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Reprimand of Batavia
teacher stirs community

Chicago Tribune, by Lisa Black, Alexa Aguilar

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Posted By:AltaD, 5/30/2013 12:44:38 PM

A day after he was reprimanded for telling his students they had a constitutional right to decline to fill out a survey, Batavia High School social studies teacher John Dryden was being hailed by some as a folk hero. "Apparently, I struck a nerve," said Dryden, who had taught about the Bill of Rights weeks before being asked to hand out the survey on emotional well-being, which included questions on drug and alcohol use. (Snip) The one-page questionnaire had students´ names printed on top, followed by 34 personal questions.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Kingbubo, 5/30/2013 12:57:12 PM     (No. 9352272)

so a social studies teacher teaching about application of the constitution? Ridiculous!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Susannah, 5/30/2013 1:02:41 PM     (No. 9352286)

Isn´t it swell that Dryden is being punished for teaching his students about the Fifth Amendment? s/o

My reading of this is that Dryden not only had his First Amendment rights violated, they were raped and stomped.

And I´d love to know if this guy is a descendant of THE John Dryden.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 5/30/2013 1:04:38 PM     (No. 9352294)

Seems to me a liberal would have just told them to lie.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Keekng, 5/30/2013 1:07:07 PM     (No. 9352295)

Shades of the obama (in)Justice department.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 5/30/2013 1:11:22 PM     (No. 9352303)

http://bhs.bps101.net/administration lists the email addresses of the school administration for anyone inclined to give them feedback about this issue.

http://www.bps101.net/board-education-members lists the names and email addresses of the Batavia, Il. school board members.



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Reply 6 - Posted by: Andromeda, 5/30/2013 1:19:08 PM     (No. 9352318)

"Officials further emphasized that there was no intent to punish students who reported using drugs or alcohol."

Of course not. We will keep the info in the files, and if you step out of line or disagree in a way that annoys us, we can hit you with it then. This was a standard KGB technique.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: halfnorsk, 5/30/2013 1:20:06 PM     (No. 9352321)

Six months in a re-education camp should cure this man of his constitutional delusions.


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Reply 8 - Posted by: rmsimms, 5/30/2013 2:12:27 PM     (No. 9352400)

Only a idiot would fill out such a survey honestly. If it´s a legal document and they can get you with a perjury rap if you tell them what they want to hear...that´s the time to refuse to fill it out. Otherwise lie like a Democrat.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Johnny Angle, 5/30/2013 2:16:19 PM     (No. 9352403)

The ignorance of the school officials is mind boggling. Dryden is absolutely correct and the school is absolutely wrong. And I thought the principle of tenure was to enable freedom of expression.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Hammock, 5/30/2013 2:37:38 PM     (No. 9352427)

It doesn´t matter whether they intend to use the information to punish the students or not. The school has no business collecting and storing information on students´ illegal activities. Even if the parents did not opt the students out, the students do not have to answer any personal interrogation.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: HPmatt, 5/30/2013 2:39:28 PM     (No. 9352431)

I would expect to see disciplinary actions on the 10 member teacher/administrator/counselor committee that used a consultant and spent a year dreaming up this process - for not evaluating privacy and policy implications. THEY were the ones responsible for shoddy work - Dryden was just the common sense guy seeing possibly illegal requests being made of his students.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Rafter, 5/30/2013 3:34:20 PM     (No. 9352487)

Der Kommissar vill compile a dossier on dis John Dryden...

Und it vill be maintained in his permanent file at da Secretariat...

You may rest assured...
Dat iss all...
Now, please, resume the indoctrination...

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Calvinesq, 5/30/2013 4:06:27 PM     (No. 9352538)

Ya know, if one of these students filled out the form and then ten years from now ran as a conservative Republican, the Dem opponent would follow Obama´s practice of unsealing files and having the records released. (These surveys were not done on an anonymous basis it appears.)

I would just hand the survey back to the school and tell them it was none of their business: "You are not my parents -- I only answer to them."

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Ouachita, 5/30/2013 4:36:30 PM     (No. 9352580)

I read to the last line of the intro paragraph. "the students name was at the top of the survey". That phase took the "mandatory" out of the equation. The school crossed the line. With all the stuff coming down with Obamacare I would have told the students the same thing.

I wouldn´t have a problem if the name was omitted.



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Reply 15 - Posted by: saryden, 5/30/2013 5:38:53 PM     (No. 9352669)

Sounds like part of Common Core, the federal standards school program bribed into being with "stimulus money" through 46 state governors. It is part and parcel of UN Agenda 21, "sustainable" world government... purpose is to steal America.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: lavalette, 5/30/2013 6:56:13 PM     (No. 9352782)

When you send your child to the State school you surrender all parental rights.

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