posted on Aug, 25 2006 @ 04:02 PM
Originally posted by SIEGE
The Vagabond : Well said !
Kind of put me in my place didn't you?
I don't know about that. Far as I'm concerned a guy's place is whereever he decides to put himself; makes it difficult to put someone else in their
place. You are where you are (ideologically speaking) and I hope it works out for you.
Sorry, but I still believe rights and freedoms have to be tempered in certain
I suppose I could see that, but in my humble opinion that line needs to be drawn as cautiously as possible; preferably only where real harm results.
In this case, once again, I think the teacher was not considering anything but "impact". No safety, no flag-burning feedback from anyone
outside of the classroom, no consequences whatsoever.
On that I would agree with you.
In my opinion, the biggest problem that resulted was one of perception, none the less he should have considered the rammifications and made plans. He
could have let the administration know he was going to do it first (and if they told him no without a good reason or an effective alternative there is
always recourse through the district, teachers union, or courts- it may be easier to ask forgiveness than permission but it really ticks people off).
A major problem of perception could have been solved simply by having a fire extinguisher on hand as well- afterall, chemistry teachers set stuff on
fire for the amusment of the students all the time and nobody gets bent out of shape, but a little good faith still couldn't have hurt.
Then there's public response. Controversy will happen, and probably couldn't be avoided in this case unless he just plain didn't burn the flag, but
he could have made himself look better in this controversy by giving advanced notice of what he was going to do and why. If he'd explained his point
to the school and parents before doing something provocative it would have been much easier to see things his way.
So he didn't execute it perfectly. I don't think what he did was inherently wrong, but I can agree that he didn't think through all of the possible
consequences thoroughly enough.