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