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Sunday, March 05, 2006

Mr. Bennish

Well, with teachers like this one, is anyone really surprised that kids are dropping out of schools?


At 3/05/2006 07:48:00 AM, Blogger Prup (aka Jim Benton) said...

Sorry, but this time you are wrong, VERY wrong. Teachers with strong opinions -- even ones this wrong, and even though I despise George Bush this comparison is idiotic -- don't get kids dropping out, especially if they allow free discussion in class.

It is the teachers who never express any opinion, who just 'teach the book' who try and convince their students that their subject, whatever it is, is nothing more than a collection of disconnected facts to be memorized and vomited back on tests, that cause dropouts.

At 3/05/2006 08:13:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

Jim, the guy is a geography teacher. Geography. What he was saying had nothing to do with geography at all. If he was a history teacher, then fine, strong opinions all you wnat. But this guy wasn;t teaching the kids geography, he was preaching his version and vision of world events, which I am not so sure he is qualified to do. The point I was making by the comment is this: With the kind of teachers who don;t actually teach, nis it any wonder that the kids are dropping out? I mean, this guy got recorded because he this wasn;t the first time he did this. Can you imagine this kind of preaching every single day instead of them learning about Geography? WTF is that?

At 3/05/2006 09:40:00 AM, Blogger ArmyArtilleryWife said...

I read the transcript--he does not really allow students to respond. He just rants and rants and answers his own questions.

To his credit, he does not shout down the kid who tries to stand up to him, but he definitely uses his "authority" as a teacher to combat the kid's points with "facts" that really would not stand up under serious scrutiny.

As a teacher, you cn express strong opinions to keep a debate going, but class should not be a forum for your extreme ideological beliefs. Even if you allow the students to disagree, you have the advantage as the "authority figure."

While teachers can be honest about their beliefs, they also have a responsibility to present multiple view points in their materials; they should not expect that the students take up the opposing side.

At 3/05/2006 03:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Teachers like this need to be removed from the public schools. The best teachers I remember in school started debates. not long long lectures on how any opinions but their's is right one. 15yo kids don't need this kind of forced fed propanda! If this were my school district I'd be organizing the withdrawl from school of as many students as I could and bringing in the idea of home schooling in groups! If they won't change their teaching willingly break their backs financally!

At 3/06/2006 12:10:00 AM, Blogger Blogspat said...


-you mean preacher!

At 3/19/2006 05:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just graduated from Overland H.S and from what I understand from people still attending Overland, the class Mr. Bennish was teaching was an A.P class (college course) which at the beg. of the school year students took a permission slip home to be signed by the parents allowing there to be debates of sensitive subjects, and Sean Allen, the child caught up in this mess was recording the class because he tends to be a class clown in class and misses half of the information. If he was talking about god that would be one story because there is a separation of church and state but there is no such thing a separation of state and state. Since when did having an opinion be a crime?


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