Posted Nov. 28, 2005 – A Vermont high school teacher is in the hot seat after giving his students a vocabulary test that suggested that President Bush isn’t the brightest bulb in the box.
Social Studies teacher Bret Chenkin asked his class at Mount Anthony Union High to pick the right word to complete the following sentence: "I wish Bush would be (coherent, eschewed) for once during a speech, but there are theories that his everyday diction charms the below-average mind, hence ensuring him Republican votes." "Coherent" is the right answer.
Principal Sue Maguire was not amused.
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In addition to a sit-down with Chenkin, Maguire promised to speak with any student who expressed concern.
Even the district superintendent, Wesley Knapp, got into the mix.
"It's absolutely unacceptable," Knapp told The Associated Press. "They (teachers) don't have a license to hold forth on a particular standpoint."
Chenkin, 36, acknowledged that he has “liberal views” but said the whole thing has been blown out of proportion, according to AP.
"The kids know it's hyperbolic, so-to-speak," he said. "They know it's tongue in cheek."
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