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Poster boy for school vouchers

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Jay Bennish, the Aurora teacher of world geography, has admitted a scholarly error in his comparison of George W. Bush to Adolf Hitler. Speaking through his attorney, Bennish conceded that he "should have used a different dictator." Passing lightly over the not-so-light matter of Bennish's ignorance about the difference between elections and coups, bloody and otherwise, Bennish says he's learned his lesson. Let us cast a skeptical eye on that claim and consider the rest of his track record, to wit his indifference toward teaching geography, for which he is paid, and his interest in matters tangentially connected at best. Bennish gave extra credit to students for attending Columbus Day rallies, and claims to have treated students who went to rallies either for or against equally. We have no evidence as to the truth of his claim. But there is precious little evidence that in his fascination with 1492 included the other side of the story, the expulsion of the Moors from Andalusia. As surely as Bennish and Co. can't move on past Columbus, the Moors, or Moslems, can't get past Andalusia either. Ayman Zawahri, leader of the Egyptian Jihad, has said he won't "tolerate a recurrence of the Andalusia tragedy in Palestine." The geopolitical implications of implications of Andalusia reverberate as strongly today as does Columbus, yet Bennish doesn't see fit to include them in defending his teaching, which makes one wonder if he grasps their importance. And if a world geography teacher doesn't get that, why should parents not have the ability to tell their government they want to send their children to schools for an education, not an inculcation?

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