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  •  First my appreciation for your work in trying to (11+ / 0-)

    provide a quality education to your students and sympathy for your abuse which is most likely the result of fundamentalism and the rightwing witch hunts which have become more frequent over the last two decades especially.

    I hope that you write a book about your experience.

    We are going to see greatly increased incidences of the best teachers destroyed for working toward independent critical reading/writing/thinking skills.  In many school districts these used to be the most respected teachers.

    The problem is really a very simple one here.  In order to help student develop logical and well supported theses there has to be choice.  For the fundamentalist/evangelical religions and for the politically ultra conservative, it is anathema to allow students to read, discuss, or write about
    any point of view or idea which varies from their own.  They are also so limited in their own open-mindedness that they can't conceive of anyone presenting students with ideas they don't believe.

    This of course leads to wanting to ban works like MacBeth because of witches and the occult or reading excerpts from Marx because it is teaching socialism, etc.  Most of the world's greatest thinkers can easily be excluded under their censorship.

    Then methodology is a whole other world of contention if the teaching involves alternate and/or creative approaches to the learning.

    It's encouraging that you had the support of so many students and parents.  The greatest problem today with education in my opinion is poor administration and the election of ALEC type members to boards of education.

    More matter, with less art. Hamlet, 2. 2

    by blueoasis on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 04:38:28 PM PDT

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