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#1 Thu 21st Feb 2013 10:33 am

Tom Paine
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From Cheerleader to Enemy of the State

From cheerleader to enemy of the state

http://www.sott.net/article/258572-From … -the-state

The long, flouncy curls from Judy Davis's cheerleader days are gone. Her straight blonde hair is now cut short. Large blue eyes stand out in a face pale without makeup. Her soft Southern drawl has an undertone of determination. "It's taken me awhile, but now I'm glad to be considered an "unsuitable influence". That was how the school board justified my firing. That and "deviating from the curriculum. It's like they were implying I was a deviant. And according to their norms, I am."

The twenty-nine-year-old was fired for teaching her high school students how US foreign policy has provoked terrorism. This struggle with her school board turned her from a Republican into a revolutionary for peace.
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I taught my tenth grade American history class about what the USA has done for decades in the countries in which we now have terrorism. We work with the local oligarchs there to keep the country under control for our economic advantage. We support dictators and also the kind of managed democracy we have in the USA, where the only political parties that have a chance are those aligned with business and the private ownership of resources. People in those countries are tired of being kept at the bottom. They're tired of CIA coups and assassinations of progressive leaders. So now they're defending themselves the only way they can. And they're getting pretty good at it.

This was a lesson for my class in history but also in cause and effect, as I explained what has provoked so many people to such anger at the USA. But the effect on me was that I got fired and now apparently blacklisted.

One of the students had an uncle stationed in Iraq, and she reacted as if I had insulted him. She took it as an attack on her family.

I reminded her that I wasn't criticizing our soldiers but the government's reasons for sending them there. I wanted very much for her uncle to return safely home. But she insisted I had no business saying any of that.
That led to a mini-lesson on freedom of speech in which the whole class took part. It was one of the liveliest but also most emotionally charged discussions we'd had. Several students were convinced what I had said were lies, and freedom of speech doesn't include the right to lie. They denied the USA had harmed these countries. They insisted the terrorists are maniacs who hate us for our freedom, hate us because we're Christian. We have to stop them before they kill us.

I realized these kids - all of us - are being indoctrinated, not just by the schools but also by the press and entertainment. Rather than thinking critically, we're encouraged to react emotionally. One of the media's purposes is to keep our emotions stirred up so we don't think too much.

Several students took my side, but for some of them that was because I was the teacher, the authority figure. But others had really thought about the issue and added ideas of their own that had never occurred to me. One African-American girl made brilliant connections between the kind of invisible colonialism the USA tries to enforce on other countries and its domestic colonization of poor minority groups here.

Next day the principal called me in because of student complaints. My explanations didn't convince her, but she indicated if I apologized to the class and never did anything like this again, she could let the incident slide.

When I refused, she said she'd have to bring the matter before the school board. The board - made up of business leaders, a minister, and a retired educator - interviewed me and issued a report saying my 'inappropriate behavior and recalcitrant defense of it' left them no choice but to dismiss me.

Previous to this, my professional evaluations had always been excellent. Since the firing, I've applied for other jobs in the state and haven't got one interview. And there's a shortage of teachers in the state.

There's more...

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#2 Fri 22nd Feb 2013 09:33 am

SW
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Re: From Cheerleader to Enemy of the State

She's very brave.


HOPE is the thing with feathers   
That perches in the soul,   
And sings the tune without the words,   
And never stops at all        Emily Dickinson

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#3 Wed 27th Feb 2013 08:25 am

Valentine
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Registered: Mon 11th Feb 2008

Re: From Cheerleader to Enemy of the State

I have never forgotten the 3 teachers who did this for me.  A geometry teacher talked to us about various forms of government and why socialism and communism might be right for a country under some circumstances and that those countries should be free to choose whatever works best for them.  Two history teachers in a big "team teaching" class clued us in to a few unsavory facts about our country that really opened my eyes.  This kind of teacher is a real teacher from who one can actually learn something, and I was afraid the current education environment wouldn't allow it.


Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear.  Mark Twain

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#4 Thu 28th Feb 2013 11:13 am

Tom Paine
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Registered: Fri 1st Feb 2008

Re: From Cheerleader to Enemy of the State

You're a lucky one, Valentine.

I had what they used to call a "liberal" education.  But from that I only had ONE
professor in college who actually fit the description of a"Teacher" 
The kind of person who inspires you to ask questions and to think outside the Matrix.

It's now just like George Carlin said...They don't want to teach you how to think,
They just want you to learn how to run the machines and fill out the paperwork.

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#5 Thu 28th Feb 2013 12:01 pm

SHUSAFLYIN
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Registered: Wed 13th Feb 2008

Re: From Cheerleader to Enemy of the State

Charlotte Iserbyt wrote a book exposing this planned plunder in the education system ... yes, it was planned.
...'The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America"

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#6 Fri 1st Mar 2013 10:53 pm

Tom Paine
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Registered: Fri 1st Feb 2008

Re: From Cheerleader to Enemy of the State

Dumb down the masses.
( Except the elite get to go to real schools so they can govern the slaves.)
Poison the populace.
Make fishing illegal or poisonous (BP Gulf of Mexico defilement)
Make hunting illegal or wildlife infected with wasting diseases.
Make farming illegal except with Monsanto (My Satan) seeds.
Fukushima engineered by underground nuke offshore.
Food genetically modified to destroy digestive system.

When did America become UNAMERICAN?
When CORPORATIONS hijacked it.

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#7 Sat 2nd Mar 2013 11:14 pm

Tom Paine
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Registered: Fri 1st Feb 2008

Re: From Cheerleader to Enemy of the State

(From www.theonion.com)

Inspirational English Teacher Canceled Out By Every Other Teacher At School

SACRAMENTO, CA—Despite her effusive passion for education, constant encouragement, and heartfelt devotion to her pupils, English teacher Marcia Belsheim’s inspirational influence on Clement C. Young High School students is reportedly entirely canceled out by the attitude and conduct of every other educator employed at the institution, sources confirmed Tuesday. “Mrs. Belsheim makes me feel like I can do anything I set my mind to, but then unfortunately the rest of my classes convince me that school is a waste of my time and I probably won’t amount to anything,” said student Paul Whitaker, 15, adding that the brief glimmer of excitement he feels toward learning in his first period English class is quickly and permanently extinguished by his six other teachers’ apathetic and detached classroom behavior. “Sure, Mrs. Belsheim inspires us all to be the best we can be, but after sitting through Mr. [Edward] Durbrow’s awful science class the very next period, I really don’t give a shit about school or my future at all anymore.” At press time, weeks’ worth of Belsheim’s attentive after-school tutoring sessions for her sophomores were being systematically negated by Principal David Ford’s string of demeaning outbursts and lascivious advances toward students

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#8 Sun 3rd Mar 2013 02:48 am

molly
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Re: From Cheerleader to Enemy of the State

Wow. It's good to know she at least had some support, but it's still sad seeing she ended up losing her job for speaking the truth.


Tom Paine wrote:

Dumb down the masses.
( Except the elite get to go to real schools so they can govern the slaves.)
Poison the populace.
Make fishing illegal or poisonous (BP Gulf of Mexico defilement)
Make hunting illegal or wildlife infected with wasting diseases.
Make farming illegal except with Monsanto (My Satan) seeds.
Fukushima engineered by underground nuke offshore.
Food genetically modified to destroy digestive system.

When did America become UNAMERICAN?
When CORPORATIONS hijacked it.

Exactly. The damn $ signs, man. It's like what Morpheus said in the Matrix...something along the lines of how all the little people are just batteries inside one big screwed up machine.
My son has a neat teacher this year. In free time he even played some songs off Pink Floyd's 'The Wall'.. ironic a teacher playing "HEY, TEACHER! LEAVE THEM KIDS ALONE!" tongue
All hope is not lost.

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