People of color are nothing to Americans.... The U.S. would never attack Britain or Germany unless we were attacked first.... Americans attack people of color. We should not tolerate this. <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-teachin19jan19,0,4595531.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dcalifornia">Anti-war activists and pacifists spoke to between 5,000 and 10,000 students in sessions that replaced the normal class schedule for 30 schools in Oakland, California.</a> One speaker brought a bottle of sludge that he said represented the water that Iraqi children must drink because the U.S. bombed treatment plants; another brought a box of medical supplies that she she said she had tried but failed to take to Iraq a few years ago; and a storyteller read 'peace stories' to elementary school children. Mary Prophet, one of the organizers, said that the teach-in was held before the anti-war demonstrations in order to 'develop an awareness' so that the kids and their parents 'could join us at the march.' Dan Siegel, the school board member who proposed the event, received unanimous support for the event from the school board. San Francisco's board of education <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/01/16/BA93241.DTL">has approved its own day of 'discussion.'</a> David Pearson, dean of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education, thinks that classroom discussions are a vital part of education but that 'schools are obligated to ensure that discussions are balanced.' Bill Evers, an education policy specialist with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, believes it unethical for a public school, with its captive audience, to present one-sided teach-ins: 'And I'd say that if it were an anti-Saddam rally.' Even some who oppose the war expressed disagreement with the event. Kate Coleman, a writer who has reported on the Black Panther Party since 1978, said that Oakland schools should be more concerned about the abysmally low test scores, especially among minority students: This is the school system that brought you ebonics.... These kids can't read. Why not have a teach-in teach English? But proponents appear unfazed by such criticism, saying that such an event will help to develop critical thinkers. They also claim that they were unable to find anyone to participate who favored the war and, in any case, 'We don't teach students that the Holocaust was a good thing,' explained one organizer who is a member of the Oakland Education Association's Peace and International Relations Committee. Board member Siegel sees more such activities in the future: "We're off to a good start. This is just the first round. In one other news item, "Our teachers and our students here in Oakland are too smart to be victims of propaganda," said Dan Siegel, a member of the school board. "Our goal is to do education and to have people make up their own minds." Their goal is "to do education?" Perhaps they could start with remedial English usage? So many of the anti-war protests and items of the teach-in agenda have held firmly to aphorisms that are dispelled with only cursory investigation. To wit: WE NEED TO GET APPROVAL FROM THE UNITED NATIONS--This is difficult when the UN doesn't even honor its own guidelines. Hussein has violated nearly 20 UN resolutions but they do not want to act against him. He violates the cease-fire and human rights and they do not want to act. And after a unanimous agreement to give Hussein one more chance he laughs it off and they still want to hold back. THE IRAQI PEOPLE ARE OPPRESSED AND STARVING AND POVERTY STRICKEN AND...--And somehow this is made to be America's fault. Hussein has chosen to use his oil proceeds to build up his military instead of feeding his people and building hospitals, schools, ect. Removing the tyrant will in fact help these people. "WHERE IS THE PROOF?"--His former army ministers have declared Hussein is building nuclear weapons. His finance ministers detailed how millions were paid to terrorists. Britain and other countries have found evidence of his military build up. Arms shipments from Germany, Russia, China, and others have been intercepted over the past few years. If you can't find evidence you haven't been looking. THIS WAR WILL BE ANOTHER VIET NAM--Seeing how we chased Hussein out of Kuwait inside of two months makes this pure hyperbole. WE ARE ONLY GOING IN THERE FOR THE OIL COMPANIES--Really, then why did we not do this in '91 when the Iraqi army was surrending to unmanned drones and CNN news crews? A new leader would not pipe free oil to America, Iraq would become an OPEC nation once again and their product would be available to the world market. THE U.S. ONLY ATTACKS NATIONS OF COLOR--This ignores our doing so to defend nations of color. We liberated Kuwait, and chased out the Taliban to help Afghani citizens, as an example. Let's not forget Bosnian Muslims and Albanians. WE WANT A WAR ONLY BECAUSE OUR MILLITARY IS MOSTLY MADE OF MINORITIES--Considering military involvement is purely voluntary I fail to see the inherent racism. If we began to deny admission based on race in order to balance the ratios there would be an equally boistrous outcry from these educators. BUSH WANTS A WAR TO BOOST HIS POLL NUMBERS--As stupid a comment as it is cynical, but also undermined when Donald Rumsfeld said if Hussein were to flee into exile there would be no need for us to go in by force.