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Skool Is Goodest

March 28, 2013 by  

Skool Is Goodest
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Nestled close by the beautiful beaches of Florida’s famed Boca Raton lies an institution of higher learning in which young minds are nurtured in an academic embrace as warm as the Gulf Stream breezes that flow gently through the campus. Inside the magnificent-yet-comfortable buildings, world-renowned for their architectural perfection, one of the finest collections of minds ever assembled imparts its encyclopedic wisdom to rising generations of future accomplishment.

With multiple Nobel laureates in nearly every department, the quality of instruction is augmented not only by the state-of-the-art learning facilities, but an average student-to-professor ratio of 10-to-1. This school’s every discipline is enhanced by the finest equipment available to mankind. The working fusion reactor will light up prospective physics majors, while language majors will surely be talking about the immersive foreign-language-only dormitories. For the historians: A library with original copies of each of the Founding Fathers’ memoirs will transport them into the past. For the ecologists: A fully self-sustaining bio-dome will feel like home.

This school’s athletic programs produce multiple national championships in multiple sports and challenges among the elite each season, while the 4 million-square-foot field house staffed with certified personal trainers and the latest technological advances and comforts makes fitness a reality for every student. In the dormitories, the school’s world-renowned design and engineering majors have created a living environment that not only is as comfortable as home, but also is optimized for the ultimate combination of ergonomics and academics. And when refueling is required for the rigors of study, the dining hall is Michelin-rated 4 stars and operates 24 hours a day.

What aspiring young mind wouldn’t dream of earning a degree from such a place? What parent wouldn’t dream the same for his child? Armed with a degree from such an esteemed
university, a young person could do nearly anything. The benefit to society of multiple graduates of the place would be almost incalculable.

Of course, no such college exists. However, one could matriculate to Florida Atlantic University, which offers courses such as “Intercultural Communications” under the watchful eye of Palm Beach Democratic Party Vice Chairman Deandre Poole. Until last week, the class included the following exercise (from the teachers’ manual that accompanies the textbook Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach, 5th Edition):

Have the students write the name JESUS in big letters on a piece of paper. Ask the students to stand up and put the paper on the floor in front of them with the name facing up. Ask the students to think about it for a moment. After a brief period of silence, instruct them to step on the paper.

Just think of the career paths open to a survivor of such a school. Seriously, think of them. Because all I can come up with involves either working for the government or not working at all. After all, the Democratic Party can’t pay everyone to make House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s lattes; and MSNBC isn’t hiring writers these days.

–Ben Crystal

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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  • csaaphill

    Don’t worry its just Socialism nothing more. Jesus will pay them retribution for this though so keep faith.

    • Flashy

      Ummm ben? Did you mistakenly leave out the last three sentences of the exercise? “Most will hesitate. Ask why they can’t step on the paper. Discuss the importance of symbols in culture.”

      Ben…did you also mistakenly fail to point out the various student blogs on the issue where his classmates described his actions as disruptive, argumentative, anger laden and telling the professor he would ‘burn in hell’ for the blasphemy?

      Did you mistakenly omit the real reason for his dismissal from the class was that he was so disruptive as to create a fear of violence from his fellow students and the instructor?

      The class syllabus was clear. the reason for the exercise was clear. He was not ‘forced’ to step on the paper…but he was to have discussed his hesitancy and refusal…as part of the overall discussion of symbolism and how it affects life activities.

      He flunked. And showing typical traits of a TPer, American Taliban extremist, he blames everyone but himself.

      THAT, Mr. Crystal, are the facts.

      • john811c

        How do you know these are the facts where you there? I believe you were not, So you don’t really know if the letter of the class was being followed as planned or if the teacher added his own methods. And it did get a result, the result being that a student was appalled enough to refuse and stood for what he believed. And a discussion did occur that is the teachers using of a hate crime to elicit a response from his students. The teacher being educated should have surmised the results and his actions before using this method. Yet Flashy you blame the victim of the hate crime, and not the perpetrator put the blame where it fully lies the teachers methods lacked foresight and for an educated man he was confronted by a student who actually could think for himself and not one that would bow to demands that the person perceived as wrong

        • Flashy

          John..i wasn’t there. But given ben’s history of playing fast and loose wth facts, given his omission of the last three sentences of the assignment, given that the paper was merely a paper with a name writtin on it, given that symbolism is a matter of perception, given that the students of the class commented upon what occurred and it is greatly differing from the “spin’ by the American Taliban folks (including they were fearful the guy would turn violent)…well..y’know…one should sit and ponder.

          Let me ask you..if the assignment would have been for students to write their names on a piece of paper, and then have the other students step on it..and one student was named Jesus and was an undocumented alien attending class… would your perception be any different?

          • Jeff

            Ben would have done the jig on the paper bearing the name of ‘Illegal Jesus,” youbetcha!

          • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing WTS/JAYS

            COLLEGE STUDENT SAYS HE’S BEEN SUSPENDED AFTER HE REFUSED PROF’S DEMAND TO STOMP ON JESUS SIGN

            Ryan Rotela, a junior at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), is waging a bizarre allegation against his professor, Dr. Deandre Poole.

            The student is claiming that he’s been suspended from his intercultural communications class for refusing to write “JESUS” on a sheet of paper, throw it on the floor and then stomp on it — a request that the instructor apparently made.

            If you’re already scratching your head, you’re not alone. The curious claim caught the attention of WPEC-TV, a South Florida CBS affiliate.

            Rotela, a devout Mormon, says he refused to participate in the purported activity and told Poole that he found the request offensive.

            “Anytime you stomp on something it shows that you believe that something has no value. So if you were to stomp on the word Jesus, it says that the word has no value,” Rotela told WPEC-TV.

            But the situation purportedly became even more contentious a few days after the alleged paper incident occurred. After Rotela went to his professor’s supervisor to complain, he claims he was suspended from the class.

            According to WPEC, here’s how the school responded to an inquiry about the situation:

            “Faculty and students at academic institutions pursue knowledge and engage in open discourse. While at times the topics discussed may be sensitive, a university environment is a venue for such dialogue and debate.”
            Watch the WPEC-TV show, below:

            It’s important to note that this is an allegation and that the other side has not adequately been heard from. TheBlaze called FAU and e-mailed Poole for comment. We have not heard from either party.

            http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/03/21/college-student-says-hes-been-suspended-after-he-refused-profs-demand-to-stomp-on-jesus-sign/

          • Nadzieja Batki

            The school’s “apology” is not an apology at all. They used this exercise before and planned to use it again, just this time it did not go as planned and one student would not go along with the collective and spoke out. Other times the students just kept quiet and went along with the collective.

          • Bob666

            Yo Nads,
            Could it be the majority of students had no problem with the exercise?

            If that is the case, where is the wrong?

            I have taught at the undergraduate level and you are dealing with adults and I would suspect, many of them older adults in this case. While I would never do something like this as an exercise as someone is potentially offended, there might have been a point to the exercise.

            So, if there is say 24 students in the class room and only five have a problem with the exercise, is it wrong?

            Does the first amendment cover the classroom? it is a public university and that is probably why Rick Scott is asking questions since his popularity is around 38% and he is likely to be a one term governor.

            While This was not a great idea from the point of teaching, but it does give Ben a purpose in life and judging by his ill fated attempt at humor, it is kind of like a gift to Ben.
            .

          • Average Joe

            Yo Boob666,

            “Could it be the majority of students had no problem with the exercise?”

            So, if your Prof. tells your class to jump off of a 1000ft. cliff and the rest of the class jumps….I guess you need to jump too? After all “the majority of students had no problem with the exercise”. OOPS!…there goes that liberal non-think again….jump…FOOL!

            AJ

          • Bob666

            Yo Average,
            “So, if your Prof. tells your class to jump off of a 1000ft. cliff and the rest of the class jumps….I guess you need to jump too? After all “the majority of students had no problem with the exercise”. OOPS!…there goes that liberal non-think again….jump…FOOL”!

            Where did I say it would be OK?

            How is jumping off of 1,000 foot cliff equal to jumping on a piece of paper?

            “there goes that liberal non-think again”?

          • Jeff

            Average? You think you’re of “average” intelligence? That analogy was completely idiotic – right up there with the one Huckabee came up with comparing gay marriage to playing basketball with a 6 foot basket.

          • Nadzieja Batki

            Bob666,why do Individuality, Individualism, and Individuals frighten you? Don’t bother denying this as your comments throughout the differing articles attest to your fear.
            You cannot teach Individuality but you can teach it out of people and collective education has done the job of teaching Individualism out of people. Your frustration and that of your Leftist ideologues is that there are still Individuals that you haven’t been able to squalch.

          • Bob666

            Yo Nads,
            “why do Individuality, Individualism, and Individuals frighten you?

            I am not quite sure how you can draw this conclusion.

            “Don’t bother denying this as your comments throughout the differing articles attest to your fear”.

            The only thing that I fear are those who would threaten my civil liberties.

            “You cannot teach Individuality but you can teach it out of people and collective education has done the job of teaching Individualism out of people”.

            Not sure where you get this,

            “Your frustration and that of your Leftist ideologues is that there are still Individuals that you haven’t been able to squelch”.

            Nads, I not sure that you could be more wrong if you tried. I am a libertarian. a live and let live kind of guy. I don’t care if you have a gun, get an abortion or worship the devil as all are you rights as an individual and I wont judge you on it.

            would you do act the same towards me?

          • Jeff

            What bothers you about the “exercise” is that it “tramples” on ideas held by the majority. This is the polar opposite of “individualism.” I am not saying I advocate such exercises, but I’m certainly not going to get up in arms about it. It would have been nice if some of you Wingnuts had gotten so upset in the run-up to the Iraq War. Maybe if Uncle Dick and the Neocons weren’t so certain the Right would support them no matter what, they’d have been a bit more honest.

          • http://naver samurai

            The 1st Amendment goes everywhere in this Christian nation. I see that you still haven’t learned. Here is something showing what is happening to our campuses, thanks to libturd and progturd professors and 5th columners.

            http://www.creation.com/review-free-to-think-caroline-crocker

            FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!

            You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot. This leaves Bob out.

            “The great vital and conservative element in our system is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines and the divine truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

            House Judiciary Committee
            1853 – 1854

          • Jeff

            Faque:

            We enjoy first amendment rights no thanks to the “Christians.” The entire histories of the Catholic Church and the Protestants post-Reformation, up until the founding of the U.S., were hardly friendly to free speech (Even you may have heard of Galileo?). We have free speech BECAUSE the Churches have no political power. Religions are fine in their proper place. Just don’t marry actual power with religious zealotry. My concept of Hell would be someone like you with power over people.

          • Robert Smith

            “if your Prof. tells your class to jump off of a 1000ft. cliff and the rest of the class jumps….”

            As Tommy Sumthers said, “Not again.”

            Rob

          • Average Joe

            Yo Boob,

            “Where did I say it would be OK?”

            “Could it be the majority of students had no problem with the exercise?

            If that is the case, where is the wrong?”

            You are advocating that since the majority had no problem with the exercise…nobody should have a problem and just go along…after all, it’s only an exercise…right?

            That my friend, is the very definition of collectivism. And…Quite frankly…I don’t give a rats patootie what the majority does or does not do…I have my own moral code and will stand by those morals regardless of anyone else’s opinion of those morals…including a college professor….We pay them (tuition) to teach us career skills….not to set our moral or social policies, those are individual choices. While we appreciate the instructors opinions…they also need to respect the opinions of their students…otherwise they aren’t teaching…they are simply dictating an agenda…their own.
            The 1st Amendment doesn’t stand outside the school grounds waiting, while we go inside.
            On the contrary it follows with us…everywhere.

            If, as you’ve indicated, you are ( or were) a teacher…May God have mercy on your students….I pray that they slept through most of your liberal brainwashing…. and collectivist idealism classes.

            AJ

          • Bob666

            Yo Average (appropriate)

            “You are advocating that since the majority had no problem with the exercise…nobody should have a problem and just go along…after all, it’s only an exercise…right”?

            A closed mind gathers no knowledge.

            “That my friend, is the very definition of collectivism. And…Quite frankly…I don’t give a rats patootie what the majority does or does not do…I have my own moral code and will stand by those morals regardless of anyone else’s opinion of those morals…including a college professor”….

            Then, you have an option not to take the class. So because the class crosses your moral code it should not be offered? So what you are saying is; the world is centered around Average Joe?

            “We pay them (tuition) to teach us career skills….not to set our moral or social policies, those are individual choices. While we appreciate the instructors opinions…they also need to respect the opinions of their students…otherwise they aren’t teaching…they are simply dictating an agenda…their own”.

            Depending on the program that you are in, you might be going for a degree in philosophy or religion or international anything. Again, a closed mind gathers no knowledge.

            The 1st Amendment doesn’t stand outside the school grounds waiting, while we go inside.
            On the contrary it follows with us…everywhere. Thank you, my point exactly!

            “If, as you’ve indicated, you are ( or were) a teacher…May God have mercy on your students….I pray that they slept through most of your liberal brainwashing…. and collectivist idealism classes.”

            AJ, perhaps you need to take a deep breath and go back and read my post; “While I would never do something like this as an exercise as someone is potentially offended”. I taught as an adjunct professor in a business program.

            By the way, it would be had to interject an exercise like that in Macro, Micro, International or managerial economics.

            “I pray that they slept through most of your liberal brainwashing…. and collectivist idealism classes”

            Just curious, do you go always around half cocked looking for a fight?

          • http://midcontent ridge runner

            As usual dim bulb democraps, don’t understand if they check out history before spoutinh the liberal BS. When all 3 branches of government was controlled by the facist/communist loving progressives put all schools under government control, instead of state and district control, costs keep sky rocketing, stupidity keeps increasing, graduation rates keep dropping, especially under the black welfare wards. Dr. Carson proves more funding for socialist schools isn’t the answer, having to work to pay for your education, is way smarter than handing out taxpayers’ (free) money. Just can not figure out why the racist democrats hate and put down Dr. Carson.

          • Jeff

            Maybe it’s because deranged types like you like him? I’m sure he has a very inspiring life story and he makes an excellent role model. He’s a wonderful person. He just has ideas about the social order with which I disagree. I don’t need to villify him to disagree with his thinking.

          • Bob666

            Per the Wall Street Journal:

            S&P 500 Rises to New Record Closing High

            The Standard and Poor’s 500-stock index notched a new closing high Thursday.

            The push into record territory came Thursday morning, as the S&P 500 broke past its previous record close of 1565.15 on Oct. 9, 2007. After hitting that peak more than five years ago, the benchmark shed more than half its value during the financial crisis, sinking to 676.53 on March 9, 2009. The S&P closed with a gain of 6.34 points, or 0.41%, to 1569.19 on Thursday. The index gained 10% over the first quarter of 2013.

            The index joins the Dow industrials in recouping all its losses from the financial crisis.

            So Ben, the Wall Street Journal is one Liberal rag????????

          • Vicki

            Nope. They are just reporting the obvious effect of QExInfinity.

            Supply/Demand affects EVERYTHING including what is used for money.

          • http://naver samurai

            Dr. Carson would be a lot better leader than Obama bin Laden. At least he can prove where he was born, went to college, only uses 1 SSN, and so many other things. The big plus also would be him being a Christian. Your kind don’t like Christians, do you Jeff? Here is a video showing Obama bin Laden quoting Alinsky in a speech to Israelis.

            http://www.wnd.com/2013/03/obama-quotes-alinsky-in-speech-to-young-israelis/

            FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!

            You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot. This leaves you out.

            “Who…will call in question the assertion that America is a Bible nation? Who will charge the government with indifference to religion when the first Congress of the States assumed all the rights and performed all the duties of a Bible Society long before such an institution had an existence in the world!”

            1st U.S. Congress

          • Jeff

            Faque:

            And who doesn’t believe what he said? So Alinsky said something similar, so what? Alinsky was a strategist, not an ideologue. He taught powerless people how to get some respect and a bit more power. Why is that a bad thing. Didn’t your mother tell you the squeaky wheel gets the grease? Was she an Alinskyite too?

            The irony is that the greatest exponent of Alinsky tactics we’ve seen in modern American politics has been Newt Gingrich. I guess Freud knew what he was talking about.

          • Robert Smith

            What a novel idea, samurai: “Speaking as a politician, I can promise you this: Political leaders will not take risks if the people do not demand that they do. You must create the change that you want to see.”

            Obama is asking the PEOPLE to lead in a democracy. What’s to disapprove of there, samurai?

            Rob

          • Jeff

            We don’t have a fuehrer, you know. This is not a new idea nor did Obama invent it. FDR, in response to a citizen who told him he needed to do something (and something FDR favored), replied “You must make me.” He recognized that politicians cannot be too far ahead of the people and in order for a “Leader” to break new ground, there must be popular support for the measure. It’s a two-way street.

      • Vicki

        Flashy writes:
        “THAT, Mr. Crystal, are the facts.”

        Proof by bald assertion. How about you show us some real facts. With links to cites.

        • Opal the Gem

          It would be nice if ol Flushy could manage that. However, he like eddie prefers his facts pulled out of thin air.

          • http://Personallibertydigest Prom Etheus

            “The benefit to society of multiple graduates of the place would be almost incalculable.” – So thought Socrates, until they killed him.

            That course is ridiculous. I can’t believe one actually earns credits for such crap. Here are some interesting ideas for courses: “‘Django’, A History of Intercultural Communications in Mid-Nineteenth Century America”, and “The Killing of Bin Laden – The Ultimate Intercultural Communication”.

  • therealhawkman

    One wonders where is the denunciation of this despicable act. It is an act as it has no merit in teaching. What was the teaching point? It must surely have been “see how easy it was to trample on Jesus without consequences.” Was this a multicultural teaching event? If so, let us now write Mohammad on a piece of paper and trample on it. Would anyone care to bet on the outrage to that particular teaching point?

    • http://malouisville.com Leroy

      What purpose would it serve? It let the instructor know very quickly his influence on the students and also the religous mindset of those students. He may have planned to use the knowledge gained from such a simple test as a guide for determining the content of his yet to be presented curriculum. However, he was wise enough to not use the name MOHAMMAD or ALLAH in order to avert Islamic outrage.

    • Flashy

      it’s a name written on a piece of paper. What if the perception was it was the name of an undocumented alien who was a classmate and he stomped on it with glee? Would you object then? Many Latino’s are named Jesus…

      But because of YOUR perception of a symbol…a name written on a piece of plain paper fer chrissakes…that makes it despicable?

      • http://malouisville.com Leroy

        Flashy,
        Right, and MOHAMMAD is also the name Cassius Clay changed his to. If Mohammad was written on the paper do you think the students and the Islamists would think its MOHAMMAD ALI or the idol MOHAMMAD? I believe the intent was to be the name of Jesus Christ, Did the instructor explain which Jesus (Rivera or Christ) he was referring to or was the intrepretation left up to the students?
        Please don’t exaggerate to prove a weak point. It was a test to see how far he could go before Christians or believers would “step” on their religious/faith beliefs.
        Leroy

  • http://omanuel.wordpress.com/ Oliver K. Manuel

    Thanks, Ben, for having the courage to point out the sad, sad state of American education under the New World Order.

    The scientific community is starting to awaken to the fact that they were taken over and used as tools of propaganda for the New World Order that George Orwell had called Big Brother in the futuristic novel that he started writing in 1946, “Nineteen Eighty-four (“1984”).

    http://orach24463.wordpress.com/2013/03/07/fear-and-loathing-of-humans-the-pathology-behind-the-climate-change-movement/

    • Right Brain Thinker

      Go away, oliver!

      • http://omanuel.wordpress.com/ Oliver K. Manuel

        Too late, RBT. The cat’s out of the bag !

      • Ted Crawford

        Actually the ‘cats been out of the bag’ since 1755 when Isaac Newton and Leonhard Euler postulated on the tilt of the Earths axis, in relationship to the Sun! Many others since then have expanded on the theory, Chandler and Milankovitch for example. Then in 1976, at the height of the last attempt to hy-jack our Energy Industry, Hays, Imbrie and Shacklton published the findings of their research proving that Newton was correct! That ended the last Climate related false emergency!
        What I find so amusing is to re-read the hysterics of Scientists(?) such as Obama’s current Science Czar , John Holdren! 42 years ago Holdren ran, frantically around claiming that our Atmosphere was too clear, allowing too much of the Earths heat to escape and we were on the verge of a New Ice Age! ! His reccommendation was to inject polluntants into the atmosphere, creating cloud cover to retain our heat! I clearly remember that episode! We didn’t fall for it then! Now, of course, he’s again running frantically around claiming exactly the opposite to be true! Clearly some of the Coven of Usefull Idiots are buying it this time!

        • Jeff

          But that’s not what’s going on now, is it, Ted? We don’t have one scientist trying to sell an hypothesis no one else agrees with. We have a consensus among climate scientists and their predictions are being borne out as temperatures rise, the polar ice caps melt, sea levels rise, violent storms increase, and species continue to die off. What will your grandchildren say about you in 50 years?

  • Bob666

    Poor Ben, he could find a way to blame the democratic party for mid -evil plagues.

    • Jeff

      Like Hannity – thanking Reagan for the sunshine and blaming Obama for the hail.

    • Chief Boring

      “courses such as “Intercultural Communications” under the watchful eye of Palm Beach Democratic Party Vice Chairman Deandre Poole. ” Please note, the professor responsible for this fiasco is a Democratic Party Official. Ergo, Ben’s comment about Democrats is pertinent.

      • Jeff

        And the “rape” candidates are all Repugs, so their War on Women is for real.

        • Bob666
          • Jeff

            Wow!!! I thought Scalia would stay on the Court until the cockroaches take over! So, Obama can actually alter the balance on the Court – maybe for the first time since Bush 1 so cynically replaced Thurgood Marshall with Clarence Thomas. Should make for an interesting filibuster.

          • Jeff

            Is that a parody? It’s not the Onion, and the New Yorker is not prone to pranks, but this sounds like one. I hope it’s true, but I have my doubts.

          • Bob666

            Jeff,
            I would say that Borriwitz gives me a good laugh every other day and that it is not less credible than much of the right wing “facts” that get cited from You-Tube.

      • Right Brain Thinker

        Jeff says: “Is that a parody? It’s not the Onion, and the New Yorker is not prone to pranks, but this sounds like one. I hope it’s true, but I have my doubts”.

        Sorry, Jeff, but Borowitz and the Onion do the same kind of stuff. I particularly like it when the fools of the circular firing squad suck up some of it as if it were truth and spout outrage for weeks and months until they finally realize they’ve been “had”.

        • Jeff

          For a few minutes, I thought it might be true. But I couldn’t work at Breitbart because I immediately checked elsewhere and saw no confirmation of the story. If there were a left wing site equivalent to Breitbart, Scalia would be on Fox denying the report.

      • Bob666

        Yo Boring,
        So what you are saying is; because an idiot is a democrat, all democrats are idiots? that’s Like saying that two out of three killers of abortion doctors is a republican so two out three republicans are killers?

    • bxarmybrat

      You should learn how to spell medieval professor..

      • Bob666

        Yo Bxarm,

        Happy Easter to you to.

  • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing WTS/JAYS

    A Florida academic institution that had a professor tell his students to write the name Jesus on paper and trample on it has issued a formal apology for the lesson.

    “This exercise will not be used again. The University holds dear its core values. We sincerely apologize for any offense this caused,” said Florida Atlantic University, a multi-campus institution, in a prepared statement posted on its website.

    “Florida Atlantic University respects all religions and welcomes people of all faiths, backgrounds and beliefs.”

    FAU also stated that “no students were forced to take part in the exercise” and “that no student has been expelled, suspended or disciplined by the University as a result of any activity that took place during this class.”

    http://obnoxioustv.wordpress.com/2013/03/26/church-of-god-in-christ-cogic-professor-deandre-poole-tells-florida-class-to-stomp-on-jesus/

    • Ted Crawford

      ” No children or animals were injured in the filming of this debacle…AH…EERRR…I mean debate” ( at least none we are admitting to) stated FAU! In a further comment the University reported ” No student has been expelled, suspended or disciplined…The fact that non-participating students recieved an unsatisfactory grade is simply an unrelated coincidence. The students suspentions were for disassociated reasons. This course had no bearing on any suspensions” (at least none that you’ll ever be able to prove)!
      If they could just recruit Bill Ayres or Bernadine Dohm, I believe that Keith Olberman is still available( even Al Jazzera woun’t hire him), Francis Pivin is still fouling the air somewhere, I believe!
      Saddly Mao, Lenin, Stalin and Pol Pot are unavailable!

    • Buster the Anatolian

      “…and “that no student has been expelled, suspended or disciplined by the University as a result of any activity that took place during this class.”

      It was a john kerry moment…he was suspended untill he wasn’t.

      According to the reports I have read the student was suspended but when the publicity over the incident caused so much bad publicity for the school he was re-instated with supposedly no record kept of the incident and moved to another professors class.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.kostyshyn Michael Kostyshyn

    Remember the movie “The American President” when Michael J. Fox said: “They’re so thirsty for leadership, that when they see a mirage they’ll drink the sand”? And Michael Douglas’s reply was: They don’t drink the sand because they’re thirsty; they drink it because they don’t know the difference”. It reminds me of the guy who was frantically looking for a hanger, because his family was locked in the car- the answers have been staring people right in their faces, but they’ve been dumbed-down too much to see REAR and SIMPLE answers!!!

  • Warrior

    Ben, I have it from a reliable source that FAU is about to sell its naming rights to “starbucks”.

  • Jeff

    Ben:

    Were you contacted by the producers of The Bible to play The Devil? Maybe they thought you looked too much the part. Honestly, could you be any more of a know nothing? I don’t believe it’s possible. I know nothing about the school you’re talking about, but I know enough about you and your ilk to know you’ve gotten the story completely wrong. Funny how your name and Pulitzer’s have never been uttered in proximity to one another.

  • Robert Smith

    I’ve seen things like this before. It’s to demonstrate that most folks hesitate and DO NOT step on the paper.

    Why is such symbolism so important is the discussion that follows.

    It has nothing to do with “hate” and everything to do with understanding they power of their own limits and that others have similar boundaries.

    Sheesh, trying to see the worst in a valuable lesson. Why do you reach for so much hate, Ben?

    Rob

  • OneGuess

    First troll gets first prize, troll.

  • TheTruthHurts

    Jeff could you please post a link to the “right story”? Or tell your version of it if you were there.

  • Mike Stroup

    Doing this to anyone’s name is not nice. As my mother, who was always nice said, “If you can’t do or say something nice, don’t do or say anything at all.” If this was taught to students, we would all be much better off than with what they are being taught now.

  • http://donthaveone Beberoni

    Really? It has nothing to do with hate? Now, as the author noted, let us write Mohammed on the paper and do this, and I will guarantee you that whomever the teacher, professor, or whomever it is that would do this, would be immediately removed from their position and it would be called a hate crime. Or if they wrote Gay, or Blacks, or Hispanics, or whatever you may insert here, it would be labeled a hate crime by our society. Unless of course, you write Jesus, Christianity, Catholic, Jew, or White Man. It is allowed in society to hate on these groups, and they are not afforded the same protectionism as other groups. This my friend is the facts, and wake up and smell the roses and look around you. The truth is the truth is the truth, and one day probably pretty soon, The Truth is coming, and all wrongs will be made right. Count on it.

  • therealhawkman

    How about using Mohammad as the “teaching” point next time. Want to talk about symbolism? That one will cause some real symbolic reaction. I’m not much on religion. As far as I’m concerned, religion has been the bane of most of humankind’s existence. Yet this particular form of “teaching” far exceeds any real point other than to demean those that believe in any particular religion; in this case, Christianity. Liberals are always crying, screaming, hand wringing their cause of religion separate from everything. How about these type “classes” stay the hell out of religion. Might actually lead to real Teaching in our so-called world class education system.

  • EHeassler USN-Ret.

    Teaching point? If that’s all it was, why didn’t the instructor use Allah as a name to put on the paper? My guess is because he knew what a crap storm it would create but felt more comfortable having students demean Jesus. He could have used “Mother”, or “Father” with equal effectiveness. I see it as just one more politically correct liberal-progressive attack on Christians by the Democrat Socialist Party of America, of which the so called professor is a member and holds a committee position. He’s using the classroom to advance his political and personal views which is wrong.

  • Warrior

    Oops Beb, I think I just heard a popping sound.

  • rendarsmith

    If the goal was to show the importance of symbolism, it sounds he far surpassed his goal. He achieved more than just recognition, he got downright outrage. I wonder though, would any professor do the same with the name “Muhammad”? Somehow I doubt it.

  • Nadzieja Batki

    If it is the power of the mind as you claim, why did it need an Idiot Professor to tell the students to write Jesus on a paper and put it on the ground and then place their feet on that selfsame paper. You would have thought that some student could have come up with this all by his own little self and did it all by himself for whatever reason that idea crept into his mind.

  • nc

    Ben, if you can’t understand the significance of this teaching tool you need to write to Davidson and ask for your money back! What about the mind and its’ past training would cause a human to hesitate to step on a piece of paper? What if it had the NRA logo on it???? Would some people say “Hell NO! I like the NRA and I will not step on their logo?”
    I think it would be a most interesting drill to study reactions of people asked to do uncomfortable and unconventional things. Doing unconventional things invented the Atom Bomb and brain surgery! I can understand an 18th century knuckle dragger having trouble with 21st century methods!

  • Bev

    This was not a ‘lesson’ , it was indoctrination. What was worse was the ‘discipline’ that was meted out for refusing to do some crummy assignment. If I had children I would think long and hard about sending my child to this school. Outrageous!

  • Sgt. York

    to those who think this is just a drill. This is what Hitler and Stalin did only in a slightly different way using the heil and the Hammer and Sickle button. Here this so called college used the name of Jesus. Why not Muhammad or Allah except the Muslims would of came after them in full force and Obummer would have called this an act of disgrace to a fine religion. Just kick the Christians they are not gonna stand up. Well dummies you have just opened the door for we Christians to step up and call foul.All anti Christians will from now on will be put on alert as we will do as the Muslims would we gonna buck up and call you out

  • Bev

    Troll find another site. You’ve absolutely had too much Kool-Aid.

  • Flashy

    “I think it would be a most interesting drill to study reactions of people asked to do uncomfortable and unconventional things.” <– nc

    Exactly my thoughts. What if the paper had been names of students, and one happened to be undocumented, attending the college, and his name had been Jesus? not an uncommon name in the Latino community. Betchya these folks would be stompin' all over the paper, ripping it to shreds and building a fire.

    It was learning…and focusing the thought processes on lines other than a rigid mentality. Perception, discussion of the symbolism inherent everywhere, marketing a product , etc… a very useful exercise…one which only closed minds would object to. And only closed minds would say a disruptive student yelling religious diatribe and creating a fear in the students was not to be blamed for refusing to open up, discuss, and learn.

  • Dennis48e

    If that were simply a teaching tool the student would have suffered no consequences for refusing to step on the piece of paper.

  • Steven6032

    Great short article. You made your point and let it sink in. The comments from others below are insightful too. The professor would also louse his job if he had the students put OBAMA on the paper. Actually that might not be the case, because at that university and in that class all the students would pick it back up and hug it. But if that happened at some more conservative University the professor and the University would be headline news for days on the media outlets, and cries of hate crime would ring from coast to coast.

    I find it interesting that this is a replay of what happened 2000 years ago in Jerusalem. It revels the heart of man-that we are in opposition to God, full of pride, and that we do not want to face our inner wickedness. But if I understand the Lord Jesus, he will use this event to save a few of his lost sheep. Perhaps a few of those students, who stepped on and shredded the paper will be spurred to want to know who this person Jesus really is and come to a believing faith! Just like some of the Jews who had cried “crucify him”, or the Roman centurion who watched the crucifixion and said, “surely this was the son of God”.

  • Average Joe

    The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority.
    The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority.
    The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking. – A. A. Milne

    AJ

  • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing WTS/JAYS

    So “intercultural-communication” is really the study of how one can become proficient in bigotry, racism and intolerance? What ever happened to the three R’s? Ok class, now put on your white-sheets and repeat after me; hating and killing Christians is good…hating and killing Christians is good…VERY GOOD, BOYS AND GIRLS!!!

  • Martin Tousignant

    Having performed dozens if not hundreds of executions, the Roman centurion would have been the best qualified to judge Jesus’ guilt or innocence. Likewise Socrates’ executioner recognized his victim’s innocence. To those who still doubt, please carefully read the first-hand accounts.

  • Ken10

    My guess is if Muhhamed’s name (or Obama’s) was on the paper, Ben would not hesitate to step on it. So much for the idea that cultural relativism is at least worth a little thought.

  • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing WTS/JAYS

    Flashy: “I think it would be a most interesting drill to study reactions of people asked to do uncomfortable and unconventional things.” <– nc

    Exactly my thoughts…

    Really? Tell me then…what thoughts come to your mind if a picture of Obama were to be used for "target-practice"? Any thoughts on that?

  • Flashy

    Bev…would you object if the name was of a student who was an undocumented alien? There are many in the Latino community named Jesus.

    Causes you to ponder doesn’t it? Which is exactly what the lesson was about….no one was forced to step on a piece of paper altered only by handwriting of some name…

  • http://omanuel.wordpress.com omanuel

    Thanks for your insightful analysis of higher education under our glorious leaders of the New World Order, alias: Big Brother !.

    The United Nations was formed on 24 Oct 1945 to eliminate national boundaries and constitutions and to hide the source of nuclear energy that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki 6 and 9 Aug 1945, respectively. Since then, frightened world leaders have “dumbed down” education to hide the source of energy that:

    a.) Made our elements
    b.) Birthed the solar system 5 Gyr ago
    c.) Sustained the origin and evolution of life after 3.5 Gyr ago
    d.) Endowed mankind with special talents and unalienable rights, and now
    e.) Controls Earth’s climate and a volume of space > 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 Earths

    http://orach24463.wordpress.com/2013/03/07/fear-and-loathing-of-humans-the-pathology-behind-the-climate-change-movement/

    http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/papp-lenr-superatoms-fusion/

    http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/lenr-tests-claiming-positive/#comment-49139

    Post-1945 Astronomy, Astrophysics, Climatology, Cosmology, Nuclear, Particle, Planetary, Space and Solar sciences became, unintentionally, opponents of all religions in trying to hide the energy of the Creator, Destroyer and Sustainer of atoms, lives and worlds in the entire Solar System:

    http://tinyurl.com/ahfx8kl

    What a sad, sad state of affairs for science and society,

    With deep regrets,
    Oliver K. Manuel
    Former NASA Principal
    Investigator for Apollo
    PhD Nuclear Chemistry
    Postdoc Space Physics
    NSF Postdoctoral Fellow

  • http://facebook Donald C. Thompson

    My kids were homeschooled through grade school so we could monitor what their developing minds were being subjected to. They were then allowed to attend public school. We tried to instill Christian values into them so they would be able to properly function in a government controlled educational system. As part of their Christian teaching they were often told that Jesus is the Shepard, we are the sheep. Many in the religious community would use this to try to establish control or the blind acceptance of false doctrine. We always stressed that though we were the sheep in the flock of the Lord, we should be very careful to not fall into the trap of the “herd mentality”. This has worked well for them being able to freely consider all the options in any given situation. Jesus spoke a lot about the need for repentance. The religious community would also use this as a means for control, saying that repentance was changing your actions to conform to a standard. Repentance is actually changing the way you perceive things by thinking in a more objective manner. The educational systems also speaks of change as conformance to socially acceptable conduct. Thinking objectively about a situation instead of blindly following the socially acceptable allows one to follow the right path, be it in education, politics, social standing or in faith. Follow the herd and you risk being associated with lemmings. Think free, live free. Much Love, God Bless.

  • Jeff

    The first lesson in the Judeo-Christian tradition is Abraham’s trashing of the idols. Clearly, the Christians have re-introduced a form of idol worship with their crosses and pictures of Jesus. Of course, the Muslims are even worse with the Mohammed fetish, but can’t we elevate the discussion beyond medieval superstition? It’s a piece of paper. It has no power over you, and stepping on it should be of much less significance than saying “God damnit.”

  • Chester

    Ben, perhaps such an education would have sweetened your disposition a bit. Might also ask what has happened to the teacher who had a class perform that exercise. Seems to me words on paper mean far more to you than having the concept and belief in your mind and heart. Is that as attitude true for what you are selling as well as the noise you make on here all the time? If it is, I would not buy a NEW car from you, let alone a used one.

  • Right Brain Thinker

    With deep regrets,
    Oliver K. Manuel
    Former NASA Principal
    Investigator for Apollo
    PhD Nuclear Chemistry
    Postdoc Space Physics
    NSF Postdoctoral Fellow

    Oliver is adding to his list of “credentials”. Does he think that will somehow make any of his crackpot theories come true? He needs to add a few more “badges of honor”:

    Crackpot
    Serial commenter on many websites and blogs
    Attention seeker of the first order
    Waster of everyone’s time

    GO AWAY, OLIVER! Go post your trash on your own website (where hardly anyone goes, certainly no one with any interest in real science).

  • Jeff

    I agree with you about religion, but I disagree about the paper thing. It’s true that whatever reaction there might be from Christians, the Muslims would be much worse. So what? Let them be worse. Do we need to sink to their level? Christians engage in plenty of pagan idol worship. That the Muslims have a worse idol fetish than the Christians (ready to kill over a picture of Mohammed) means only they require education in modernism. The alternative is to treat them like wild animals. The choice is there.

  • http://jheasler12175.wordpress.com jheasler12175

    BS! All I know about you is what you just wrote so I will try not to infer too much. It sounds as though you hold people of religious convictions in contempt and are relegating them to the realm of the superstitious other unenlightened pagans. You of course must be enlightened and of such intellectual prowess that you have no need for spiritual or moral guidance. I’m not so lucky and am just a mere mortal, but Christ and faith play a prominent part in my thinking and guide my daily behavior. If to you, than makes me an ignorant pagan who holds that the word Jesus or the American Flag are just mere words or pieces of cloth, I’m fine with it. Once you’ve been on this earth long enough to appreciate something beyond your own intellect, you may feel differently. Being a Christian is in and of itself, an act of faith. I pray that you find it.

  • independent thinker

    ” Might also ask what has happened to the teacher who had a class perform that exercise.”

    Last I heard nothing had happened to the “teacher”.

  • independent thinker

    The name might be spelled Jesus but it is pronounced Hay-Zuse. It is also unlikely the student, if here illegaly, would be broadcasting that fact so the class would not know it. Besides your example has no meaning because one it did not happen that way and two the name Jesus (hay-zuse) as a common name has a whole different connotation than the name Jesus refering to the person believed by many to be the Son of God and the Savior.

  • http://omanuel.wordpress.com/ Oliver K. Manuel

    What are you worried about?

    http://omanuel.wordpress.com/

  • Right Brain Thinker

    I’m worried about nothing. The one who should worry is the one who is posting under “Oliver K. Manuel” and hoping that we will all believe it is “omanuel” speaking. Who are you? WTS/JAY? (with or without the “S”)? omanuel may be a crackpot, but he is his very OWN crackpot, and should not be “used” in this way by others.

  • JimH

    There was that bright flash in the sky. Then a piece of charcoal where the teacher was standing.
    Or maybe there is a flat pile of goo, with a big sandal print in it, where the teacher was standing.

  • Jeff

    I’m sure it’s done all the time. When I was in college, the library had a sample card filled out for getting a book from the Reserve Books. The name of the sample book was “Killing Nixon.” The difference was everyone knew it was a joke. With these wingnuts, you can’t make that assumption.

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