Texas Rainmaker
Schools Gone Wild
March 2nd, 2006 8:53 am
If you can’t win in the marketplace of ideas, the next best strategy is to try and indocrinate the future voters before they learn to think critically. That seems to be the strategy for the liberals and socialists who continue to see their philosophies rejected by a majority of Americans.

In Aurora, CO, a student at Overland High School had heard enough of his GEOGRAPHY teacher’s leftwing rants in class and decided to go public with one such rant caught on tape. Let’s see how the public at large reacts to the “teachings”. Some highlights from the tape:

  • Tobacco: “Don’t the Peruvians and the Iranians and the Chinese have the right to invade America and drop chemical weapons over North Carolina to destroy the tobacco plants that are killing millions and millions of people in their countries every year and causing them billions of dollars in healthcare costs?”
  • Capitalism: “Do you see how when looking at [the teacher’s definition of capitalism], where in this definition does it say anything about capitalism is an economic system that will provide everybody in the world with the basic needs that they need? … Do you see how this economic system is at odds with humanity, at odds with caring and compassion, at odds with human rights?
  • Iraq: “Why are we invading Iraq? How do we know that the invasion of Iraq for WMD, and even if weapons had been found, how would you have known, how could you prove that that was not a real reason for us to go there?”
  • America: “Who is probably the single, most violent nation on planet earth? The United States of America.”
  • Bush’s State of the Union Speech: “Sounds a lot like the things that Adolf Hitler use to say.”

Listen to the whole thing, if you can stomach it. I’d like to thank the kid that made this recording. The teacher was put on administrative leave pending a school district investigation into whether this was an isolated event or a pattern of behavior. Now that his socialist rantings are out there for all to hear, let’s see if his views are supported by the majority of Americans… as opposed to his targeted audience of impressionable high school students.

Feel free to email the teacher, Jay Bennish and let him know what you think.

Update: Another student, interviewed by Denver’s 9News says Bennish’s rhetoric is nothing new at the school (hat tip: Slapstick Politics).

“This is like a usual thing at our school. Three quarters of the teachers are anti-Bush… very much so.”

Update 2: According to one of the parents, on the first day of class, the teacher said Karl Marx’s “Communist Manifesto” was going to be a part of the curriculum.

Update 3: The teacher, Jay Bennish, has now hired the same ACLU attorney David Lane… who also represents self-avowed anti-US Professor Ward Churchill (hat tip: Jay).

Meanwhile, in New Jersey, a teacher-sponsored war crimes trial of President Bush is being held:

President Bush is being tried for “crimes against civilian populations” and “inhumane treatment of prisoners” at Parsippany High School, with students arguing both sides before a five-teacher “international court of justice.”

I object to the very premise of this exercise. With historical figures like Hitler, Milosevic, Hussein and others to choose from, these teachers are insinuating, by merely conducting this exercise, that President Bush is an international war criminal. It’s shameful. What ever happened to love for country? What ever happened to patriotism? What ever happened to reasoned and civil debate? These leftists can’t win in the court of public opinion, so they have to take their anti-American exercises to high school kids? That, in and of itself, says so much.

And what kind of impact do teachers like this have? This very same high school, in Republican-dominated Morris County, held a mock election last November and the Socialist candidate, Tino Rozzo, won the student poll. The Socialist’s platform:

includes a $12-per-hour minimum wage and a “socialized healthcare system under workers and community control” …

Ben Zhou, 17, standing in for Rozzo, also grabbed attention with plans to permit students to fire their teachers and impose heavy taxes on the “filthy rich.”


“I believe we need to get rid of these capitalist ways,” said Steven Honickel, 14…

Several students posed questions to candidates near the end, including Spencer Antonucci. Asked whom he would vote for if he could, Antonucci, 17, said he was “kind of thinking socialist.”

Joseph Kyle, the social studies teacher behind the trial exercise tells why he became a teach in the first place:

“I became a teacher because of all the bad teachers I had”

Perhaps he’s simply trying to motivate his own students to become teachers.

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