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May 22, 2012

Student Who Talked Back To Teacher: Honestly, I Wanted To Laugh At Her


That is the appropriate response. There are multiple ways in which this teacher is unfit for the classroom. She believes the classroom exists to further her partisan agenda. She uses her authority to bludgeon students into compliance with her beliefs and agenda.

But on a basic level, she's incompetent. She is a stupid woman. There is no getting around this: A social studies teacher really ought to know that in America, people are not "arrested" for "disrespecting" the president.

She doesn't know that. She is rather passionate in her stupid belief that the opposite is true.

I doubt very much that a teacher -- a social studies teacher, for God's sakes! It's not as if this is outside her usual classroom curriculum -- who does not know that your right to political expression is guaranteed by the First Amendment knows much else.

This is like a math teacher not knowing that if 3 x 5 = 15.

If the math teacher doesn't know that extraordinarily basic thing -- something that kids who haven't even been formally taught multiplication sort of know, by counting on fingers -- then what the hell does she know?

It is not enough to simply suspend her and investigate the "situation." The situation is that she is a know-nothing, just barely above being diagnosable with a developmental disorder. She must be tested -- like an oral defense -- in what she actually knows about the subject she presumes to teach.

And then fired anyway, because it's clear from the tape that she was absent on the day they taught Shit That's So Obvious Everyone Knows It in college. Or whatever passed for "college" in her case.

I was going to write that perhaps she could teach kindergarteners -- but that's not true either, because even though she might know some things a five year old wouldn't, she clearly "knows" things that are simply false, and obviously false, and you sure as hell don't want this woman teaching falsehoods to little children who might, unlike a teenager, actually believe her ignorant babblings.

How Often Does This Happen? This kid is on the ball, but he had an advantage many kids don't -- he's in a Red State. He has a certain level of social support for his stance. This emboldens him, where other kids might just be silent.

How many kids in Blue States are being taught by partisan freak-out ignoramuses but don't have the courage of social support?

I hope every kid in America subject to this sort of thing starts recording teachers.

Oh, by the way: Know that the next step, coming to your school, is a ban on recording devices or cell phones with a recording feature.

They don't want people to know how awful and incompetent many of them are, and they'll make up any pretext for keeping this a secret.

So expect your local schools to begin banning recording devices, arguing it's "disruptive" to orderliness and "promotes a climate of suspicion and guardedness rather than openness and honesty."

Meaning: The Teachers Union teachers could not keep their jobs if the public got a look inside the classroom.

Fight this when it comes to your town-- because it is coming.

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posted by Ace at 02:48 PM

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