March 11, 2005

Stop Thinking, You're Here To Teach

An education student in NY State has been rejected from his next year at the college because he wrote a paper that advocated the use of corporal punishment.

He's a transplant from the conservative Christian South and claims that he has been discriminated against by the more liberal NY. Apparently, in the same paper he also wrote against 'favouritism' of special-needs children, against multi-culturalism and in favour of corporal punishment (with the parent's approval, and administered by the Principal).

Bizarre! Liberal old NY is kinda conservative in reverse.

Also. Have people been following the emergent Avian Flu in Asia? The mortality rate in Vietnam is 75%. For some reason, NZ is complacently saying that they have anti-viral medications and the mortality rate here would be in the low thousands.

Odd, when you consider how hysterical everyone got over SARS, which only has a 10-15% mortality rate. And it might just be me and my spotty understanding of science and medicene, but wouldn't the anti-viral stuff have to be administered to everyone all at once? Cos otherwise, won't the virus just mutate and become anti-viral-drug resistant?

Posted by phreq at March 11, 2005 07:55 AM | TrackBack

With reference to the education student, you haven't linked to the article (?) so it's hard to get more information. But from what you've said, I don't find it bizarre.

There is an argument that if there is reason to believe that someone would not administer the curriculum, and/or promote values that are largely deemed pernicious to the community (for example, holocaust denial), then they should not teach.

I can't imagine that someone who strongly believes in the ideas that he wrote his paper on could properly teach the liberal education policy that NY obviously has.

Posted by: suraya at March 11, 2005 09:14 AM

Im working on the difference between Liberalism and Conservatism being the willingness to be open to all possibilities.

So in my mind a liberal would embrace the right to corporal punishment and the right to oppose it.

Or maybe thats just sitting on the fence.

Posted by: Vincent at March 11, 2005 09:49 AM

Sorry, here's the link:

I dunno, ay. I think that there's a difference between writing an essay "If I Were King" and writing a job application. He got an A- for the essay.

What about Christians who become teachers? Are they vetted to make sure that they don't think non-Christian kiddies are going to Hell, or whether they abscribe to "Spoil The Rod"?

Posted by: phreq at March 11, 2005 02:53 PM
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