When her liberal teacher Debra Blessman surprised the class with a final exam that involved viewing and reviewing the crockumentary “Sicko” by Michael Moore, 18-year-old senior Celeste Finkenbine made a bee-line for the principal’s office.
She objected to the indoctrination of the students. For example, here’s how the teacher described the film:
In this documentary, the director/writer Michael Moore exposes the dysfunctional North American health care system, oriented to huge profits and not for their mission of saving lives. Further, he shows the corruption in the political system, with members of government and congress “bought” by the corporations and the situation of the average American citizens, including those that volunteered to work in the rescue mission of the September 11th. Then he travels to Canada, Great Britain and France to compare their systems showing their hospital, doctors, staffs and patients. Last but not least, he shows that the prisoners in Guantanamo have better medical treatment than the common people in USA, and he ends getting free treatment to the Americans that participate along the documentary in Cuba.
Finkenbine makes an excellent point when she told Bob McCarty:
“My biggest issue with it is my principal said I can argue the conservative viewpoint, but that’s something that I have background with, that I’ve researched myself.
Every other student in that class was only given the liberal viewpoint of it, and that’s exactly what teachers aren’t supposed to do, is lean toward one side or the other.”
She was given an alternative assignment to read and review Dr. Martin Luther King’s essay, “A Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”
She has to read a 7,000 word essay. The other students have to watch a movie.
You may be thinking that Finkenbine jumped the chain of command. There’s a reason for that:
It’s somewhat ironic that Finkenbine’s alternative assignment relates to Dr. King, because it was during a recent class discussion that King’s name came up and, according to Finkenbine, her teacher laid her liberal cards out on the table.
Finkenbine said that, after she compared her participation in Tea Party rallies with the civil disobedience in which Dr. King participated, Blessman responded to her by saying, “Well, we all know you’re a ‘teabagger.’”
Afterward, Finkenbine recalled, the teacher started laughing and everyone in the class started laughing about Blessman’s use of the derogatory term, prompting the student to think, “Wow! Did she really just say that?”
And the liberal indoctrination of the American child continues. Those kids in Finkenbine’s class had to watch the movie with no other opinions involved countering the Moore message that America sucks.