Allen West Says Teaching at Deerfield Beach High School Was Worse Than Afghanistan

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Congressman Allen West touched on every issue under the sun in his half-hour of remarks at his campaign kickoff event over the weekend -- we'll be looking at a bunch of them this week, but one thing that stuck out enough to pass on today was the congressman's view of public education, which he says needs to be given back to the parents after being destroyed by teachers' unions and the federal government.

"When it comes to this issue, many of you know I can speak from experience, having taught high school at Deerfield Beach for one year after retiring," West said. "And that was such an enjoyable experience that I volunteered to go to Afghanistan for two and a half years."

Take that, high school that decided it was a good idea to hire a teacher who admits to torturing a guy!

West's time at DBHS wasn't all hugs and Lisa Frank pencils either: Robert Draper's Do Not Ask What Good We Do, published last month, offers a little more insight:
West, his wife, Angela, and their two daughters relocated to south Florida in 2004. He taught history at Deerfield Beach High School but only lasted nine months. It astonished him that his students knew nothing about the Constitution or why the Civil War was fought. When one of the kids took a swing at him, West knew that there would be serious trouble if he remained.
Serious trouble? Who could have seen that coming?

West's zinger, however, looks a little different from the resignation letter he submitted to school administrators in 2005, in which he said, "I have enjoyed my time here at Deerfield Beach and will not forget the warm reception I received."

He continued, "There exists a higher calling and purpose for me to serve in this time of critical need. Late last week I was offered a high level position which will require me to deploy to South Asia, Afghanistan. Although there is an imminent danger involved, as well as separation from those I love, I must accept the call and the challenge for a greater purpose, the safety and security of America and those seeking new freedoms."

In summary: "In the name of freedom, I QUIT."

It was also likely in the name of money: While West made $38,000 for a year at DBHS, in 2008 he made $87,330 as a government contractor with Calibre Inc., according to federal disclosure documents.

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riverrat69
riverrat69

What happened, douchebag? You didn't respond to my last post. You do have a DD214. Right? How much time do you have in the military? REMF. West is an asshole and so are all his supporters.

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

You know the funny thing about your rants on this topic June is you forget that your "hero", the criminal West, was thrown out of the military and only escaped going up for war crimes thanks to Bush jr.  He IS a coward, proved yet again from running away from his home district since he knows he cannot get elected here. I do appreciate what I have, but nothing will ever make your boy anything more than slime in my eyes.  And you are no better than he is.

riverrat69
riverrat69

I'm still here asshole because I survived the front lines in Nam. Do yourself a favor douchebag, bone up on American History. Read what it means to be a Sunshine Patriot. You sound just like the rest of the teabaggers with that moniker.

June Gagnon
June Gagnon

 And just how much time did you spend in the military?  Maybe you should try it - -it would be a "real learning experience" for ya! And if you "happened" to make it back to the USA, with a whole skin, you might have "learned to appreciate" what you've had all your life!

June Gagnon
June Gagnon

 Well, you proved you're a "dimwitted libtard"!  Do you know anything about American history, or the Constitution?  If not, why are you still here? You, for one, should be on the "front lines" in Afghanistan - -you'd make a great target!

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Do I disagree this was a snarky piece followed by nasty comments? No, I pretty much agree with that.

Sensible
Sensible

This is a very snarky piece followed by some really nasty comments. I believe Mr. West' point was that the education system is failing students and is an unrewarding experience for teachers. Anyone disagree?

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

It's important to keep this in mind. 1)  Riviera Beach is really really fucked up. 2) Allen West once applied to be RB City Manager. 3) West didn't make it through the first round of cuts. 4)  Did I mention how fucked up Riviera Beach is?

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

 Something tells me the criminal West is one of those teachers that everyone hated.  Heres an idea, if the kids dont know something, how bout trying to TEACH them?  But no, like the coward he is, he runs from it.  This "man" is pure scum.

riverrat69
riverrat69

 Typical of the frightwing asshole that is Allen West. According to him and the rest of the ignorant teabag nation, teachers are over paid and underworked.  By your own statements, Allen didn't you feel overpaid at 38K a year? Of course you didn't. You're a teabagging hypocrite. You left one government job for another one that's a private "government" contractor. Now you're a congressman still on the government payroll. When did you ever have a job without a government check? You know you baggers always claim there are too many government employees.  FIRE yourself you  douchebag.

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