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Social Studies Teacher Tells Student He Can Be Arrested for Slandering President Obama

by Jenny Erikson on May 25, 2012 at 8:04 PM

classroomHunter Rogers was sitting in his high school social studies class when his teacher began talking about Mitt Romney being a bully when he was in high school. Even though that story has been discredited, the teacher wanted to engage the students in a dialogue about it. Hunter asked if Barack Obama had ever bullied anyone (by his own admission, the president once pushed a girl).

The teacher responded that she didn’t know, and somehow ended up on a tirade about how wrong it is to slander the president by asking him the same questions you might ask Mitt Romney. She went so far as to tell Hunter and his classmates that you can be arrested for slandering the president.

Hunter got the whole exchange on tape.

The North Carolina teen had asked a classmate to record the exchange so that he could prove to his parents that this particular teacher was not teaching, but bullying kids to adopt her own political point of view. This was not a teaching moment. She told the students that they could be arrested for openly disagreeing with the president. Last I checked, this America, not Soviet Russia, and the First Amendment contains an explicit protection of free speech.

This teacher is either lying to her students, or if she actually believes what she said, too incompetent to be a teacher. The school has since suspended her with pay. No word on whether she will be reinstated, educated further on the subject she is supposed to be teaching, or if she’ll remain on the payroll indefinitely without even pretending to work.

Teachers that engage students in political discussions need to be open to letting kids explore their own ideologies and develop their own beliefs. They should not be biased, but factual. The kids they are teaching are students, not subjects to be verbally beaten into political submission.

Talking over kids trying to raise valid questions about candidates teaches them that political discourse is really a monologue. America is a place where everyone is free to voice his or her own opinion, regardless of who agrees or disagrees with it. You’d think a social studies teacher would know that.

 

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  • work4...
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    work4mickey

    May 25, 2012 at 8:29 PM
    I am not all all suprised that a social studies teacher in our public school is pushing a blatantly liberal agenda. I suffered through it in high school myself. I am supprised that she tried to tell him he could be arrested for criticizing Obama. The typical liberal aporiach is to ignore any logical arguements and call you a racist, misogynist, zenophobe, ect.
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    work4mickey

    May 25, 2012 at 8:35 PM
    approach not aporiach
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    EmmaFromÉire

    May 25, 2012 at 8:44 PM
    I'm getting so tired of seeing the conservative-liberal wars here. It's not big and it's not clever. And i'm sorry, ''suffered''? Unless a liberal was beating you during class then you did not suffer. And it's spelled ''xenophobe''
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    work4mickey

    May 25, 2012 at 8:45 PM
    The student will probably get in trouble for recording the teacher. In high school I atempted to record lectures (not secretly, the recorder was in plain sight on my desk) for notes. I was informed that I was not allowed to record the classes.
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    Emberbaby

    May 25, 2012 at 8:47 PM
    I knew this "article" was from Jenny just by reading the title! LMAO...I can't believe she still has a job here!! SMH
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    Floridamom96

    May 25, 2012 at 8:58 PM
    Emberbaby, do you have a response to the substance of the article or did you just drop in to complain about the author?
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    jessicasmom1

    May 25, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Well freedom of speech 


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    tinypossum

    May 25, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    I listened to the video. The teacher sounds barely literate, much less a political scholar. She certainly has no place in a classroom. But, she's one lousy teacher in one school. Not indicitive of some liberal takeover of the public school system. Don't be so paranoid. 


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    zandhmom2

    May 25, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    I listened to the tape a couple of days ago and all I can say is that if she represents the kind of teachers our children have these days, no wonder so many kids leave school under educated.  She sounded more like some women out on the street arguing with someone rather than a teacher trying to teach students.  And being that she teaching social studies, it really upsets me that she doesn't even understand the 1st amendment.  I'm proud of that student for standing his ground.

    Emberbaby, yes Jenny wrote this but you really should listen to the audio before you make a conclusion.


  • BusyM...
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    BusyMom7789

    May 25, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    She is just one bad teacher and doesn't represent ever "liberal".  I'm getting tired of that debate.  I'm curious why the student thought to record this exchange.  I'm suspicious whenever someone just happens to have a recorder.  And people we sometimes make spelling mistakes.  There's no need to keep correcting every post.  Just a thought.


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