Saturday, November 26, 2005

Can you use "bias" and "indocrination in a sentence?"

So your kid comes home with the vocabulary quiz given in class and here's an example of one of the questions:

"I wish Bush would be (coherent, eschewed) for once during a speech, but there are theories that his everyday diction charms the below-average mind, hence insuring him Republican votes."

The correct answer is, according to the teacher, "coherent." And no, I am not making this up. This is just 1 example of the actual questions being presented to actual students by an actual, honest-to-goodness, position-abusing liberal teacher who feels it's just fine to embed his political views into the lessons the local children are mandated to sit through by law. Of course the teacher sees nothing wrong with his behavior.

Chenkin, 36, a teacher for seven years, said he isn't shy about sharing his liberal views with students as a way of prompting debate, but said the quizzes are being taken out of context.

"The kids know it's hyperbolic, so-to-speak," he said. "They know it's tongue in cheek." But he said he would change his teaching methods if some are concerned.

If this man is convinced that children of an age where a vocabulary class is part of the normal curriculum are up to the challenge of debating their teacher - an authority figure they are conditioned to not argue with - then he's so completely disconnected from reality the school district should seriously consider whether he should be teaching at all. The question given as an example is so rhetorically "loaded" it's inconceivable that any group except a bunch of elementary school students would consider it anything but flaming invective. Just read it: not only is Bush not "coherent", but Republicans are all of below-average mind and charmed into zombies by "everyday diction." Here we are back to asking how can 59 million people be so stupid.

I would like to ask this teacher what his take would be on his students being presented with a question that paints all Democrats as whiny, morally bankrupt adulterers who run from any fight that so much as bloodies their noses. He shouldn't do that, either, just like he should keep his friggin' politics to himself in class. If he needs to spout off about his liberal views, start a blog. Keep the kids out of it.