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One Sneeze... and Common Sense Flies Out the Window

By Bobby Eberle

When you sneeze, what do you think happens? Do you think you have just expelled a piece of your soul at 100 miles per hour? Do you think you were getting rid of evil spirits? Regardless of whether you think a sneeze is a reaction to irritants in the nose or a counter-attack to a demon, the common response to a sneeze is to say "God bless you" or "bless you" for short. However, one teacher has put his foot down and started penalizing students for saying "bless you" following a sneeze.

Steve Cuckovich, a health teacher at a high school in Vacaville, California (near Sacramento), told his class that saying "bless you" after a sneeze is disruptive to the class. As KABC in Sacramento reports, the teacher even knocked 25 points off a student's grade for saying the words following another student's sneeze.


Isn't this just a little bit crazy? How many sneezes actually happen during a class period? How many seconds are actually lost by saying "bless you"? It's hard to believe that this is an actual story, but when you think about it, common sense has been going down hill for years.

It's called tradition. Tapping wine glasses together was originally started to show that you didn't believe your host was poisoning your wine. Since there doesn't seem to be an epidemic of wine poisonings, is it just a waste of time and a disruption to say "cheers," tap your glasses, and have a drink? Saying "God bless you" is a tradition. It is not a big deal, and it is certainly not a class disruption. And... in the case that I did just blow out my soul, it's nice to know that a friend has my back.

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  1. RWComment by RW
    September 30, 2011 @ 8:19 am

    This man is an attention seeking, bloviating, and possibly dangerous a$$.
     
    Nuff said.

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    • floridacracker4perryComment by floridacracker4perry
      September 30, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

      since he is so much an attention getter, maybe someone on this board that knows the way of computers could find his e-mail and post it here. Imagine a couple of thousand e-mails clogging up his in box? just a thought.

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  2. onewildmanComment by onewildman
    September 30, 2011 @ 8:49 am

    First, thank you GOPUSA for running this story. When I read about this yesterday on ABC I was completely outraged by this teacher. This teacher is probably an atheist and surely a liberal. If this teacher is a hater. By his own words it shows he has no respect for religion. He has punished this child not for disrupting class but believing in God.
     He has no right to impose his personal views and if anyone should be punished it should be him for abuse of his authority as a teacher. In fact he should be they liberals treat others. He should be required to take a class in sensitive toward Christians.
      I have five members of my family who are or were teachers, one of which was a professor. I have spoken to them. They find this action by this teacher absolutely ridiculous. They believe this has some axe to grind with those who believe in God.
    IMPEACH OBAMA NOW! ! ! !
     

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    • robertpaul1Comment by robertpaul1
      September 30, 2011 @ 10:27 am

      Amen,  Wildman !

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    • hiandmightyComment by hiandmighty
      September 30, 2011 @ 11:05 am

      Listen, I’m an theist and a liberal, and I have to agree that this teacher is pretty much a complete idiot. It’s a social custom, the world is full of them. What’s next, banning “please” and “thank  you”? Not sure how we get from one health teacher’s stupidity to “impeach Obama now!” though, but probably that’s just my liberal bias showing…

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    • SapientComment by Sapient
      September 30, 2011 @ 11:17 am

      highandmighty
      Good post…mind if I ask a question?
      RE:  “I’m an theist and a liberal”
      A theist believes there is a real God out there….so is HE the high and mighty, or are you when decision time comes as to what is good and what is evil?
      Just curious.

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    • onewildmanComment by onewildman
      September 30, 2011 @ 11:36 am

      hiandmighty, I sign all post with IMPEACH OBAMA NOW! ! ! ! as I believe he is a traitor to this nation and all it stands for!
       
      IMPEACH OBAMA NOW! ! ! !

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    • paulaguiceComment by paulaguice
      September 30, 2011 @ 11:52 am

      I doubt he’s an atheist, though he may be a satanist. True atheists view religion as a silly waste of time that poses no threat to others. Many atheists instinctively say “bless you” when someone sneezes, just as they would say please and thank you. It’s cultural tradition, not to mention simple manners. This guy is all about power and attention. He needs to get back to teaching or get his butt out of the classroom.

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    • hiandmightyComment by hiandmighty
      September 30, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

      Ha ha! Good question, Sapient! Morality is a tricky business, as we all know, because “God” can tell us to love our neighbors and “God” can tell us to fly airplanes into buildings. “It’s all relative” doesn’t work so good either. I think I’m trending towards the virtues that Jesus seemed to embody: humility, a deep sense of justice, an unshakable love for the downtrodden, that kind of thing. Not that I have any chance of getting there, but worth the old college try.

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    • SapientComment by Sapient
      September 30, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

      hiandmighty

      Re:  “Ha ha! Good question, Sapient! Morality is a tricky business, as we all know, because “God” can tell us to love our neighbors and “God” can tell us to fly airplanes into buildings. “It’s all relative” doesn’t work so good either”

      As you can assume, I did not ask that question carelessly.  You seemed like a sound minded person–one who seeks REALITY outside their own mind, but who is, unfortunately, caught between two contradictory positions, trying to embrace both, when you know intuitively they are irreconcilable.

      So, FWIW:  there are at least three laws of human reasoning, inviolate, that you might consider:  The law of identity–something IS what is is; the law of non-contradiction–something cannot be what it is not and what it is at the same time; and the law of the excluded middle–there is no compromise on these.

      The issue you face it seems is thinking that all “views” of God are equally valid.  That violates those laws of reason and you know that.  And you have it right, God is NOT what we say He is, He is what He is…so, be brave and conclude that the same God that said “love your neighbor” cannot be the same one that said “fly planes into buildings.”

      Cross the bridge of commitment to reality that there are false gods and counterfeits out there, and you will have gone a long way. Do that, and its not tricky at all for He is real and what He actually is and your reasoning lines up with reality…

      …which, it seems to me, is what you are after.

      My I suggest that you start by looking at the Resurrection of Jesus. Did it occur? If so, what does that mean?

      God bless
       
       

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    • hiandmightyComment by hiandmighty
      September 30, 2011 @ 8:22 pm

      @SAPIENT

      You bring me back to my days at the feet of St. Thomas with reference to the three laws. I suspect I’ve spent a good deal of time since then dwelling in the excluded middle. It’s the curse of being a flaming liberal…

      I would agree that not all conceptions of God are equal. They are all wrong, of course, because that’s the nature of the beast, but some are just wronger and there’s no question that the god who tells you to fly a plane into a building is a false god indeed.

      But as to whether the one true God lines up with my rationality, that one I’m not so sure about. Reason can tell me a lot of things, many of them really quite fascinating , but I’m just not sure if it sheds any light on God’s nature or on His will for me and for us. I could be wrong, of course. Wouldn’t be the first time.

      God bless you too (or, should I say, “gesundheit”!) 

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    • SapientComment by Sapient
      September 30, 2011 @ 8:38 pm

      hiandmighty

      Thanks for your response.  Really.  My first impression is proving correct.

      First, my friend, as you are fully aware, the issue is hardly our “conception” of God…but aligning with the reality of God–two entirely different things.   He is not our “conception” of Him…He is what He is, and we must deal with that.  We are talking about nothing less than being true to reality. Thinking in terms of what is unreal is nothing less than insanity no matter who else does it, or how many.

      Second…as you also know, there is a great deal of difference between a “conception” and a revelation…where the Creator communicates to the created about Himself. One reaches up, one reaches down. Only one has authority.

      Third, as you know, logic cannot find God, but it can sure tell us if our understanding is in line with reality.  The word Logos was not used of the Creator for naught.

      Fourth…to paraphrase an old adage, if being a flaming liberal is a curse…don’t be that.

      Fifth…there is every reason for me to believe you know better, and so, to remind you that you are responsible for what you know, and your influence on others.  So, now is the time to listen to what you are hearing, and that you really know to be true.

      God bless

      7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;
      Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
       

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    • downdraftComment by downdraft
      October 3, 2011 @ 10:18 am

      onewildman…right on!

      I get absolutely amazed at the IDIOTS we have out there, all contaminating the honorable teaching profession. I don’t know if its a mental sickness we overlooked when hiring them, as well as a level of idiotcy that comes with an honorable profession being overrun by union zealots who could care less, or both.  Just so long as they get the dues paid them the union could care less what the teacher thinks.

      …and as usual…we all agree with you:

      IMPEACH THE BIMBO

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  3. pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
    September 30, 2011 @ 9:11 am

    How long has this guy been teaching? Just as in parenting, you pick your battles. This seems like a stupid one to fight. There are a lot more disruptive behaviors than responding verbally to a sneeze. There are a lot worse responses from teenagers than “bless you.” Even if the kids were intentionally using sneezing and blessing to get a rise out of the teacher, (yeah, it happens) he should have found a better way to respond. Taking 25 points off their grade and banning a phrase seems a little draconian and more likely to prompt a parental response than other methods of discipline. Maybe it is time for this teacher to retire or find a new career. Teaching may be too challenging for him.

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    • paulaguiceComment by paulaguice
      September 30, 2011 @ 11:41 am

      I’ve seen no indication that this guy is interested in avoiding a response – from parents or anyone else. Attention is what he wants.

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    • markpitzkeComment by markpitzke
      September 30, 2011 @ 2:09 pm

      I HAVE to agree with you about this guy, who calls himself a teacher, needs to find a new less challenging profession. I wonder if he would say anything about the response, Gesundheit, when someone sneezed? Like you said, it is a pretty stupid fight to try to change something like that and if my child was in the school district where he is working I would do all I could to get stupid teachers like him fired from his job. It’s liberal leaning teachers like him that are trying to “brain wash” our children and he helps to make it more important to home school our kids to keep them out of this type of teachers grasp!

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      September 30, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

      Teaching public school can be extremely challenging. You aren’t allowed to use corporal punishment and liberal parenting styles can produce some real brats. It is no longer a profession for someone who is an expert in their subject and excels at teaching that subject to others. Discipline is a huge part of the job. If you aren’t good at the discipline you probably should seek out a less stressful profession. I say this as someone who originally considered being a teacher. If this guy snapped after finding himself in a stressful situation, he should have immediately owned up to overreacting and apologized. The fact that he is defending his reaction does not help his case. This may in fact not have anything to do with religion. Unfortunately, his defense of his handling of the incident does not reassure anyone.

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    • newsjunkyComment by newsjunky
      September 30, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

      You’re absolutely right about the teaching process being “challenging,” however, in my opinion there is no such thing as being “good at discipline,” as it entirely depends on who the object of that discipline is, and moreover, how that person will react to it.

      Parents who have raised well behavied children often take the credit for their child’s behavior, attributing all the good that child does to themselves, but if that child reaches a point in their life when they decide to extinguish all the good they’ve been taught and walk on the wildside — those parents will soon find out just how much credit they really warranted when their child was well behaved. It is a real lesson in humility!

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    • TRUTHTELLERComment by TRUTHTELLER
      October 1, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

      This teacher, after he finishes indoctrinating his students in the ways of Socialism, Marxism and Communism,  finished for the day, he Checks his ACLU membership card, which is just below his Al Gore green fan club card, which is just to the left of his Athiests of America donation receipt.

      Then jumps in his Chevy Volt and drives quickly home, while it is still daylight, as he won’t be able to charge the Volt, after dark, because his solar panels don’t work at night.

      To this idiot, G-d is bad and somehow, in his pea brain, he is convinced, that driving G-d from every walk of his student’s lives, will better enable them to recognize the true merits of Communism, and the worship of the anointed one in the White House and the all powerful teachers union.

      This nut’s objection to saying G-d bless you, or bless you, is not attention getting, but part of his efforts to stamp out any refrence to G-d, even if it is just a social grace.

      He is dangerous, because his impressionable students, are captive and are exposed to his evil doing.  They have no choice. 

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  4. newsjunkyComment by newsjunky
    September 30, 2011 @ 9:16 am

    What it all boils down to in my book is that these people are literal God hating individuals who detest everything and anything that even remotely acknowledges the Almighty.  Not even the atheists in my opinion could compare to those who literally despise God and demand every vestige of Him wiped off the face of the earth!

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    • newsjunkyComment by newsjunky
      September 30, 2011 @ 10:49 am

      Here is an example of what I mean.  This demonic inspired “Day of Blasphemy” is being celebrated in this country and Britain.  Excerpts of news articles below:

      “September 30, is International Blasphemy Rights Day. The festivities are afoot mostly on college campuses:  The goal of today’s International Blasphemy Rights Day is to support free speech, support the right to criticize and satirize religion, and to oppose any resolutions or laws, binding or otherwise, that discourage or inhibit free speech of any kind.” 

      “Students at the University of Illinois are planning to celebrate on campus.  At the University of British Columbia, the Freethinkers student group is providing folks with paper and markers so that you can draw all the blasphemous images you want!”

      You would not believe the signs these barbarians called “youth” have composed and one can only imagine the images they are scribbling on paper.  Even worse is that they are given permission to do these things by people in authority.  If this isn’t the day and age of Lucifer, I don’t know what is!
       

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    • John HenryComment by John Henry
      September 30, 2011 @ 5:24 pm

      You hit the nail on the head!  Of course there is an organized program to teach young people to despise and detest everything holy and pure.  The most successful such organization has long been the international Theosophical society and its spin-offs..Alice Bailey channeled books for her Ascended Master, some of which inspired Robert Muller, recipient of the Peace in Education Prize from UNESCO.  That curriculum was the inspiration for Goals 2000 and all US department of education programs since.  Google Robert Muller World Core Curriculum and do a bit of research from there.  Don’t think for a minute that Satan has not a plan to win the hearts and minds of generations.  A good start would be: http://www.conspiracyarchive.com/NewAge/Lucis_Trust.htm

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  5. wolfComment by wolf
    September 30, 2011 @ 9:17 am

    I was going to write a Pulitzer prize winning response to this….but txgoatlady has said it just perfectly.
    Saved me some time, too.  :)  Thanks, txgoatlady. 

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      September 30, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

      Thanks for the flattery, wolf. I actually considered being a teacher and even got as far as student teaching. I got a taste of reality and realized my own shortcomings. I had a friend from high school tell me that he didn’t know why I even considered it as I often complained of the maturity level of high school students when I was one myself. I admire teachers who are good at it. Those who aren’t should reconsider their vocation.

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  6. ricComment by ric
    September 30, 2011 @ 9:26 am

    What does his principal/board have to say on this? or do the teacher’s run the school there?

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    • teapartyproudComment by teapartyproud
      October 1, 2011 @ 7:51 am

      It’s California. ’nuff said.

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    • PhillydawgComment by Phillydawg
      October 1, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

      I’m in California, but I refuse to leave taking the stars & stripes with me, heh.  I’m here to fight for my home despite my street filling up with illegal aliens.   Hey….does this teacher speak spanish?   He’ll have to eventually eh?   

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  7. RME KRNLComment by RME KRNL
    September 30, 2011 @ 9:33 am

    See, this is what you get for a teacher when unions make them almost impossible to fire and give them better healthcare and retirement packages than they could get in the private sector. It’s not about the students. It’s about teacher bennies. It’s not about instruction. It’s about indoctrination. And it’s obviously about free speech only as long as it’s the teacher’s free speech. 

    Since when does doing anything to disrupt the class have anything to do with your grade on a paper? Disturbing the class is a disciplinary problem, not an academic one. You send the student to the principal’s office for being “disruptive.” You don’t take points off of his academic work. This guy is abusing his authority and position and the principal, in backing him, is no better.

    Besides, this teacher’s “reasoning” is specious on its face. How long does it take for one student to say to another student “bless you” or even (Heaven forbid — pun intended) “God bless you”? That’s not being disruptive. That’s just being polite. 

    Bet it would be interesting to ask what church this teacher attends or of what faith he is? Wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t and he isn’t. 

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  8. BUCKEYEFANComment by BUCKEYEFAN
    September 30, 2011 @ 9:50 am

    All I can say is, the ones on this earth, objecting to the use of God might be rejected by God…The time has come to ,replace political correctness, with common sense….common sense tells me, that if you don’t want to believe in God, I am ok with that, go on about my business….Common sense also tells me that needs to work both ways…If I want to believe in God, that should be ok with them, and they can go about their business….
    It is for certain that teachers believe they are THE authority over all….They are the very ones who are teaching children the wrong ways of life….WHY?? Because they can….They are unionized, and that gives them unlimited power….I am NOT saying that all teachers are this way, because there are many that are there to teach and do the right things….They are also forced to be indoctrinated as are the students….It is time to take some authority away from these liberal, God hating, overbearing, controlling liberal minded walking and talking Union Robots….This has gone on long enough…..
     
     Hey OBAMA, let my people go….Take your family and get out of OUR HOUSE….The Peoples house..AND take your UNION THUGS with you….
     

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    • PhillydawgComment by Phillydawg
      September 30, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

      Hey…I wonder if comrade Nancy Pelosi was a “teacher” in her past??  LOL.  She seemed to be like Eric Cartman and all about “respect my authoritay”.   heh.

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  9. John HenryComment by John Henry
    September 30, 2011 @ 10:09 am

    Could be the teacher is a jerk.  Could be. 
    Also could be the kids found a faked sneeze by one child followed by a “Bless you” from another made an interesting epidemic.  A good way to interrupt class proceedings and irritate the teacher.  Please tell me that you in your school days never found a way to interrupt class or irritate a teacher.  The old ploy of rubbing the steel wire book cage under a certain kind of desk and making it hum is a great distracter since it is near impossible for teacher to detect where it is coming from.  Another is the sound of a water drip made by expanding the lips in a certain way.  As soon as the sound is made, the lips are back to normal.  Sneeze and bless you works very well also.  

    These techniques and more are all useful to bored, undisciplined, adolescents seeking diversion at teacher expense and attention from other adolescents.  

    Could be teacher is a jerk.  Could be kids are jerks and could benefit from a bit of corporal punishment.  Nothing in this story settles the question of how many sneezes occured from dry eyed students before teacher lowered the boom.

    These days it is popular to blame the teacher for whatever displeases parents or children.  That pleases unruly kids too.
          

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    • onewildmanComment by onewildman
      September 30, 2011 @ 10:30 am

       John Henry, are more likely to happen on TV in a comedy not in the classroom. Those things never happens when I was in school even though I went to school in California. For the most part California is a polite state. Just stay off the freeways, that’s is where tempers flair.
       I also know sever different people who grew up in Sacramento and they are even more polite. So I don’t buy you class conspiracy idea. Just can’t get on that train.
       
      IMPEACH OBAMA NOW! ! ! ! 

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    • blessed6Comment by blessed6
      September 30, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

      Thank you, John Henry, for the balance here. The soundbites on the news do not provide anything close to a complete story, so the hysteria from the religious (of which I am one) is embarrassing, and fed by a media which enjoys inciting our leaps to stupidity.

      Having been in front of an unruly class, I can imagine a less-than-stellar high school teacher slapping down a poorly planned consequence, regretting it later, and lamely defending himself in front of the camera. 

      Yes, Mr. onewildman. Teenagers in California–and even Sacramento–can be as unruly and impolite as teenagers anywhere, given the opportunity, in a poorly-run classroom, for example.

      If you, onewildman, actually went to school, in California, you may have missed spelling, grammar, proofreading, and logic, but your spunk and perseverance are admirable. And please be at peace; my opinions on these matters do not suggest that I like Obama even one iota.

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    • onewildmanComment by onewildman
      September 30, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

      blessed6, I did in fact go to school here in California. I also blame the curve for shortcomings in my writing skills. My first encounter was as a sophomore in high school fall of 1972. That is when I was introduced in the grading curve. I went from “C’s” to “B’s” and “B’s” to “A’s”. I didn’t complain then because I didn’t know any better and it made me look like a better student as it did for everyone else. As for the comment about Logic I think you are way off base.
       I’m sorry that you had to be in front of an unruly class but I was never in one even when I lived in Baldwin Park where I was a minority. It was 75% Hispanic at that time. grade school thru my Freshman year. The city is now more Asian than Hispanic. At least it looks that way to me. i only live a few miles away. My mother never complained about those and the students of hers I met had nothing but good things to say the same goes for my older sister and her husband. My other relatives who taught I never covered that but don’t suspect they did as one was an Architecture professor and the other taught first grade. 
       I do know that that this teacher is into Obama, Just check his Facebook page.
       
      IMPEACH OBAMA NOW! ! ! !

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  10. redon1960Comment by redon1960
    September 30, 2011 @ 10:18 am

    This is only half the story.
    First of all the teacher was trying to control the classroom from uncontrollable outbursts. The students were mock sneezing, and then the rest of the class was repeatability “Blessing” the “fake” sneezer. This was happening multiple times during the class and the teacher had to do something.
    This was not attempt to silence God in the classroom. The teacher has since removed the penalty for saying “Bless you”

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    • onewildmanComment by onewildman
      September 30, 2011 @ 10:23 am

      Where did you get this information as it was not in the news story. Are you just making this stuff up? Also this is not something that would require academic punishment. As was stated above. On top of the fact that 25% grad reduction is the equivalent of going from an “A” to a “C” or if you had a “C” then you would now have a failing grade.
       
      IMPEACH OBAMA NOW! ! ! !

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    • SapientComment by Sapient
      September 30, 2011 @ 10:29 am

      Onewildman
      You don’t really think these folks or their ilk would be so dishonest as to just make something up if needed do you?
      YOU BETCHA!
      Can’t say about this one, but they have a long history of it…all the way back to “Huh?  Am I my brother’s keeper?”  after a murder I might add.
      Same crew.
      God speed
       

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    • redon1960Comment by redon1960
      September 30, 2011 @ 10:51 am

      onewildman – Google the teacher: Steve Cuckovich. You can then read the “no” news stories about the incident.

      And the story said “25 points” not 25%. How many points does the student get during a grading period? 100? 1000?. So we don’t know how much the point deduction hurts the grade. Since the teacher stopped taking away points – the point is mute.

      Does this type of behavior require correction?  Suppose you were giving a presentation and everyone kept interrupting with a constant stream of “fake” sneezing, followed up with “fake” Bless You’s, because it’s “funny”. How would you feel? Especially if you had to give a presentation everyday, to the same crowd, for the next 9 months.

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    • onewildmanComment by onewildman
      September 30, 2011 @ 11:33 am

      redon1960, Ithink you should re read what the teacher said. Better yet here is what he said: “He said a student would sneeze, prompting several students to say “Bless You.” The sneezer would then thank each of the students who said “Bless you.” The problem with his answer is he said several students would say excuse but that is not what happened. One student sneezed and one said bless you which is a common curtsy.
       
       The teacher Cuckovich also said this: “God bless you,” doesn’t make sense anymore. He said it was initially a way to dispel evil spirits out of the body. What right does he have to tell people what to believe in or not to believe in. It sounds to me that he is a non believer trying to force his non belief on others.
       If I had students that were disruptive I would handle it the way most do. They call it detention. I would prefer swats with a paddle but most pansy liberal all think that scars you for like, as if.
       Most assignments are 100 points max and each assignment is then listed as grades A, B, C etc… and at the end of the semester they average the letter grade to give a final grade. That was how my teachers did it. That is how my sister, her husband, my mother, my uncle and my aunt did it. One other they already cheat students in California by allowing teachers to grade on a curve denying the student the amount he should have learned. Thus giving them the impression that they know more than they really do. That is reason that students do poorly on standardized test, not because of the color of their skin. They need to identify what they don’t know and learn instead of being passed along where they fall further and further behind.
       
      IMPEACH OBAMA NOW! ! !

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    • Mort_fComment by Mort_f
      September 30, 2011 @ 11:39 am

      Let’s say I agree. Then it is rather obvious that this ‘teacher’ has lost all control of his class.  Go one step further, a teacher who is respected by his students will automatically have control, and there will be no disruptions. Obviously this teacher has no respect from his students. Respect must be arned, it is not an automatic ‘given’. For example, I respect the office of president, but I will be damned if I have any respect for the present inhabitant of that office.

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    • TRUTHTELLERComment by TRUTHTELLER
      October 2, 2011 @ 11:02 am

      redon1960,

      The teacher in question, removed the punishment because of the heat he was taking, from everyday Americns like us, who were outraged and fed up with this kind of behavior. 

      I don’t know where you got your information regarding the sneezing epidemic, by the students.  I can find nothing about it, from any of the myriad of news sources I have checked.

      I think this is a rumor, conjured up by the principal, to cover his ***, or by the teachers union, to deflect attention from this kind of indoctrination.  Remember, Socialists never take responsibility for their actions.  It is always someone elses fault.

      Other posters have said, and I agree, that this sneezing incident, if it was deliberate, is a discipline problem, that should have been handled by the principal, and is not an academic problem, warranting a reduction of points on a test or academic grade.

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  11. SapientComment by Sapient
    September 30, 2011 @ 10:20 am

    Once a person willingly abandons sanity, all bets are off…
    …or, should I say, a whole group of people.
    Liberalism is insanity…they can’t even affirm that 2+2=4.
    God bless
     
    “Where the principle of difference [between political parties] is as substantial and as strongly pronounced as between the republicans and the monocrats of our country, I hold it as honorable to take a firm and decided part and as immoral to pursue a middle line, as between the parties of honest men and rogues, into which every country is divided.” –Thomas Jefferson to William Branch Giles, 1795. ME 9:317
     

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  12. venusbjComment by venusbj
    September 30, 2011 @ 10:20 am

    Okay this guy is a complete IDIOT !   If he spent as much time teaching as he is spending punishing kids for having manners maybe our drop-out rate would not be so high.  He is there to EDUCATE our kids not fiddle faddling with BS like this.  I think for every student that lost 25 points from their grade he should lose $25 from his paycheck and see how he likes that.  Hopefully the principal and parents will set this guy straight and tell him to get back to what he is being paid for TEACH. 

    Signed Pissed off parent and ex-school teacher.

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  13. cdblue77Comment by cdblue77
    September 30, 2011 @ 11:13 am

    There will always be idiots out there. and this is someone teaching our kids.
     But Let’s blame the parents that will not protest. It they care. Let the teacher know. Sue him, if possible. and if not , Boycott.,take the kid out of scholl for a week to protest. Confront the ignorance……… 

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  14. robinswebnestComment by robinswebnest
    September 30, 2011 @ 11:45 am

    Heres a thought. Why not get the parents to tell their kids to have the whole class say ‘bless you’ or ‘god bless you’ everytime someone sneezes. If they can’t sneeze, fack it. If he marks everyone down, then the school will have to do something as he has proven he is ineffectual as a teacher….we already know he is ineffectual as a human being…just saying.

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  15. Tonto (USA)Comment by Tonto (USA)
    September 30, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

    The teacher tried to pass it off as “classroom disruption” problems….but as a teacher SHOULD know, kids do that stuff to “punish” teachers they think are idiots.  If I was that teacher, I’d check to see what the deeper problem was….like “why don’t the kids respect me?”.  Now, all he’s done is prove, beyond a shadow of doubt, that he’s an a$$hole.

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  16. wdjincComment by wdjinc
    September 30, 2011 @ 1:29 pm

    Just another example of the anti-Christian ferver that is taking place all across the nation. I’m sure this teacher will get a medal from the ACLU for this.

    There is no mention of separation clause in our constitution, but liberals and ACLU have taken it upon themselves to remove all aspects of religion from public domains. When is this going to stop?

    Next they will be removing Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving from our national holidays and removing “In God We Trust” from our currency. The courts have been tied up with frivolous lawsuits  aiming at preventing schools/teachers from any mention of God and no one is stepping up to stop this. Our country needs a leader who will stop funding ACLU and other God-hating organizations that receive tax payer funds. We also need our religious leaders to lead an assault on these type of anti-God activities. Right now most churches are afraid to voice protests as they fear their churches would lose their non-profit tax status. Not so with liberal so-called religious leaders such as Reverend Wright. Their churches are not on danger of losing their tax status…same with ‘Reverend’ Jackson and other so-called ‘reverends’. 

    Does not freedom of speech over-ride the contraints put on people who dare say a prayer in school or mention God?      

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    • teapartyproudComment by teapartyproud
      October 1, 2011 @ 8:02 am

      There is at least one group fighting the ACLU on these matters. The ThomasMore.org law center.

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  17. Rabid_PatriotComment by tamercer9787
    September 30, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

    For decades now, Teachers have complained that parents are abrogating their education responsibilities and passing them off to the teachers.

    Well, here is a teacher who is actively trying to quash the obvious education of his students who HAVE been taught by their parents to say “bless you”, a common courtesy, when someone coughs or sneezes.

    The biggest reason we have declining standards and aptitudes in our society, is the power of Teachers’ Unions to retain and tenure morons like this guy.

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  18. CorgyMomComment by CorgyMom
    September 30, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

    No wonder the President thinks America is becoming soft.  It is the softening caused by Liberals.  Conservatives are tough and strong.

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  19. ConservativeNotRepublicanComment by ConservativeNotRepublican
    September 30, 2011 @ 5:16 pm

    Just another example that proves liberals are FASCISTS!  to the core.  They are nothing but liars and deceivers.  Words do not exist to describe the contempt I feel for liberals.

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    • ConservativeNotRepublicanComment by ConservativeNotRepublican
      September 30, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

      Just one side note:  The dictionary hasn’t caught up with the modern societal usage of the word fascist.  It no longer means “far right wing” as liberals would have you believe.  The modern usage of the word has come to mean:   The purposeful and intentional suppression of speech which does not reflect an accepted viewpoint.  I.E.  Political correctness.

      That is exactly what this fascist *** teacher is engaging in. 

      (Another example would be the word “sick”, which is now accepted, especially among teens, as meaning very good, or very radical in design and concept. You won’t find that definition in the dictionary either…at least not yet.)

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    • ConservativeNotRepublicanComment by ConservativeNotRepublican
      October 2, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

      In order to err on the side of caution, I am going to retract my comments above in regard to the teacher in this particular story, as it has been posted by quigleycal, a few posts further down, that the whole story may not have been told.

      I don’t want to criticize the teacher if the story isn’t accurate or complete.   C’mon gopusa, I don’t want only half the story.  Was there more to it??    

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  20. GHUComment by GHU
    September 30, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

    There’s one word that describes the world we live in & this teacher……………. N U T S!
     

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  21. DedicatedComment by oldwriter
    September 30, 2011 @ 11:13 pm

    LOL, so onewildman says he ends all posts with IMPEACH OBAMA NOW. I am also trying to start something. I have been referring to ALL MOSQUES as MILITARY FORTS. They are being built for the purpose of dominating us, either by words or force. Oil money financed huge mosques are going up all over the world, protected by groups such as the ACLU in America and equivalent overseas. So anytime you say Mosque, write it as such Mosque/Fort, or enemy Fort a.k.a. mosque or similar. Call them what they are.

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  22. quigleycalComment by quigleycal
    October 1, 2011 @ 11:45 am

    I live in the Bay Area, near Vacaville, and this story was on the news last night, Network, and it was reported with a fair amount of impartiality. What the article here fails to mention is that in the class, it was not just a one time instance of a sneeze followed by a Bless You. It became a sneeze, followed by several students shouting out Bless You, followed by the student who sneezed thanking each student who called out Bless You individually. This has nothing to do with religious beliefs, it has to do with lack of disipline on the part of students, and the teacher trying to maintain some sort of order in his class. Some of the students interviewed agreed with the teacher that it was a problem of unruly students disrupting class. Let try to get all of the facts before we write up our article! 

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    • ConservativeNotRepublicanComment by ConservativeNotRepublican
      October 2, 2011 @ 7:23 pm

      I try to be as objective as possible.   If what you are saying is the “real” story, then I can see why the teacher may have been inclined to take the action he did.  And if what you’ve stated is accurate, then I would have to retract my comment above as the basis on which it was posted was false.   There is a wide chasm  between a polite “God bless you” or “bless you” in response to a sneeze and an intentional disruption by several students who are using the opportunity to be idiots.

      There are always two sides, and the situtaion you have outlined is very different from the one reported in the story.

      That still doesn’t change my opinion that liberals are fascists, for there are too many examples where it is indeed true, but in this case, the label may not fit the situation if all of the facts were not reported accurately. Thanks for the additional input.

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    • kafcookComment by kafcook
      October 2, 2011 @ 7:58 pm

      And this is why I get confused…
      Why even mention the “Bless You” and its being an antiquated practice.  Why not instead simply say, the reactions themselves were the problem and not what they were saying?  Why not immediately get your principal involved with what was going on in the classroom, with an explanation and a possible call to the parents of the offenders??  Why let everyone get their “panties” bunched when a few well chosen words and steps would have caused the whole thing be avoided?? 
      Instead, he let himself get interviewed saying that “Bless you” was a socially outdated custom and he didn’t want it in his classroom.
      The way this has gone down makes it look like the “shouting bless you as an intentional disruptive behavior” story was an afterthought, cooked up to dispel the actions of a crazy person. 

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    • TRUTHTELLERComment by TRUTHTELLER
      October 3, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

      Quigleycal,

      You are quoting just one news source from one small channel’s news.  If this was a concerted effort, by the kids to irritate the teacher, why, would it not be reported by all the other myriad of news sources and TV channels.

      I believe the story you heard in Vacaville, was a a blurb, planted by the school administrtion and or the teacher’s union, to deflect the bad behavior by this teacher.  It was not, generally reported by the rest of the MSM.

      The MSM (main stream media) is Liberal and Socialistic by nature and if this blurb were true, they would have been tickled pink, to report that it was the student’s fault and not the teacher. But they didn’t, because there is no merit or verification to this story.

      I stand by my opinion that this teacher is an incompetent idiot, that is foisting off his Socialistic idieaology on his captive students.  Look on his Facebook profile and info, and see for yourself. He is an Obamacrat of the first order.

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  23. gumbymagooComment by gumbymagoo
    October 1, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

    Its not only tradition it is also a sign of mannerisms. Which in teens is not seen very oftern these days and times.

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  24. kafcookComment by kafcook
    October 1, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

    As a high school teacher, I think this is a weird story.
    In trying to understand the situation, I have watched several interviews and read several articles with or about the teacher in question.
    On the one hand, I do know how kids can be and don’t doubt for a second that this could have been used for just irritating the teacher and stopping class instruction.  I myself have had to put a stop to fake sneezing and/or coughing fits.  It happens, you stop it, and you go on…
    On the other hand, not once does he mention that the “Bless you,” incidents were of an intentionally disruptive nature and that kids were using them to halt class proceedings. He only ever states to the press that it is an antiquated practice, is no longer needed, and that the saying of “Bless you,” is disruptive and wastes class time.
    If this were TRULY a matter of the kids using it to disrupt his classes, there are MANY, far more effective ways to have handled the penalty for this.  I myself have a conduct/participation grade that goes down for raucous behavior and intentional disruptions.  And if they get numerous or bad enough, the principal is brought in.
    At best, this is a situation where a professional adult did a VERY poor job communicating his real concerns and discipline practices.  At worst, you may have a bigot and trouble maker, who is causing grief where none should exist and/or he is trying to advance an atheist agenda.
    In either case, he is giving the teaching profession and his school a black eye and a tarnished reputation.

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    • TRUTHTELLERComment by TRUTHTELLER
      October 2, 2011 @ 11:22 am

      Kafcook,

      Amen to that.  I agree, there are many quite effective ways of handling this sort of class behavior, if it in fact, occurred.  This guy, to say the least, is incompetent.

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