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Unregd
03-23-2003, 07:43 PM
I thought things had gotten ludicrous when french fries became known as "freedom fries," but now things are absurdly surreal. The local school board has decided to rename the French foreign language classes Freedom, i.e. Freedom I, Freedom II, Freedom III, and Freedom IV.

The French--excuse me, Freedom--teachers are now supposed to supplement this language and culture course with discussion about how France has opposed the United States diplomatically in the past. Teachers are further encouraged to express pro-war and pro-administration opinions even if they disagree personally.

Quels enfants bureaucratiques ! Où est ma liberté ?

Speedy5
03-23-2003, 07:49 PM
A. This is probably a lie.
B. Tell us the name of the school.

RoD
03-23-2003, 08:03 PM
Definitly a lie, i dont think that kind of teaching is even LEGAL...

Unregd
03-23-2003, 08:17 PM
It's more satire than a full-blooded lie, but it probably wouldn't be completely illegal, just moronic. Public schools cannot teach that a certain nationality is inferior, but they can present ideas in a way that the student will infer means superior. American public schools regularly teach that liberal democracy and capitalism are superior to communism, socialism, and oligarchial systems. Indoctrination of a culture's values has always been a part of education.

Govtcheez
03-23-2003, 08:17 PM
> i dont think that kind of teaching is even LEGAL...

Based on your extensive legal expertise, what the hell's illegal about it?

novacain
03-23-2003, 09:28 PM
A hotel in Thailand has stopped taking reservations from US tourists.

The up-market resort's manager claims they (US tourists) make the resort more likely to be a target of terrorist attacks.

Panopticon
03-24-2003, 12:24 AM
Originally posted by novacain
A hotel in Thailand has stopped taking reservations from US tourists.

The up-market resort's manager claims they (US tourists) make the resort more likely to be a target of terrorist attacks.
A wise business decision...

Xei
03-24-2003, 12:40 AM
Originally posted by RoD
Definitly a lie, i dont think that kind of teaching is even LEGAL...

I agree. To add on: So they renamed a French Foreign Language class to Freedom Foreign Language? Pardon me if i'm wrong, but since when is Freedom a language? (Naming the classes sections to Freedom is close enough to renaming the course)

golfinguy4
03-24-2003, 02:23 PM
Originally posted by Xei
I agree. To add on: So they renamed a French Foreign Language class to Freedom Foreign Language? Pardon me if i'm wrong, but since when is Freedom a language? (Naming the classes sections to Freedom is close enough to renaming the course)

It was a joke.

salvelinus
03-24-2003, 02:34 PM
Originally posted by golfinguy4
It was a joke.
However...! (http://www.bhgpr.com/release.cfm?prelease=398)