Skip to comments.What I Just Overheard in the Teacher's Lounge
Posted on 10/26/2006 11:25:28 AM PDT by A_perfect_lady
I just sat in the teacher's lounge of my middle school and listened to my fellow teachers hold forth about President Bush, the war in Iraq, and politics in general. Naturally they all agree that Bush is evil, the anti-christ, a religious fanatic, well not really a true religious fanatic, but a phony pretending to be one, actually an evil schemer who started the war to allow Halliburton to steal the oil, but really a simpleton who thought he could bring democracy to a culture that is incompatible with democracy, well they are but it will take a long time and he obviously thought he could do it overnight because he's naive and really just schemed to do it for Halliburton anyway....
In other words, they leap from one cliche to the next, never noticing that the cliches and conspiracies are mutually exclusive, and they talk and talk without listening to anything but their own voices.
But this is what really got me: Several of them said that we should release Saddam Hussein, put him back in charge of Iraq, declare defeat, pull out, impeach Bush and try him for crimes against humanity. These are your kids' teachers. And they really believe this. As far as they can tell, there was no sectarian violence under Saddam because "He knew how to handle them." (The fact that Iraq didn't have a free press and they wouldn't have been reading the Iraqi papers back in the 1990s anyway seems to escape them.) They believe that we haven't helped Afghanistan rebuild, that we should have invaded North Korea instead but we didn't because there's no oil there, that we should have invaded Iran (despite the fact that there is oil there - presumably - and we would have no justification to present the sacred UN for that.)
In other words, these people are limitlessly arrogant, uninformed, and LOUD. I sat quietly until someone asked me a direct question and I told them that I think we did the right thing and that they are wrong to think that Bush had no idea it would take a long time to bring stability to Iraq, as he had said from the beginning it would be a long, hard haul. Let me tell you, once they realized I wasn't part of the chorus they started talking at me a mile a minute. They would just spout accusation after accusation and not let me say a full sentence back. Occasionally I'd ask a question, like, "Are you aware that the Johns Hopkins study that claims an Iraqi death toll of 655,000 used only 47 cluster samples, which is an abnormally low sample?" But for the most part, I couldn't get a word in. They just talk and talk like a monkey jumping from tree to tree. Welcome to publik skool.
Did you respond to them, or just let them go unchallenged?
So what geographic area are we talking about here?
I've noticed lefties on talk radio speaking a lot more about putting Saddam back in power in the last few days. It must be a new talking point for them.
Just laff in their faces and walk away. Don't respond to fools..................
She TRIED to respond to them, but like all libs they just don't WANT to hear the truth. They are FRIGHTENED of the truth. I know, I've been a few rounds with their type, and I presented written proof, but they said, and I quote one of them, "I don't have time for this trash."
Next time, speak up and make yourself heard. These people usually have no facts whatsoever to back up their cliches.
Put in that position, I usually say something like, "I'm a righty" or "should we really be talking about that here?"
Somebody's about to lose a teaching job!
I put mine in a Christian school. Tuition hurts the budget something awful... but I'd rather raise morally right kids that subject them to the trash in public school.
Also, their math scores jumped 35 percentage points the first year (from a low F to a high D) and this year, my youngest is making straight As, my middle child is a solid C+ all around, and my oldest is now getting a C in Math with everything else A's and B's. Nationally the schools is testing 1 year, 7 months ahead of their grade levels so I'm am just as happy as can be.
No offense to you, perfect lady, but this is one of the reasons why I homeschool.
People with these reasoning, analytical and fact-gathering skills are qualified to teach my kids how . . .????
She probably wouldn't stand a chance. Liberals like to bully people who use fact and reason instead of shrieking hysteria - case in point, the odious Rosie O'Donnell.
I see your screen name suits you! I'm sorry you had to deal with that, as I think the teachers' lounge should be just for that: lounging!
I guess it's hard to tell someone faceon: "have you considered that you're being lead on by people who would have you remain uninformed of the realities of these situations?"
employees of the country's public school systems are some of the most hard core moonbat Dems we have. I am not surprised at anything you posted here.
Well, at least you responded in some fashion. I apologise for not seeing that.
Oh I like a bit of confrontation. Maybe if these libs are talking to her rudely she could respond by telling them that they are NEA Sheep that are just baa baaing the latest trendy set cliches.
Do you live in a blue state?
Oh yeah, release Saddam and put him back in power. What a great idea ....
I'm in northern California and we have the same bunch of mindless chattering loons here. I have given up on having a rational conversation around here with anyone but my husband.
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