "When he gives the yin, give the yang right there," he said. "Don't wait a week." Fewer than a dozen complaints to the school have surfaced, Lane said, since the "national turmoil" has unfolded about Bennish, who was...
  • Rosen: Intellectual child abuse (Jay Bennish)

    03/10/2006 3:34:40 AM PST · by beaversmom · 30 replies · 980+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | March 10, 2006 | Mike Rosen
    Here's how the Los Angeles Times spun the story: "Teacher suspended for Bush remark." Wrong! Several other news stories in our local papers have been no better. Congratulations to Rocky Mountain News reporters who got it right: "The teacher, Jay Bennish, is on paid leave pending the outcome of an investigation into whether he violated a district policy requiring balanced viewpoints being presented in class." Bingo! If teachers were disciplined merely for criticizing President Bush, half of them would probably be out of work. Bennish is under scrutiny for violating his public trust as a teacher of callow young minds...
  • Bennish Decision Near (Moonbat Teacher Refuses to Apologize; Lawyer Will Sue if Board Punishes)

    03/10/2006 1:01:32 AM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 43 replies · 1,118+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | 03/10/2006 | Kevin Vaughan
    Overland High School teacher Jay Bennish could be back in the classroom Monday, his attorney predicted Thursday after a 90-minute meeting with school district administrators and attorneys. Whether that comes to pass will be decided today, when Bennish and his attorney, David Lane, sit down one final time with Cherry Creek Schools administrators to learn whether any action will be taken against the teacher for a Feb. 1 classroom lecture. In that lecture, Bennish compared President Bush to Adolf Hitler, questioned U.S. foreign and drug policy and suggested that capitalism was "at odds" with human compassion. "I'm guaranteeing you that...
  • Senator Wants To Protect Schools Who Fire Biased Teachers (Bennish inspired)

    03/09/2006 7:40:58 PM PST · by jwalburg · 10 replies · 524+ views
    ABC 7 News Denver ^ | March 9, 2006
    DENVER -- The case of the Aurora teacher who made comparisons between President George W. Bush and Adolf Hitler has now hit the state Legislature. State senators are considering whether to give school districts greater protection to fire teachers who present biased views in the classroom. It wouldn't apply to teacher Jay Bennish, only future cases. The Cherry Creek School District is investigating Bennish's comments. A recording of 20 minutes of his lecture has been made public but he has said the rest of the 50-minute class balanced out those comments. State Sen. Doug Lamborn saif school districts may fear...
  • Sean Allen fails Teen Politics 101(dimwit lefty Jim Spencer flaps gums)

    03/09/2006 6:38:37 PM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 21 replies · 949+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 8 March 2006 | Jim Spencer
    Sean Allen fails Teen Politics 101 By Jim Spencer Denver Post Staff Columnist If anyone has tried to hurt Sean Allen's body, Allen needs to file a criminal complaint with the Aurora police. If, instead, some of his classmates have tried to hurt his feelings, well, welcome to high school. For those just returning from a parallel universe, Allen is the 16-year-old Overland High student who recorded a rant by geography teacher Jay Bennish that mentioned "eerie similarities" between George W. Bush and Adolf Hitler. Allen is now the darling of right-wing talk show hosts and a hero to...
  • One-Way Free Speech in Schools (HYPOCRITICAL Leftist Angst Over Jay Bennish "Free Speech" Rights)

    03/09/2006 12:50:38 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 4 replies · 119+ views
    BLOGWONKS ^ | March 8, 2006 | Joe Mariani
    When it comes to preaching multiculturalism and politically correct social engineering in public schools, the Left are certainly the most vocal of free speech purists. On the other hand, the same people react with horror to the mere mention of religion or Conservative views in the same schools. Are there limits to free speech in schools, or not -- and who gets to set those limits? Can teachers use public schools as soapboxes from which to preach their personal philosophy, whatever it may be? Should any religious or political views be banned from public schools -- or only Christian and...
  • Keeping Kids Stupid: The Intellectual Lynching of Jay Bennish

    03/09/2006 11:57:18 AM PST · by bubbabuddha · 49 replies · 966+ views ^ | march 9th 2006 | Michael I. Niman
    One of the biggest problems confronting higher education is the fact that most students entering colleges and universities lack basic social science skills and knowledge. In a recent survey of college students in Buffalo, for example, almost half did not know who George Pataki is. Eighty percent had no idea, correct or incorrect, as to what communism is. Nearly the same number of students couldn’t define capitalism. For whatever reason, social science education in America has collapsed at the high school level. For a democracy that relies on an informed electorate, such ignorance is toxic.
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 03-09-2006

    03/09/2006 4:59:51 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 2 replies · 267+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 03-09-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. Jay Bennish Geography Class: Where liberal rants got a pass; 'Till one student tape-- Now there's no escape for the teacher who talks out his ass!
  • Paid Speech in our Classrooms

    03/09/2006 3:27:31 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 25 replies · 854+ views ^ | 3/9/2006 | Todd Manzi
    Jay Bennish is a teacher who collects paychecks for teaching Colorado high school students about geography. Here is a sample from one of Bennish’s classes: “Do you see how this economic system [capitalism] is at odds with humanity? At odds with caring and compassion? It is at odds with human rights. Anytime you have a system that’s designed to procure profit, when profit is the bottom motive, money, that means money is going to become more important potentially than what? Safety, human lives, etcetera.” According to Tustin Amole, Public Information Officer for the Cherry Creek School District, the above statement...
  • High School Indoctrination

    03/08/2006 11:12:02 AM PST · by mathprof · 55 replies · 1,560+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 3/8/06 | Sol Stern
    No one familiar with our nation’s increasingly dysfunctional public schools should have found it surprising that a Colorado High School teacher named Jay Bennish delivered a 20 minute, anti-American rant to his 10th grade geography class taken straight out of Noam Chomsky and Michael Moore. True enough, Mr. Bennish was somewhat cruder than your average leftist teacher. Apparently, he was also too stupid to realize that political indoctrination in the classroom goes over much more smoothly and is less likely to cause a public uproar if the teacher observes a few minor pedagogical constraints. In fact, Bennish might have been...
  • Teacher's Dad Reports Death Threats (Bennish/Colo.)

    03/08/2006 2:04:08 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 21 replies · 411+ views
    7 News Denver ^ | 03/08/06 | 7NewsDenver
    DENVER -- The father of a teacher who compared President Bush's State of the Union address to speeches made by Adolf Hitler said he and his family have received at least 12 death threats. Jay Bennish is on paid leave from Overland High School while Cherry Creek School District investigates whether his Feb. 1 lecture violated a policy requiring that balancing viewpoints be presented in classes. Bennish's father, John Bennish of Beverly Hills, Mich., told The Detroit News in Wednesday's editions that people have called his house threatening to kill him or his family. He said he did not report...
  • Scooping the mainstream media [AP bias on Bennish story]

    03/07/2006 11:23:04 AM PST · by DeweyCA · 9 replies · 1,318+ views ^ | March 7, 2006 | Todd Manzi
    The Associated Press reached a new level of incompetence, and the "news" industry they serve doesn’t seem to care. If you want political opinion, you’ll find it in Associated Press dispatches. If you want news, you might have to read conservative opinion columns. On February 22nd, Walter Williams, a columnist, scooped the mainstream media. Williams reported that high school teacher Jay Bennish lectured his geography class stating: 1) "[President Bush’s State of the Union Speech] sounds a lot like the things Adolf Hitler used to say." 2) "Bush is threatening the whole planet." 3) "[The] U.S. wants to keep...
  • SAUNDERS: An MP3 player for a teacher [Bennish]

    03/07/2006 7:45:58 AM PST · by SmithL · 42 replies · 1,959+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/7/6 | Debra J. Saunders
    COLORADO high-school sophomore Sean Allen couldn't convince his father that his geography teacher was as over-the-top as he contended. So Allen taped one of his teacher's rants on his MP3 player. Too bad for Jay Bennish: His 20 minute lecture ended up on talk radio. As aired on Mike Rosen's show, Bennish said President Bush talks like Hitler: "I'm not saying that Bush and Hitler are exactly the same," but that the two share "eerie similarities." Peruvians and Iranians arguably have "a right to bomb North Carolina" because the state grows tobacco. On Sept. 11, 2001, al Qaeda operatives were...
  • Colo. Teacher Defends Bush-Hitler Remarks

    03/07/2006 2:43:02 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 102 replies · 3,669+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 8 March 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    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...
  • Lauer for the Defense: Matt Asks Colorado Teacher "Were You Set Up?"

    03/07/2006 5:09:43 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 64 replies · 2,797+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein March 7, 2006 Turns out the real culprit in the Colorado kerfluffle over the teacher who compared Pres. Bush to Hitler is . . . the student who complained about it. Just ask Matt Lauer. Interviewing teacher Jay Bennish this morning, Lauer laid out this sympathetic scenario: Lauer: "The family here, the student's family, didn't go to the school board with this tape." Bennish: "They never contacted me." Lauer: "They shopped it around to conservative media outlets and finally released it to one and created an uproar. On the tape you can hear Sean Allen [the student...
  • Student 'starting to get crucified,' his dad says

    03/05/2006 11:42:03 AM PST · by Pikamax · 55 replies · 2,842+ views
    rockymountainnews ^ | 03/04/06 | Julie Poppen
    Student 'starting to get crucified,' his dad says By Julie Poppen, Rocky Mountain News March 4, 2006 Sean Allen's dad says he isn't handling this week's media attention and threats as well as his son. "Sean has handled this way better than his father," Jeff Allen, Sean's dad, said in an interview with Sean Hannity, syndicated talk show host with Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes. "To read some of these e-mails that are attacking Sean is just devastating," he said. "It looks like the tactic is to turn it around, to make it about Sean and not about the...
  • FR EXCLUSIVE: Class Syllabus of Bush-bashing Colorado Geography Teacher Jay Bennish

    03/02/2006 11:57:54 AM PST · by doug from upland · 172 replies · 19,855+ views
    Cherry Creek Schools | 3-2-2006 | Jay Bennish
    ACCELERATED WORLD GEOGRAPHYInstructor: Mr. Jay Bennish Office: 1001A Room: 111A Phone: 720-747-3780 Office Hours: 2nd & 7th Email: Course Description This is an exciting time to be studying global and regional geography! In this course you will take a penetrating look into the geographical - or spatial - relationships between human societies and cultures, the natural environment, and historical changes that have shaped the contemporary world. More than answering the question "what is where," this course adopts a conceptual approach to understanding and explaining the dynamic human and natural features of the earth’s surface. Particular geographic themes will e...