Monday, November 28, 2005

Pro-Liberal Classroom Indoctrination

Michelle Malkin posted an interesting piece over the long weekend about an English teacher in Vermont who repeatedly made pro-liberal, anti-conservative statements during vocabulary exercises.

A sample question which asks the students to choose between the words "coherent" and "eschewed": "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 original Boston Globe article is here. The headline, which says the teacher is under investigation for "alleged liberalism," is misleading; obviously, no one has a problem with a teacher's right to be liberal, the problem is when the teacher uses his classroom as a bully pulpit.

I wish I could say this kind of classroom indoctrination is unusual, but I know from firsthand experience that it's not.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has been SOP in unionized schools for 60 years. If the AFT or the NEA is in your district this is how teachers teach.

10:00 AM  
Blogger UGN said...

Yes, Jo, but..

As a new teacher I am very surprised that the schools are not as liberal as I expected. I am finding that there are a lot of people on my conservative side.

9:48 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

It's encouraging to hear that. We've been exposed to some extremely liberal teachers this year in particular, although there are others who do a good job being neutral in the classroom, so some of them may be conservative. It would be nice to think that eventually enough of the conservative teachers could effect some changes.

9:53 PM  

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