Friday, May 11, 2007

Compulsory 'patriotism' in the heartland

Reported by Matthew Rothschild of The Progressive:

Michael Baker worked for the Lincoln, Nebraska, public schools since 1981. But after he showed the documentary “Baghdad ER” to his geography class on April 18, his career there was over. This, despite the fact that in 2006, Baker was one of only 47 teachers in the state to win National Board Certification, according to the Lincoln Journal Star, which broke the story. “The morning after I showed the documentary ‘Baghdad ER’ was my last day in class.”

HBO, which aired “Baghdad ER,” describes it this way: “2-time Emmy Award winner producer/director Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill capture the humanity, hardships and heroism of the US Military and medical personnel of the 86th Combat Support Hospital, the Army’s premier medical facility in Iraq. Sometimes graphic in its depiction of combat-related wounds, Baghdad ER offers an unflinching and honest account of the realities of war.”

Well, we certainly can't have that. Not when there's a war on. Teaching honestly about war when there's a war on could undermine morale and support for the president and stuff. No teacher should be allowed to teach about war when there's a war on.

“Baker is an anti-American socialist who has been using his classes to attack capitalism and democracy,” an e-mailer named Craig wrote. “There are many students who were unhappy with him. . . . This is a teacher who should have been fired a long time ago. This is a good day for Lincoln.”

The last thing you want in your educational system is to have your children exposed to other viewpoints (especially if the teacher is good). Anybody who would question capitalism, or democracy the way we practice it in the land of the free, should be blacklisted. Otherwise, freedom could be endangered by thinking. When teachers teach, the terrorists win.

Disclaimer: PAF is a former Lincoln resident. It was a good day for Lincoln when I left.

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