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.
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