Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Teaching indoctrination

On my first day back from the Christmas break, one of our Language Arts teachers walked up to me near the teachers lounge and told me she was going around and asking all the teachers she could find if they could make themselves available to her students as interviewees if needed.

"Sure", I said, "What for?" The teacher told me she was doing a six to eight-week (!) project on the environment - DANGER! DANGER! She started listing off all the things she was going to do with her students, while all the time, I was wondering why she, a Language Arts teacher, was doing this instead of a Science teacher. Then she said it: "I'm also going to show two films: An Inconvenient Truth, and Who Killed the Electric Car!" I had to practically put my hand under my jaw to keep it from dropping open. Who was this woman? Did they find her in a cliche' factory? I couldn't keep my trap shut; I said, "Well, then definitely send your students my way, I have plenty to say on this subject."

"Really?", she said, "Are you green too?" Yes, she actually asked me that. I replied, "Sure I am; who isn't? However, I think that Al Gore film is full of crap." You should have seen the look on her face. You would have thought I had just told a Muslim that Muhammad was a murdering scumbag.

She quickly composed herself, and said that she would loooove for her students to come to me for a different opinion. That is all well and good lady, but what would have happened if you had never spoken to me in the first place? You would have gone full speed ahead with your one-sided presentation and never known that a different point of view even exists on campus. She is still going to show those two films, with no film or any other form of media offering any kind of counterpoint. I know there is that documentary from Channel 4 in the U.K. called The Great Global Warming Swindle, but I don't think it's out on DVD yet, and YouTube, where I have watched that documentary, is blocked by our district firewall.

The Church of Global Warming strikes again!

Good Day to You, Sir


Darren said...

There are not-so-legal and not-so-moral ways of getting The Great Global Warming Swindle.

If you want to follow the rules, watch CNN's The Climate of Fear.

Matthew K. Tabor said...

You can also save video files from YouTube:

That site works fine and there are many other options if it doesn't. That way you can save a video you otherwise couldn't access, put it on a CD and show it to a class.

Chanman said...

Awesome suggestions guys, thanks! I had heard that there ways to save YouTube videos, but I could never seem to find out.

Don, American said...

I was called an ultra-rightist in a letter to the editor of the Chico Enterprise-Record. I have posted my response, which I hope you will read, here. Thanks.

bluejay said...

Yes, "The Great Global Warming Swindle" is out on DVD. I just got an advertisement for it today. I can give you the info if you want. Bluejay

Don, American said...

Better than Leonard Adame (post).

Darren said...

I can download YouTube vids, then convert the flash files to AVI or WMV files. Email me :-)

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