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  •  Context... (0+ / 0-)

    As in everything, context is very important.

    Perhaps this is a class in logic. Teacher asks a class to submit a question and then ask "Given what set of initial assumptions would the given statement be true? How would be set about proving the statement true/false?"

    Interestingly enough, under my own internal set of initial assumptions the given statement is a true statement. It might well also be a true statement if based on the initial assumption of a Radical Chistianist, but for very different reasons.

    Now, I have to take some exception to a statement made by the parent in the story:

    You don’t send them to school to have someone else’s opinion shoved down their throat and demand they agree with it.
    Nothing in the story supports that the student was being demanded to agree with the statement.

    We do in fact sends our children to school so that they will be exposed to a variety of opinions. Some we will agree with, others we won't.

    Anyway, back to context. The story as published lacks any reasonable level of context and as such I reserve any and all judgement.

    Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them - Thomas Jefferson 30 July, 1816

    by Roiling Snake Ball on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 11:52:15 AM PST

    •  Since this is High school, not college, I doubt (4+ / 0-)

      it was a course in "logic", especially since we are talking about Laurel county...LOL. That is south-central Kentucky, London area. That said, I am hard pressed to find a "context" in which such a statement would be "acceptable" in public schools, much less allowing other students who protested such statements to get bullied by other students and (according to the student) the teacher.

      Per the Huffpo link...

      "...Gilbert says that her daughter was ridiculed for trying to defend other students in the class, and no longer wants to go back to school, now opting to be home schooled. The mother says that the teen was subject to name calling and bullying, and she believes that her daughter was bullied by the teacher.

      Upon investigation, district officials found the the teacher in violation of a district policy that charges teachers with the responsibility to maintain positive learning environments that are fostered by mutual respect and trust. Bennett says that Baker, who has been a high school teacher for 17 years, was reprimanded for her actions, but will continue teaching in her classroom..."

      So clearly she acted against school policy, per their investigation into the incident.

    •  I think we've got a good idea... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...what the intention was.  This is Kentucky after all.  They've been on probation for being dumb asses for a long time.

      Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power -- Benito Mussolini

      by drcraigphd on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 12:00:20 PM PST

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