Saturday, November 26, 2005

Anti-Bush Insanity From A Teacher

I've said it before but it bears saying again: the Democrats obsession with being anti-Bush is going to cost them elections in the future. Bush is no longer going to run for public office. He is President for the next three years, and then his political career is over. Continuing to hammer on Bush is a waste of money and energy. A focus on different ideas and policies would be much more effective in gaining seats in the coming elections.

Case in point--a teacher in Vermont whose choice of words in a vocabulary quiz have caused an uproar.
One example: "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." "Coherent" is the right answer.
The superintendent, Wesley Knapp, is acting professionally:
School Superintendent Wesley Knapp said he was taking the situation seriously.

"It's absolutely unacceptable," Knapp said. "They (teachers) don't have a license to hold forth on a particular standpoint."
The teacher, Bret Chenkin, is continues to be clueless:
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.

"I'll put in both sides," he said. "Especially if it's going to cause a lot of grief."
Perhaps if Chenkin would think about it, he would realize that childish insults do not foster real debate. And promising to insult each side equally is not the solution.