Good News.Â There is hope for the future.
American Hero (No, World Hero) teacher Jay Bennish will be back at work Monday.Â He has been reinstated following an investigation by the district school board. (News report; Videos of the press conference including Jay Bennish and Cherry Creek Schools Superintendent Dr Monte Moses; Official Statement; more news with video)Â It has been determined that the 20-minute MP3 recording where he challenges his students with some controversial viewpoints was not representative of the rest of the 50-minute lesson or, indeed, the rest of the semester.
In questions after the press conference, Dr Moses particularly noted the intelligent and thoughtful representations by a large group of Mr Bennish’s students.
When Mr Bennish was first suspended, (Background and my earlier opinion…) I was truly shocked and frightened by the vehemence of the attacks on Mr Bennish.Â There were hundreds ofÂ blog postsÂ with thousands of negative comments.Â Negative to positive responses ran at aboutÂ 20 in 1.
When Mr Bennish’s parents were attacked, I couldn’t sit back.Â Â Typical example:Debbie Schlussel.Â Just look at the language used in her post, Sob Story on Hate-America Teacher Bennish, While Student Patriot Allen Under Attack.Â Scroll down to where I joined in the discussion.Â Have a look at what “Red Ryder” had to say.Â (Me, a Leftie?) At least he didn’t hide behind a blank profile page.
I also added my $0.02 to a few other blogs.Â Interestingly, my trackbacks didn’t get past Michelle Malkin’s censors.
IÂ have also received some ugly e-mails, but I met some lovely people as well.
Hope for the future
Now that American students are allowed to think critically about various viewpoints, there is hope that this process will seep into the rest of American life.Â Perhaps America can then resume its place as a world leader, able to negotiate and resolve conflict.
Hopefully there are many more Jay Bennishs out there and their past students are now ready to vote.
Finally, I couldn’t pass this one up:
In Australia we have compulsory voting. On The Glass House last week, a visiting American comedian said to his Australian audience “What’s with your voting system? If you don’t vote, you get fined.” Australian Dave Hughes quickly replied “Well, if you don’t vote, you get George Bush!”