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Posted 2003-03-26 by
A teacher in inner-city Detroit has a blog entry worrying about the disappearance of an Iraqi student and his family. Fellow teachers have noticed that other Middle Eastern students have gone missing, too. Have they fled the US, been deported, or been abducted by black helicopters? Perhaps there's something sinister afoot or maybe there's a reasonable explanation. But two other things in the blog make me queasy. The first is that the state is removing social studies from school curriculums except for American History (World History has already been tossed). I suppose that makes sense as the Global Village becomes Americanized. The second is, according to this teacher, all school faculty and staff have been ordered not to speak against the war or the American government in front of students. Good thing the students don't know World History or this policy would sound frighteningly familiar. [spotted by orneryboy]
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Comment posted by Tony Walsh
March 26, 2003 @ 2:47 pm
Wow. That is some hardcore weirdness if it's true. That teacher is going to lose her job over this, if in fact she's really a teacher...

Comment posted by brian f.
March 26, 2003 @ 3:33 pm
are you insinuating that people lie on the internet? that is simply absurd. now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to claim my dream vacation and free x-box.

brian f.
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
March 26, 2003 @ 4:08 pm
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Comment posted by Mash
March 27, 2003 @ 11:54 am
I cried when I read that story. Mostly with laughter. But, some tears were from fear. Fearful that we have so many nutcases in this country who responded to her "the answer is out there" conspiracy theories with posts of "I cried when I read that story." She could have easily been a nut from the other political extreme and written how the disappearance proves how vast the entrenchmnet of terrorist mid-eastern operatives are in our god-loving country. Of course, that would have been as equally stupid. Most likely, the disappearance was the result of something far more typically: his father chopped him up in little pieces and has him in the freezer in the basement.
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