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  posted on 11/7/2008 at 02:50 PM
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  posted on 11/7/2008 at 02:56 PM
If it is, its pretty ridiculous that she used such a critical tone of her voice to the young girl who was supporting McCain. She gets an F in my opinion for taking a subjective side on a personal matter to a young kid. Thats not good teaching, its condemning the child.

 

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  posted on 11/7/2008 at 03:03 PM
Hello Gaston, where have you been hiding?

 

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  posted on 11/7/2008 at 03:03 PM
Teachers have no business forcing their own political views on their students. What a contradiction to freedom of choice and voter's rights and what a poor teaching example.

 

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  posted on 11/7/2008 at 03:23 PM
I remember when I was younger I would ask my father who he voted for. He response was its nobodies business but my own. That would had been my answer if the teacher had asked me that at school. I wonder if she is still teaching? If I saw my child on youtube like that, without my consent the school board would surely hear about it.

 

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  posted on 11/7/2008 at 05:01 PM
What bothers me the most about this clip is that this teacher fails to make the distinction between College level students and CHILDREN. Ask them questions, break them down into little groups and let them discuss it between themselves. But under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should a Teacher EVER place her views on the table under the auspice of being a benchmark.

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  posted on 11/7/2008 at 06:13 PM
Just say no to indoctrination in elementary school rooms.


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http://www.fayobserver.com/article?id=309760

Teacher's comments about McCain, war stir anger


By Francis X. Gilpin

A Cumberland County school teacher is defending her comments to a fifth-grade pupil who expressed support for John McCain in her class last spring.

The exchange at Mary McArthur Elementary School was captured by a Swedish television documentary crew, and the video is making the rounds on the Internet including YouTube.

In the video, which reportedly aired in Scandinavia earlier this week, teacher Diatha D. Harris calls the Iraq War “senseless” and tells one student whose father is a soldier that McCain would keep troops there for 100 years. She said in an interview that her comments were doctored.

Superintendent Bill Harrison called that student’s father today and apologized, a spokeswoman said. He also issued a statement saying he was “shocked” by the video and “particularly disturbed” by how the teacher’s “inappropriate actions” made the children uncomfortable.

The videotaped discussion begins with Harris asking the class who they support for president. When two students say McCain, she responds with “Oh Lord” and “Oh Jesus.”

She asks them why they are you pulling for McCain or Obama. One student says she supports Obama because “he is making good changes” like “not having a fight between Iraq, and having soldiers killed.”

“So in other words,” Harris says, “Barack is going to end that war in Iraq.”

One girls says she supports McCain. When asked why, she tells her teacher, “I think it’s because of my parents are going for him, too.’’

Harris points out that the girl’s father is in the military, then says to the class that Iraq is a “senseless war.”

“And by the way,” Harris tells the girl, “the person that you’re picking for president said that our troops could stay in Iraq for another hundred years if they need to. So that means that your daddy could stay in the military for another hundred years.”

The girl appears to be embarrassed and doesn’t respond.

Harris said three children in the class had parents in the military.

In an interview late Thursday, Harris, 53, said somebody edited the video to make it appear she was an Obama partisan imposing her views on a child. In fact, Harris said, she made gestures after pupils voiced support for Obama.

“It has been doctored,” Harris said. “They didn’t show anything about Obama.”

In another sequence on the video, however, Harris sports an Obama button during a pep rally at the school.

Harrison, the superintendent, said in the statement that neutral discussion of the political process is appropriate. But, he added, “at no time, particularly with elementary students, should a teacher infuse his/her political views into the discussion. Most disconcerting was the military slant that made its way into this discussion. We are a military community, serving over 15,000 military students and their families. We value the sacrifices, not only of the military parents but also those of their families.”

The statement, posted on the school system’s Web site, assured the public that “the actions exhibited in this video are not consistent with the vision” of the school system.

“Once the video was brought to my attention, I immediately launched an investigation. ... I can assure you that upon completion of the investigation, I will take appropriate action.”

Wanda McPhaul, a spokeswoman for Cumberland schools, said school leaders were deluged with protest calls today. She said state law prohibits them from revealing what, if any, personnel action would be taken against Harris. The personnel records that officials did release show Harris has taught school for 27 years, the last four in county schools.

McPhaul said the father of the girl in the video is active-duty military and didn’t know about the video until Harrison called him today.

Earlier this week, reports about the video on the Internet said Harris was a teacher in Asheville. She used to be a teacher in western North Carolina, but moved to Fayetteville within the past couple years.


 

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