By, David Bellow
In Late May 2011, I was contacted by a parent who told me a troubling story of finding out that her daughter’s 6th grade classmates were being chastised for watching Fox News (see what the teacher said below). The School is Lumberton ISD in Lumberton, TX and the teacher is Karen Talbert who teaches Science Class. Upon learning this information, I wanted to make certain that this information was correct before going forward. I talked to fellow teachers of Karen Talbert who told me that Mrs. Talbert was a nice lady who was not shy about expressing her political opinions. I believe that she is a nice lady and I believe that it is perfectly fine to express one’s opinion, but is it appropriate to express your personal political opinions as fact to impressionable 6th grade students? My next step was to meet with the family. They are a nice family who seem genuinely concerned that their daughter is being told by a teacher which news stations to watch. The most troubling part is that these parents almost did not know what happened in their daughter’s class. That is the problem with a leftist agenda in schools. It mostly goes undetected because the students believe their teachers tell them only right things so there is no reason for them to run home and tell their parents what their teacher said in school. When I met the parents of this 6th grade girl, the mother sat down and wrote out the following statement about the incident:
“One night last week we were all sitting at the dinner table and our daughter asked “is Fox News the national news?” We said yes and asked why. She told us that her teacher told the class that Fox News was bad and that they should only watch CNN. Our daughter is 12 years old in 6th grade at Lumberton intermediate School. Her teacher who is telling the class this is Mrs. Karen Talbert, a 6th grade science teacher. We started to tell our daughter that this was not right of her teacher and that she should not listen to the teacher’s personal views. Our daughter then told us about the time that one of her classmates was talking to another classmate and she made the comment “Fox News said that Obama was not making good decisions.” Our daughter then told us that Mrs. Talbert went up to this girl’s desk and put her hand down on the desk and started yelling at her about how Fox News doesn’t know what they are talking about and they never tell the whole story so if you want good news and the right news you need to watch CNN. Our daughter said the classmate looked like she was going to cry because the teacher was getting so upset. As a parent, I am not concerned what news station someone else watches. My concern is that a teacher should not be giving her personal political views to students. They get enough bad influences as it is and they don’t need it from teachers too”
That statement is straight from the mother of one of the little girls in this Science Class.
It is not surprising that there are liberal teachers in this conservative community of Lumberton, TX. It was only a couple years ago that I passed out an American flag to every house in Lumberton on the anniversary of 9/11. The flag came with a flyer promoting conservative values. I was not very surprised that I got an email from someone who was not happy. This person said she was a liberal and said I was wrong and that she will pray to Mother Mary to have her son Jesus help us conservatives make it through this Democratic Rule. The thing that surprised me though was that this person signed this letter as “Michelle Champagne Junior English and World History Teacher”. As you can see, this person did not sign her letter as a concerned citizen. She signed her letter as a high school teacher. I certainly would question what kind of a slant that she has in her history lessons.
We wonder why there is such a strong movement in Texas towards Homeschooling and Private Schools. It is because parents do not want their children indoctrinated by a leftist agenda in Textbooks or even by liberal teachers themselves, such as this Lumberton ISD teacher chastising students for watching Fox News.
Public Schools are a double edged sword. On one hand you want to send your kids there to learn. On the other hand it is horrifying to see the immoral and violent environment that children have to be in at many public schools. It was just in the last few months that Mansfield ISD was exposed for mandating Arabic Culture training, or how about the incident at Seagoville ISD (Dallas, TX) where the teacher watched a bully beat up another student and did not even call for help, or how about when a school like in Lumberton ISD performs a play with vulgar language and that talked about minors putting ads online to get laid, or how about when parents are selective in the negative influences their children are exposed to and then their child gets on the school bus and the music is blaring songs that glorify sex and violence. I remember a couple of years ago my little brother was humming a very inappropriate song that he did not even know what the words meant in the song. I asked where he learned that song and he told me on the school bus. Most schools, like Lumberton ISD, have radios on the busses and there are no restrictions to what is played to the students of all ages riding on the bus.
I could go on and on about the immoral and violent environment of many public schools, but you get the point already.
I am very concerned about the negative and inappropriate environment that children are forced to be in at Public Schools. I hope this story of a Lumberton ISD teacher telling children that Fox News is bad will open up the eyes of parents so that the parents will start asking more questions and demand that schools do a better job of creating a safe and neutral environment for their children.
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Monday, June 20, 2011
Lumberton Teacher Chastises 6th Grade Students for Watching Fox News Instead of CNN
Posted by David Bellow Posted at 9:17 AM
Labels: David Bellow, fox news, homeschool, karen talbert, liberal teacher, lumberton, lumberton isd, mansfield isd, Michelle Champagne, Obama, private school, seagoville isd, Texas, texas school
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I've decided what I'm going to do with some of the oodles of free time I have. As a public service -- yes, a public service -- anytime I read about a teacher using her position to abuse her students (whether she be conservative or liberal), I'm going to do my best to make personal contact with her to set her straight: Schools are for education, not indoctrination. I'll be polite, but firm; I'll expect the same in return.ReplyDelete
You're a teacher and don't want me to call you or e-mail you? Then behave yourself and stay out of the public's eye for what you do in class. If you make the news for your misconduct in school, you'll deserve any feedback you get from me. Yes, I'll be the judge of that. Don't like it. Tough. Don't stick your face out. What you do outside school is your business; in school, it's mine.
Nota bene: I won't harass you or threaten you in any way and I don't want you to threaten me. I know very well that either my phone number or IP address can lead the police or other authorities to me. That's why I won't do anything against the law, even though I may well do something that annoys you. I also know that the police have bigger fish to fry than dealing with me for being a harmless curmudgeon.
I AGREE SOUNDS LIKE THE ENTIRE SCHOOL SYSTEM NEEDS A GOOD HOUSE CLEANING....Delete
It is common knowledge FOX has been caught in lie after lie. Get with the clean up program here.ReplyDelete
So has CNN Anonymous! Foxs is more conservative and the most truthful station is GBTV on the web. There is no room for teachers and school districts forcing liberals views down the throats of our children. If caught violating this they should be thrown out on thier Liberal butts. No excuses. Hitler did the indoctination and we know what that led to. Wake up or move to San Francisco.Delete
Boy!!!!!! Fox truthful????????? I want what some of what Sue is smoking.Delete
But it's ok for Conservative Christian teachers to push their views "down the throats of our children"? I've seen it firsthand, and it's appalling. No teacher--Conservative, Liberal, whatever--should be allowed to "preach" to children in a public school. The public school atmosphere should be a place where ALL children feel welcome and accepted, regardless of their beliefs, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Period.Delete
a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.
Comparing Liberals/Democrats to Hitler is a sign of ignorance and bigotry.
I said I was gay- a happy guy and a couple of fellows over heard me. As I walked off he called me over and said I offended him. I told him that he offended me. I said that he considers himself tolerant and broadminded. If homosexuals are tolerant and broadminded why would they push to pass a hate crime law that would throw my pastor in jail for teaching what the Bible says about their life style. You see they are not tolerant, that is why they want to teach this lifestyle as normal to our young children. They can't have children so they have to recruit.Delete
Since the majority of news media primarily supports leftist positive ProObama views with very little rightist views and Fox is main support for rightist views, one has to watch both sides to get any idea what is going on. If you only watch left news, he appears to be a God per their coverage. Fox shows the stories and video that help temper one's judgement as to whether Obama is the second coming!Delete
Read this blog and watch the movie http://blog.indoctrinationmovie.com/ It is about the socialist agenda in public schools. Also, I would not watch it with young children. It is quite shocking.ReplyDelete
You've got to be kidding me. Comparing liberals to someone like Hitler? Do you even know what liberals stand for? Liberals believe in equality for everyone, not just equality for Christians, which is what Hitler believed and which is also what Conservatives believe. A Conservative actually believes that only straight Christians are allowed to have any legal marriage rights in this country. Funny, Hitler believed that Jews should be burned, so he burned them. Right wing nuts are just as barbaric. Apparently to be Christian and conservative, you are also required to promote inequality and even hatred toward anyone who is not EXACTLY like them and believes EXACTLY as they do. This country was founded on the freedom of religion, yet one religion is still trying to control civil law in this country.ReplyDelete
Funny how it's the Conservative Christian pastors who've been in the news talking about killing gays and putting them in electrified fences to kill them off. THAT sounds like Hitler indoctrination. Kill off the ones who don't measure up to your bigoted, hate-filled standards...Delete
all you can name is one pastor who said some crazy stuff? Ok, I could name dozens of recent instances where Christians have been the victim of hate. Christianity is under attack. You want acceptance for alternate lifestyles but you do not accept Christians who go not believe in alternate lifestyles. Christians are not the hateful bigots.Delete
Who said, "This Constitution is only for Bible believing people all other it is insufficient".Delete
Who said, "You'll be ruled by the Book or a Bayonet"
Did the people that wrote the Mayflower compact consider themselves Christians and why did they come to Amereica.
Read the Mayflower Compact to find out.
Was this nation formed as a Christian Nation, if not why are there scripture all over our capital.
Why would a Deist allow all this scripture and pictures of the Bible all over our capital.
Hitler took away guns but somehow the NRA is following Hitler's policies. An example of reverse logic, I guess. Recently, there have been a lot of policies and procedures that appear to mirror Hitlers and other dictators policies even though the ones making the policies and procedures are adamant that they would never take those policies or procedures to the extreme even though they are authorized to!!!Delete
Truth to a liberal is whatever they agree with.ReplyDelete