Appropriate at school?

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Appropriate at school?
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Sun, 11-20-2011 - 11:01am

I was at a job interview on Wednesday. I was directed to the assistant principal's office to wait. When I got there, she was interviewing another candidate and her secretary was not at her desk, but the secretary was listening to the radio. I was really taken aback to realize that the secretary was listening to Rush Limbaugh. Is it just me, or does anyone else think that that is not an appropriate choice for a school? He can be very controversial and say really outrageous things sometimes. I can see listening to music softly at the desk, but talk radio of a controversial nature just rubbed me the wrong way. It could be construed as the administration agreeing with this point of view. I admit that my political views are left of center, but I think that I would also have a problem if say GWB were still president and she were listening to a left wing radio station. I just don't think highly charged political rhetoric is appropriate for a school office where kids can hear. This was a high school, btw.

What do you think?

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Sun, 11-20-2011 - 2:07pm

I for one would think twice.

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Registered: 12-04-2000
Sun, 11-20-2011 - 4:02pm

I agree. I believe schools have to be neutral. Listening to Rush could surely be interpreted by students or parents as an endorsement of his beliefs. I believe we present political platforms, historical info, and religion

Sherry
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Registered: 06-04-2003
Sun, 11-27-2011 - 1:00am

You are absolutely correct. Very inappropriate!!

Ruth

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Sun, 11-27-2011 - 2:59pm
It is not like they are playing it over the intercom. And it is not like there is foul language or anything (I honestly never listen to Rush so if I am wrong correct me).

This kind of scares me. I do not think that school should be completely nuetral zones because as that is applied to the extream we end up with a very bland boring restricted place of work.
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Sun, 11-27-2011 - 10:37pm
I don't listen to him either but, even if he doesn't swear, he says some terribly offensive things. He is a racist. Here are some of his quotes:
[To an African American female caller]: “Take that bone out of your nose and call me back.”
(said about African-Americans) “They’re 12 percent of the population. Who the hell cares?”
“The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies.”
Do you think those statements should be heard by students? This is the assistant principal's secretary. Students must get sent to her office all the time and have to wait in the chairs right by her desk. I don't think students should be subjected to that kind of talk. I don't know about you but, I find those statements highly offensive and I don't think that they belong in a school. Listening to music softly is fine. Listening to inflammatory rhetoric is not.
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Mon, 11-28-2011 - 8:22pm
Okay I was not aware of the fact that he is a racist. I thought it was many due to a political view point. Someone who says things like that has no buisness being listened to in a school.
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