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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Bennish at Overland High: A school within a school?

Jay Bennish's social studies and American history classes at Overland High School in Aurora, Colorado, appear to involve something other than a study of history and society.

As reported by the Denver Post, Bennish has been placed on administrative leave while the Cherry Creek School District figures out what to do about his use of the classroom for leftist political ranting -- to a captive audience of high school students.

The article provides a link to an audio recording of Bennish's diatribe in class after President Bush's State of the Union address. Bennish sounds like a Michael Moore/Howard Dean/Albert Armand Gore wannabe.

It seems that Bennish has been conducting his own little "school within a school," and the only difference between it and a madrassa is the absence of Islamic studies.

He has had the effect he no doubt intended: Persuading naive teenagers that he is correct, and that no one should expect a balanced presentation of issues in an academic environment. His acolytes walked out of class in protest over his removal from the classroom:

At least 150 Overland High School students walked out of class today to protest administrators' decision to put a teacher on leave while they investigate remarks he made about President Bush during class, including that some people compare Bush to Adolf Hitler.

Look at the photograph published alongside the article. That is one possible outcome of Bennish's bigoted approach to his duty to provide an education to his students. It is undoubtedly what he wanted to achieve -- as he indoctrinated as many students as possible so they would accept his dogma as truth.

Bennish has been teaching social studies and American history at that school since 2000, and "was the subject of similar complaints a few years ago."

How many chances should he get before being tarred, feathered, and ridden out of town on a rail?


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