Meditation on a New Job
For those of you who don't read or aren't familiar with my blog, I work in the media biz. More accurately, I'm a reporter for the top News/Talk radio station in southwestern Ohio. Yeah, I know. So modest, aren't I?
Well, there are several things I love about my job. First off: donuts. Yes, I said donuts. You see, the radio station is right across the street from a donut shop, and I absolutely love the smell of donuts at 5AM. Even if I don't have the money to go and purchase said donuts (I said I worked in radio, I never said I was rich) it's still a smell that will wake you up better than coffee.
However, mostly I love the fact that I get to sit around and listen to talk shows all day and get paid to do so! For example, I was listening to Sean Hannity yesterday when he was interviewing that kid from Colorado that taped his geography teacher in a vitriolic anti-Bush rant.
Under what means should a geography...a GEOGRAPHY...teacher make statements on foreign policy? Isn't geography that wonderful class where you learn just where the mountains are and what way the rivers flow? I might be able to understand if this joker was teaching a current events class AND presented an opposite opinion, but rehearsing for the Broadway production of "Fahrenheit 9/11" in the middle of a geography lesson isn't the wisest idea, after all.
The sad fact is this is becoming more and more common in public schools today. Heck, my tenth grade world history teacher was a self-proclaimed Marxist. I'm serious, here. I grew up in the reddest part of a red state (Missouri) and here was a Socialist teaching a class in the Bible Belt. We spent almost three weeks on the Bolshevik revolution and the benefits it had on society! Scary, isn't it?
This is why liberals are afraid of private schools. It's not because some private schools are religious in nature, it's because they'll lose their personal boot camps across the country if better, more efficient schools start attracting students away from the cesspool that is the public education system. Without public schools, the next generation of liberals won't ever come to age.
Back to this joker in Colorado. I believe he should be fired; a classroom is no place for an educator's personal political beliefs. And if he felt it was, he should've allowed another educator to present the points of view of the other side of the aisle.
Education is not intended to be indoctrination. The world will be a better place when teachers and educators learn this.