Teachers — Guardians of your children

Teacher apologized for asking students to write about who they'd kill

I am wondering if the sleeper cells that Al Qaeda has discharged to the USA aren't really sleeping. Perhaps they are wide awake. Perhaps their objectives are not blowing up buildings, poisoning the water supply, unleashing small-pox and anthrax on the U.S. population. Perhaps they are working now, and have been for some time, and their objective is this: render the next generation totally useless by infiltrating public schools as teachers.

It's working.

The news from our public school system would be amusing, if it were not so dire. Children are being seduced (not just girls, but boys) and the seducers are given a slap on the wrist. We are graduating children who can barely read or write – anyone who has read an email or blog from a teenager knows just what I am saying. We are more concerned about extra-curricular activities, particpating in protests, teaching gay history and not hurting children's feelings by correcting mistakes with a red pen than ensuring they can construct a sentence, balance a checkbook, or have a cursory understanding of American history.

Now it appears that we are also stimulating these young minds in a new way: committing murder.

"A high school teacher has apologized for asking students to write about who they would kill and how they would do it, and officials said he will likely keep his job.

Michael Maxwell, who teaches industrial technology at Central High School, said his request that students in his beginning drafting class describe how they would carry out a murder was merely a writing prompt. It was not clear why he asked the drafting class to write fiction."

This man teaches at an industrial technology school. He teaches drafting. In high school. He isn't employed in some ultra-liberal arts college. He isn't teaching a creative writing course. He teaches high school students to use a computer to make a line drawing of something.

What was this man thinking? What are the parents of his students thinking now? When their children cannot compete in the global marketplace; when they cannot get into college because they cannot comprehend the questions on the SAT, what will they be thinking? What are the tax payers in this district thinking? Are you getting your money's worth?

Here's an idea…cut the crap and start teaching kids the fundamentals. Stop preparing a lesson plan around the lowest common demoninator and set standards. Make kids achieve those goals. Nix the touchy feeling educational philosphy and return to the "good old days" by re-establishing the ideas of competition, success and failure.

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