3.07.2006

Boy, We Hate Different Points of View

The Colorado high school teacher, Jay Bennish, who tried to get his students to think about whether Bush and Hitler were "similiar", was on the Today show this morning. Seemed like a smart and reasonable guy to me. (And he was smart enough to cut his hair off before going on national TV). He was suspended by the school and has been beaten up senselessly by the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity - two guys that aren't qualified to be high school teachers. Let's teach our kids not to think critically. Let's not challenge them. That will make us all safe.

13 comments:

m&m said...

Your only getting one side of the story, Barry. I've heard the audio of his rantings. A student recorded his lectures and this was in a geography class. This teacher did not present these ideas of his as "let's explore these possibilities or let's debate these different ideas". He presented them as fact and the kid who recorded the lecture challenged him pretty good.

Anonymous said...

m&m - You are exactly wrong. He DID present these ideas as points for discussion - one day after the Sate of the Union speech - tying it into his world geography class. He invited discussion and was engaged by several in the class including the boy who recorded the conversation. You obviously have not "critically" listened to the comments in context.

BTW - the parents had never complained to the teacher OR to the school. They took the recording around to various right-wing radio stations. If they had a complaint, why not take it to the school?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, Barry let's expose them to the critical thinking of the ultra left like you. Maybe you, and Hillary and Al could make a list of whose challenging enough for the kids. Maybe Barbara Strisand's blog or Al Franken or John Stewart. The personal attacks that these people dish out clearly show how objective they are.

Anonymous said...

11:25:
About as objective as the rantings of "Pill-head" Rush and Shaun the Idiot.

Anonymous said...

12:00 pm

Your comment is like a case study on the left. Personal attacks not substantive facts. Thanks for making the point.

Anonymous said...

What do you expect from a liberal blog? Its barry's spin city

m&m said...

Anon 9:10
You are exactly wrong. You need to go back and listen to it again. He is not inviting discussion or even playing the devils advocate. He makes statements as though they are fact.
"Capitalism is at odds with human rights"
"Our military intentionally kills innocent people"
"We want to keep the world divided"
He claimed Bush said in the speech, "It is our duty as Americans to use our military to go out in the world and make the world like us." Can't find that in Bushs' speech.
"We've had troops fighting in Columbia for 30 years"
"The US is the most violent nation on the planet earth"
"Bush sounds eerily like Hitler"

These are some of the statements this guy made and I beg you to show me how they are statements to initiate discussion. It is perfectly clear he is stating them as fact and nothing else. He even said at the end, "You don't have to believe me."
Come on, catch a clue!

Anonymous said...

EXCUSE ME....But the classroom is for learning reading, writing, math, history and such...not indoctrinating kids with your own political agenda. By the way, Hannity had the teacher's lawyer and the kid who recorded the teacher on his radio show yesterday. The high schooler cleaned up on the lawyer. Any teacher trying to fill kids heads with their own political crap should be booted!

Anonymous said...

Well I don't know what it was like back when you were in school. But sometimes the only way to make kids think these days is to stir up controversy, make them actually think. The teacher did exactly that. I bet the kid that taped it and tattle taled will still get an A.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the kid was out for some publicity himself. Why would he be "taping" a class anyway? This was high school, right?

Anonymous said...

That's awesome that he was able to actually make the kids "think", this kid saw a buck or publicity coming and ran with it, or his parents did, anyway, I say "Way to go" get those kids thinking and using their debating skills! Those are the kinds of teachings, we don't teach in school, "life".

Anonymous said...

what we do not teach anymore is respect! But the teacher was way out of line

Anonymous said...

Our students need to learn critical thinking skills, not to think critically. That comparison alone is ridiculous. Our problem remains the same...we need to educate young people to be creative builders, not fools that sit around criticizing the work of others.