There is always a first...  

TellTheSpartan 43M
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3/4/2006 5:57 am

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There is always a first...

Those of you that read this, welcome. First, you may not agree with what I have to be it. Feel free to fire back.

A news story that has my attention is the Colorado teacher turning a sophomore geography class into a socialism seminar.

Is this a 1st Amendmant issue? No. The state and the individual school districts mandate what is taught in school. For example a teacher probably wouldn't last long screening a porn movie in class or raving about the merits of doing drugs.

The whole idea of education is a free exchange of ideas. Some you agree with, and some you don't. If the teacher shows both sides of an issue and then the students debated whichever side they chose, fine. What Jay Bennis did was simply lecture at his students his view that America's actions and capitalism are inharintly evil. The students never had a chance to hear an opposing view and make up their own decisions.

It doesn't matter if the teacher was ranting about the evils of militant islam....or praising every move America makes...teach kids to make their own descions and form their own beliefs.


pet_humility 48F

3/4/2006 6:30 am


Kids are to influenced these days as it is.
Lets not add to their confusion more by not hearing
both sides to a issue.

MWWwantsmore 51F

3/4/2006 6:36 am

Damn straight! Too many times kids are only "told" one side of an issue, thats why I always tell my kids they need to have their own opinion about issues in the world. They should not be afraid to speak out for their beliefs either. Of course its tough when their belief is opposite yours lol but they should be able to form their own beliefs. I agree with you on this one!

sassybelle21 32F
13313 posts
3/4/2006 6:41 am

Hey there Dave I have no idea about all that but I do hope that school education will teach kids to make their own decision and form their own beliefs rather.

rm_FreeLove999 46F
16127 posts
3/4/2006 7:06 am

capitalism gets spewed all the time at people and we don't get to hear the opposing view very often, so i am sure no students would be harmed by hearing it for once. why are teachers allowed to spread the status quo view without question, but any alternative views have to present the opposing side as well. this really smacks of hypocrisy. imagine everytime an ad got spun on tv -- promoting consumerism -- an alternative view came up telling you about the evils of consumerism -- it never happens, but you don't seem to question that!

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cru1972 44M
4407 posts
3/4/2006 7:57 am

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