Monday, May 21, 2012

Stalag High School: Liberal Teachers Keep Jobs, Conservatives Can't Get a Foot in the Door

This really hacks me off. As a teacher myself, much less one trained in the area of Social Studies, I find the behavior of this teacher offensive. When I taught, I allowed for classroom debate. I even played devil's advocate for both sides so as not to bias the debates. I tried, even when pressed, to keep my personal politics out of teaching history and the government. How was I rewarded? Due to the fact that I was politically active as a conservative, despite my positive yearly assessments, I was shown the door after two years of instruction. Since then, I have substituted, put in applications, had interviews. Have not been able to get my foot in the door again. I have even subbed in social studies classes where the students say I know more and am a better teacher than their regular one. But still, I can't get in because I am not a kool aid drinker. Well, here is what our educational system has come to when we don't allow for diversity of opinion and we just let liberal ideology decide who should have a job:

This type of ignorance and blind hatred are what causes our society to crumble. It further illustrates that liberals are the intolerant ones. When I had debates, I listened to the points, and then argued my position. I didn't scream down students or show my own lack of knowledge about my subject by saying things like people were arrested for talking about this President or that one. That hasn't happened since John Adams. Sad and pathetic, but this is the type of stalag/gulag we are putting our kids in, because the establishment of education is liberal indoctrinators who are trying to turn our children into quiet little robots, and not truly free thinkers. The local media is picking up the story in NC:
The teacher at the center of a controversy over a classroom video has now been suspended with pay, according to the Rowan Salisbury School System.

Tonya Dixon-Neely teaches Social Studies at North Rowan High. She is heard on the video telling a student that he could get arrested for being critical of President Obama, and that people were arrested for being critical of President Bush.

"Effective today, Tanya Dixon-Neely has been suspended with pay while a thorough investigation is being conducted," school officials told WBTV when asked about Dixon-Neely's status.

The link to the video first showed up at WBTV on Tuesday of last week.

It came from a man who said he was a former teacher in the Rowan Salisbury School System. He claimed that a student inside a classroom at North Rowan High School was being verbally abused in a debate over President Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

"This video is circulating the internet. It is about a North Rowan High School social studies teacher that is verbally abusing a student regarding a question about the President and Mitt Romney," he told WBTV in his email.

"Please watch and listen to the actions of the teacher in this video and bring this type of bullying of students by the staff of RSS to light. As a former social studies teacher in the RSS system, I can tell you that this type of behavior is commonplace," his email continued. "This should not be allowed to be covered up by RSS, as they nearly always do."

The video was shot on the student's cell phone as it sits on a desk, staring up at the fluorescent light on the ceiling, capturing the often out of control conversation between the teacher and several students.

When one student begins criticizing President Obama, the teacher seems to go on the defensive, telling the student at one point that he can be arrested for being critical of the President.

WBTV contacted the Rowan Salisbury School System last week about the video.

Public Information Officer Rita Foil said she was not aware of it and WBTV forwarded the video to her.

On Thursday, the video was discussed on WSTP Radio, generating several angry calls over the teacher's handling of the situation.

The Rowan-Salisbury School System expects all students and employees to be respectful in the school environment and for all teachers to maintain their professionalism in the classroom," a statement from the school system stated on Friday. "This incident should serve as an education for all teachers to stop and reflect on their interaction with students. Due to personnel and student confidentiality, we cannot discuss the matter publicly."

I can tell you that this is commonplace among students. Obama stickers by teachers are ok, but if a student wears something political they are told to turn it inside out or to get rid of it. I have witnessed it. Also, many social studies teachers engage in this type of indoctrination and then get quiet when students show they have been paying attention to the lessons on rights and responsibilities. Listen to what this school board member says:
School board member Kay Wright Norman calls the incident "unfortunate." She says that educators have an obligation to speak fact. Norman feels the teacher was baited from the beginning but said a teacher can't let let personal interest interfere with classroom discussions.

No, the student tried telling his parents about the situation, tried telling others. They didn't believe him. So he did this to prove his point. Baiting? Give me a break. If a teacher can be so easily baited by a student, they are in the wrong business.

Completely pathetic that this indoctrinator still is getting paid.

Teachers who actually teach and not indoctrinate (like me) are left out in the cold because we engage in our freedom of expression. However, that expression is unacceptable if it is not liberal. This teacher got schooled by the student. The student should be teaching the class. And the teacher needs to put the kool aid, bong, or dirty pictures of Obama down and get a clue.