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Assault on Academia Continues: N. J. School Teacher Cannot Release Results of Mock War Crimes Trial of Bush

Reported by Marie Therese - March 9, 2006

Yesterday morning on FOX & Friends, Steve Doocy and E. D. Hill interviewed Michael Capsouras, head of the Parsippany New Jersey Teachers Association, about a mock trial that has been in progress for a couple of weeks in an Honors History class at Parsippany High School. The project was approved at all levels of the school administration but, thanks to a "firestorm" created largely by the Drudge Report and other right wing media outlets, it was announced that the teacher, Joseph Kyle, will not be permitted to release the actual outcome of the trial to the public.

Earlier in the segment E. D. Hill argued that the teacher should have picked something from history, where the students would have to research "history and facts and argue a factual case" as opposed to making stuff up. Capsouras corrected her misconception, noting that the students were required to use facts from the internet, magazines, newspapers, etc. to bolster their arguments, He also pointed out that Mr. Kyle has done this for years and in fact held a mock impeachment trial of Bill Clinton during the Clinton presidency.

DOOCY: Here's one of the problems. At the end of the trial - and it could end today - he's not gonna make the results known. Why not?

CAPSOURAS (choosing his words carefully): People felt it might not be a good idea. I personally disagree. It's like playing baseball and then not having a winner declared at the end of nine innings. However, because of the firestorm, they are just saying they'll be evaluated. What the administration - who again approved this - you need to understand this was approved all the way up the line. And they looked at it simply as a celebration of the Constitution, of these children, you know, seeing a real working project here - that they felt that, if they did this, that it would never go away, so they'll go back to the educational part of evaluating how these students perform in their various roles.

DOOCY: Well, they're gettin' quite an education, now.


Doocy was absolutely, 100% correct on that one.

These high school kids, their teacher and yet another school district have been put on notice: Button your lip and tow the line or, else, you too will be hauled over the coals by total strangers, whose sole purpose is to defend King George and his mighty midgets - oops! - minions.

According to press reports, the calls and letters so far heavily favor the "children should be seen but not heard" crowd.

If you believe that Mr. Kyle and the school district have done nothing wrong, please drop a few POLITE lines to them expressing your support for Mr. Kyle, free speech and a student's right to express his/her opinion even in time of a prefabricated, unnecessary and illegal war. I'd suggest that you make your subject line positive and to the point, so they know yours is a comment in support of the class. After you've contacted them, feel free to pass this on to your family, friends and co-workers.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Township School District
577 Vail Road, Box 52
Parsippany, New Jersey 07054
Phone: (973) 263-7200
Superintendent: Dr. James Dwyer: superintendent@pthsd.k12.nj.us

Parsippany High School
309 Baldwin Road
Parsippany, N.J. 07054
Phone: 973 263-7001
Mr. Anthony J. Sciaino, Principal: asciaino@pthsd.k12.nj.us

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