Teachers, don't stomp on Jesus

  • Article by: BILL MAXWELL , Tampa Bay Times
  • Updated: May 6, 2013 - 12:04 PM

The exercise was recommended in the instructor’s guide to a textbook a Florida university had approved.

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davehougMay. 6, 13 2:31 PM

All very true, very sad. Printing a cartoon, or mis-understanding why a student was expelled gets you death threats......even a girl trying to get an education will get killed :(

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twinsajsfMay. 6, 13 4:06 PM

Very interesting, and another valuable insight into the GOP internal struggle. Obviously, the Libertarian wing of the GOP would have no problem with this exercise, BUT the Far Right Evangelicals have a BIG problem with it. And so it goes for the GOP; if you want to get elected, do you advocate restrictive religious norms or do you advocate freedom and liberty? Rock, meet hard place.

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bannedmuggsMay. 6, 13 4:45 PM

Very interesting, and another valuable insight into the GOP internal struggle. Obviously, the Libertarian wing of the GOP would have no problem with this exercise, BUT the Far Right Evangelicals have a BIG problem with it. And so it goes for the GOP; if you want to get elected, do you advocate restrictive religious norms or do you advocate freedom and liberty? Rock, meet hard place. -================================ very interesting and another valuable insight into the Democrat/liberal lack of any values.

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conniemercerMay. 6, 13 4:53 PM

Stomp on Mohammed and see what happens!

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broken53May. 6, 13 5:40 PM

Surely a professor can promote critical discussions amongst students without having them performs acts that everybody surely knows is going to offend some people. If the professor is in trouble, fine. Such colossal foolishness deserves serious reprimand. As for the student: He just should have dropped the class and got his money back. I don't see any sort of hero in him. Bottom line: This is a weak piece from an author who writes like he should know better.

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conniemercerMay. 6, 13 8:29 PM

"As for the student: He just should have dropped the class and got his money back." --- He paid for an education and deserves to get it without being insulted.

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LakeliverMay. 6, 1311:47 PM

Do you really believe you can get an education without ever having your way of looking at things challenged? You can get an indoctrination that way, but an education? No so much. The point about what would happen if a picture of Mohammed were stomped on is exactly of what I'm speaking. Brainwashing like goes on in some countries is NOT an education but a means of keeping minds small and controlled. The symbol is NOT the thing symbolized. When people quit looking behind symbols to check them against the facts, then you have people who are truly uneducated and easy to sway toward whatever you want them to do.

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endothermMay. 7, 13 3:11 AM

The student wasn't required to step on the paper. It was an optional thought exercise. Would you be willing to do it -- why or why not? What are your cultural values, and how are they different from others? These are EXACTLY the type of questions anyone taking an intercultural communication class would expect to encounter. If this student is so sensitive that he can't examine his own beliefs and those of other cultures, then he shouldn't be in the class. The professor was doing an approved exercise from the textbook. The student actually threatened to hit the professor. Who is in the wrong here? Shame on the student. That is not proper adult behavior. He should be expelled. Shame on FAU for bowing to political pressure and letting opportunistic crackpots like Rick Scott dictate educational policy. Religious extremism and violence deserves no place in our society. We need to confront it early and often.

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twinsajsfMay. 7, 13 6:44 AM

"very interesting and another valuable insight into the Democrat/liberal lack of any values." Bannedmuggs, the article indicates that Professor Poole is "very religious", and makes reference to another seemingly conservative teacher who conducted a similarly Libertarian exercise. Hence, my earlier point about the internal struggle within the GOP. I don't see that this article or classroom experiment has anything whatsoever to say about Democrats/liberals.

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badboyzsMay. 7, 13 1:33 PM

What would liberals say if a professor demanded students step on a picture of obama?

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