Debra J. Saunders

 So let Bennish back in the classroom. Even Allen's parents don't want to see the teacher fired. They want the district to admonish Bennish, and they want Bennish to learn a lesson.

 Perhaps in time, Bennish will grow into a teacher who appreciates geography -- and social studies, which he also teaches -- to the extent that he can get excited about topics, even if they don't readily pass through his heavy filter of America-hating.

 In the meantime, he's likely to educate a small army of future conservatives. A few years ago, I heard from a teacher whose class was reading Sophocles' "Antigone." He had assigned his students to write about how the play's characters -- and my columns -- dealt in "false dichotomies."

 I was enraged. First, my column is not in the league of Sophocles. More important to me: It was clear this teacher did not appreciate or understand a jewel of Western literature -- if he did, he would have stuck to the play. False dichotomies? Please. That's academese for: I don't understand it.

 Well, at least it beats being compared to Hitler.

Debra J. Saunders

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