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FAU Professor In “Jesus Stomping” Incident Placed On Administrative Leave

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BOCA RATON (CBS4) – The professor embroiled in a educational firestorm over his classroom practices has been placed on administrative leave.

Officials at Florida Atlantic University announced the move against Dr. Deandre Poole after receiving a complaint from student Ryan Rotella, who claims he was unfairly suspended from class for not writing the word ”Jesus” on a piece of paper and stomping on it as part of a class exercise.

The schools said removing Dr. Poole from the classroom was “for safety reasons” after the incident garnered a lot of media attention.

The controversy has even caught the attention of Governor Rick Scott, who called on University System Chancellor Frank Brogan to thoroughly investigate Rotella’s claims.

“As we enter the week memorializing the events of Christ’s passion, this incident gave me great concern over the lessons we are teaching our students,” Scott wrote in the letter.

Rotella, a deeply religious Mormon, told CBS12 that he was offended and refused to participate in the exercise.

“Anytime you stomp on something it shows that you believe that something has no value. So if you were to stomp on the word Jesus, it says that the word has no value,” said Rotella.

Rotella said he voiced his concerns to his teacher’s supervisor and later learned he was suspended from the class.

FAU said Dr. Poole was conducting a classroom exercise from a textbook entitled “Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach, 5th Edition” and released this statement to CBS12: â€ťFaculty and students at academic institutions pursue knowledge and engage in open discourse. While at times the topics discussed may be sensitive, a university environment is a venue for such dialogue and debate.”

Governor Scott inquired about the allegations because it raised questions about “the lessons being taught in our classrooms.” He said he wanted a report on the incident and how it was handled, as well as a statement of the university’s policies to ensure such “lessons” don’t occur again.

State University System spokeswoman Kim Wilmath said officials would work closely with FAU in preparing a response to the governor’s concerns.

“The State University System prides itself not only on its commitment to academic freedom, but at the same time, it’s awesome responsibility to the people it serves,” she said in a written statement. “We are gratified to know that FAU has apologized for any offense the exercise has caused and has pledged never to use this exercise again. Clearly, there were things the university could have done differently by its own acknowledgement.”

The governor didn’t seem satisfied with the apology, saying it was “in many ways inconsequential to the larger issue of a professor’s poor judgment.”

“The professor’s lesson was offensive, and even intolerant, to Christians and those of all faiths who deserve to be respected as Americans entitled to religious freedom,” Scott said in his letter. “Our public higher educational institutions are designed to shape the minds of Florida’s future leaders. We should provide educational leadership that is respectful of religious freedom of all people.”

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jessilin0113
by Platinum Member on Apr. 1, 2013 at 7:11 AM
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Quote:

The schools said removing Dr. Poole from the classroom was “for safety reasons” after the incident garnered a lot of media attention


Bet he got death threats from those super supportive Christians.

Everybody's feelings soothed now?  Aren't you one of the ones constantly going on about political correctness and shouldn't everybody just get a grip?  I guess not when the shoe's on the other foot. 

Could have been a teachable moment all around, but we're more concerned about feelings than learning. 

Lizard_Lina
by Silver Member on Apr. 1, 2013 at 7:17 AM
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He was suspended over a complaint..... What does that teach?


Quoting jessilin0113:



Quote:

The schools said removing Dr. Poole from the classroom was “for safety reasons” after the incident garnered a lot of media attention


Bet he got death threats from those super supportive Christians.

Everybody's feelings soothed now?  Aren't you one of the ones constantly going on about political correctness and shouldn't everybody just get a grip?  I guess not when the shoe's on the other foot. 

Could have been a teachable moment all around, but we're more concerned about feelings than learning. 


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candlegal
by Judy on Apr. 1, 2013 at 7:20 AM
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It teaches that you better sit down, shut up and do whatever your professor tells you whether it be right or wrong.  Don't you know that is what is being taught in college these days?

Quoting Lizard_Lina:

He was suspended over a complaint..... What does that teach?


Quoting jessilin0113:



Quote:

The schools said removing Dr. Poole from the classroom was “for safety reasons” after the incident garnered a lot of media attention


Bet he got death threats from those super supportive Christians.

Everybody's feelings soothed now?  Aren't you one of the ones constantly going on about political correctness and shouldn't everybody just get a grip?  I guess not when the shoe's on the other foot. 

Could have been a teachable moment all around, but we're more concerned about feelings than learning. 



coolmommy2x
by Silver Member on Apr. 1, 2013 at 7:21 AM
When things don't go your way run to media.

Quoting Lizard_Lina:

He was suspended over a complaint..... What does that teach?




Quoting jessilin0113:




Quote:

The schools said removing Dr. Poole from the classroom was “for safety reasons” after the incident garnered a lot of media attention


Bet he got death threats from those super supportive Christians.

Everybody's feelings soothed now?  Aren't you one of the ones constantly going on about political correctness and shouldn't everybody just get a grip?  I guess not when the shoe's on the other foot. 

Could have been a teachable moment all around, but we're more concerned about feelings than learning. 


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candlegal
by Judy on Apr. 1, 2013 at 7:24 AM
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Hopefully for those that thought it should have been a great learning experience for the student will also think this should be a great teaching moment for the "professor"

He is probably still getting paid so won't learn anything from this but how to get paid for doing nothing, another course on entitlements.

Lizard_Lina
by Silver Member on Apr. 1, 2013 at 7:26 AM
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Oh yea?
Let you stand up for your belief in a classroom, and instead of your teacher actually teaching what the whole lesson was supposed to be about, he let's it get fully out of context, and when you make a fully valid complaint, your school suspends you.
Change Jesus to Mohammed, or instead of a name make it a symbol... How about a triangle with a rainbow... Since the lesson was all about symbols....
Let's change it to "student refuses to step on gay symbol, complains to superiors, suspended for non compliance" and then everyone went home and lived happily ever after.... Yea..... I think that is what would totally happen.


Quoting coolmommy2x:

When things don't go your way run to media.



Quoting Lizard_Lina:

He was suspended over a complaint..... What does that teach?






Quoting jessilin0113:





Quote:

The schools said removing Dr. Poole from the classroom was “for safety reasons” after the incident garnered a lot of media attention


Bet he got death threats from those super supportive Christians.

Everybody's feelings soothed now?  Aren't you one of the ones constantly going on about political correctness and shouldn't everybody just get a grip?  I guess not when the shoe's on the other foot. 

Could have been a teachable moment all around, but we're more concerned about feelings than learning. 



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candlegal
by Judy on Apr. 1, 2013 at 7:30 AM
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You nailed it.

Quoting Lizard_Lina:

Oh yea?
Let you stand up for your belief in a classroom, and instead of your teacher actually teaching what the whole lesson was supposed to be about, he let's it get fully out of context, and when you make a fully valid complaint, your school suspends you.
Change Jesus to Mohammed, or instead of a name make it a symbol... How about a triangle with a rainbow... Since the lesson was all about symbols....
Let's change it to "student refuses to step on gay symbol, complains to superiors, suspended for non compliance" and then everyone went home and lived happily ever after.... Yea..... I think that is what would totally happen.


Quoting coolmommy2x:

When things don't go your way run to media.



Quoting Lizard_Lina:

He was suspended over a complaint..... What does that teach?






Quoting jessilin0113:





Quote:

The schools said removing Dr. Poole from the classroom was “for safety reasons” after the incident garnered a lot of media attention


Bet he got death threats from those super supportive Christians.

Everybody's feelings soothed now?  Aren't you one of the ones constantly going on about political correctness and shouldn't everybody just get a grip?  I guess not when the shoe's on the other foot. 

Could have been a teachable moment all around, but we're more concerned about feelings than learning. 




Lizard_Lina
by Silver Member on Apr. 1, 2013 at 7:31 AM
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I'm not even disputing the lesson. I read what the lesson was, and had the teacher explained it, I think it would have been a very teachable moment. But it was just "step on Jesus name". And when the boy complained, instead AGAIN of taking an opportunity to explain the reasoning (since the boy was a perfect example of the lesson) they suspended him for non compliance.
So I would have to agree, it has less to do with teaching and more to do with learning compliance.


Quoting candlegal:

It teaches that you better sit down, shut up and do whatever your professor tells you whether it be right or wrong.  Don't you know that is what is being taught in college these days?

Quoting Lizard_Lina:

He was suspended over a complaint..... What does that teach?





Quoting jessilin0113:




Quote:

The schools said removing Dr. Poole from the classroom was “for safety reasons” after the incident garnered a lot of media attention


Bet he got death threats from those super supportive Christians.

Everybody's feelings soothed now?  Aren't you one of the ones constantly going on about political correctness and shouldn't everybody just get a grip?  I guess not when the shoe's on the other foot. 

Could have been a teachable moment all around, but we're more concerned about feelings than learning. 





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jessilin0113
by Platinum Member on Apr. 1, 2013 at 7:36 AM
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Are you talking about the student or the professor?

I simply meant the exercise from the get go could have taught something.  The professor could have said "Here's what I'm trying to accomplish with this".  Student could have said "You know, I find that very offensive, here's why".  Professor could have said "interesting.  That speaks to the point of the excercise.  Let me see if I can find something better for this assignment". 

But no.  Somebody had to go crying that their feelings were hurt.  This whole thing got blown way out of proportion.



Quoting Lizard_Lina:

He was suspended over a complaint..... What does that teach?


Quoting jessilin0113:



Quote:

The schools said removing Dr. Poole from the classroom was “for safety reasons” after the incident garnered a lot of media attention


Bet he got death threats from those super supportive Christians.

Everybody's feelings soothed now?  Aren't you one of the ones constantly going on about political correctness and shouldn't everybody just get a grip?  I guess not when the shoe's on the other foot. 

Could have been a teachable moment all around, but we're more concerned about feelings than learning. 




candlegal
by Judy on Apr. 1, 2013 at 7:37 AM
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That has been the point from the beginning, which many have refused to see.

Quoting Lizard_Lina:

I'm not even disputing the lesson. I read what the lesson was, and had the teacher explained it, I think it would have been a very teachable moment. But it was just "step on Jesus name". And when the boy complained, instead AGAIN of taking an opportunity to explain the reasoning (since the boy was a perfect example of the lesson) they suspended him for non compliance.
So I would have to agree, it has less to do with teaching and more to do with learning compliance.


Quoting candlegal:

It teaches that you better sit down, shut up and do whatever your professor tells you whether it be right or wrong.  Don't you know that is what is being taught in college these days?

Quoting Lizard_Lina:

He was suspended over a complaint..... What does that teach?





Quoting jessilin0113:




Quote:

The schools said removing Dr. Poole from the classroom was “for safety reasons” after the incident garnered a lot of media attention


Bet he got death threats from those super supportive Christians.

Everybody's feelings soothed now?  Aren't you one of the ones constantly going on about political correctness and shouldn't everybody just get a grip?  I guess not when the shoe's on the other foot. 

Could have been a teachable moment all around, but we're more concerned about feelings than learning. 






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