• Alabama Teacher Will Somehow Have to Explain Geometry Without Using Presidential Assassination Attempts as an Example

    How many times do we have to go over this, people? Role-playing the assassination of the first-ever black President of the United States has no place in a high school geometry class. No, not even in an Alabama high school geometry class.

    Especially not in an Alabama high school geometry class, really…

    A Jefferson County teacher picked the wrong example when he used as­sassinating President Bar­ack Obama as a way to teach angles to his geome­try students…

    The teacher was appar­ently teaching his geometry students about parallel lines and angles, officials said. He used the example of where to stand and aim if shooting Obama.

 "He was talking about angles and said, 'If you're in this building, you would need to take this angle to shoot the president,' " said Joseph Brown, a senior in the geometry class…

    "We did not find a credible threat," said Roy Sex­ton, special agent in charge of Birmingham's Secret Service office. "As far as the Secret Service is concerned, we looked into it, we talked to the gentleman and we have closed our investigation."

    Listen, Alabama. We're all well aware that you're super-excited to get to the point where you can maybe one day get to talk about this in your history classes. But this is just not an acceptable placeholder. Think of it this way: Fantasy presidential assassinations are on one line, and your geometry classes are on a separate, parallel, line. Those two lines are never going to cross. Get used to it.

    And, no, your chemistry teachers probably shouldn't describe the effect that hydrochloric acid would have on the President's face either.

    Tags: Alabama, Assassinations, Barack Obama, Education, Science & Technology


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