Teacher Suspended, With Pay: North Carolina Incident is Perfect Storm of Educational Indoctrination, Media Malpractice

Four years ago, in a different North Carolina school, teacher Diawatha Harris browbeat a school kid for supporting John McCain instead of Barack Obama for president.

Harris is by no means alone among educators supporting Barack Obama. That isn't the problem. The problem is, she also isn't alone in abusing her authority to indoctrinate school kids.

The mainstream does its part to indoctrinate our young.

And so we arrive at the North Rowan High School in North Carolina, May 2012. Teacher Tanya Dixon-Neely loses control of a political discussion in her classroom. As we and everyone else have reported, she lost her cool in a political argument with a student regarding Mitt Romney and President Obama. Dixon-Neely had accused Romney of being a bully, and the student, a junior, brought up the fact that Obama has admitted to pushing a girl when he was in grade school himself.

Dixon-Neely wasn't up on her facts, and denied what the student said, but the student was right, and tragicomedy ensued.

“Stop, no, because there is no comparison,” she says. Romney, she says, is “running for president. Obama is the president.”

When the student says they’re both “just men,” the teacher continues to argue that Romney, as a candidate for president, is not to be afforded the same respect as the president.

The teacher tells the class Obama is “due the respect that every other president is due.”

“Listen, let me tell you something, you will not disrespect the president of the United States in this classroom,” she says.

The student replies that he’ll say what he wants.

“Not about him you won’t,” the teacher says.

Later in the conversation, the teacher tells the class it’s criminal to slander a president.

“Do you realize that people were arrested for saying things bad about Bush?” she says of former President Bush. “Do you realize you are not supposed to slander the president?”

How did we get here, the greatest nation on earth, arguing over which presidential candidate was a bully during school?

We got here in large part because the mainstream media is full of biased hacks and jokers, and our educational establishment cares more about preserving union power and money than about educating our young. Dixon-Neely would have had no Romney bullying story to bring up, if the Washington Post had not published that story that made the allegation. The Post story ought to become a case study in the malpractice of journalism. It quoted a dead man who, being dead, was unavailable for comment, and suggested that a bullying incident when he was a lad killed him some 46 years later. One of the witnesses quoted later admitted that he only learned of the tale when the Post itself told him about it. But the Post quoted him as having been "long troubled" by the incident. The family of the alleged victim disputed the story, calling it "factually inaccurate." Romney himself doesn't even remember it. When he tried laughing the ridiculous story off, partisans in the Democrat media fifth column -- I'm looking at you, Kirsten Powers -- tried making Romney's reaction the story. That was because the story itself rapidly fell apart.