|Bloviating Bureaucrat Barshinger|
No sooner was the ink dry on reports that Obama's NSA has been gathering reams of personal info on millions of Americans, than word comes that Batavia's educrats are asking innocent kids to possibly self-incriminate on an intrusive personal questionnaire.
And when a principled teacher, one John Dryden, dared to characterize this as the patently unconstitutional and anti-American act that it was, he was outrageously disciplined.
The culprit here is one Dr. Jack Barshinger - a very well-fed, fascist fellow-traveller, who has spent the past 37 years warming various educatic desk chairs in pursuit of his current $286,900 annual salary. (The little butterball will retire at the end of this month and pull down about 80% of that figure every year for the rest of his life in pension.)
He is the Superintendent of USD 101 who threw the book at Batavia High School social studies teacher, John Dryden for daring to suggest that his kids have protected constitutional rights as US citizens.
| Nitwit and Batavia School Bd. |
President Cathy Dremel
Barshinger was backed up by the USD School Board, which is headed by the quite deservedly intellectually modest, Cathy Dremel.
When first running for the school Board in 2011, Dremel, who studied bean counting in college, but apparently very little else, told a local newspaper: "My greatest strength is that I don’t think I already know everything."
Truer words were never spoken.
In a nutshell, here's the source of the contretemps:
-- In April, social studies teacher, Dryden, taught his Batavia High School students about the U.S. Bill of Rights.
-- Shortly thereafter Dryden was told to pass out to his kids, a questionnaire which asked them to disclose their personal uses of alcohol or illicit drugs. The names of each student were printed on their individual forms.
-- Dryden was asked by a kid, how this gibed with the 5th amendment, which protects U.S. citizens from having to disclose possibly incriminating information to government authorities, such as USD 101.
-- Quite honestly, Dryden told them it didn't, and advised them to decline to disclose possibly damning information about themselves.
|Teacher John Dryden|
He wrote an open letter to the community saying that the survey was not intrusive, but a well intentioned effort to pinpoint troubled students.
He wrote that it was merely "a data-gathering instrument that could be used to determine what social or emotional issues our high school students are experiencing, and whether individual students could benefit from new or increased supportive intervention by our staff."
In other words, "I'm from the government and I'm here to help you."
Then Barshinger suspended Dryden without pay and imposed a draconian set of conditions upon him, including a ridiculous requirement that he be subjected to verbal self-criticism techniques, reminiscent of those pioneered by Red Chinese dictator Mao-Tse-Tung's Red Guards.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the civil libertarian teacher must: "when given a directive in a meeting, he must now repeat the directive back at the end of the meeting and agree to comply."
The fat little overpaid martinet, Barshinger, also is demanding that Dryden refrain from making statements or taking any actions that may tend to dissuade students from participating in school district initiatives. Also he can't use sarcasm or comment on his employment status.
On the 28th of May, Cathy Dremel and the other nincompoops on the Batavia School District 101 Board, voted to endorse these measures.
Now let's get this straight. Taxpayer subsidized educational institutions are supposed to be in the business of forging independent minded, critically thinking young American citizens who will be ready to take their place as vital members of a free society.
The whole rotten educational establishment of Batavia USD 101 seems to be in the business of turning out compliant sheep. And of pissing on the Constitution of the United States.
And of persecuting guys like Dryden who think otherwise.
Here are the latest available names and salaries of the employees of Batavia USD 101 as obtained by the Family Taxpayers Foundation via a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. You can find out more about the individual employee, such as years of employment and employee title, by simply clicking on the name:
|Batavia USD 101 2011 -|