Check politics at classroom door

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The Internet video is frankly a little spooky: a group of middle schoolers in quasi-military garb chanting for their political leader.

It's like something out of a South American dictatorship, or like students in North Korea singing songs to the "dear leader." But this is a video out of a Kansas City, Mo., school of students for Obama.

This kind of messianic treatment of Barack Obama -- first by the news media, now by middle schoolers -- is more than a little disconcerting. It's gotten downright irrational.

The teacher who posted the video on the Internet has been suspended, as the embarrassed district had to admit Monday that the teacher had had the students study Barack Obama's economic plan -- but no one else's.

That's not teaching. That's indoctrination. The teacher must be fired.

The teacher should have also gone over John McCain's economic plan, says the superintendent. Perhaps. But even better would be a total immersion in the Constitution. Perhaps then the students could determine which candidate's philosophy better fits the nature of this republic as contemplated by the Founding Fathers.

Of course, this episode is just a snippet of a much larger problem of teachers bringing politics -- specifically their own politics -- into classrooms. They have no right to do so, and in fact every obligation not to.

The only difference in this case is that the teacher was stupid enough to take his indiscretion public.

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GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 10/07/08 - 03:51 am
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Yeah, sure....but you are ok

Yeah, sure....but you are ok with indoctrinating children into Fundamentalist Christianity in schools, and ok with a backwards, small-town nobody for VP.

_SisterAbdullahX_
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_SisterAbdullahX_ 10/07/08 - 05:03 am
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Copperhead...you shouldn't

Copperhead...you shouldn't presume what people are ok with. I know you know better.

bone
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bone 10/07/08 - 05:11 am
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i'm not okay with palin as

i'm not okay with palin as vp. i'm also not okay with obama as potus. gee, i'm really stuck now...

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 10/07/08 - 05:19 am
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I, on the other hand, am very

I, on the other hand, am very okay with Palin as vp, while wondering why a potus candidate with such hard socialist leanings as Obama is okay with the left. This wacky school video is a sign of things to come if he's put in office.

JesusIsComing
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JesusIsComing 10/07/08 - 06:18 am
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Absolutely scary! Thankfully

Absolutely scary! Thankfully it looks like John McCain and Palin have begun their sprint to the finish with exposing the deceit of the Obama campaign.

factchecker
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factchecker 10/07/08 - 06:22 am
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We might all have to learn

We might all have to learn "Heil Obama" if he is elected (I refuse to say it). But at least I'm not willing to give up on my country if he's elected like those stupid democrats in Hollywood that keep threatening to move to another country if their candidate is not elected. That alone should motivate people to vote for McCain. Oh wait, they didn't move like they said when Bush was elected a second time. They also didn't stay in Bagdad to protect it from American bombing like they said which would have been a self-correcting error. Just more Democrat lies.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 10/07/08 - 06:26 am
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pat, you keep on referring to

pat, you keep on referring to socialist and re-distribution of wealth. The FACT is that the wealthy "re-distributed" from our pockets to theirs, and it's time for them to give back. I'm not referring to those who don't work, but those of us who do, pay taxes and are tired of seeing the profits going to the wealthy. It has NOT trickled down, it has FLOODED up. The wealthy have taken and not given back. My parents raised me to believe that if you worked hard and were honest, you would succeed. It was true in the 50's, but it's a bald faced lie in today's world. You're a perfect example of it, blindly spouting the mantra of greed. Also, I wonder how Vladimir Putin will respond to "There you go again, Vlad" He's a former head of the Soviet KGB, for God's sake, she's a yokel. If the Republican ticket is elected, this country will fall.

pofwe
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pofwe 10/07/08 - 06:36 am
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I can picture Obama being

I can picture Obama being indoctrinated into Islam by this same method.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 10/07/08 - 06:37 am
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JiC, McCain has opened

JiC, McCain has opened himself up to the re-examination of his Keating Five era, along with his association with the racist anti-Semite Council for World Freedom. He is not the type of man I want as my President, he's just another crook.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 10/07/08 - 06:38 am
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Obama is NOT, nor has he EVER

Obama is NOT, nor has he EVER been Muslim. That is Republican slander.

factchecker
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factchecker 10/07/08 - 06:40 am
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GAC - and like Obama (Chicago

GAC - and like Obama (Chicago politics) isn't? You obviously don't remember that in Chicago the tradition started that every Democrat dead or alive, had the opportunity to vote.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 10/07/08 - 06:41 am
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By the way, If McCain is so

By the way, If McCain is so great, why, in EVERY poll has Obama taken a definite lead? The only view of Obama's that I disagree with is on abortion. It's time to get rid of the corrupt Republican party in the government.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 10/07/08 - 06:43 am
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Change is coming.....

Change is coming.....

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 10/07/08 - 06:51 am
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Why is it that the dims think

Why is it that the dims think only the republicans are wealthy? Have you looked at the wealth of, just a few: pelosi, kennedy, reid, dodd, frank, etc., etc. Why not just admit that you hate anyone that is rich but why be the followers of the left leaning rich and hate the republican rich? Your logic makes no sense. In all reality the dims NObama should have a 20 point lead, why doesn't he? And don't say it's race because that won't fly. There are too many other reasons. NObama a uniter - NO WAY!!!

factchecker
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factchecker 10/07/08 - 07:00 am
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Copperhead - you certainly

Copperhead - you certainly have a right to your opinion and what issues are most important to you. Mine is abortion. Can't get past the fact that it is OK in Obama's eyes for his daughter to kill an innocent baby because she made a "mistake".

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 10/07/08 - 07:05 am
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GaC, your 6:26 comment is the

GaC, your 6:26 comment is the typical shallow comment the socialist koolaid drinker makes when they've given up on their responsibilities and are ready for the government to take from achievers and give to the non productive. ie, Dem.

I4PUTT
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I4PUTT 10/07/08 - 07:09 am
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Wow...GAC sure takes this

Wow...GAC sure takes this stuff to heart. Sounds like he is actually crying this morning. Lighten up guys. It's going to be all right. Even if Obama is elected. He will be seen for his flaws. We will get to vote again.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 10/07/08 - 07:17 am
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Yes PT, Obama is going to

Yes PT, Obama is going to have all the school children of this country singing praises to Allah. Hell he might even require them to learn the Electric Slide and Moon Walk like Michael Jackson. SICK!

griesella
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griesella 10/07/08 - 07:18 am
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You only have to look at the

You only have to look at the photo and listen to the video and know the posters who will agree with this undemocratic process,

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 10/07/08 - 07:20 am
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I did not realize that this

I did not realize that this war would be this tough."I now have doubts about whether or not we can win this war". Condi Rice.

dani
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dani 10/07/08 - 07:22 am
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GC..McCain is NOT, nor has he

GC..McCain is NOT, nor has he ever been George Bush II..it is Democrat slander.

dani
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dani 10/07/08 - 07:25 am
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I can see school children

I can see school children standing out by the flag pole that has the big "o" flag flying and singing this chant while saluting the 'one we have been waiting for' in and Obama administration.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 10/07/08 - 07:26 am
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Ok, I've gotten abit rabid

Ok, I've gotten abit rabid lately, and apologize. while i see McCain beeing able to stand up to the likes of Putin, I see his VP choice as someone who will not be taken seriously by anyone of consequence. Condi rice would have been my choice for a strong VP pick. Obama is wrong on abortion. McCain is wrong on the economy. McCain is wrong for the attack adds, he should focus on platform, not personalities, as he has his own skeleton that will come back to bite him, along with his own previous statements against that type of campaign. how quickly he's forgotten how he was beaten in the 2000 race, by the same type of dishonest politics. The republican campaign is frantic, due to the fact that it refuses to see what the American people see.

dani
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dani 10/07/08 - 07:28 am
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fact checker..the address

fact checker..the address doesn't work. Can you repost?

stillamazed
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stillamazed 10/07/08 - 07:28 am
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The teacher is the one who is

The teacher is the one who is at fault here, this really isn't a rep or dem thing..........it is the ignorance of this teacher.......he should have known better and if this is the type of teacher he is then he needs to lose his job.

dani
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dani 10/07/08 - 07:32 am
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5:00 Are you saying the

5:00 Are you saying the teacher is non-political?

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 10/07/08 - 07:39 am
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dani Are you saying that the

dani Are you saying that the teacher was a republican?

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 10/07/08 - 07:41 am
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And you think putin will take

And you think putin will take NObama serious. NObama will have to check with someone else before he can make a decision or he'll ask them if he can just vote present. I guess he will have to have his handlers with him in the room at all times to make sure of how/what decision to make. 'CHANGE' is just a 6 letter word without substance. Be careful what you hope for because it may not be the change you want.

NoSocialism
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NoSocialism 10/07/08 - 07:43 am
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The Senator from Illinois

The Senator from Illinois would not support this in our schools.

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